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srrtn e w s l e t t e rVolume 44. No. 1 – 2008ISRRT Registered UK Charity - No. 276216InternationalSociety ofRadiographersandRadiologicalTechnologists


ContentsArticlesRadiation Protection in Kenya: Protection BoardSlaps A Ban 12Improving the Canadian Certification Process forinternationally trained medical radiation technologists 14Improving the Canadian Certification Process forInternationally Trained Medical RadiationTechnologists 26ReportsCanadian Study identifies major economic costs ofwaits for MRI 8Medical Radiation Technology Week 9Education Survey 1616th ACRT and 9th NCIART, India 17Quality News from the InternationalRadiology Quality Network 22Guatemala Workshop on Quality Assurance 24NewsNews from member societies:The Americas: USA, Canada 30Asia/Australasia: Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia 31Europe: Sweden, Switzerland 33ISSN NO. 1027-0671isrrtEditor: Rachel BullardProduction & Design:Deep Blue Design Studio,deepbluedesign1@mac.comPrinter: Geon GroupMelbourne, AustraliaThe Board of Management of the ISRRT expressesits appreciation to AGFA who generously support theproduction and distribution of the Newslettter.ISRRT Website: www.isrrt.orgRegularsContact details for:Submissions, deadlines, advertising & WRETF 4President’s Message 3Secretary General’s report 7The World Radiography Educational Trust Fund 29Coming events 35Names and addresses of member societies & ISRRTCouncil Members 38ISRRT Officers of Board of Management 44ISRRT Committees Regional Representatives 44Volume 44 – No. 1 1


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President’s Message MessageDeadlines have an unhappy knack of often arrivingat an inappropriate time and for this Newsletter itunfortunately occurs just before our 15th ISRRTWorld Congress to be held in Durban, South Africa. Afull report on the meeting will obviously be availableto you on the ISRRT website following the meetingand our next Newsletter will also have a full reportincluding pictures to ensure you mark your diary forthe following ISRRT World Congress to be held inAustralia in September 2010.Our colleagues from the South African Society underthe leadership of Convenor Fozy Peer, have beenworking incredibly conscientiously for more than 2years to ensure the success of the Congress. At thetime of writing, we have nearly 800 delegates from50 Countries attending along with invited guests andspeakers including the keynote address from PhilipMetcalf, the President of the International RadiationProtection Association. This invitation and his addressis very pertinent as we have had recent instances ofserious radiation protection issues for both patients andstaff brought to our attention.We also welcome as a speaker and guest, Mr PhilipAkpan from Nigeria, a previous President of theSociety.As illustrated by the Congress Theme “InterweavingGlobal Images”, these occasions are an excellentopportunity for our colleagues to learn from eachother and take back to their workmates the benefitof knowledge gained from experts in their fields. Ofcourse, they also have the opportunity to socialise andlearn about culturesvery different fromtheir own. Newfriendships will bemade and old onesre-newed. We are inthe enviable situationof expanding notonly our professionalexperience but alsoour life experienceby this internationalopportunity.Our South AfricanColleagues have worked hard to ensure that we alsohave an “African experience” with all the colour andexcitement that entails.Our Regional Officers look forward to these meetingsto meet face to face with the many members andOfficers of the Societies they represent on the ISRRTBoard. Similarly, our portfolio holders in Education,Professional Practice and Public Relations also takeaway from these meetings many ideas and suggestionsto help them in their roles.We will be meeting with technologists from suchdiverse countries as Iceland and India, Korea andCanada, Australia and Estonia, and Nigeria and NewZealand.At the Congress we will be reporting on the invitationISRRT has received to take steps to becoming partof the Associated Sciences Consortium ofthe Radiological Society of North America(RSNA) and also on the pilot on line learningprogram being undertaken by colleaguesfrom Estonia, India and Fiji. This programhas been established in conjunction withPhilips Medical and promises potentiallygreat opportunities for members of ISRRTMember Societies.Our Society has also been working activelywith the International Society of Radiology(ISR) to facilitate a technologists programat the radiology World Congress to be heldContinued on the next pageVolume 44 – No. 1 3


