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) firstname.lastname@example.org at or Audrina Holdren (VSRT Exec. Sec.) at email@example.com.
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
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.
Online registration will close promptly at midnight, March 25th, 2018.
Onsite registration will be available when arriving at the conference.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the conference!
This lecture will discuss the application of active learning strategies in classroom practice. Learning theories, such as Gardner’s multiple intelligences, will be reviewed. Practices that promote learning among college students will also be discussed. The speaker will share examples of application in a variety of medical imaging courses. Audience participation is encouraged.
“And You Thought X-ray Physics Had to Be Boring!” – William J. Callaway, MA, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
Though radiographers use these principles and equipment everyday, many do not stop to think about their role in image production. This review of physics takes those attending through a review of the art and science of medical radiography. Using humorous anecdotes and strong interaction with the audience, the speaker will provide a new appreciation for a difficult topic.
Are You OK With Diversity – Hans Geissberger Memorial Lecture – Ellyn Hodgis, M.Ed., R.T. (R) (M) (ARRT)
As students, educators and technologists, we are, and we serve, increasingly diverse populations. How do we look beyond our own worldviews, values, and biases, to be effective communicators? This session will discuss prevailing American values, and compare cultural variances. Enhancing cultural competence can improve communication, access and outcomes, and help to foster a spirit of inclusivity.
Are You Sure You Want to Say It That Way? – William J. Callaway, MA, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
Accuracy in representing educational programs to the public is an accreditation and governmental requirement. The primary avenue for providing information is the program website and online student handbook / policy manual. This presentation draws on the speaker’s 34 years of experience as a program director and builds on his research of over 700 radiography program websites and student handbooks. It includes suggestions for a clear and accurate mission statement that reflects the real purpose of the program. Examples are provided of website and program policy inaccuracies / misrepresentations and provides suggested clarifications to promote the program clearly and accurately.
ARRT Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR) – Barbara J. Smith, MS, R.T.(R)(QM)(ARRT), FASRT, FAEIRS
A 10 year time limited certificate was awarded to RA registrants beginning in 2007 and all others starting in 2011. CQR is required to maintain certification and registration. This presentation will cover the details of how CQR works and what technologists need to do. Three years before the certificate expires (2018 for those registered in 2011) is the beginning of the CQR Compliance Window.
Assessing your Teaching Effectiveness – Becki Keith, MS, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)
This course presents a review of teaching effectiveness and how faculty can assess and reassess their teaching methods for continuous improvement of courses in the radiologic and imaging sciences.
Cloud-Based Services in Healthcare – Terry Ferguson, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
What are Cloud-Based services and what do they have to do with Radiology. Presenter will discuss and explain cloud-based services, what was done in the past and why are we moving to this in the future. What the components of cloud-based services involve and what that means to the present Radiology Department.
Compilation/overview of Electronic Media Available in Radiation Sciences – Philip W. Ballinger, PhD, R.T.(R)(ARRT), FASRT
This 60 minute presentation identifies the wealth of electronic media available to radiologic sciences educators and students. These summarize media materials available from online publishers, computer programs, smartphone apps, electronic simulation units, and positioning assistance found on new radiographic equipment. The presenters have compiled and categorized lists of known websites to show samples of many of the currently available products. All identified resources are summarized and presented in a format with hyperlinked sites made available for those interested in additional details.
CT and MRI Enterography – Richard J. Fucillo, CRT, R.T.(R)(CT), FASRT, OF-CRS
At the conclusion of this 1 hour presentation the participant will have a thorough understanding of both the CT and MRI procedure to include the prep for the examination as well as protocol/factors for each modality. Reasons for and risks of performing the examination will be discussed. The benefits will be explained. In addition, there will be case studies involving CT and MRI.
Digital Image Processing and Display – Terri Fauber, EdD, R.T.(R)(M)(ARRT)
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 Problems and Artifacts – Barbara J. Smith, MS, R.T.(R)(QM)(ARRT), FASRT, FAEIRS
This course will look at how digital systems process images along with common problems and how they affect image quality. Corrective actions once a problem or artifact is identified will be discussed.
How Can I Be That When I Grow Up? Jay Hicks, EdD, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
This presentation will help students and technologists identify goals for professional development and develop a plan to meet those goals. Technologists who have a variety of backgrounds will be used as examples to illustrate how they can reach their own goals. Methods to assess personal strengths and weaknesses will be presented as well as a structured way to develop a professional development plan.
Image Receptors and Acquisition – Terri Fauber, EdD, R.T.(R)(M)(ARRT)
Characteristics desired in a good quality radiographic image will be described. Image acquisition will be discussed and compared between different types of image receptors. The major components of computed radiography (CR) and direct radiography (DR) image receptors will be compared and contrasted.
Instructor Feedback – Becki Keith, MS, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)
This course presents a review of the value of instructional feedback for teaching faculty, as well as the different types of feedback offered to faculty, and how both positive and negative feedback can be used for continuous improvement of course design and implementation in the radiologic and imaging sciences.
