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  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 6:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us for our first ever live virtual event!  Information can be found on the event page!!

    We are excited to announce our first ever live webinar, powered by AltusLearn, our CE partner!

    1. Learn why various organizations are promoting that the routine use of patient fetal and gonadal shielding be discontinued

    2. Learn about the impact that discontinuing patient gonadal and fetal shielding has on regulator requirements, and the radiologic technologist certification exam and educational program materials

    3. Learn about strategies that facilities might use when changing their patient shielding policies and practices















  • Thursday, March 04, 2021 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dates Sunday April 18- Tuesday April 20th.

    With afternoon/evening sessions. See attached flyer highlighting speakers and topics.

    Our Dr. Joe Wildenberg is presenting on Tuesday, April 20th at 3pm.

    Technologists/Educators are $30.00 per day or $75.00 for all 3 days. You will earn credits for the presentations you attend, so if you cannot attend all presentations for the day that is ok. MTMI is hosting the event on their platform.  Once registered, you will receive a log in for each day. 

    More log in details will be sent as the event gets nearer.   

    Pending 21 Cat A ASRT credits.  Also pending CQR credit but awaiting final ARRT approval.

    Please use the WSRT website for registration - see link below. 

    Registration link: https://wsrt.zohobackstage.com/WSRT2021#/tickets?lang=en 

    Please share out with fellow technologists. 

    Hope you can join!

    Conference Agenda.pdf

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings!

    As most of you have noticed (I hope) we have begun updating our website!  A big thanks to Jack Ashcroft who worked with me and our web editor Nick to move us forward.

    Now that we have a new "look" I would love to reach out to see if there is any interest from membership to begin the process of updating our content!  If you are interested in learning more about this role please reach out to me with questions! jluca604@gmail.com
    Be safe,

    Jill

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Share your expertise! The Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists would like to invite you to be a speaker on Sports Orthopedics at the 2021 MSRT Annual Meeting being held at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, Minnesota. The meeting dates are October 15th and 16th. This is the premier event for Radiologic and Imaging Education professionals. As a speaker, you will enjoy the prestige and satisfaction of presenting to the most active and committed educators in our profession including technologists from all backgrounds of imaging, students, managers, and others in the in the medical field.  

    Suggested session topics:

    ·        Overcoming Injury & Health Adversity

    ·         Sports Psychology: Overcoming Injury and Return to Sport

    ·         Sports Injuries, Fractures, and Rehabilitation

    ·         Athletes: Female vs Male injuries (Ex, ACL injuries)

    ·         Perspective of being an onsite Medical Professional for Sporting Events

    ·         Traumatic Injuries

    ·         Concussions (CTE)

    ·         3D printing

    ·         Advanced modalities

    ·         Controversies on Returning to the Game

    ·         Utilizing ultrasound in the diagnosis of injuries

    ·         Injuries Specific to the Sport

    ·         Body Mechanics

    ·         Emergency Care Vs Urgent Care in Orthopedics

    ·         Early Youth Sports Specialization

    ·         Expectations of Pre and Post Opt Pain Management

    ·         The Importance of CT and MR scans following injuries

    ·         The Perspective of a Player of Medical Imaging

    ·         Covid-19 and Pushing Forward

    And so forth…

    For further details, and to participate in the 2021 Annual Meeting please contact info@mnsrt.com


  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements has released this statement in support of the ending gonadal shielding:

    https://w3.aapm.org/cares/documents/NCRPStatementNo13.pdf

    ASRT has released this statement:

    https://www.asrt.org/main/news-publications/news/article/2021/01/12/asrt-statement-on-fetal-and-gonadal-shielding

    It is important to remember the MN Radiation Rules still require the use of lead shielding in current statue as written below: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/rules/4732.0510/

    4732.0510 Procedures and Safety Instruction for Facilities    Subp. 4. Gonad Protection

    Except for cases in which it would interfere with the diagnostic procedure, during radiographic procedures in which the gonads are in or within two inches (5cm) of the useful beam, gonad shielding of not less than 0.5 millimeters lead equivalence must be used for patients who have procreative potential.

    However, many sites do have rule variances that have already discontinued the use of patient gonadal lead shielding. 

    We will share updates as we get them!

    Be Safe,

    Jill


  • Wednesday, January 06, 2021 8:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are making changes for 2021!  Stay tuned for a new and improved look!

    Jill

  • Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Season's Greetings from MSRT HTN!

    FINAL 2020 Dec. HTN.pdf

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2020 7:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Urgent request from ASRT, read below and follow link to sign.

    Thank you!!

