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    Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2021
    McCormick Place, Chicago

Courses and Schedule

ASRT@RSNA 2021 Courses

Earn up to 8 continuing education credits on courses presented during ASRT@RSNA. Each course is approved for 1 Category A+ CE credit.

Course
Date
Time
Speaker

Tuesday, Nov. 30

  • How CT Protocols Affect Technologist Repeat Rates, Throughput and Image Quality

    11 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Dr. Timothy Szczykutowicz, DABR

    Description

    Repeated imaging is a source of wasted time, wasted contrast agent, extra patient radiation exposure and unpredictable exam scheduling. This session will review what causes repeated imaging in computed tomography, describe current methods to monitor and track repeated imaging and offer solutions for sites wishing to decrease repeated imaging at their institutions.


    Learning Objectives

    • Learn the factors motivating CT scans to be repeated.
    • Understand the departmental and workflow issues that arise from poor CT protocols.
    • Obtain guidance on how to develop robust CT protocols as a physician/technologist/physicist team, which will free technologists to focus on the patient at scan time, not CT scan parameters.
  • Essential Traits of Effective Leadership

    1:30-2:30 p.m.

    Dr. Melissa B. Pergola, R.T.(R)(M), FASRT

    Description

    This course will provide attendees with the skills and knowledge to provide effective leadership that will help them promote efficient and effective work teams and patient care. The content is based on the concept that leadership is exercised through personal example, initiating actions, and communication that influences and encourages professional excellence.


    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the importance of credibility in effective leadership.
    • Recognize employee motivators.
    • Apply the process for building and motivating effective teams.
    • Apply the essential traits of effective leadership to current business challenges.
  • Current Use of MRI in Radiation Oncology

    3-4 p.m.

    Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T), FASRT

    Description

    Radiation therapy, like other specialties in the radiological sciences, continues to change at a remarkable pace. One significant change has been the addition of magnetic resonance imaging into all steps of the radiation therapy process. This session will describe how MRI scans are being used throughout the radiation therapy process, as well as compare and contrast the equipment and images used for radiation therapy and diagnostic purposes.


    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss the typical radiation oncology patient process.
    • Learn current use of MRI scans during the simulation for external beam radiation therapy.
    • Explain why MRI is preferred for brachytherapy treatment planning.
    • Discuss current commercially available MRI-linear accelerators.
    • Review clinical applications for patients who had treatment on MRI-guided machines.
  • Technologist Storytelling Panel: An Experimental Learning Tool for Mental Health Education and Practice for MRTs

    5-6 p.m.

    Jennifer Carey, M.Org.M, B.H.Sc., R.T.(R)

    Description

    Experiential learning philosophy incorporates relational learning and storytelling to enhance the learning experience of sensitive subject matter such as mental wellness. To address the gap in mental health promotion among MRTs, a storytelling panel was developed that enabled participants to share how mental health struggles have affected their lives. This session will discuss the background and development process of a technologist storytelling panel and its affect on mental health.


    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss the awareness of mental health among Canadian MRTs and the affect that mental health struggles have on their practice and well-being.
    • Understand the background of experiential learning philosophy for adult learners.
    • Learn how and why to use an MRT storytelling panel as a learning tool.
    • Review the provided outline for and understand the considerations of hosting an MRT storytelling panel.
 

Wednesday, Dec. 1

  • The Changing World of Contraband Smuggling

    8-9 a.m.

    Barry Daly, M.D.

    Description

    The recent rapid growth of narcotic abuse worldwide may be described as the unseen pandemic behind the pandemic. The last two years have seen increasing addiction, with rapidly worsening overdose and related death rates. This session will describe the recent evolution of newer, more dangerous illegal drug formulations and recent advances in imaging techniques for drug detection and interdiction. The detection of concealed contraband drugs in hospital emergency departments and in prisons also will be addressed. The high prevalence of street drug use in the U.S. and other countries should encourage radiologic technologists to be aware of this serious global health problem.


    Learning Objectives

    • Understand newer formulations and packaging of concealed illegal drugs and recent advances in imaging techniques for their detection.
    • Discuss the recent increase in abuse of synthetic opioids and the problems in detecting this contraband.
    • Describe efforts to detect and curtail contraband smuggling into and within prisons.
  • Standards of Ethics in Practice

    9:30-10:30 a.m.

    Cheryl DuBose, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)(QM), MRSO, FASRT

    Description

    Participants will gain an understanding of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ mission and how the Standards of Ethics supports the mission. The purpose of the aspirational Code of Ethics and enforceable Rules of Ethics also will be discussed.


    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the ARRT Mission, Standards of Ethics and Equation for Excellence.
    • Explain the purpose of the aspirational Code of Ethics and enforceable Rules of Ethics.
    • Describe the processes for handling challenges raised under the Standards of Ethics administrative procedures.
  • Let's Get Lifted! Elevating Yourself as an Imaging Professional Through Advocacy, Engagement and Ethics

    11 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Jennifer Clayton, M.B.A., R.T.(R)(CT)

    Description

    In this session, the speaker will discuss various ethical and legal issues related to imaging and the will share information related to engagement, being actively involved as imaging professionals and the importance of advocacy.


    Learning Objectives

    • Consider the ethical and legal aspects of serving patients, colleagues and the profession.
    • Discuss the application of ARRT Standards of Ethics.
    • Review disciplinary cases brought to licensure boards related to ethical or legal violations.
    • Discuss legislative issues facing imaging professionals and their potential impact on patient interactions.
    • Explain methods to personally engage in professionalism and advocacy, and to create awareness about the imaging field.
  • Anatomy of an Imaging Malpractice Lawsuit

    1:30-2:30 p.m.

    Theodore VanderlaanJ.D., R.T. (R)

    Description

    This course will take the participant through the elements of a malpractice case, compare and contrast criminal lawsuits and civil cases, and define the term negligence and explain how it’s determined. Through the use of multimedia, participants will learn how a malpractice case occurred in an imaging department and experience what it’s like to be in a deposition as a patient and as a technologist. Attendees will have the opportunity to side with the plaintiff or defendant, decide the case and compare their verdict to the actual outcome of the case. Finally, the presenter will explore ways to mitigate the risk of a malpractice case in the workplace.


    Learning Objectives

    • Define negligence, duty, breach, harm and causation.
    • Describe the difference between the two types of causation.
    • Discern between criminal and civil law.
    • Understand the steps in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
    • Describe methods for mitigating the risk of a malpractice lawsuit in the workplace.