• ESAGHOD 2024

    June 27-30, 2024

    Rosen Centre Hotel Orlando, Florida

Courses and Schedule


Courses are subject to change. CE approval is pending for all Educational Symposium courses.

All times given are in Eastern Time.

Event
Date/Time
Level
Location
Speaker
  • Advanced Imaging Pathology and Clinical Correlates
    Thursday, June 27
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Gregory Katsaros

    This course discusses and describes various pathologic conditions seen in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging and other advanced imaging modalities. The speaker will review the associated anatomical structures, pathological features and the basics of cross-sectional anatomy seen on CT and MR imaging. Attendees will learn about clinical correlates, including physical signs and symptoms, clinical laboratory values and comparative imaging studies.

    Gregory Katsaros, D.C., DAAPM

    Objectives

    • Describe basic CT and MR imaging cross-sectional anatomy of the chest, abdomen and areas of the musculoskeletal system.
    • Discuss pathologic conditions of the chest, abdomen and musculoskeletal system.
    • Correlate imaging, physical signs and symptoms, and clinical laboratory values for various pathological conditions.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Reducing Employee Burnout in Medical Imaging
    Thursday, June 27
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Vaughn Eason
     

    Employee burnout has become a pressing concern in medical imaging. The demand for imaging services has surged, driven by population growth, aging demographics and advances in medical technology. Consequently, medical imaging departments are grappling with staff shortages and heightened patient throughput, exerting immense pressure on radiologic technologists and support staff. Employee burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and reduced personal accomplishment, has emerged as a pervasive consequence of these challenges. Burnout not only negatively affects staff well-being but also compromises patient care quality and operational efficiency. This session will explore the multifaceted challenge of reducing employee burnout in medical imaging departments, highlight strategies to mitigate burnout’s detrimental effects, and underscore the significance of addressing burnout holistically with individual and organizational interventions.

    Vaughn Eason, D.B.A., R.T.(R), CRA

    Objectives

    • Identify common causes of burnout in medical imaging departments.
    • Recognize signs and symptoms of burnout.
    • Learn strategies for addressing burnout.
    • Identify solutions for improving workplace culture and patient throughput in medical imaging.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Correlative Imaging and the Importance of Reviewing Patient History Before an Exam
    Thursday, June 27
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Jenna Laquerre
     

    Often, correlative imaging examinations are performed to provide greater confidence in the overall accuracy of imaging findings. The technologist must be diligent and advocate for the patient by imaging wisely and providing a detailed patient history and correlative imaging information to the radiologist to ensure an optimal patient outcome.

    Technologists can aid the radiologist in diagnosis through review of prior relevant examinations to further characterize questionable findings. This session will review case studies and provide examples of how an adequate patient history and prior review of correlative imaging can improve the standard of patient care.

    Jenna Laquerre, B.S., R.T.(R), RDMS (AB, OB/GYN, PS, BR), RVT

    Objectives

    • Review prior imaging examinations to enhance further characterization of atypical findings.
    • Explore how to provide an adequate medical history relevant to the ordered examination.
    • Demonstrate how to provide imaging findings to the radiologist.
    • Describe how to advocate for patients to minimize patient harm, unnecessary examinations and health care expenditure.
    • Discuss case studies of how adequate patient history and imaging review may enhance the overall patient outcome.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • ARRT 101
    Thursday, June 27
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Beth Weber, M.P.H., R.T.(R), RDMS, CRA, FASRT
     

    This course offers certification and registration candidates a better understanding of the purpose and structure of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The speaker will discuss obtaining and maintaining ARRT certification and registration to help attendees understand the Equation for Excellence. Attendees will also learn about the resources available to help them interact successfully with the ARRT.

    Beth Weber, M.P.H., R.T.(R), RDMS, CRA, FASRT

    Objectives

    • Describe the mission of the ARRT and state its Equation for Excellence.
    • List valuable resource documents available to students.
    • Summarize the purpose of continuing education.
    • Discuss resources and opportunities to interact with the ARRT.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Planning an Effective Interprofessional Educational Activity: Radiologic Technology and Nursing Simulations
    Thursday, June 27
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Jennifer Thompson

    This session explores the need for interprofessional educational activities between medical team members, discusses the need to work together to achieve continuity of care and highlights why knowledge of each discipline’s scope of practice provides a new level of trust and respect. Attendees will learn how interprofessional simulations are created, planned and executed, and about the importance of holding debriefing sessions after simulations. The speaker will describe simulations in which her university currently participates.