President’s Message continued MessageContinued from the previous pagein Morocco in June this year. Philippe Gerson and hiscolleagues from the French Society have been workingwith Technologists in Marrakech on this project andseveral of us will be presenting papers at the Meeting.We also anticipate welcoming the Moroccan Society asa member of ISRRT in Durban.ISRRT is not just about our Congresses and meetingsbut also about the work carried out by the officers inmeeting the objectives of the Society. To this end wehave been involved in several recent workshops, asthe Board portfolio directors and Regional Officerswill have advised you. We also need to hear what ishappening in YOUR Society so please use the forum ofthis Newsletter for that purpose – your colleagues areinterested in your activities.As an example, I am sure that technologists from otherRegions will be interested to hear that our colleaguesin Europe have taken a bold and adventurous step inestablishing a European Federation of RadiographerSocieties (EFRS). As you will be aware, Europe haschanged dramatically over the last 10-15 years and theEuropean Union is now a real force in World politics.This has had dramatic consequences for technologistsin the many European countries that make up the EU.They have decided and agreed that their local interestscan best be assisted by a Society which allows a fullfocus on European matters whilst also acknowledgingthe role od ISRRT to represent Technologists onthe International stage. The Board looks forward toworking closely with the Executive of the EFRS andcongratulates them on their initiative. Europe has muchto bring to the International table for the benefit ofRadiologic Technologists, and ISRRT will ensure theyhave that opportunity.My best wishes to the members of all our MembersSocieties for the remainder of 2008.Robert GeorgePresident, ISRRT➢ Editorial Submissions & DeadlinesRemember to e-mail your news before the deadline to:Mrs Rachel BullardTel: +971 50 703 6926Email: deepbluedesign1@mac.comDeadline for the twice yearly issues are:April 1 and September 1 each yearAll material sent electronically that includes complex tables, charts & graphs please send also as hard copy by fax.You are invited to comment in relation to the ISRRT Newsletter editorial content and make suggestions for future issues.All comments will be considered by the Editor and her Committee.➢ Advertisements/SecretariatA section is reserved for the advertising of educational programs, courses or new radiological texts.For further details or to advertise your program or new publications please contact the ISRRT Secretary General:Dr Alexander Yule143 Bryn PinwyddenPentwyn, Cardiff Wales CF23 7DGUnited KingdomTel: +44 0 2920 735038; Fax: +44 0 2920 540551; E-mail: isrrt.yule@btinternet.com➢ ISRRT World Radiography Educational Trust Fund (WRETF)Secretary:Mrs Lizzie ZukiewiczSpring House, 17 Spring Village, Horsehay, Telford, UK TF42LUTel: +44 0 1952 502966; Email: spring.house@talktalk.net4 ISRRT Newsletter


Secretary General GeneralIn early July last year I attended the inauguration of thePresident of the Society and College of Radiographersin London. This was as usual a very pleasant eventwhich was attended by many organisations andindividuals. The College are great supporters of theISRRT and I passed on the good wishes of the Boardand Council.The countries in Europe are setting up a Federationof Europe and I was pleased to have been able tovisit Utrecht in The Netherlands to discuss future cooperationbetween the ISRRT and the new federation.A very constructive meeting was held with DorienPronk Larive and Sija Geers and I assured themthat the ISRRT wished to continue working with allcountries in Europe.The future of the Archives of the ISRRT has beenon the Board Agenda for many years and this hasbeen a difficult task to finalise. While attending theUKRC in Manchester Robert George and I discussedpossibilities with Marion Frank. Following this I metwith Dr Stella Butler, Deputy University Librarianand Associate Director of the John Rylands Library(Special Collections, Infrastructure and Planning),Manchester. Dr Butler agreed to consider the holdingand sorting of the Archives in her department. Thiswas to be further considered once I had met with TerryWest in Toronto.I had been asked by the Board to visit Terry West,whom most of you will remember was the SecretaryGeneral of the ISRRT for many years, at his home inToronto. The purpose of the visit was to look at themany files and historical documents collected by Terrythroughout the years. This task took several days butwas extremely worthwhile. In all we filled twelve boxeswith material which we considered to be important andgot them ready for shipping. I then contacted Dr Butleronce again and thankfully she agreed for the boxesto be shipped to her department for cataloguing andstorage. Once the archives are in order it is hoped thatthey will be available for research purposes and thanksis due to Dr Butler and her colleagues.While in Canada I also had the opportunity to meetwith CEOs from across the country, Chuck Shieldsfrom the Canadian Association of Medical RadiationTechnologists, Alain Cromp from OTRQ, Robin Heslerfrom OAMRT; Linda Gough from CMRTO and KathyHilsenteger of ACMDTT. They very kindly invitedmy wife Alison and I to join them for a tour of theDistillery Area followed by a superb dinner. It was agreat afternoon and I thank them all very much.Early Novembersaw the celebrationof InternationalRadiography day and Iwas very impressed bythe number of eventswhich took placeall over the world. Iwas invited to attendthe UK CollegesRadiographer of theYear Award. Thisevent was held in the Houses of Parliament in Londonand was a very prestigious affair. Congratulationsare due to all countries who participated in theInternational Day and records of these events are to befound on their many websites.At the end of November I attended the RSNA inChicago with Robert George and a full report has beenprepared by him in another section on the Newsletter.However I would like to emphasise how importantthis visit is from the public relations perspective. Thename of the ISRRT is now very well known at theRSNA and we are now seen to be one of the leadingorganisations related to radiology and radiography.Hopefully from 2008 we will be more fully involvedwith the Associated Sciences Consortium and will beable to formally present papers on behalf of the ISRRTduring the Congress in Chicago. The attendance atthe RSNA also provides the opportunity to meet withour Sister organisations and liaise with commercialcompanies in order to promote sponsorship and fundingfor education and learning throughout the world.The first three months of 2008 have been spentcontinuing to prepare for the Board and Councilmeetings in Durban. The Local Organising Committeehave been working hard, the preparations have goneextremely well and I would like to thank them for alltheir help during the past two years.In February I visited Morocco accompanied by PhilippeGerson. We met with the radiographers and radiologiststo finalise the radiography sessions which will be heldduring the International Congress of Radiology inMarrakesh in June this year. Philippe and I were alsoinvited to a scientific meeting and had the opportunityto promote the ISRRT. Our hosts were excellent andwe ended the visit by being invited to the house ofProfessor Sbihi where we met with radiographers andradiologists.Continued on the next pageVolume 44 – No. 1 7


