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ASRT 2022 Radiography Curriculum Draft Available

The draft copy of the 2022 radiography curriculum containing proposed revisions has been posted on the ASRT website for public review and comment until February 13, 2022.

Radiography Curriculum 2022 Revised Draft

Comments will be collected and shared with the curriculum revision project workgroup. Please submit your comments to curricula@asrt.org by February 13, 2022.

President's Message Summer 2021

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It is a true honor to become the President of AEIRS, a prestigious organization made of educators in the radiological sciences.

 

At this year’s conference we heard presentations from leading educators in medical imaging. I would like to express my appreciation to the speakers for their valuable contribution to the annual conference.  My deepest gratitude goes to all who attended the conference and help make it such a success. I know that the takeaways from this conference will further deepen our thinking and skills as educators. We all have a few things in common, first is the passion we share for our profession. The look in a student’s eyes when “they get it” cannot be replaced with any amount of money. Second is our adaptability to change, change is hard but we, as educators adapt to the ever-changing landscape. Over the last year the pandemic has brought our profession to a pause and made us all to teach and test our students online. Infection control became at the forefront of our education along with virtual labs. AEIRS gives us a platform to make a difference and “grow” future educators. We are a small group of people that have a large impact on the profession.

I would like to thank those who made the conference possible especially Cheyne Wago, Michelle Wilt, Mari King, Tammy Webster, Julie Gill and Tiffany Roman. I also would like to thank the JRCERT for their support and guidance, the ARRT for watching over our profession and of course the ASRT for all they do. Last but not least, a thank you to our wonderful sponsors, Supertech, Trajecsys - Centralized Clinical Recordkeeping, Pulse radiology, Simtics and Kettering National Seminars.

A special thank you to Debbie Poelhuis for her dedication over the last year and Nina Kowalczyk for staying steadfast in their efforts and leading us through a turbulent year. I welcome Kori Stewart and Kevin Clark to the board.

On a final note, I ask one thing of you all and that is to please mentor that special student or technologist that has that gift to teach. Dr. Elwin Tilson was my mentor and guided me along my journey in education. Thank you, Elwin! Our profession is aging and mentoring the future educators is so important. Please continue to promote research, advanced degrees, and certifications. In closing, I look forward to leading AEIRS along with a wonderful talented board. I hope to see you all in Kentucky next year. I would like to end with a poem by Beryl L. Edmonds titled

“Teachers”

Teachers proudly stand in front of the class
With knowledge and influence en masse,
Igniting a flame in curious minds
Proficiently as the lessons unwind.

Teaching, a calling that burns deep inside
To instruct thirsty, inquisitive minds.
Installing passion that leads to success.
Inspiring pupils to give of their best.

Encouraging scholars' creative gifts,
Praising, applauding whatever it is.
Those who are taught well live well, get ahead.
Blessed are the teachers, it has to be said.

It doesn't go unnoticed, the work involved
Developing great people to evolve.
All humble, nurturing teachers out there,
Thank you all for your compassionate care.

Those who go on to find their hopes and dreams,
Remember the teachers who cast the beams.

ARRT RRA Content Specifications and Clinical Portfolio

ASRT staff are reaching out to let us know that the R.R.A. Content Specifications and Clinical Portfolio documents are now posted on the ARRT website for public review and comment.  Use this URL link to access the documents and survey (https://www.arrt.org/news/article/2021/08/26/arrt-seeks-comments-on-proposed-rra-document-changes).

It would be greatly appreciated if you could reach out to your contacts that are Radiologist Assistants, radiologists, or educate Radiologist Assistant's and ask them to go out to the website, review the documents, and provide input to the ARRT.

The more feedback they receive, the better the information the R.R.A. Practice Analysis Committee will have to create final documents later this year.  

SDMS Announces In-Person 2021 SDMS Annual Conference

 

Plano, Texas – The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) announced yesterday their decision to hold the 2021 SDMS Annual Conference in-person October 14 – 16 in Denver, Colorado. 