    Jennifer Thompson, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM)

    Objectives

    • Describe the requirements for compliance with the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice’s simulation-enhanced interprofessional education.
    • Understand why health professionals need to collaborate effectively with other disciplines to assess, plan, provide and review care that optimizes health outcomes for patients and ensures continuity of care.
    • Demonstrate a belief in the need for simulation-enhanced interprofessional education in your department.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Caring for Breast Cancer Patients: Diversity, Navigation and Health Care Professionals as Patients
    Thursday, June 27
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Alicia Giaimo
     

    This course expands attendees’ understanding of breast health and of the challenges faced by patients with diverse backgrounds. The session will discuss the role of the patient navigator in caring for a patient with breast disease. The speaker will also introduce special challenges and considerations for when a health care professional becomes a breast cancer patient.

    Alicia Giaimo, M.H.S., M.B.A.-H.C.M., R.T.(R)(M)(BD)

    Objectives

    • Explore general knowledge of breast health.
    • Discuss the role of the breast patient navigator.
    • Describe barriers to care for patients with diverse demographics.
    • Understand care of the health care professional as breast cancer patient.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Cardiac Catheterization and the Role of the Radiologic Technologist
    Thursday, June 27
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Pedro Lopez
     

    This course enhances attendees’ knowledge of cardiac catheterization as an imaging modality and explains the role and responsibilities of radiologic technologists in a cardiac catheterization lab. Attendees will gain understanding of heart anatomy and physiology, coronary circulation, coronary artery disease, and cardiac catheterization as an imaging modality in the prevention, detection and treatment of CAD and other heart diseases and abnormalities. The speaker will describe the cath lab setting and some of the most common procedures performed in the cath lab.

    Pedro D. Lopez, M.A., R.T.(R)(CT)

    Objectives

    • Understand cardiac catheterization as an imaging modality.
    • Review heart anatomy and physiology and coronary circulation.
    • Discuss coronary artery disease, including symptoms and complications and the use of cardiac catheterization in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of CAD and other heart diseases and abnormalities.
    • Describe the cath lab setting and some of the most common procedures performed in the lab.
    • Explain the role and responsibilities of a radiologic technologist in a cath lab.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Demonstrating Professionalism as a Health Care Provider
    Thursday, June 27
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Brandon Smith Craig St. George
     

    Brandon Smith, M.B.A., M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(VI), CIIP

    Craig St. George, M.S., R.T.(R)(VI)

    Objectives

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Dual-energy CT for Imaging Herniated Discs
    Thursday, June 27
    1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
     
    Christopher Stuart
     

    Understanding the pathology of spinal disc herniation helps computed tomography technologists become more knowledgeable and conversant with ordering doctors, radiologists and patients who receive a dual-energy CT scan for this pathology. This course will enhance attendees’ knowledge of spinal disc herniations and discuss the nuances of the diagnosis and care of patients with this pathology. The speaker will explain why he predicts dual-energy CT will be selected instead of conventional magnetic resonance imaging in certain circumstances and why it is going to grow in use exponentially in the near future.

    Christopher Stuart, D.C., R.T.(R)(CT)

    Objectives

    • Review the pathology of spinal disc herniation on a professional level.
    • Describe different treatment approaches patients with spinal disc herniation receive.
    • Understand the differences on a topical level of the physics of MR and dual-energy CT.
    • Explain the anatomy of the spinal disc on MR imaging vs. dual-energy CT.
    • Discuss the needs of patients who have a spinal disc herniation.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • The Vital Role of the Diagnostic Imaging Administrator in Modern Health Care
    Thursday, June 27
    1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
     
    Fredrick Lee II
     

    Diagnostic imaging administrators help drive health care excellence and profoundly impact patient outcomes and the overall success of health care facilities. This course examines the pivotal role of diagnostic imaging administrators in ensuring seamless operations within medical imaging departments. The speaker will describe the educational prerequisites, business acumen and emotional intelligence required to excel in this multifaceted role. During the session, attendees will dive into the strategic responsibilities of managing innovative equipment, nurturing a skilled workforce, and enhancing the patient experience. The speaker will discuss how this role ensures compliance with stringent regulations, upholds accreditation standards and contributes to the overarching success of health care institutions. Attendees will learn how diagnostic imaging administrators integrate into the hospital ecosystem and forge essential connections with medical professionals, training programs and the community.

    Fredrick Lee II, Ed.D., R.T.(R), CRA, FACHE

    Objectives

    • List the key responsibilities of a diagnostic imaging administrator in health care administration.
    • Describe the educational requirements and professional skills necessary for success in this role.
    • Explain the strategic tasks involved in managing diagnostic imaging departments and ensuring compliance.
    • Discuss the significance of the diagnostic imaging administrator's role in hospital integration, staff training and community engagement.
    • Understand the impact of effective diagnostic imaging administration on patient outcomes and overall health care quality.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Balancing Patient-centered Care, Practice Standards and Ethics in Radiology Practice
    Thursday, June 27
    1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
     
    Kelli Haynes, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)
     

    Radiology is not just a profession of technology and images; it is a realm where human touch and ethical considerations intersect with cutting-edge science. In the dynamic world of health care, radiologic technologists are tasked with a profound responsibility to provide exceptional patient care while adhering to rigorous practice standards and upholding unwavering ethical principles. This session delves into how to strive for excellence while maintaining a delicate balance of patient-centered care, practice standards and ethical considerations. The speaker will discuss the principles and practices that define radiology as an art and a science and illuminate the path toward a future where exceptional patient care, unwavering ethics and rigorous practice standards are the cornerstones of radiology practice.

