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  • 19 Jun 2018 1:49 PM | Harvey Gail (Administrator)

    The ASRT Foundation and ARRT have partnered to offer Advancing Your Profession: Education and Professional Grants. At least one recipient per active affiliate will receive up to $500 a year as reimbursement for the cost of:

    • CE products
    • Educational conferences or products
    • ARRT primary or secondary certification
    • Affiliate membership dues
    • First-time ASRT membership dues

    These grants are funded by ARRT to support continuing education and professional development for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.

    Applicants are required to submit a short essay answering the question, "How does acquiring and maintaining certification improve patient care?" Applications will be accepted through Aug. 17, 2018.

    Visit the Foundation website for complete rules, applicant eligibility requirements, FAQs about eligible expenses and to apply. Contact the ASRT Foundation with questions at foundation@asrt.org or 800-444-2778 Ext. 1912.


  • 02 Mar 2018 2:51 PM | Sidney Gallardo

    Jason Kandle is the technologist in the spotlight this month.  He received his radiologic technologist license in 2012, became a CT technologist in 2013 and an MRI technologist in 2014.  Jason now works for CORA, Central Oregon Radiology Association, in Bend, Oregon.  

    Jason had previously worked as a mill supervisor for 18 years in Redmond, Oregon.  In 2007 he lost his job due to massive layoffs, however this didn’t slow Jason down.  The day after he was laid off he was applying at Central Oregon Community College. Through the Trade Act Jason was able to receive funds to train in a new profession.  After taking a career test, diagnostic imaging was at the top of his list.  Unfortunately, his career advisor told Jason that the program was too hard to get into and that he should choose something else.  That discouragement only served to spur him on to prove the advisor wrong.  Jason got straight A’s in all of his classes and was one of only two students accepted into the Linn Benton Community College Diagnostic Imaging program.  In the program he became friends with Jake Piercy and the two competitively inspired each other to succeed.  Jason spent his clinical rotations in Central Oregon in Prineville, Bend Medical Center, Redmond Hospital, CORA and St. Charles.  After he got his license he had an opportunity to get a CT position in Madras and then had an opportunity to train in MRI at CORA, where he worked CT for 3 days a week and MRI for 4 days.

    Jason and his fiance have 7 children between the two of them, with only one at home.  He loves action packed movies and camping with his family.

    Jason is motivated by helping others.  With two brothers in the military, in his second career Jason was looking for something that was more rewarding than millwork.  He wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, to help people.  As he works with patients Jason knows he is making a positive impact on people.  He knows that his tenacity, hard work and determination is a great example for his family.

    Some of the benefits that Jason loves about being a tech is the opportunity to meet new people each day and how each exam is a new adventure.  This unpredictability is also an obstacle in our profession but he looks at these problems as exciting challenges.  What Jason really loves about being a tech is making a difference in the lives that he touches.

    One thing Jason would love to change about our profession is all the politics and corporatization of healthcare.  He says they used to have 1 hour and 45 minutes to scan a patient in MRI, now they only get 30 minutes which really affects patient care.  But he doesn't let negativity get him down, he has a desire to keep learning and a passion to share his expertise with others.  Jason loves to share about his profession with high school and college students and he has seen a whole new world open up for them when they learn about diagnostic imaging.

    His advice to students is, you get out of the program what you put into it.  You don’t have to be the smartest person as long as you have good patient care, and don’t let anyone tell you it’s impossible!  He says that he owes a lot to the LBCC program and his clinical mentors and he recommends that you find friends along that way who will support you.

    Jason advises other techs to be open minded about learning new things. He says, be willing to share what you know and be willing to learn from others.  There are excellent techs in the field who know lots of great tips and tricks.

  • 26 Feb 2018 9:56 AM | Sidney Gallardo

    OSRT's very own Bobbi Johnston and Susan Putnam-Hopkins wrote an article that was published in the Scanner! To read more about their take on social media and it's role in association growth click here. 

  • 14 Feb 2018 11:54 AM | Sidney Gallardo

    TO:  INTERESTED PARTIES

    RE:  LIMITED PERMIT RULEMAKING COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 13

     The Board of Medical Imaging is extending the comment period on the rule making to update the process for obtaining a limited X-ray permit.  Why the extension?  Because we had not taken into account an existing statute (ORS 688.520[7]) which specifies that temporary X-ray permits are valid for two six-month periods.  The rule making as originally drafted could violate this statute, because the rule making as drafted would require the Board to terminate a temporary permit two years following course completion, whether or not the temporary permit had been active for a full six months. 