Interesting Cases of the Female Pelvis – Yonella Demars, MSRS, RDMS (AB, OB/GYN, PS), RVT
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the role of the sonographer while performing pelvic ultrasound examinations, the importance of evaluating all pertinent and surrounding organs in determining the cause of female pelvic pain and how to engage in dialogue with the patient to obtain information that could help in their diagnosis. Different findings will be reviewed and discussed.
Learner Centered Teaching – Barbara J. Smith, MS, R.T.(R)(QM)(ARRT), FASRT, FAEIRS
Learner-centered teaching requires a new way of looking at content and how to approach the classroom. This approach places the responsibility for learning on the student, where the teacher becomes the guide or facilitator of learning. The teacher will design activities, assignments and experiences related to the content for the course. During these activities the teacher will be there to offer guidance, explanations, critique or whatever is needed to assist the learner, but the main action is done by the students, not the teacher. This gives students more freedom to learn and develop strategies for future learning. This session will cover a learner centered approach to teaching a course that covers some of the “soft” topics in imaging, such as: ethics, professionalism, diversity, medical legal and communication.
Normalization of Deviance – Stewart Bushong, ScD, FAAPM, FACR
Several authors have recently suggested that it is time to abandon the linear non-threshold dose response relationship and replace it with a linear threshold relationship or even the hormesis relationship. This presentation provides participants with an introduction to the concept of normalization of deviance and its place in medical imaging; an understanding of the concept and application of the various dose-response relationships; a strategy for reducing radiation dose while improving image quality; and a glimpse into the future of medical imaging.
Pass it the First Time: Preparing for the Radiography Certification Exam – William J. Callaway, MA, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
Assessing the content of the certification exam and one’s own strengths and weaknesses are keys to a successful outcome. This presentation will lead students and educators through the process of test preparation, knowledge of test content, and how to manage the test-taking experience.
Playin’ With Digital Equipment and Evaluating Exposure Indices – Philip W. Ballinger, PhD, R.T.(R)(ARRT), FASRT
Traditional radiographic exposure theories traditionally have been built upon fiom-screen techniques for over a hundred years. With the introduction of digital imaging, most exposure techniques have essentially remained unchanged. However, the effect on the digital image may, or may not, be different. Too often the exposure indices are not evaluated or understood. This presentation compares and evaluates the exposure indices used by all major manufacturers of radiographic equipment and how the numerical values are used in creating a better image.
Portable Radiography: Quality of Care in Bedside Imaging – Terry Ferguson, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
Portable radiography is often perceived as producing Radiographs with lesser quality imaging that exams preformed in fixed radiographic rooms. This will examine the reasons for this perception and discuss what is needed to eliminate this perception. Discussion will include Basic portable radiography, exams, and equipment utilized.
Review of Radiographic Positioning – Philip W. Ballinger, PhD, R.T.(R)(ARRT), FASRT
Radiographic procedures are often performed with little thought to the underlying theory regarding the design and performance. This one-hour presentation reviews selected radiographic projections and relates to problem areas and procedures often debated within the professions.
The Revised Standards – What’s New for 2021 – Jay Hicks, EdD, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the Revision of the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance, and Medical Dosimetry that become effective January 2021. The revision of the Standards is a comprehensive review that will assist in determining the validity, reliability and ease of interpretation of the Standards. The presentation will also include the timeline associated with the revision process.
Note: This is a 3-part lecture. Participants must attend all 3 parts to receive credit.
Thrombolytic Therapy, Past, Present and Future
This course will cover the historical evolution of thrombolytic therapy from its origins to future development. Currently, Myocardial Infarction and Stroke are leading causes of death in the United States. The role of imaging modalities in diagnosis and treatment of these diseases will be discussed. Treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases with thrombolysis will be the focus of the lecture.
To Cheat or Not – That is the Student’s Question – Karen M. Moorman, MSEd, R.T.(R)(M)(CT)(QM)(ARRT)
Many radiology educators are concerned with student cheating in the classroom and online assignments. This lecture will discuss how prevalent cheating in the college setting is and ways to detect and combat it. Ethical concerns related to cheating will also be discussed and what drives a student to cheat in their courses.
Tools of the Trade: Building an Interventional Radiographer – Alisha Hawrylack, R.T.(R)(VI)(ARRT)
Upon completion of this lecture, the learner will understand have an in-depth understanding of anatomy leading to the evolution of percutaneous IR procedures today. Additionally, they will understand how today’s IR Programs should mirror that history to educate interventional radiographers who are skilled in all facets of IR.
Understanding the Sick & Frightened Child – Terry Ferguson, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
Lecture and discussion will cover the basics of Pediatric Radiographic Technology. Discussion will include, but not limited to, the observations and reactions of a child entering the Radiology dept. for radiologic procedures. The preparation, technical considerations, patient positioning & positioning aids will be discussed and explained. Technical factors to reduce radiation and create quality radiographic images will be examined.