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    • ASRT Announcement

    New Statements on CT Contrast Usage and Patients with Kidney Disease

    Jan 24, 2020

    The risk of administering modern intravenous iodinated contrast media in patients with reduced kidney function has been overstated, according to new consensus statements from the American College of Radiology and the National Kidney Foundation, jointly published in the journals Radiology and Kidney Medicine.

    Intravenous iodinated contrast media are commonly used with computed tomography to evaluate disease and to determine treatment response. Although patients have benefited from their use, iodinated contrast media have been denied or delayed in patients with reduced kidney function due to the perceived risks of contrast-induced acute kidney injury. This practice can hinder a timely and accurate diagnosis in these patients.

    "The historical fears of kidney injury from contrast-enhanced CT have led to unmeasured harms related to diagnostic error and diagnostic delay," said lead author Matthew S. Davenport, M.D., associate professor of radiology and urology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "Modern data clarify that this perceived risk has been overstated. Our intent is to provide multi-disciplinary guidance regarding the true risk to patients and how to apply a consideration of that risk to modern clinical practice."

    These consensus statements were developed to improve and standardize the care of patients with

    impaired kidney function who may need to undergo exams that require intravenous iodinated contrast media to provide the clearest images and allow for the most informed diagnosis.

     For more information see the RSNA Press Release.
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    • State Regulations and Legislation

    ASRT January 2020 Legislative and Regulatory Update

    Jan 31, 2020

    In January, ASRT monitored about 400 state legislature bills that could affect radiologic technology practice areas. The Society also worked with state affiliate societies, allied health care organizations and volunteers on multiple advocacy initiatives.

    Oklahoma

    Senate Bill 1230 was introduced for consideration when the legislature convenes on Feb. 3. This bill would create a Radiologic Technologist Advisory Committee within the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. The committee will assist the board in establishing education and certification licensure standards for radiographers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and limited x-ray machine operators in the state. 

    House Bill 3349, currently pending in the Oklahoma House, would require unlicensed health personnel, including radiologic technologists, to complete an approved phlebotomy certification training program and be certified as a phlebotomist before performing venipuncture on patients undergoing imaging procedures.

    California

    Senate Bill 480 has passed the Senate and is now under consideration in the California Assembly. This legislation would require the California Board of Medicine to create a Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee to identify appropriate training, qualifications and scope of practice for radiologist assistants. The advisory committee will submit a report recommending potential statutory and regulatory changes to grant practice authority to radiologist assistants to the Governor and Legislature by January 1, 2022.

    Missouri

    The Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists is preparing for the annual Radiologic Technologists in Jefferson City advocacy event. The MoSRT asks R.T.s and students in the state to join them on Feb. 11, 2020 to meet with state lawmakers about the need for licensure standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.

    Florida

    Bills introduced in the 2020 legislative session may have a strong impact on the radiologic technology profession in Florida. House Bill 651 and companion Senate Bill 204, Florida Hospital Patient Protection Act, potentially impacts the ability of R.T.s to perform venipuncture. House Bill 707, a review of occupational regulatory programs in the state, could result in the dissolution of the Florida radiologic technology licensure program.

    To learn more about advocacy issues in your state, see the ASRT Advocacy Action Center.

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    • News Releases

    Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant for Cardiovascular Imaging Research

    Feb 03, 2020
    Kevin D. Evans
    Dr. Kevin D. Evans

    The ASRT Foundation has announced the recipient of the largest research grant in its history. Kevin D. Evans, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, director of The Laboratory for Investigative Imaging at The Ohio State University will receive a $25,000 award. The study, “Screening Asymptomatic Patients with Hand-held Ultrasound to Assess Their Risk of a Cardiovascular Event,” aims to test whether sonographic evaluation of the abdominal aorta for calcific plaque could provide the same level of assessment as computed tomography calcium scoring, without the exposure to ionizing radiation and increased costs.

    “We greatly appreciate this $25,000 award for our work in refining the cardiovascular risk assessment of patients 40-60 years of age,” said Dr. Evans. “The investment of these landmark funds from the ASRT Foundation indicates the importance that the association has for scientific inquiry and supporting imaging scientists. This project has important significance as it is designed to address the need for better screening assessment for adults typically given a statin or medication to control hypertension, but not a more through diagnostic work-up.” Dr. Evans is the Chair of the Radiologic Sciences/Respiratory Therapy Division at The Ohio State University.

    The ASRT Foundation research grant program provides radiologic science professionals with funding to conduct research in affiliation with an academic or clinical institution. The Foundation now offers research funding levels for new and emerging researchers along with an International Collaborative Clinical Research Grant.

    “The Foundation is committed to developing and supporting research in the radiologic technology profession,” said Steve Hardy, M.S., R.T.(R)(T)(CT), CMD, chief operating officer for the ASRT Foundation and executive vice president of the development and corporate relations department for ASRT. “We’re very pleased to help provide significant funding for the valuable work of Dr. Evans and his colleagues at The Ohio State University.”