     To remain compliant with the law, while still enforcing an overall two-year time frame, the Board is proposing to revise the deadlines to be based upon the date that the applications are submitted to OBMI, as follows: 

    • The graduate must deliver an application for an initial temporary permit within 12 months of the date on the course completion certificate;
    • A person with an initial temporary permit must deliver an application to renew the temporary permit no later than when the initial permit expires; and
    • A temporary permit holder must deliver their application for a permanent permit to the Board within 12 months from the day that the initial temporary permit was issued.
    HOW TO COMMENT DURING THIS EXTENDED RULEMAKING COMMENT PERIOD:
    •      You must submit comments no later than 4:30, March 13, 2018.  Mail written comments to Ed Conlow at the address below or by e-mail to ed.conlow@state.or.us
    • Ed Conlow, Executive Director Oregon Board of Medical Imaging, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1160A, Portland OR  97232-2162, 971-673-0216

    Original Rule Making Notice -  December 2017
    1.      Allow students to apply to sit for the limited x-ray machine operator (LXMO) exam up to 30 days prior to graduation.
    2.       Allow a graduate of a LXMO school to apply for a 6-month temporary permit after passing only the CORE examination, without having to pass any anatomic area exams.
    3.      Lists specific numbers of required and elective exams (for each anatomic area) which must be completed, as part of practical experience requirements.
    4.       Require limited x-ray schools to each designate a clinical coordinator and to assure proper supervision while temporary permit holders are completing clinical requirements.
    5.      Allow a temporary permit holder to be supervised by a person who has a permanent limited permit (and at least a year’s experience) in the same anatomic area for which the temporary permit holder is practicing. 
    6.     Double the overall time frame from 12 months (current) to a maximum of 24 months:  allow a graduate up to 12 months (from graduation) to pass the CORE exam, and then an additional 12 months to complete all practical experience requirements and apply for a permanent permit. 

    Documents:


  • 05 Feb 2018 11:17 AM | Sidney Gallardo

    1. Update: Proposed legislation to allow CRNAs to supervise technologists during interventional pain management


    Still in process no updates.  This will likely be presented to Monnes-Anderson in the next legislative session.  The legislative session begins 2/5/18.

    2. Consideration of public comments and discussion of adoption of rules governing temporary limited x-ray permits

    Changes have been made to the revised proposal for limited permits to submit public comment.  Public comment will open again.  


    3. Request by CurveBeam for amendment to rules to allow RTs to operate cone beam CT without a CT credential .

    Dr. Edelman reported cone beam imaging used in Indiana during spine surgery.  

    The request is just for extremities.  The equipment CurveBeam sells is only for extremities, but it does exist for lumbar spines.  Dr. Edleman clarified it was actually an O-ring.  


    RPS:  They manage the equipment, but rely on OBMI to speak to the licensure and who can use the equipment.  


    In reach system:  Upper extremity is 1 microSievert.  Similar to the dose of a 2D x-ray.  Units are self shielded.  2-6 microsieverts compare to conventional CT which is 20-60 microsievert.  100-120 kVp, mAs setting at 5.    This technology came out of the dental realm.   Benefits to the patient:  3D images available to physicians at a lower dose than conventional CT.  Also includes weight bearing which is an advantage.   Allows them to plan better for their surgery.  


    RPS asked:  What type of QA programs are there?  Third party physicist provides a shielding review.  Ongoing, the system is calibrated quarterly done by the users.  Digital record is kept of calibration.  What is the application training? Staff have to radiation safety.  4 hours of application is provided.  

    How long has it been in the marketplace?  Since 2012.

    Providers don’t want to pay a CT/RT to operate it.  The new wording would exclude the LXMO.  

    There are three vendors currently.


    Concern from the board  is this can extend to larger extremities.  Concerns about giving the green light to RT’s will open up the opportunity for LXMO.  The concern is public safety and is someone having the minimum amount of training appropriate.  Concerns shared with podiatrist, chiropractors will start to use it without supervision.  The major concerns are deployment of the technology and who is using it.  If you loosen the regulatory rules then you invite in abuse.  


    Moving on without a change, but recommend a rules committee to review the current language.  





  • 02 Jan 2018 2:38 PM | Sidney Gallardo
    The December 2017 issue of the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging Newsletter is now available!  Articles include:
    • "OBMI Works with Nurses and RPS to Allow CRNAs to Supervise Fluoroscopy"
    • "Board Proposes Rules to Change the Process to Obtain a Limited Permit"

    If you would like to read the OBMI's December Newsletter please click here!

