April 6-8, 2017
VA Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center

Speakers and volunteers to help with various activities during the seminar are needed. Please contact Ruth Kusterer at or Taffi Simone at if you are interested in helping with either of these positions.

Please note: there is not a form for group registration this year. We are asking to have each person in the group to complete an individual form so that we may have their contact information. A group may still pay for all members with one payment method and may still send all forms together in one envelope if mailing them.

Also: VSRT Honorary and Life Members will need to manually register through Suzanne Schiefer (VSRT Treasurer & Membership Specialist) smschiefer65@gmail.com at or Audrina Holdren (VSRT Exec. Sec.) at alholdren@gmail.com.


Thank you,



Hotel Room Fees
All rooms have a $1 per night lodging fee and sales tax of 12%.

  • Single: $117
  • Double: $117
  • Triple: $117
  • Quad: $117

Seminar Registration Fees

We have extended the 10% off Early Bird Advance registration until 5pm on April 4th!

If paying by credit card, please select online registration, complete the form, and then you will be taken to the payment page. Your registration is not complete if you do not submit the payment.

Onsite registration will be available when arriving at the conference; however registration fees will be 10% higher.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the conference!


Addressing Qualitative Program Outcomes using Quantitative Data — Cara Heinrich, BSHS, RT(R)(M)

The purpose of this session is to provide useful tangible information to the imaging sciences educators necessary to gather accurate program effectiveness data to be used to affect qualitative outcomes for their programs. The definitions of qualitative and quantitative will be presented along with shared best practices of data collection in order to be more proactive as a program to meet accreditation standards. The attendees will gain insight into how their programs can improve evaluation of their qualitative program outcomes using objective evaluation reporting tools and data to produce a more skilled and knowledgeable graduate.

Contrast Media Update — Rebecca Keith, MS, RT(R)(CT)

Review of basic information about contrast media, review FDA and ACR recommendations, provide some guidelines for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of contrast media reactions after contrast administration, and reduce the chance of inducing contrast media nephrotoxicity.

Creation, Development, and Analysis of Test Questions for Educators” — Rebecca Keith, MS, RT(R)(CT)

This presentation involves a discussion of the process for writing examination questions that illustrate the learner’s understanding of material, regardless of online or traditional course format.  The target audience includes educators from radiologic and imaging science programs.  Concepts to be presented include the skill of test-wiseness, constructing or evaluating exam questions, and applying Bloom’s taxonomy to determine the appropriate level of exam question response.

CT and Virtual Colonoscopy — Richard J. Fucillo, CRT, RT(R)(CT), FASRT, OF-CRS

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will have a knowledge of facts and statistics concerning colorectal cancer. In addition, the attendee will have knowledge of the patient’s experience during a CT Colonoscopy to include preparation for the exam, concerns during the exam and any post exam issues.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy — Richard J. Fucillo CRT, RT(R)(CT), FASRT, OF-CRS

At the conclusion of this one hour presentation, the attendee will have an understanding of the causes and effects of chronic encephalopathy. The history of this traumatic disease will be discussed. Actual case studies using CT, MRI and nuclear medicine will be presented.

Digital Image Processing and Display — Terri Fauber, EdD, RT(R)(M)

Discussion will focus on how the acquired image is computer processed to achieve a quality digital image for display. Vendor specific exposure indicators will be presented and compared. Important features of display monitors will be explained in addition to common post-processing procedures. Digital exposure techniques will be discussed in terms of their effect on image quality and patient exposure.

Digital Imaging – Best Practices

Digital imaging has been around for about ten years now but many technologists were never given specific training in the best practices for this modality. This lecture will try to bring up areas where specific training may aid technologists with how to use this modality to its’ best abilities and reduce patient radiation exposure.

Forensic Radiology and its Use in Non-Accidental Trauma in Children — Paula Pate-Schloder, MS, RT(R)(CV)(CT)(VI)

This course will provide an overview of the use of radiologic procedures in forensics. The history of forensic radiology will be discussed. Current uses of imaging in non-accidental trauma will be the focus of the lecture. Child abuse will be discussed in terms of statistics and protocols for examination. Skeletal indicators of abuse and shaken baby syndrome will be reviewed. Efforts to reduce the incidence of abuse will be shared.