    Grant recipients are selected based on the strength of their proposal and alignment with the overall mission of the ASRT Foundation. The Foundation’s Research and Grants Advisory Panel evaluated grant applications and made recommendations to the Board of Trustees for funding. Recipients were then approved by the Board of Trustees.

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    • News Releases

    ASRT Foundation Selects Two for International Speakers Award

    Feb 05, 2020
    Kori Stewart
    Kori Stewart

    Kori Stewart, M.H.S., R.T.(R)(CT), CIIP, and Stacy Anderson, M.S., R.T.(T), CMD, have been selected as the 2020 recipients of the ASRT Foundation’s International Speakers Exchange Award.

    Stewart will present “Artificial Intelligence in Radiology: Will Radiographers/Technologists Work with Robots Soon?” at the 2020 UKIO Congress June 1-3, 2020, in Liverpool, England. She is Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Director for the CT, MRI and Ultrasound certificate programs at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. Stewart is also pursuing a doctoral degree in biomedical informatics at Rutgers University.

     
    Stacy Anderson
    Stacy Anderson

    Anderson will present “Quantitative Imaging in Radiation Therapy: What’s our Role?” at the 2020 CARO Annual Scientific Meeting September 23-26, 2020, in Toronto, Ontario. She currently serves as Program Director of the Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Programs in the College of Allied Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Anderson developed the first Medical Dosimetry Program at the graduate level at OUHSC while pursuing professional and research interests in radiation physics and medical dosimetry, among other topics.

    For more than a decade, the ASRT Foundation has funded radiologic technologists to participate in the ISEA program. It promotes global cooperation through the sharing of research, best practices and professional development in the radiologic sciences. It also provides speakers the opportunity to forge important professional connections with international colleagues. The award includes conference registration, travel and lodging expenses, and a stipend to cover related costs.

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    • ASRT Announcement

    Polls Open for 2020 ASRT Election

    Feb 18, 2020

    Online voting for the 2020 ASRT election opens today and runs through March 10. Eligible members can cast their vote at our secure voting website during this period.

    The ASRT election provides members with the opportunity to elect national officers for the Society’s Board of Directors and delegates for each ASRT chapter. Voters are encouraged to review the officer and delegate candidate profiles. Use this comprehensive information to get to know the candidates and learn about their positions on specific radiologic technology topics.

     
     

    For more information about the ASRT election process, see this page. You also may contact ASRT Member Services at 800-444-2778 or memberservices@asrt.org.

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    • ASRT Announcement

    ASRT Seeks Volunteers for Subcommittee Positions

    Feb 18, 2020

    The ASRT Foundation seeks volunteers to serve on important subcommittees for the Practice Standards Council and the Committee on R.T. Advocacy.

    The Committee on R.T. Advocacy is seeking members to provide advocacy support for affiliates in several multi-state regions. CRTA regional subcommittee members can expect to spend a minimum of three hours per month responding to e-mail and communicating with ASRT members in the region as a member of their subcommittee.

    Practice Standards Council Modality Subcommittee members review and propose revisions to practice standards when necessary and provide research and recommendations on practice issues and requests for advisory opinion statements related to their practice area. Practice Standards Council subcommittee members can expect to spend a minimum of three hours per week from July through September responding to e-mail, reviewing documents and participating in webinars.

    Please learn more below:

    Practice Standards Council Modality Subcommittees – Deadline: April 2, 2020

    • Sonography
    • Mammography
    • Radiation Therapy
    • Bone Densitometry

    Committee on R.T. Advocacy Regional Subcommittees – Deadline: April 2, 2020

    • All Regions 1-9

    Please contact volunteer services at VolunteerServices@asrt.org with questions.

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    • State Regulations and Legislation

    ASRT February 2020 Legislative and Regulatory Update

    Feb 26, 2020

    In February, ASRT monitored close to 400 state legislature bills that could affect radiologic technology practice areas. The Society also worked with state affiliate societies, allied health care organizations and volunteers on multiple advocacy initiatives.

    Alabama

    The Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologists is pushing for enactment of Senate Bill 171, introduced on Feb. 11, 2020, by Sen. William Beasley and referred to the Senate Committee on Healthcare. SB 171 would establish licensing and regulatory standards through the Office of Radiation Control for health care personnel performing radiologic imaging or radiation therapy for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.  

    Alabama is one of three states with no minimum education requirements for personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. Currently, individuals in Alabama who perform radiologic procedures are not required to take a single course in medical radiation, patient positioning or basic radiologic science physics.

    California

    The California Senate is considering a bill that would license and create a scope of practice for radiologist assistants. Senate Bill 480 has passed the Senate and is now under consideration in the California Assembly. This legislation would require the California Board of Medicine to create a Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee to identify appropriate training, qualifications and scope of practice for radiologist assistants.

    The bill is supported by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, California Society of Radiologic Technologists, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and Society of Radiology Physician Extenders.

