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 2018 Annual Meeting registration (a $650 value). Simply have your badge scanned and you will be automatically entered in the drawing.

Sunday, July 9

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Understanding Clinical Decision Support (CDS) requirements for Medical Imaging
George Fuller

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 required that CMS establish a program mandating that healthcare providers document that Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) is consulted when ordering an exam for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services. This session will provide an overview of the requirements related to the use of Clinical Decision Support solutions to satisfy this requirement.

Learning Objectives:
• Describe the latest updates impacting the AUC consultation / documentation requirements
• Understand the Timelines for compliance and financial implications for non-compliance
• Have some insight into how the new administration may affect these requirements in the years to come

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Monday, July 10

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
Neuroimaging of the Pediatric Population: Current Practices and Looking Towards the Future
Dr. Donna R. Roberts, MD and Charles Stanley 

This session will focus on current and advanced neuroimaging techniques for use in the pediatric population. We will discuss upcoming techniques in ultrasound, CT and MRI and how to incorporate them into standard practice. We will also discuss current controversies including the use of sedation and the choice of contrast agents.

Learning Objectives:
• Review current practices in neuroimaging of the pediatric population: MRI, CT, and Ultrasound.
• Review advanced imaging techniques and how to incorporate them into standard practice.
• Discuss current controversies: sedation, contrast agents.

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5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Cybersecurity is easy! (Except for the Humans)

Drex DeFord, BS, MPA, MS
Drex is a 30-year healthcare executive he’s won some, lost some, and struggled mightily with cybersecurity challenges. His time leading government, not-for-profit, research, venture-capital-backed, specialty, and academic-based health systems has given him a world of experience. And he’s figured out some of the best way to push, pull, collaborate, and cajole his leadership teams and boards into top-notch security programs. But it turns out the hardest part isn’t the technology…it’s the humans.

Learning Objectives:
• Achieve a better way to explain and justify cybersecurity programs and expenditures to your leadership and board of directors/trustees.
• Effectively communicate and collaborate with staff to improve both corporate and personal cybersecurity posture.
• Balance and manage risk vs. ease-of-operations in both the governance, and daily work, of cybersecurity.

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Tuesday, July 11

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Patient Centric MR Imaging: Innovative Imaging Strategies
Lawrence N. Tanenbaum, MD, FACR, Radnet Eastern Division, New York, NY
Patient centric imaging requires a focus on comfort which is impacted both by scan length and magnet design. Traditional open MR systems were well suited to concerns over body habitus and claustrophobia but delivered image quality that often fell short of clinical expectations. A novel, open design, high field magnetic resonance system is capable of accommodating both patient access and comfort while providing the full range of clinical applications that a closed design high field MR system would deliver. The presentation will demonstrate the philosophy behind patient centric imaging and focus on the evolution of the open MR market and its increasingly important role in clinical practice. 

Learning Objectives:
• Learn how market forces including patient centric imaging are impacting today's radiology departments. 
• Learn how modern open MR systems align with value-based care and are changing the way imaging facilities do business.
• Learn innovative imaging strategies critical for imaging programs to succeed in population health management.

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6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Addressing Musculoskeletal Pathologies with ALARA Imaging
Jamie Milas – Vice President, EOS imaging, Jeff Moirano, MS, DABR – Medical Physicist, University of Washington Medical Center, Barbara Drozdowski – Radiologic Technologist , Nemours AIfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Cicil Chamakalayil, R.T.(R)(MR) – Radiology Supervisor , NYULMC Center For Musculoskeletal Care

Radiation exposure from frequent medical imaging may result in an increased risk of radiation-induced cancers later in life. The EOS system offers low dose and Micro Dose exams at a radiation level that’s lower than standard X-ray systems and always ALARA. Low dose is not the only advantage when using an EOS: Discover the benefits of full body, weight-bearing 2D/3D images and data for pediatric and adult patients along the entire orthopedic care pathway. This symposium will cover best practices for dose reduction, patient throughput, patient positioning (standing and seated exams in the EOS radiolucent chair), and demonstrate the value of weight-bearing 3D along the patient care pathway.

Learning Objectives:
• utilize the benefits of EOS in addressing musculoskeletal pathologies.
• implement best practice techniques for ALARA imaging without compromising image quality.
• maximize patient throughput and how to position adult and pediatric patients for both standing and seated exams.
• use information packed, full body, 3D weight-bearing images along the patient care pathway

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Wednesday, July 12

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Optimizing Breast Cancer Detection, Departmental Efficiencies, and the Patient Experience
Gregg R. Cretella and David Wild 

Utilizing the latest advances in digital mammography and medical informatics can help to maximize financial, operational and clinical outcomes. This session will demystify some of these advances, explore new imaging and informatics tools that are now available to breast imaging facilities, and introduce technologies that facilitate patient comfort and satisfaction. Given the growing popularity of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) and the large datasets that it produces, this session will also help attendees to evaluate the readiness of their current IT infrastructure, and make sound decisions when considering the purchase of new breast imaging technologies.

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