How We Define Competency — Rebecca Keith, MS, RT(R)(CT)

Review of basic information about clinical competencies, including how students become competent, reassessing competency throughout the program, and how technologists can give feedback to make students better clinically.

Image Receptors and Acquisition — Terri Fauber, EdD, RT(R)(M)

Characteristics desired in a good quality radiographic image will be described. Image acquisition will be discussed and compared between digital and film-screen image receptors. The major components of computed radiography (CR) and direct radiography (DR) image receptors will be compared and contrasted.

Imaging Perspectives of Domestic Violence — Rebecca Keith, MS, RT (R)(CT)

This lecture will discuss domestic violence, including current definitions, clinical indicators, radiographic and imaging-specific evidence, the importance of screening, health care workers’ reporting responsibilities, and outcomes.  Trigger Warning!

From Ordinary to Extraordinary –The Patient Experience — Randell Jones, BS, RT(R)

Healthcare reform requires that healthcare providers reduce the cost of healthcare, increase the quality of care and improve the patient experience, all of which will determine the amount of reimbursement a healthcare provider will receive. Hospitals and physicians are struggling to form ACOs which are the organizational structures the law demands. The patient experience will not get the level of attention it deserves because hospital executives will focus the majority of attention on cost and structure. Patient satisfaction is not an automatic result of a hospital’s strategic plan, marketing initiative, or highway billboards designed by a Wall Street advertising agency. Patient satisfaction is the result of a staff of employees and managers dedicated to service excellence and responding to the physical and emotional needs of the community. This program is designed to serve as a review of the patient’s experience as they navigate our healthcare systems and what we can do to make their experience pleasant and effective.

Is ALARA Denying Patients a Health Benefit? A Review of Current Arguments for Radiation Hormesis — Paul Riley, MPH, CNMT

The Image Wisely and Image Gently campaigns aim to improve patient safety and address public fears concerning ionizing radiation exposure from medical imaging. As these efforts and regulatory agencies develop related strategies to reduce patient radiation exposure and inform the public, a growing number of voices in the radiological sciences are rejecting this approach arguing that it increases fear and denies patients direct beneficial health effects.

Knowledge Transfer in the Clinical Setting — Kevin J. Powers, EdD, RT(R)(M)/Angela D. Anderson, MA, RT (R)(CT)(QM)

This presentation acknowledges that peer learning is the dominant way technologists learn about new technologies or new applications of existing technologies in the clinical setting. Over a technologists career they will play the role of both student and instructor. This presentation will provide attendees with strategies to help make peer learning events effective and meaningful. Emphasis will be given to the impact prior knowledge and prior learning experiences play when one engages in a new learning event.

Medical Terminology – A Review — Suzanne M. McCarthy, BS, RT(R)(M)

One of the most basic tools of the medical field is the use of the language of medicine. This presentation provides a review of medical terminology for the students while engaging their participation. There are graphics pertaining to the word in question prompting the student’s response throughout the session.

On the Other Side of the Lead Wall — Laura Kippes, BSHS, RT(R)

What happens after being diagnosed with breast cancer? Hear a tech’s story of what came next and get a better perspective of being on the table instead of behind the glass. Techs rarely know what is to come of their patients once they walk out of the Radiology department. As I share the story of my journey through breast cancer, I desire to make the tech aware of their patient’s fears and anxieties as well as the various levels of pain and tolerance they have to studies. After hearing a fellow tech’s battle and how it feels to be hurting while lying on a hard table, I hope to heighten the tech’s compassion and mindfulness of the needs of their patients.

Patient Care Review and 7 Mistakes to Avoid — Mary B. Loritsch, EdD, RT(R), FASRT

This lecture is for students and technologists who would like a review of current ARRT exam content. Topics include ethics & legal aspects, interpersonal communication, infection control, physical assistance & transfer, medical emergencies, pharmacology and contrast media. The most common mistakes in each category will be reviewed.

Predictors for Radiography Student Academic Success

Many radiology educators are concerned with assuring that their programs accept the best qualified student in order for the students to succeed in the program and pass their ARRT board certification exam. This lecture will discuss some current admission criteria and how well each predicts student success in the program.

