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SMRT MR Learning Labs:
MRI Safety: Risk Prevention & Creating an MRI Safety Culture

26 April 2019 at 16:00 PDT

MRI Safety is universal. There are no geographic boundaries, cultural preferences, or religious exemptions. The danger is real for everyone.

Accreditation: 1.0 CE/CPD credit

Target Audience: MRI Technologists, Physicians, Nurses, MRI Support personnel

Registration Fee: Free for members; US$25 for non-members

Speaker 1:
John C. Posh, B.S.,R.T., (R)(MR)
Preventing MRI Accidents: Best Practice Recommendations to Minimize Risk


  • Understand the concept of risk and how it applies to MRI;
  • Understand how risk is managed in general and the impact it has on MRI operations; and
  • Learn the types of accidents that happen in MRI and the countermeasures for preventing them.

Speaker 2:
Laura P. Vasquez, PhD, RVT, RT(R)(MR), MRSO
Creating an MRI Safety Culture and Performance Improvement Program


  • Deliver recommendations for implementation of an institutional interprofessional MRI safety committee;
  • Provide suggestions for facilitation of leadership engagement and administrative accountability; and
  • Describe ways to foster a culture of education, standardization, quality and safety.

Claire B. Mulcahy, M.MRT., B.Appl.Sc.
Greg C. Brown, A.Dip.Rad.Tech.

SMRT/CAMRT MR Learning Labs:
Accelerated MRI Using Compressed Sensing

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Watch this webinar to gain basic concepts of Nyquist sampling, aliasing, and parallel imaging (SENSE and SMASH). Understand the application of compressed sensing (CS) for MRI data acquisition and learn how this newer method can accelerate imaging without the need for Nyquist sampling. Walk away understanding the principles of the CS approach along with a host of clinical applications now available from MRI vendors.

Michael Noseworthy, Ph.D.

James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)

Accreditation: 0.25 CE/CPD credit (not available for credit for archive viewers)

Registration Fee: CLOSED (was: Free for members; $15 for non-members)


  • Refresh the understanding of undersampling and its consequences with MRI;
  • Introduce how undersampling using compressed sensing works;
  • Understand how compressed sensing can be applied using clinical examples.

Target Audience: MRI Radiographers, Technologists and Radiologists

The How & Why of Cardiac MRI

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Speaker 1:
Declan O’Regan, FRCP, FRCR, Ph.D.
What Clinicians Need from Cardiac MRI

Speaker 2:
Cindy Comeau, B.S., RT(N)(MR), FSMRT, FSCMR
Getting Started: The Core Cardiac MRI Exam

Muriel Cockburn, DCR, B.Sc.(Hons), FSMRT
Marty Sherriff, B.App.Sc., R.T. (MR)

Accreditation: 1.0 CE/CPD credit (not available for credit for archive viewers)

Registration Fee: CLOSED (was: Free for members; $25 for non-members)


  • Understand the common indications for CMR and the information clinicians require.
  • Learn how different CMR sequences are used to answer clinical questions.
  • Appreciate the appearances of common pathologies on CMR.

Target Audience: MRI Radiographers, Technologists and Radiologists

Improving Throughput Without Compromising Patient Care & Creating Value in MR

Friday, 18 January 2019

Michael P. Recht, M.D.
Chris Kokkinos, B.Appl.Sc., Pg.Cert.(MRI)

Target Audience: MRI Radiographers and Technologists, Radiologists

Accreditation: 1.25 CE/CPD credits

Registration Fee: CLOSED (was: Free for members; $25 for non-members)

Talk 1: Value in MR: What Is It and How Do We Create It?
Presenter: Michael P. Recht, M.D.

Talk 2: When Throughput Affects Patient Care: How to Improve Your Numbers Without Compromising Care
Presenter: Chris Kokkinos, B.Appl.Sc., Pg.Cert.(MRI)

Kirsty Campbell, NDMDI, PG Dip (MRI)
Joe Joslin, B.S., R.T.(MR)(R)

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes, with questions at the end


  1. How to improve patient throughput;
  2. How value can be created and operationalized in MR; and
  3. How to use data to improve the MRI department.

RF Safety in MRI: An MR Technologist’s Perspective
Wednesday, 14 November 2018

On-demand viewing & credits now available. Click the title to access.

Presenter: Vera Kimbrell, BSRT, (R)(MR), FSMRT
Vera Kimbrell is a MR technologist/radiographer from Boston, Ma. USA. She works at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the role of clinical educator for MRI. She has been in MR for over 30 years and an educator for the majority of that time. Currently the Chair of the SMRT Safety committee, Vera has lectured and taught MR safety internationally.

Target Audience: MR Technologists, Radiographers, Students, Clinicians & Early Career Scientists

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD credits

Registration Fee: CLOSED (was: Free for members; $15 for non-members)

Moderator: James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)

Time: There will be two presentations of this webinar. Please only register for one.

  1. 09:00 PST / 12:00 EST / 20:00 UTC
  2. 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 23:00 UTC

Duration: 30 minutes


  1. Explain the safety related issues related to Radiofrequency Magnetic Fields (RF)
  2. Define devices and practices that contribute to RF burns
  3. Describe workflows to mitigate hazards related to RF
  4. Review accidents and explore preventative solutions

Diffusion Imaging & Fiber Tractography: Tips & Tricks for Clinical Use

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

On-demand viewing & credits now available!
Click the title links below to open each presentation.

Moderators: Ben Statton, M.Sc., B.Appl.Sc. (London, England) and Ileana Jelescu, Ph.D. (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Target Audience: MR Technologists, Radiographers, Students, Clinicians & Early Career Scientists

Accreditation: 1.0 CE/CME/CPD credits

Time: 07:00 PDT; 16:00 The Netherlands; 01:00 Melbourne, Australia

Duration: 1 hour

Fee: Free for members; $25 for non-members

This session provides a focused review suitable for a broad audience on one widely-used or emerging area of Neuroimaging. This presentation is targeted to radiographers, technologists, researchers and clinicians interested in understanding and developing diffusion tractography MRI methods for neurosurgical planning. Core techniques and their shortcomings will be discussed in the context of practical clinical cases.

Speaker 1:
Shawna Farquharson, M.Sc.(R) (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Speaker 2:
Alexander Leemans, Ph.D. (Utrecht, Netherlands)

SMRT/CAMRT MR Learning Labs:
MRI Contrast Agents: Safety Issues and Practice
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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Speaker: Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.

Moderator: Jim Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)

Target Audience: MR Technologists, Radiographers, Students, Clinicians & Early Career Scientists

Accreditation: 1.0 CE/CPD credits

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the different gadolinium contrast agents available, including their chelate structure, stability and retention.
  2. Describe the link between gadolinium contrast agents and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF).
  3. Review current literature and regulation related to the safe and effective use of gadolinium contrast agents.
  4. Identify strategies for discussing contrast media with patients.