SMRT Signals • June 2017 • Vol.6 Issue 2

A Message from the SMRT Online Learning Committee about the Home Study Educational Seminars
  Anne Marie Sawyer, BS RT(R)(MR) FSMRT
Chair, Home Study Educational Seminars Sub-Committee
  Kirsty Campbell, NDMDI
Chair, Online Learning Committee

Vol.20 #3: Clinical Applications for PET-MRI in Oncology

We are pleased to present the SMRT Educational Seminars, Volume 20, Number 3: “Clinical Applications for PET-MRI in Oncology.” This is the 79th accredited home study developed by the SMRT, exclusively for SMRT members. The accreditation is conducted by the SMRT acting as a RCEEM (Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism) for the ARRT. Category A credits are assigned to each home study, which can be used to maintain one’s ARRT advanced registry. SMRT Home Studies are also approved for AIR (Australian Institute of Radiography), NZIMRT (New Zealand Institute of Radiation Technology) and CPD Now (The College of Radiographers, United Kingdom) continuing professional development (CPD) activities.

Two peer-reviewed, published articles appear in this issue. The authors of the first article in the PET/MRI home study begin by saying “Validation of PET/MR for clinical use is well underway, with initial studies showing noninferiority of lesion-to-background tracer uptake ratios, lesion detection rates, and quantitative measurements when compared to PET/CT. Noninferiority comparison trials are necessary given the novel approach for attenuation correction and differences in hardware introduced with the first-generation simultaneous PET/MR scanners.” The in-depth article covers technical aspects, protocols, and clinical applications including breast cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies, gynecological malignancies, prostate cancer, and hematologic malignancies.

The second article is introduced by the authors who state “At present, MRI is the modality of choice for restaging of rectal cancer after chemoradiation therapy (CRT) but several functional MRI studies including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) have been demonstrated to yield even better diagnostic performance in the evaluation of the treatment response to CRT than conventional MRI. PET may also provide information regarding the treatment response to CRT and the prognosis of patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC).” In addition to scan parameters, this comprehensive article includes workflow considerations, and a thorough review of local staging and restaging of colorectal cancer.

A special thank you to Cindy R. Comeau, BS, RT(N)(MR), FSMRT, from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA, for acting as the Expert Reviewer.

Thanks also to Heidi Berns, M.S., R.T.(R)(MR), FSMRT, Chair of the SMRT RCEEM Ad-hoc committee from Coralville, Iowa, USA and all those who participate on this committee by reviewing the home studies for accreditation. Finally, many thanks to Kerry Crockett, Associate Executive Director, Mary Keydash, Director of Marketing, Sally Moran, Director of IT and Web, Barbara Elliott, SMRT Coordinator, John Celio, IT Coordinator, and the entire staff in the Concord, California, USA office of the ISMRM and SMRT for their insight and long hours spent supporting these educational symposia.

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