 

SDMS Board President, Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS stated “The safety and well-being of our attendees, volunteers, and staff is of the utmost importance to us and the SDMS will adhere to Colorado’s COVID-19 restrictions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) social distancing requirements and health and safety measures for a meeting of our size.”

 

Registration for the conference will open June 15. Attendance will be capped to ensure attendees can follow the required social distancing measures.

 

Exhibit Hall booth reservations will also open June 15. Sponsorships can be purchased now and sponsoring organizations will have the opportunity to select their booth(s) one week prior to the official launch on June 15. The 2021 SDMS Sponsorship & Advertising Prospectus contains information on sponsorship/advertising opportunities and the Exhibit Hall for the 2021 SDMS Annual Conference. Please email exhibitors@sdms.org to secure your sponsorship now.

 

Additional information on the 2021 SDMS Annual Conference will follow at a later date.

Updated ARRT Documents for Three Disciplines are Available!

 

A review of the task inventories, content specifications and clinical competency requirements for the following disciplines was recently completed and the updated documents are now on the ARRT website. Thank you to those who provided feedback on the proposed changes; additional updates were made as a result of your suggestions.

 

Effective January 1, 2022

 

Radiology

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Radiation Therapy

 

In addition, updated clinical experience documents for Breast Sonography and Vascular Sonography will be posted later this month.

 

The Bone Densitometry proposed documents are now available to review and submit feedback via a survey by April 2, 2021 on the ARRT website under “ARRT News”.

**FREE OPPORTUNITY**

Eligible Candidates in Vascular Sonography Can Earn ARRT Certification and Registration at NO COST for a Limited Time in Spring 2021

From May 26, 2021, to June 15, 2021, ARRT will offer certification and registration in Vascular Sonography at no cost to first-time candidates who’ve completed ARRT's eligibility requirements, using either their new primary eligibility pathway or the postprimary eligibility pathway.

 

Candidates who complete all eligibility requirements and pass the exam will earn the ARRT credential in Vascular Sonography. ARRT has offered certification and registration in Vascular Sonography since 2001. ARRT’s credential is recognized by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), the American College of Radiology (ACR), Medicare, and third-party payors.

 

Download the attachment below for exam options, deadlines, and other information.

 

 

 

For more information about this spring offering visit:  Vascular Sonography Free Opportunity - ARRT

 

If you have additional questions, please contact: 

 

Shelley Coutu, B.A., R.T.(R)(M)(BS)(ARRT) at shelley.coutu@arrt.org or call her at 651-681-3106.

SNMMI-TS Nuclear Medicine Curriculum Update

SNMMI-TS Nuclear Medicine Curriculum revision is underway and the first draft is due in January 2022. Please reach out to the AEIRS/SNMMI-TS liaison, Cybil Nielsen, for more information.  She can be reached at cybniels@iupui.edu.

Important Statement From NCRP

Read NCRP's latest recommendations on gonadal shielding for abdominal and pelvic radiographic exams here:

Learn more about NCRP Statement 13: https://ncrponline.org/publications/statements/

President's Message October 2020

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I hope this message finds all of you and your families healthy and safe during these tumultuous times. I know most of you are working hard to maintain the successes of your educational programs. Students are always the center of our actions, and this includes their health and safety as well. It is hard to believe it has been 3 months since our 2020 AEIRS Virtual Conference in July.

I would like to share with you some of the activities of our committees since the 2020 Conference which was a highly successful meeting with excellent speakers.  Our committees have really dived in to work on their charges and are making great strides in the completion of them.  Our Research Committee, led by Kendra Hall and Tanya Custis has produced a short video to assist those interested in doing research. They will continue producing more videos throughout the year and if you have suggestions of topics for them, please let me know. Our Membership Committee, led by Ashely Balliet and Ashley Marshall, has been hard at work creating their September communications message which talks about CoVid-19 Updates and Educators Resources among other AEIRS benefits.  Our Education Committee, led by Toni Chamberlain and Catherine Cooper has put together a 1 CE ASRT approved Educator Webinar on November 9, “ As You Wish: What Educators Can Learn From the Princess Bride” presented by Bobbi Kowash.  They are also working on a 1-day webinar for spring 2021. A big thank you to all the committee members and their hard work.