  • 24 Oct 2017 11:54 AM | Sidney Gallardo

    Amy Seavert is our technologist in the spotlight this month.  She has been a Radiologic Technologist since 1998 and a Mammographer since 2000. Amy currently works at a small rural hospital in Hermiston, Oregon, an ACR Mammography Certified Facility. Amy also works closely with her lead technologist Susan Ross to get all required documentation ready for review. This includes credentials for staff, correct images, QC and much more. Although that is a lot of work, Amy says her biggest challenge is keeping up with the ever changing current exam guidelines for patients.  

    Amy is married with 2 children that are very active in school, sports and the community. At this stage of her life her kids’ hobbies and activities are hers! In between all those activates she travels with her family all over the western U.S. and Hawaii. 

    Amy has a long history of caring about others. This began when she was young. She was very active in sports and would be curious and inquisitive when a teammate got hurt. This inquisitive desire to know and help with injuries didn’t diminish. When she was in high school she asked her father’s friend, a radiologist, if she could job shadow him and the technologists. After that Amy knew what she wanted to do. So, off she went to Western Oregon University for prerequisites. She then applied and was accepted into the Portland Community College Radiography Program. In the 2 years it took to complete the program and required competencies at Portland Adventist, Amy met a variety of people that helped her succeed.  

    After working as an x-ray tech for a few years she got an opportunity to cross train for mammography. She jumped at the chance and is quite happy she did. It’s the place she feels that she is contributing the most and makes her feel honored and blessed. Being a Mammographer has many rewards and some unexpected benefits for Amy. She receives hugs regularly, forges connections with patients she sees every year, and gets some breast humor when she sees one of her patients in the grocery store. Amy says that it’s pretty crazy that some of her patients have been hearing about her son since he was 2 and now he’s graduating high school. Lastly, the indescribable reward: when a patient comes in and tells you that having their mammogram caught their breast cancer early and saved their life. 

    Amy is motivated by her family and patients. She lives by finding something to do, someone to help, having goals and staying positive. Patients motivate her by being proactive about their health. Coming in for a mammogram isn’t fun but seeing people being responsible about their health for themselves and family is rewarding.  

    The biggest contribution to the profession for Amy is personal. It’s important that she gives her undivided attention and her time as well as continuing to learn. This allows her to stay sharp, keeping her up to speed with current technology and answering patient questions. Amy wants to honor the people that take time and responsibility to their health and she gives her best to her patients. Her tip for you is “Always remember what brought you into this line of work.” She stills loves her work after 19 years! Her tip for students is to never give up and to keep soaking up knowledge and experience.  

    Lastly Amy gives a big thank you to her personal and professional families as well as her patients. There is a statement in John O’Leary’s book Catching Fire that moves Amy. He says, “To live a radically inspired life, you must choose to go All In each day with a purpose greater than yourself.” 

     

    -Written by Brenda Posterick

     


  • 13 Jul 2017 8:40 AM | Spire Staff (Administrator)

    Bart Pierce has been an ASRT and an OSRT member for over 30 years.  He is a fellow of the ASRT and a life member of the OSRT.  Bart's article titled "Remembering an MRI Giant" is featured in this month's ASRT Scanner Magazine. This article highlights the key contributions of Sir Peter Mansfield that led to the development of MRI.  Also, be looking forward to hearing more about him in additional Scanner Magazine articles.


  • 30 Jun 2017 2:53 PM | Spire Staff (Administrator)

    Check out this education grant for affiliate members! 

    Follow this link for more details: http://bit.ly/2sYkMEu 

    Due August 31st. 




  • Dear Colleague: 

    The Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2017 was introduced on March 29 by Senator John Boozman (R-AR) as S. 769 and on April 5 by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) as H.R. 1904. These bills will enact a law that amends Medicare reimbursement policy and supervision levels for radiologist assistants to align them with state radiologist assistant laws. 

    Adoption of new language contained in H.R. 1904 or S. 769 will enable radiologist assistants to work under less stringent supervision levels and be more efficient health care providers. Passage of the bill will allow radiologists to devote more focused time reviewing and interpreting complex medical images or urgent cases, thus increasing access to care. 

    Radiologist assistants have advanced education and clinical experience, and can expertly and safely perform radiologic assessments and certain procedures that traditionally are performed only by radiologists. 

    Without Medicare's recognition of radiologist assistants, the profession is in peril. As a direct result of Medicare's current policy, radiologist assistants are losing their jobs and universities are on the verge of suspending or terminating their educational programs.

    All radiologic technologists can help by contacting their senators and asking them to cosponsor S. 769 and their congressman asking him or her to cosponsor H.R. 1904.  This is easy to do by using ASRT's Advocacy Action Center to learn more about the bills and send a message

    You can find more information, monitor activities and follow up with your federal lawmakers on the MARCA bills in the ASRT Advocacy Action Center

    Sincerely,

    Michael Latimer, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)
    President


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