    Connecticut

    The Connecticut Society of Radiologic Technologists will mobilize R.T.s in the state for a day at the capitol March 5, 2020. The group does not have a legislative bill in progress but will use its time with legislators to increase awareness of the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in health care. Connecticut R.T.s register here.

    Missouri

    The Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists conducted its annual Radiologic Technologists in Jefferson City advocacy event at the state capitol on Feb. 11. During the event, a placeholder bill was introduced, securing a spot in the legislative process for consideration of licensure legislation in 2020. House Bill 2431 was introduced by Rep. Kathy Swan.

    Oklahoma

    On Feb. 3, Sen. Rod Standridge introduced a measure that could lead to education and certification licensure standards in the state of Oklahoma. Senate Bill 1230 would create a Radiologic Technologist Advisory Committee within the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. The committee will assist the board in establishing professional standards for radiographers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and limited x-ray machine operators in the state. The bill was referred to the Health and Human Services Committee.

    West Virginia

    A bill that would have dissolved the West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners and repeal licensure for medical imaging technologists and radiation therapists has been halted by the advocacy efforts of ASRT and the West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists.

    A campaign to alert the state’s medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals using emails generated by the ASRT Advocacy Action Center worked to spread the news and mobilize the opposition of hundreds of R.T.s in West Virginia.

    To learn more about advocacy issues in your state, see the ASRT Advocacy Action Center

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    • News Releases

    ASRT Donates $5,000 to Support Tornado Recovery Efforts

    Mar 06, 2020

    The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts in Middle Tennessee following powerful tornadoes there March 2. The storms caused extensive damage, power outages and loss of life in the region. The donation is on behalf of the ASRT’s 156,000 members.

    The Red Cross is on the ground operating shelters and providing meals and supplies to affected communities in Tennessee.

    “We send our deepest sympathy to everyone affected by these devastating tornadoes, especially to those who lost loved ones,” said ASRT President Stephanie Johnston, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(M)(BD)(BS), FASRT. “We are grateful that hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are working to provide comfort and assistance, and we are proud to be able to support their efforts.”

    More than 8,500 registered radiologic technologists live and work in the state and many of them are ASRT members. ASRT is committed to assisting its members and local communities affected by natural disasters and donates to organizations that can help with on-site recovery efforts.

    “Our contribution to the Red Cross will provide crucial support for those individuals in need of assistance,” said ASRT Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, FASAE, CAE. “Our Society is dedicated to enhancing the quality and safety of patient care, so when a disaster strikes, we want to help those affected in any way possible.”

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    • ASRT Announcement

    ASRT 2020 Elections Results

    Mar 13, 2020

    Members of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists have elected four officers to serve on the 2020-2021 ASRT Board of Directors.

    Kristi MooreKristi MoorePh.D., R.T.(R)(CT), was elected to serve as ASRT’s president-elect. She is assistant dean for academic affairs, School of Health Related Professions, chair and professor, Department of Radiologic Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Moore currently serves as vice president of the ASRT Board of Directors.

     

    Daniel GonzalesDaniel L. Gonzales, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R), FASRT, will serve as vice president. Gonzales is director of diagnostic imaging at Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He served as treasurer of the ASRT Board of Directors in 2018-2019.

     

    Steven CohenSteven Cohen, R.T.(R), will serve as secretary. Cohen is senior radiologic technologist in the imaging department at OrthoIndy in Indianapolis, Indiana. He served as secretary-treasurer of the ASRT Board of Directors in 2017-2018.

     

    Brandon SmithBrandon Smith, M.B.A., M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(VI) was elected to serve as treasurer. Smith is a radiology applications trainer in the educational services and customer excellence department of GE Healthcare in Houston, Texas. He is a former president and chairman of the board of the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists.

    The new officers will begin their one-year terms after the 2020 ASRT Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting, June 24-28, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

     

    President-elect Michael Odgren, B.S., R.P.A., R.R.A., R.T.(R)(CT), will serve as ASRT president for the 2020-2021 term and President Stephanie Johnston, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(M)(BD)(BS), FASRT, will be elevated to chairman of the Board.

    Voters also elected 30 chapter delegates to serve in the ASRT House of Delegates. Terms for the newly elected chapter delegates will begin after the 2020 annual governance meeting. See a complete list of the newly elected chapter delegates here.

    More than 2,400 ASRT members cast votes for officer and delegate candidates in the 2020 ASRT election. Polls were open from Feb. 18 to March 10. Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent election management service based in Minnesota, managed the election process and independently certified the results of the balloting.

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    • ASRT Announcement

    Volunteer Opportunities Available at ASRT

    Mar 16, 2020

    The American Society of Radiologic Technologists is seeking members interested in sharing their professional expertise. Several valuable volunteer opportunities are now available and have been posted to the Open Opportunity page.

    The deadline for applying for any of the positions posted above is April 30, 2020.

    The deadline for applying for any of the positions posted above is May 15, 2020.

    If you have any questions or concerns after reviewing the volunteer criteria for any of these positions, please contact ASRT Volunteer Services at volunteerservices@asrt.org.

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