Our new event planner, Michelle Wilt, has also been hard at work learning her responsibilities, working with RSNA/Associated Sciences Consortium, working with our 2021 AEIRS Annual Meeting chairpersons Mari King and Tammy Webster in planning the meeting in Jacksonville, and working with the Education Committee and the webinars.  Welcome aboard Michelle.

Jeffery Legg and the Editorial Review Board have done a wonderful job in getting manuscripts ready for publication in our AEIRS Journal and the Spectrum since taking over in July. Please keep submitting those manuscripts and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

And as always, your Board of Directors has been diligently meeting via Zoom once a month conducting the business of AEIRS. The Board recently approved a full audit be conducted of the finances of the association and are awaiting those results. AEIRS is as strong as ever due to its members and their willingness to volunteer their expertise, so thanks to all who give of their time. 

Please stay healthy and here’s hoping I will see all of you next July in Jacksonville, FL.  I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and I am sure we are all looking forward to 2021.

ARRT Draft Documents

Medical Imaging Professional:

 

The ARRT is currently conducting practice analyses for three of our certification and registration disciplines. It is our philosophy that an examination for certification and registration should be based on the job responsibilities of practicing imaging professionals. To ensure the examinations being reviewed reflect current practice, we have consulted with imaging professionals working in these disciplines to enquire about the tasks that are currently being performed. We are in the process of updating the content specifications and clinical requirements to reflect the changes in the clinical setting.

 

Your assistance in reviewing the content of these documents will help ARRT ensure they continue to produce current, accurate and fair content that covers the knowledge and cognitive skills required of imaging professionals in their respective disciplines.

 

The following draft documents are posted on the ARRT website for professional comment. The documents can be accessed on ARRT’s website. Or on the ARRT website, select ‘ARRT NEWS’.

 

Draft Radiation Therapy Content Specifications – comments due October 2, 2020

Draft Radiation Therapy Clinical Competency Requirements - comments due October 2, 2020

 

Draft Nuclear Medicine Technology Content Specifications – comments due October 12, 2020

Draft Nuclear Medicine Technology Clinical Competency Requirements - comments due October 12, 2020

 

Draft Radiography Content Specifications – comments due October 31, 2020

Draft Radiography Clinical Competency Requirements - comments due October 31, 2020

 

Feel free to share the website address and professional comment invitation with any qualified individuals.

 

Thank you in advance for your time and feedback.

 

Kind Regards,

Roxanne Koenen

 

Roxanne Koenen, B.S., R.T.(N)(ARRT), CNMT, PET

 

EXAM DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR, EXAM REQUIREMENTS AND PSYCHOMETRICS

THE AMERICAN REGISTRY OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS®

 

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2020 SDMS Award & Competition Winners

For Immediate Release

 

Plano, Texas – The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is proud to announce the 2020 SDMS award and competition winners who were honored September 25, 2020 during the 2020 SDMS Annual Conference – Virtual Edition.

 

SDMS Distinguished Educator Award - The SDMS Distinguished Educator Award honors an exceptional educator in the field of diagnostic medical sonography who is uses innovative teaching methods to promote life-long learning.

 

Kimberly Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS

 

Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award - The Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award recognizes sonographers for the publication of their outstanding research or review articles in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS).

 

1st Place: Addition of Subdiaphragmatic Vessels in Evaluation of Hemodynamically Significant Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Premature Infants

Joy Guthrie, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, ACS, RCS, RCCS, RVS, FSDMS, FASE

 

2nd Place: Glow Powder: See the Germs? An Innovative Teaching Technique in a Student Sonography Laboratory

Yosefa J. Pessin, DHSc, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Eric P. Matthews, PhD, RT(R)(CV)(MR), EMT

 

3rd Place: A Longitudinal Study to Assess Abdominal Adioposity by Sonography, DXA, and BMI

A. Nicole Stigall, MS, RDMS, RVT

Randee L. Hunter, PhD

Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS, FAIUM

Coleen K. Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, LD, FAND

 

W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Award - The W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding writing in the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Named in memory of W. Frederick Sample, MD, who made tremendous contributions to the growth and development of the field of sonography, the awards encourage students to submit original research and literature review papers to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS).