Positioning Review – Parts I and II — Philip W. Ballinger, PhD, RT(R), FASRT

Radiographic procedures are often performed with little thought to the underlying theory regarding the design and performance. This two-part presentation reviews selected radiographic projections and relates to problem areas and procedures often debated within the professions.

Radiation Protection Practices; the Role of the Technologist — Paula Pate-Schloder, MS, RT(R)(CV)(CT)(VI)

This course will provide a historic overview of radiation protection practices, focusing on the role of the technologist. Historical evidence leading to current standards will be discussed. The increase in radiation dose to the US population and its effect on patient care will be explored. The status of the Image Gently and Image Wisely campaigns will also be reviewed. Ethical and legal implications of radiation overexposure will be summarized.

Radiology Informatics — Laura Kippes, BSHS, RT(R)

Health professionals around the world have generated a movement toward providing higher quality patient care through better management and availability of patient images. Due to the

advancement of Radiology into the world of digital Radiography, there is a relatively new career within Radiology; a career Radiology Informatics. Radiology informatics combines the expertise of a Radiographer along with computer science applications into an increasing demanding and important role of maintaining the systems that is highly depended upon for providing excellent patient care.

Skillsets to Promote Classroom Success

There are many publications and presentations on strategies for the classroom, such as flipped classrooms. I plan to identify and talk about specific, learnable, skillsets that when applied to different teaching strategies can promote classroom and student success.

Software to Enrich Instruction — Kevin J. Powers, EdD, RT(R)(M)/Angela D. Anderson, MA, RT(R)(CT)(QM)

This presentation will highlight three software programs that can be used to enhance instruction. One program (free) will focus on integrating YouTube videos while avoiding conflicts with using copyrighted materials in the classroom. The second program ($30) provides educators with tools to create, capture and enhance a variety of materials for use in the classroom. The third program (Freeware) is a suite of modules for creating a variety of drill and practice exercises including crossword, multiple choice and matching units. Strategies for creating a pool of student generated drill and practice exercises will be discussed. Opportunities for using student generated drill and practice exercises as part of student recruitment activities will be presented.

Teaching to the Four Quadrants of Learners — Nicole Winkler, MEd, RT(R)

This model allows educators to see the full potential of the brain and its abilities and to take an honest look at where their teaching-style preferences and avoidance's are without confining themselves to simply one style or label as a thinker and instructor. The model also proclaims that preferences are wonderful and knowing our preferences can give us powerful information about who we are and what type of learning style we most enjoy. But having a certain thinking or learning style does not excuse us from interacting with a world of varying styles. We need to understand how to communicate with and teach others with different styles. We will explore the whole brain model which indicates that there are key brain-thinking characteristics that impact the way we think and learn.

The Zen of Registry Preparation — Kevin J. Powers, EdD, RT(R)(M)/Angela D. Anderson, MA, RT(R)(CT)(QM)

This presentation provides students with a foundation for creating a personal strategy for maximizing performance on the national registry certification exam. Content will include a detailed explanation of the rationale for professional certification in the radiologic sciences, steps involved in the development of the national certification exam, detailed breakdown of the content and specifications of the certification exam and overriding knowledge assessment theme of the exam. Successful study strategies and exam taking skills will be emphasized.

Thank God for Incidental Findings — Randell Jones, BS, RT(R)

Incidental finding is a previously undiagnosed medical condition that was discovered unintentionally and is unrelated to the current medical condition which is being treated or for which tests are being performed. When an incidental finding becomes personal and life threatening we suddenly realize how vulnerable we really are. If the incidental finding results in surgery and hospitalization we are thrust into a healthcare system that has deteriorated somewhat in recent years.

Using Google Docs to Amplify Your Pedagogy — Nicole Winkler, MEd, RT(R)

Updating and improving your pedagogy with new and innovative technologies may seem labor-intensive. Many educators are not even sure where to begin. Let’s take a look at how to start the

process using a technology that has proven to be successful. Google docs is a cloud-based software that allows its users to create documents, PowerPoints, excel files, proposals, and more. Moreover, let’s take a look at how to use google docs to help us bridge the gap between past and present pedagogies and begin to use technology to our advantage; both in and out of the classroom.