Exhibitor Symposiums

AHRA is pleased to partner with the leading companies in the imaging industry to bring you educational sessions that cover the most up-to-the-minute industry topics and issues. The following symposiums are offered at no additional charge to attendees and all offer ARRT Category A CE credits.

Several AHRA and AHRA Education Foundation partners host and present a symposium during the Annual Meeting. Because these companies’ support is essential to providing education to members, the AHRA is asking all attendees to attend as many of the exhibitor educational symposiums as possible to show appreciation. Attend 4 or more and be entered to win a free 2020 Annual Meeting registration. Simply have your badge scanned and you will be automatically entered in the drawing.

Sunday, July 21

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session TBA

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Monday, July 22

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
Enhancing Patient Safety and Optimizing Efficiency in CT, MRI and Cath Labs: Integrating the Use of Contrast Media Dispensed in Prefilled Syringes
Douglas Boyd, RT (R) (MR)

Every day, radiology departments balance the often competing interests of efficiency, cost and patient safety. When a single medical technology product delivers improvements in each of these areas, the adoption of its use can be transformative. Prefilled contrast media syringes are such a product, and the benefits in efficiency, cost savings, and patient safety associated with their use is highlighted by a number of recent studies. Join Douglas S. Boyd R.T.(R)(MR), MRI Supervisor and PET/MRI Supervisor for the nation’s largest VA Hospital, for an engaging and practical session that will provide a comprehensive examination of the use of prefilled contrast media.

You will learn:
• Discuss the potential infection risks involved with the use of contrast dispensed from multi-dose and bulk-pack containers
• Review recommendations from SIPC, CMS, CDC, and the Joint Commission regarding injection safety
• Describe how contrast media dispensed in prefilled syringes can improve patient safety
• Identify ways in which contrast media dispensed in prefilled syringes can optimize workflow and throughput in radiology departments and cath labs
Domain: HR, OM
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5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

A New Perspective on Risk Management in MR Contrast
Nicolas Argy and John Karis

Risk management in radiology is essential in protecting the entire continuum of care—from patients and radiologists to the entire medical organization. Learn about the reduction of risk in the MR suite in the era of gadolinium retention from a leading expert in public health, risk management, process improvement, patient safety, and medical errors. Then hear the experience of a leading neurological institute that switched their gadolinium based contrast agent to the macrocyclic ProHance (gadoteridol).

You will learn:
• Review recent developments and discuss perspectives for the safe use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs)
• Discuss approaches to minimize the risk of gadolinium retention in the MR suite
• Consider the impact of changing GBCAs on patients, healthcare professionals, and MR suite workflow
• Compare safety profiles of the different GBCAs, with a focus on immediate adverse events
Domain: OM
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Tuesday, July 23

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
2019 Imaging Market Outlook
Stuart Clark, BA – Managing Director and National Spokesperson, The Advisory Board

Imaging providers in 2019 will face a rising tide of cost control, payer steerage, regulatory changes, and patient consumerism. This presentation will equip imaging leaders with strategic insights into key trends and provide guidance on how to respond. Come join Hitachi Healthcare Americas symposium on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to gain important insight.

You will learn:
• Understand major policy and regulatory updates that will impact imaging in 2019 and 2020
• Generate demand for imaging services by care setting and modality
• Explore radiology's adoption of artificial intelligence

Domains: FM, OM, and CI

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6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
How Uniformity in CT Practice Helps Patients, and How Outsourcing CT Protocol Management Will Save You Money
Myron A. Pozniak, MD – Emeritus Professor of Radiology, UW Hospital
Tim Szczykutowicz, Ph.D – Associate Professor Departments of Radiology, Medical Physics and BME, UW
Gina Greenwood, MBA, R.T.(R)(MR), CRA, FAHRA, MBA, R.T.(R)(MR), CRA, FAHRA – Director, Radiology Services, UW Health

A radiologist will present on the clinical importance of prior image comparisons in radiology. Many disease process require continuous monitoring and staging, which all rely on comparisons being made to imaging studies performed at other points in time and often at other imaging centers. We will make the clinical case for how uniformity and harmonization in these comparisons is essential for patient care. A physicist will discuss the multitude of parameters and technologist practices that affect image quality in CT. This discussion will motivate the presentation of the UW CT Protocol efforts as a model for how a CT protocol management team can function. We will provide examples of our protocols that are relevant for procedures commonly performed in hospital and outpatient settings. Along with the protocols, we will also present on facets of CT practice focused on compliance support (i.e. Joint Commission and ACR guidelines). Lastly, a director of radiology will present on the financial implications of outsourcing CT protocol management versus in house development.

You will learn:
• Come away being able to describe the challenges a radiologists faces in a practice where there is a lack of uniformity/harmonization in CT protocols.
• Learn how protocol management teams function and who comprises their membership.
• Understand how a lack of uniformity and harmonization affects patient care.
• Understand how much it costs to comply with ACR and TJC requirements for protocol management

Domains: OM, CI, AM

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Wednesday, July 24

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
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1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Utilizing Technology in a Modern Healthcare Facility – Emerging Trends
Michael Perez De Utrera, BHSA, R.T. (R) (CT) (MR) – Diagnostic Imaging Manager, Leon Medical Centers

A conversation with Michael Perez De Utrera, Diagnostic Imaging Manager at Leon Medical Centers. This session will focus on innovation trends to watch within the modern diagnostic imaging suite. Learn how Radiology Administrators can utilize technology to keep up with the times, maximize facility efficiencies, and provide exceptional patient care.

You will learn:
• Introduction to Leon Medical Centers and its unique business model – Learn what sets them apart from the competition in South Florida (and beyond).
• Understand how a Modern Healthcare Enterprise views the rapid pace of innovation emerging today, and the tools they use to stay more efficient.
• Discuss the importance of “Smart Devices”, and how to leverage the data and analytics to make a positive impact on patient care and business decisions.

Domain: OM, FM
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