 

Original Research

 

1st Place: The Impact of Sex and Height on Femoral Intercondylar Width as Assessed with Ultrasound

Annie Hurst

The University of Missouri – Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program

 

2nd Place: The Gastrointestinal Response to Stress Detected by Ultrasound

Annie Lewis

The University of Missouri – Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program

Literature Review

 

1st Place: Comparing the Use of Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography to Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in the Detection of Coronary Artery Disease

Dana Taylor

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

 

2nd Place: Echocardiographic Tools for Assessing Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Tiara Scott

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

 

Scientific Presentation Competition

The Scientific Presentation Competition evaluates sonographers’ original summary papers on clinical research, educational techniques, patient care, sonography department management, case studies presenting a diagnostic challenge, or other areas related to diagnostic medical sonography.

 

1st Place: Sonographic First Trimester Diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: A Case Report

Emily Hildebrand, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

 

2nd Place: Diagnosing Temporal Arteritis: Can Ultrasound Replace Temporal Artery Biopsy?

Douglas Clem, PhD, RDCS, RVT

Victoria Gowen, BHS, RDMS

Brooklyn McCann, BHS, RDMS

Madeline Scott, BHS, RDMS

 

SDMS Poster Competitions – Posters report the results of a research study completed by the author(s). Posters are judged on presentation, content, and originality and presented during the SDMS Annual Conference.

 

Sonographer Poster

 

1st Place: Isolated Fallopian Tube Torsion (IFTT): Differentiation Between a Common Verses a Rare Pelvic Pathology

Sara Baker, MEd, RDMS, RVT, RMSKS, RT(R), FSDMS

 

2nd Place: Go With The Flow: VCUG vs. Ce-VUS in Diagnosing Vesicoureteral Reflux in Pediatric Patients

Cara Hill, BS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)

 

Student Poster

 

1st Place: COVID-19 & Ultrasound: Monitoring Lung Conditions in COVID-19 Patients

Elizabeth Hirschauer

Michaela Walker

Laramie County Community College – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

 

2nd Place: Utilizing Echocardiography: Differentiating Amyloidosis from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Systemic Hypertension

Megan Horst

Amira Mazar

Jacob Peterson

Katherine Raehsler

Mayo Clinic School of Health Science – Echocardiography Program

 Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer

For Immediate Release

 

Plano, Texas – The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is pleased to announce the publication of the Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer. The SDMS Sonography Disinfection & Infection Control Task Force developed the guidelines to be consistent with existing regulations, standards, and current best practices.

 

The guidelines outline a comprehensive set of recommendations to address the use, handling, cleaning, disinfection or sterilization, transport, and storage of transducers used in diagnostic medical sonography. The guidelines also provide guidance on when to use a transducer cover and what type of ultrasound gel should be used during certain procedures.  A set of appendices is included in the guidelines containing step-by-step reference tables on how to prepare for and classify a sonographic procedure as well as reprocess the transducer used during a procedure.

 

Also available for download is the Sonography Procedures: Transducer Disinfection and Infection Control Worksheet. The worksheet is designed to educate students and allow facilities to evaluate infection control and disinfection policies and procedures and document variances from best practice (e.g., due to transducer manufacturer’s IFU limits).

 

The following organizations have endorsed or supported the Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer.

 

Endorsing Organizations

  • American College of Radiology

  • Australasian Sonographers Association

  • Philips Ultrasound, Inc.

  • Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 

Supporting Organizations*

  • Acertara Acoustic Lab

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

  • MITA® Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance

  • Sonography Canada

 

* Some organizations have internal policies that do not permit endorsement of external documents. “Supporting organization” denotes a more limited level of review and approval than endorsement and means the organization considers the clinical document to be of educational value, although it may not agree with every recommendation or statement in the document.

 

Click here to download the Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer.

 

Click here to download the Sonography Procedures: Transducer Disinfection and Infection Control Worksheet.