Join us in Summit, NJ! AHRA Local Area Meetings are a great way to network with fellow imaging professionals to discuss the latest industry issues and gain CE credits from educational sessions covering industry trends. These meetings are FREE to attend thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and you do not have to be an AHRA member. 

Location & Agenda

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
10:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Overlook Medical Center
99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
Conference Room 4 - Main Hospital

10:00 AM: Registration and coffee
10:30 AM: Developing a Turnkey RSO: Why, When, and How
11:30 AM: Lunch & Networking
12:30 PM: CT Dose Optimization: From concepts to long-term implementation

Educational Sessions

Developing a Turnkey RSO: Why, When, and How
Speaker: Thomas J. Petrone, PhD, DABR, DABMP
CEO & Chief Medical Physicist
Petrone Associates

A 50-minute presentation that will explore the current-day requirements of the radiation safety function in healthcare. The growth of responsibilities of the modern radiation safety officer is a function of technological and clinical advances, increased awareness, and increased regulation. At the same time, the supply of qualified, ready, and willing candidates for RSO positions is strained by increased clinical duties and other factors. The turnkey RSO program offers a potential model for uniformity, compliance, consistency, efficiency, and accuracy across a wide range of radiological departmental scenarios.

You will learn:
• The historic role of the Radiation Safety Office as well as how that role has changed significantly in recent years
• The challenges presented to the modern RSO
• A concept consisting of adaptable models to satisfy the current responsibilities of the RSO both efficiently and consistently.

CT Dose Optimization: From Concepts to Long-Term Implementation

Speaker: Christopher Smitherman, MS, DABR
Chief Technical Officer & Director of Diagnostic Physics
Petrone Associates

A 50-minute presentation that will explore how to implement a CT dose optimization program for the long-term. We will begin with how you can get started with a CT dose optimization program, then will provide all the needed tools to ensure your program is a success. The technical aspects of protocol construction and how each function can be used to improve radiation dose and image quality will be spelled out so that your team feels comfortable making positive changes based on your data.

You will learn:
• Understand the ways to collect the dose data needed to start a CT Dose Optimization program
• Establish how and who needs to interact with this data consistently to be effective
• Explore the technical aspects of protocol optimization and how they can be used to improve image quality and patient dose


Online registration is closed. You can register on-site.
Questions? Contact AHRA Member Services or call 978-443-7591.

CE Credit:
 Up to 2.0 ARRT Category A, Continuing Education (CE) credit will be available for those attending the educational sessions. Please be sure to provide a valid email address when registering, as communications regarding CE credit will be made via email.

Driving Directions:
Click Here for hospital driving directions.

Parking Information: Enter on Beauvoir Ave and park in the West Garage across from the entrance to the main hospital building. Enter the Main Hospital Building and proceed to Conference Room 4.

Please Note: If you are registering online, you will need to log in or create a new account. If you are or have ever been a member of AHRA, or attended an event or purchased a product from AHRA, you have an account with us. If you are unsure if you have an account with us, please contact AHRA or call 800-334-2472.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

It is our goal to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. AHRA will follow all local and state guidelines in place at the time of the event. Per Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Health Center Guidelines, face coverings over the nose and mouth will be required indoors except while actively eating or drinking.