    Kelli Welch Haynes, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, FAEIRS

    Objectives

    • Examine the practice standards and the scope of practice for medical imaging.
    • Explore ethical considerations in radiology.
    • Investigate the intersection of patient-centered care, standards and ethics.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Hacking the Code of Engaging Publications
    Thursday, June 27
    1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
     
    Kori Stewart Sonja K. Boiteaux
     

    This session overviews the publishing process for ASRT’s peer-reviewed journals and briefly reviews the author guide. The speakers will also discuss ethical do’s and don’ts of using artificial intelligence large language models, such as ChatGPT and other generative AI models, in writing. Additionally, attendees will learn how to turn professional presentations into publishable manuscripts, how to translate research data into a readable manuscript, and how to write engaging and palatable material that is audience appropriate, among other topics.

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

    Sonja Boiteaux, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(MR), MRSO, MCHC

    Objectives

    • Understand the ASRT’s publishing process and requirements.
    • Define and describe the use of AI in writing.
    • Explain the intricacies of large language model use.
    • Synthesize a manuscript from a professional presentation.
    • Understand how to express research data in a manner digestible for readers.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Internal Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction Intermediate
    Thursday, June 27
    2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
     
    Mike Latimer, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)

    Internal limb lengthening uses surgically implanted internal and external fixators to correct limb length discrepancies and is frequently performed in conjunction with limb deformity correction. In this session, attendees will learn about the process for diagnosis and treatment of various conditions requiring surgical intervention that include limb lengthening. The speaker will use radiographic images, videos and diagrams to describe the surgical and imaging procedures and challenges to obtaining optimal radiographic images.

    The speaker’s son Nicholas has fibular hemimelia and underwent limb lengthening at the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. His case started in 2011 and was completed in June 2023. The speaker will use images and videos produced during his son’s course of treatment to describe the procedure, follow-up and recovery.

    Michael Latimer, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R), FASRT

    Objectives

    • Explain limb length discrepancies.
    • List treatment options for limb length discrepancies.
    • Describe internal and external limb lengthening options.
    • Discuss medical imaging challenges with external fixation devices.
    • Explain different procedures used to treat limb length discrepancies.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Using ChatGPT in Radiologic Science Education 
    Thursday, June 27
    2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
     
    Kevin Clark
     

    Generative artificial intelligence has revolutionized the way machines understand and create human-like content. This groundbreaking area of AI involves a range of algorithms and models that can generate original text, images and even music. One notable advancement is ChatGPT, a conversational chatbot developed by OpenAI and released to the public in November 2022. Through a combination of deep learning techniques, extensive training on vast amounts of data, and an innovative large language model, ChatGPT has emerged as an intelligent chatbot. It can engage in meaningful and coherent conversations, offer insightful responses and provide practical information across various disciplines, making it a significant milestone in the progress of generative AI. This session provides an overview of ChatGPT, including strengths, limitations, ethical considerations and outlook.

    Kevin Clark, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM), FASRT, FAEIRS

    Objectives

    • Discuss the strengths and limitations of ChatGPT.
    • Describe the implications of ChatGPT in radiologic science education.
    • Examine ChatGPT responses related to medical imaging and radiation therapy for accuracy.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Optimizing Your MR Imaging Parameters: Virtual Console Simulator
    Thursday, June 27
    2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
     
    Timothy Troncale

    This session provides an overview of a virtual magnetic resonance imaging interface that allows users to manipulate, in real time, image contrast, acquisition time, signal-to-noise ratio and spatial resolution, as well as the number of slices allowed per acquisition. The speaker will review the basic and fundamental principles of MR. Then, with the speaker’s guidance, attendees will use the MR imaging simulator to try to improve the acquisition parameters for three concrete optimization cases. They will be able to use all available parameters, such as repetition time, time-to-echo, turbo factor and bandwidth, to optimize the quality of the sequence.

