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10 Category A+ CE Credits, 60 Minute Classes
Wednesday, December 4
Musculoskeletal Imaging: New Ways To Image the Same Old Bones
Jordan B. Renner, M.D., Chapel Hill, N.C.
Since the discovery of the x-ray almost 120 years ago, musculoskeletal imaging, like all of radiology, has evolved. Dr. Renner’s presentation will provide participants with a better appreciation of the challenges in using conventional radiography for musculoskeletal imaging. The course also covers new approaches to the imaging of orthopedic implants using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Additionally, the presentation covers the importance of newer approaches when evaluating articular cartilage.
Pediatric CT/CTA: Techniques and Applications
Marilyn J. Siegel, M.D., St. Louis
Computed tomography data acquisition using current technology CT systems enables fast-volume coverage with less motion artifacts, less sedation and radiation dose reduction. This presentation will review the basic steps and best imaging protocols for performing computed tomography and CT-angiography in children. Dr. Siegel will review the indications for post-processing multiplanar and volume-rendered reconstructions. Common indications for performing CT and CTA, along with examples of clinical cases, will be presented.
The Role of the Radiologic Technologist in Patient Safety (HCIAC)
Kim M. Mullan, R.T. (R) (M) (CV)., Davie, Fla.; Lynn Bordlee-Rupp, R.T.(R), Albuquerque, N.M.; Donna Thaler Long, M.S.M., R.T.(R)(M)(QM), FASRT, Indianapolis; Liana M. Watson, D.M., R.T.(R)(M)(S)(BS),RDMS, RVT, FASRT, Albuquerque, N.M.
Radiologic technologists are at the forefront of patient safety and quality. This panel presentation will provide an overview of recommendations from the ASRT Foundation's Health Care Industry Advisory Council's Subcommittee on Patient Safety and Quality Medical Imaging, with a primary focus on quality and safety in all medical imaging specialties. Topics discussed will include the desired state of radiologic technologist workplaces to ensure consistent quality in patient care and education on equipment and new technology.
The Patient Experience – Our Shared Journey
Kevin Rush, M.H.A., R.T.(R)(T), FASRT, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
The vast majority of those in medical imaging and radiation therapy joined the field because they have a desire to care for others. This presentation will discuss the journey toward providing care to patients and their families in a more personal or meaningful way while also providing an atmosphere of technical excellence. Mr. Rush will provide methods that technologists can implement in order to serve as patients’ guides through the health care system.
Thursday, December 5
Moving Toward Best Practice: Developing National Guidelines through a Collaborative Approach
Mark Given, M.R.T.(MR), R.T.(R), Ottawa, Ontario
Guidelines provide a tool to help individuals enhance their professional lives and keep up with changes in their field. This course will provide an overview of best practices for medical radiation therapists in Canada, based on the work of a multidisciplinary committee organized by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. The course covers the process of developing the recommendations, the vetting process, and a brief tutorial on how to use them. The process of developing an interactive best-practices website provides many lessons to share with those who pursue this path in the future.
Mastering Digital Radiography: CR and DR Exposures, Techniques and Doses
Dennis Bowman, R.T.(R), Monterey, Calif.
Is your facility using the proper Dose Index ranges according to your radiologists? In his talk, Mr. Bowman will show that DI numbers for computed and direct radiography are extremely reliable almost all the time. The presenter will cover high kV/low mAs techniques to use with digital equipment and how they relate to decreasing radiation dose. Other topics include ways to analyze a digital image, radiograph reactions to too much mAs in exposure and legal issues that concern radiographers such as reprocessing images with different algorithms and shuttering.
Elbow and Forearm Trauma: Mechanisms of Injury and Patterns of Fractures
Ken L. Schreibman, M.D., Ph.D., Madison, Wis.
There are four keys to analyzing elbow radiographs. This course will explore elbow and forearm trauma, using multicolored 3-D images as well as dynamic illustrations, and will demonstrate how the elbow can be optimally imaged, both radiographically and with CT. The lecture will examine a variety of forearm fractures and the radiographic appearance of common elbow injuries, and will demonstrate how one common mechanism, the “Fall on Palm Heel,” can cause a variety of fracture patterns.
Normalization of Deviance and Radiology
Andrew Woodward, M.A.,R.T.(R)(CT)(QM), Chapel Hill, N.C.; Melissa Jackowski, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(M), Chapel Hill, N.C.
Why is it that sometimes we see seasoned imaging professionals taking shortcuts and exhibiting behaviors that don’t embody patient advocacy, safety and technical competence? This lecture will explore “normalization of deviance” as a possible cause of this phenomenon. Simply, we take short cuts and veer from standards in the interest of patient flow. Unfortunately, these shortcuts become the norm because we don’t “see” any extreme negative outcome. This lecture will discuss some of the new norms that may become acceptable in imaging and possible negative outcomes.
How Do We Make Care Patient-Centered?
Brenda A. Battle, R.N., M.B.A., St. Louis
Determining what matters to the patient is the first step in a patient-centered approach to care delivery. This presentation will provide an understanding of patient-centered care and examples of how its integration into the provision of care enhances the patient experience. The course will present practical skills in enhancing the patient experience and
offer an overview of the implications of patient-centered care on value-based care delivery. The lecturer will also address the risks and implications of care that is not patient-centered, including adverse judgment of care by the patient.
Improving Practice in Pediatric Skeletal Radiography
Maryann Hardy, Ph.D., Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Radiographers working with children need to have a good understanding of anatomical growth and development to improve image acquisition techniques and appreciation of the distinctive radiographic appearance of the juvenile skeleton. Using case studies from clinical practice, this presentation will explore how knowledge of skeletal development during childhood can prevent the misapplication of image acquisition techniques and quality assessment criteria and the misinterpretation of normal developmental variations.