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  • Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting Update

    With COVID-19 continuing to circulate in communities throughout the country and ongoing preventive measures still encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists has made the decision to hold the 2021 Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting, June 17-20, as a virtual event.

    This was not an easy decision as the ASRT Board of Directors and staff were looking forward to hosting delegates, speakers, members and distinguished guests in Reno, Nevada, this summer. The Board and staff carefully investigated a variety of options to host the meeting; however, with ongoing obstacles to travel, social distancing, crowd avoidance directives, and ASRT’s desire to keep attendees and staff safe, an in-person meeting is not possible this year.

    ASRT is currently planning to host a one-day Educational Symposium and full annual governance meeting. Using an online meeting platform, the Society is working to ensure that delegates and staff successfully complete the business of the House of Delegates, honor ASRT’s 2020 and 2021 Fellows and Life Members and host the installation of officers’ event to seat the 2021-2022 ASRT Board of Directors.

    The Educational Symposium on June 17 will feature six courses presented by some of the premier experts in the radiologic technology profession. Here’s a sample of the topics: ASRT’s 100-year history presented by ASRT CEO and Executive Director Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASAE, FASRT, CAE; an update on patient shielding presented by ASRT Board members Daniel DeMaio, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(CT), Kristi G. Moore, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(CT), and Brandon A. Smith, M.B.A., M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(VI), CIIP; and an overview of best practices in digital radiography presented by Donna L. Long, M.S.M., R.T.(R)(M)(QM), FASRT. You won’t want to miss it!

    Thank you ASRT members, for your time and patience as the Society pivots toward planning for a successful virtual meeting. The ASRT Board and staff are grateful for your commitment to ASRT and the profession. ASRT will provide more information about the virtual Symposium and annual meeting as it becomes available.

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Courses and Schedule

 June 17

  • ASRT: The First 100 Years

     8-9 AM MDT

     Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, FASAE, CAE

    DESCRIPTION

    This course provides information about the early history of the radiologic technology profession, the formation of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Society’s role in developing and expanding professionalism in the medical imaging and radiation therapy community.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Describe the discovery of the x-ray and the ongoing advances in medical imaging and radiation therapy.
    • Explain the importance of ASRT’s continuing education initiatives in the development of a professional mindset for radiologic technologists.
    • Identify how legislative and regulatory measures ensure patients receive high-quality care.
    • Explain how ASRT and ASRT Foundation resources elevate the profession and prepare radiologic technologists and radiologic technology students.

    *CE DISCLAIMERS

    A, B, C (.25)

    SPONSORED BY

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  • An Update for 2021: Informatics and Patient-centered Care

     9:15-10:15 AM MDT

     Kori Stewart, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(CT), CIIP

    DESCRIPTION

    The integration of informatics and imaging continues to affect how radiologic technologists care for patients. This presentation provides an update on informatics applications being used in radiology departments, with a focus on patient-centered care. Participants will learn why radiologic technologists should be exposed to informatics and garner a deeper understanding of its role and function in the daily operations of the modern health care environment. Implementation of informatics, current innovations and forthcoming applications will be discussed, including a look into the future of informatics and patient-centered care.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Understand clinical informatics and imaging informatics.
    • Define and interpret informatics’ effect on patient-centered care.
    • Develop a deeper understanding of the integration of informatics in patient-centered care.
    • Define HIS, RIS, PACS, EHR, CPOE, DSS and AI and identify the role of each in the radiology department.
    • Recognize the continued future of informatics in imaging and patient-centered care.

    *CE DISCLAIMERS

    A, B, C

    SPONSORED BY

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  • DESCRIPTION

    This ASRT Board of Directors panel presentation will dig into the controversy of radiographic shielding. Presenters will describe the pros and cons of shielding, share the latest research in support of and in opposition to the practice and reference various organizations’ position statements on the topic. The course will wrap up with best practice suggestions on how, when and why to shield as well as what the practice of shielding and radiation protection might look like in the future.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Discuss the recently proposed changes to shielding practices during radiography.
    • Outline the latest empirical research on shielding efficacy for radiation protection.
    • Compare and contrast the position statements on radiographic shielding by major industry organizations.
    • Apply empirically supported best practices for radiographic shielding in the workplace.
    • Describe the future of radiographic shielding in consideration of ongoing changes in radiation protection science and radiobiology.

    *CE DISCLAIMERS

    A, B, C

    SPONSORED BY

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  • Best Practices in Digital Radiography: 2021 Update

     1-2 PM MDT

     Donna L. Long, M.S.M., R.T.(R)(M)(QM), FASRT

    DESCRIPTION

    Digital radiography has been in use for quite some time. However, we are still working to provide education and best practices for technologists and students regarding the use of digital imaging equipment. This presentation will cover best practices in digital radiography referencing the American Society of Radiologic Technologists white paper, position statements and practice standards.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Discuss best practices in digital radiography.
    • Comprehend and analyze ASRT position statements and practice standards pertinent to best practices.
    • Analyze the effects of technical factor selection on the digital image.
    • Analyze and apply exposure indicator systems and values.
    • Discuss and apply quality assurance in digital imaging.

    *CE DISCLAIMERS

    A, B, C, D

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology: Basic Concepts and Theory

     2:15-3:15 PM MDT

     Ryan J. Smith, D.H.Sc., CNMT

    DESCRIPTION

    This session covers the basic concepts and theory behind nuclear medicine technology. The presenter will discuss radiopharmaceutical basics, photon detection, radiation safety and common imaging procedures, with a focus on cardiac, bone and lung imaging. He also will touch on radionuclide therapy.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Describe how nuclear medicine photon detection varies from that of radiography or computed tomography.
    • Define radiopharmaceutical and explain its appropriate use.
    • Explain appropriate radiation safety practices used in nuclear medicine technology.
    • Describe appropriate performance of a myocardial perfusion study and discern typical and atypical imaging.
    • Describe appropriate performance of a bone scan and discern typical and atypical imaging.
    • Describe appropriate performance of a lung scan and discern typical and atypical imaging.
    • Explain usefulness and appropriateness of I-131 radionuclide therapy.

    *CE DISCLAIMERS

    A, B, E (.75), F (.25)

  • Legal Implications in the Practice of Radiologic Science

     3:30-4:30 PM MDT

     Ann M. Obergfell, J.D., R.T.(R), FASRT

    DESCRIPTION

    The changing environment of health care, advances in technology and patient expectations can all drive legal implications for medical imaging and radiologic science professionals. Understanding these issues can help minimize risk and improve the quality of care provided.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Discuss the emerging issues related to advances in technology.
    • Identify mechanisms for minimizing risks.
    • Describe potential liability issues as related to expanded and changing practice.

    *CE DISCLAIMERS

    A, B, C (.50)

 
 

*CE Disclaimers:

A: This course has been approved for 1 Category A credit

B: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course has content directly related to the use of ionizing radiation and may be accepted as "direct" for Texas Licensed R.T.s

C: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course content meets requirements for California licensed R.T.s. Radiologic Technologists licensed in California can claim credit for this course by manually submitting their course completion information to the State of California

D: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course content meets digital radiography requirements for California licensed R.T.s. Radiologic Technologists licensed in California can claim credit for this course by manually submitting their course completion information to the State of California

E: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course content meets nuclear medicine requirements for California licensed R.T.s. Nuclear medicine Technologists licensed in California can claim CA imaging credits for this course by manually submitting their course completion information to the State of California

F: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course content meets nuclear medicine requirements for California licensed R.T.s. Nuclear medicine Technologists licensed in California can claim CA internal radioactive material therapy credits for this course by manually submitting their course completion information to the State of California