    Timothy Troncale, B.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(MR), ARMRIT, CPI

    Objectives

    • Define which parameters control T1 and T2 weightings, list the weighting values and appearance of tissue on a T1 and T2 sequence, and list the impact on signal of the various parameters used in T1 and T2 sequences.
    • List characteristics, uses and advantages of a spin echo pulse sequence.
    • Define fast spin echo and list the effects fast spin echo has on specific absorption rate and signal-to-noise ratio.
    • List the primary parameters used in MR imaging and how they each relate to image quality.
    • Understand the concept of multi-slice acquisition.
    • Discuss how to improve the acquisition parameters, such as TR, TE, turbo factor and bandwidth, to optimize the quality of the sequence and answer concrete optimization cases.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Pediatric Imaging: Improving the Patient Experience
    Thursday, June 27
    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     
    Pariss Jackson

    This course enhances the knowledge and skills of pediatric imaging health care providers. The speaker will share key principles and strategies for improving the overall patient experience in pediatric radiology. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and considerations involved in pediatric imaging, learn practical approaches to address these issues, and acquire tools and techniques to optimize the patient experience.

    Pariss Jackson, M.B.A., B.A.S., R.T.(R)(MR), CRA, LSSGB, CPHQ

    Objectives

    • Identify the unique considerations and challenges in pediatric imaging.
    • Describe communication skills to effectively interact with pediatric patients and their families during the imaging process.
    • Discuss techniques to create a child-friendly and supportive imaging environment.
    • Implement strategies for improving patient comfort and reducing anxiety.
    • Explain the role of multidisciplinary collaboration in optimizing the patient experience in pediatric imaging.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Recognizing and Managing Conflict in Radiography
    Thursday, June 27
    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     
    Joseph Cress
     

    Many conflict resolution and management styles exist in the health care and education environments. This course offers ways to manage and resolve conflict in those environments. The speaker will discuss the positive and negative components of conflict, explore the four types of conflict, describe the phases of conflict and provide ways to respond based on certain situations.

    Joseph Cress, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(CT)

    Objectives

    • Discuss conflict and conflict resolution and management.
    • Explore positive and negative components of conflict within the health care setting.
    • List the four types of conflict.
    • Differentiate between the phases of conflict.
    • Describe various resolution and management styles and how and when to employ them, based on the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • The Image Fulcrum: A Concept for Efficient Imaging of Complex Orthopedic Trauma
    Thursday, June 27
    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     
    Ryan Ross
     

    Although radiology leadership often views the mobile C-arm as an entry-level expectation, an exceptional radiographer who takes reproducible images efficiently is key to the success of a complex trauma surgery. This course will provide guidance on the image fulcrum: the geometric relationship that is important to understand for mobile C-arm imaging in orthopedic trauma surgery. The speaker will demonstrate concepts to expedite the radiographer’s skill development and proficiency in complex surgical imaging. A skilled radiographer helps reduce surgeon stress, patient anesthesia risk, and radiation dose exposure for all persons, and ultimately, helps improve patient outcomes. Attendees will also learn how the principle of ALARA, as low as reasonably achievable, in the operating room requires a different thought process that challenges traditional dose reduction and image quality concepts. The speaker will discuss why an imaging expert must possess complete technical knowledge and advanced critical thinking.

    Ryan Ross, B.Sc., R.T.(R)

    Objectives

    • Explain the image fulcrum.
    • Describe mobile C-arm geometry.
    • Discuss ALARA in the context of a surgical setting.
    • Explain the need for traditional learning centers to include surgical C-arm training for students.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Gamification in the Radiography Classroom
    Thursday, June 27
    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     
    Bethany Stearns
     

    Gamification has emerged as a dynamic and effective approach to engage students and enhance learning outcomes in various educational settings. This session will shed light on the transformative potential of gamification in the radiography classroom. The speaker will discuss the core concepts of gamification, delve into the science behind its effectiveness and provide insights into tailoring gamification methods to diverse learning styles.

    Educators will be equipped with practical knowledge, real-world student data and strategies necessary to harness the power of gamification and turn the radiography classroom into a vibrant, engaging and effective learning environment. Attendees will gain actionable insights and a fresh perspective on teaching and be ready to implement gamification strategies in their organizations.

    Bethany Stearns, M.S., R.T.(R)(MR)(CT)

    Objectives

    • Understand the concept of gamification and distinguish it from traditional teaching methods.
    • Explain psychological and cognitive theories that underpin the effectiveness of gamification for enhancing student engagement and learning.
    • Identify different learning styles and discover how to tailor gamification methods to accommodate diverse student preferences and needs.
    • Discuss how to assess the effectiveness of gamification in the classroom, including metrics for measuring engagement and learning outcomes.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

 

CE Disclaimers

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

B: This course has been approved for 1 MDCB credit.

C: 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.

D: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course content meets requirements for California Licensed R.T.s. Radiologic Technologists listed 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 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.

F: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course has content that satisfies Mammography Quality Standards Act requirements.