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is putting into effect new Medicare reimbursement rates in 2021 that carry significant cuts for radiology services and radiation therapy services. This change could result in an overall 11 percent decrease in payment levels for radiology, as well as decreases by specialty, including, a nine percent cut for interventional radiology; an eight percent cut for nuclear medicine; a six prevent cut for radiation oncology; and a six percent cut for radiation therapy. These reimbursement cuts are catastrophic figures for the medical imaging and radiation therapy professions.

    These cuts, coupled with the fact that COVID-19 has had extremely adverse effects on the medical imaging and radiation therapy community, will wreak havoc. Reports state that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a 20 percent decline in the market for medical imaging equipment. Even worse news is on the horizon for the medical imaging and radiation therapy technical professional community if the final rule, with the aforementioned cuts included, takes effect in 2021. According to one study, more than 50 percent of radiology practices plan to terminate or furlough existing employees if the rule's cuts go into effect without any relief, while 82 percent said they expect the cuts will result in decreased imaging access for patients. And much like every other industry facing COVID-19, there is no telling if, or when, these jobs will come back. Patient access and care would further be hindered as medical imaging centers could close or reduce hours, while many would restrict services to Medicare beneficiaries treated in an outpatient setting.

    While the Federal Government continues to search for a comprehensive response to COVID-19, Congress can immediately alleviate these Medicare reimbursement cuts by enacting H.R. 8702. If Congress fails to act, radiology, radiation therapy and medical imaging communities will be impacted in a severe and real way. That is why H.R. 8702 is so important to ASRT, and its members. By creating a two-year "hold harmless" payment that essentially would keep the reimbursement rates for Medicare services at the 2020 amount, H.R. 8702 allows the medical imaging and radiation therapy community to review the losses that COVID-19 has caused, and regroup after the full extent of the pandemic is analyzed.

    ASRT asks that all radiologic technologists and radiation therapists contact your federal representatives using the ASRT Advocacy Action Center as soon as possible to voice support for this important legislation that will help radiologic technologists and radiation therapists continue to care for our country's most vulnerable patients.

    https://cqrcengage.com/asrt/app/write-a-letter?9...


  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings Minnesota, what an honor to be able to serve as your President!  I am looking forward to a new year of accomplishments for the Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists.  I am excited to share with you that the MSRT has been accepted to participate in the ASRT Affiliate Delegate Program; this will be an amazing opportunity for us to work with ASRT to become a stronger organization which meets the needs of our members.  Your President Elect, Jack Ashcroft and I are also in the process completing the ASRT Leadership Academy. We have learned a lot thru this process and are looking forward to using our knowledge and passion to serve you, the MSRT members!

    I will be challenging the MSRT Board to develop a 3-5-year strategic plan that will include prioritizing what our greatest needs are. Also, we will look for tasks that have been left unattended in the past and assign each to small groups to complete by a deadline date.  This will open opportunities for different volunteer levels to our members.  I realize that not everyone is interested in committing several weekends a month to a project, but may be interested in working on something ad hoc. Some ideas include: reviewing our mission and values, updating to our website, organizing our membership campaign and growth goals, updating Society Bylaws and Policy and Procedures, changing the model of our Board to allow for longer tenure and time for actionable changes. We have an unlimited potential to grow our Society, and I am hoping to light a fire in Minnesota!   If you have other suggestions or ideas, please feel free to send them to me to include in our planning!

    I also feel it is a critical time to educate the technologists of Minnesota about the importance of advocacy. We are in the middle of a rule rewrite for the MN Department of Health 4732 X-Ray rules and 4733 Therapy Rules. Several of these proposed changes will have a direct effect on our jobs.  We need to build our membership numbers to show that we are ready to protect our jobs from encroachment by other medical professions.

    I challenge each of you to encourage at least one colleague to join the Society in the coming year. I challenge the students to bridge into full membership upon graduation and certification and make your voices heard as imaging professionals for the state of Minnesota. If you have never served on the Board, I challenge you to volunteer for a position so that we can keep the ideas fresh. Let’s keep the momentum of this past year going! The MSRT Board cares, and we are here to serve you, our valued members! 

    Lastly, I thank you for all your tireless work as we are being faced with yet another challenge unlike any we have seen- please take care of yourselves as best as you can- take five minutes each day to find a way to practice gratitude, start a journal, notice the beauty in nature, tell someone you appreciate them; even in these times of extreme challenges if we can look for positivity it will help us!  Be safe.


    Looking forward to a great year!

    Jill Lucas, BAH, RT(R)(M)


  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greeting MSRT Members!
    Here is the a digital copy of the Governor's proclamation for NRTW, this is the only format they are providing this year; feel free to download and share in your facilities.  Thanks to Sue McClanahan for submitting this on behalf of MN Radiologic Technologists!

    Jill

    11.08.20 Radiologic Technology Week.pdf

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