ReportCanadian Study identifies major economiccosts of waits for MRIReport by Cynthia CowlingJanuary 15 the Canadian Medical Association releaseda study of the economic costs of wais times for fourmedical procedures – joint replacement, cataract surgery,heart by-pass surgery, and MRI examinations. The studyfound that the costs to the Canadian economy of theindividuals waiting for MRI exams to be Cdn. $13.8 billionper year. By comparison, the economic costs of the otherthree procedures combined was only Cdn. $1 billion.The study explained that this startling difference wasdue to the number of MRI exams waiting to be performedand also the lost production of the individuals waiting forthose exams because they are generally much younger thanthose waiting for the other three procedures and thereforeare more productive in the economy.In response to this study, the Canadian Association ofMedical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) has issues astatement on MRI wait times that call for action on fivefronts:1. Ensure that the requested MRI is the mostappropriate diagnostic tool for the clinical historyprovided.2. Maximize the use of existing MRI equipment.This will mean adding the human and otherresources necessary for their operation.3. Purchase additional MRI equipment if it isdetermined that optimal use of existing equipmentwill not address justifiable demand.4. Increase the capacity of education programs(students and educators) to ensure there is anadequate supply of MRI technologists needed toperform the procedures.5. Establish a continuing professional developmentfund to ensure that these professionals are able toremain as proficient and effective as possible indelivering the needed services.Through collaboration between health professionals,service providers and governments, CAMRT is confidentthat there will be successful steps taken to reduce thissignificant burden to the Canadian economy. Cynthia CowlingDirector of Education, CMRTSecretary General continued GeneralContinued from the previous pageThe ECR took place during the first week in March andagain the ISRRT had a complimentary booth providedby the ECR. The Congress was very successful andwe had the opportunity to meet with many membersocieties and overseas radiographers. In additionCynthia Cowling, Paivi Wood and myself met withDr Rahani of the IAEA to discuss our ongoing cooperation.This will be an extremely good conference and the firstISRRT World Congress to be held in Africa. I hope tosee many old friends there, renew acquaintances andmake many new ones.I would like to thank the Board and all others who havehelped me throughout 2007 and wish everyone a verygood and fruitful 2008.Dr Alexander Yule,ISRRT Secretary General8 ISRRT Newsletter


ReportMedical Radiation Technology WeekCanadaNovember 2007Report by Rita Eyer, Canadian ISRRT Council MemberIn Canada, November 8, the day that Roentgen discoveredx-rays and known around the world now as WorldRadiography Day, is incorporated into the week we callMedical Radiation Technology (MRT) week. MRT Weekis a key strategic initiative that serves as a showcase for theprofession. It provides us with an ideal opportunity to castCAMRT members in the proper light, and to demonstratewhat a proactive, forward-looking profession we represent.Over the years, the Canadian Association of MedicalRadiation Technologists has worked in close collaborationwith the provincial associations to raise the profile of ourmembers to such key audiences as the general public, federaland provincial governments and health care stakeholders atthe national and provincial level. Communication effortshave focused on raising the profiles of MRTs within thehealth care sector, at both the provincial and national levels.I thought I would share with fellow ISRRT members whatwe had in the way of promotional materials and ideas forWorld Radiography Day so that next year perhaps youcan do the same in your country, if you are not doing soalready.This year, as in the past few years, the CAMRT presenteda selection of promotional materials that were created withthree audiences in mind:1. Materials for practicing MRTs2. Materials for provincial member associations3. Materials for the general publicMRT Week Promotional Materials1. Materials for Practicing MRTsPoster and CalendarA 14-month calendar was developed on the reverse sideof the MRT week poster. Available in English or Frenchversions, this poster was created for use in the workplaceand was used as a poster to create awareness during MRTweek, and then flipped around to become a handy calendarfor the rest of the year!Tabletop DisplayThe Tabletop Display was an 8” x 11” poster fitted with aneasel back, so that it can be placed on any countertop toFront: French Back: French Front: EnglishVolume 44 – No. 1 9


ReportContinued from the previous pageCelluloid Lapel ButtonsThese celluloid buttonsreflect the CAMRT image asthey have Medical RadiationTechnologists Radiate Care onthem as well as the CAMRTlogo. They were available inboth English and French, andare great conversation starters!promote the profession. These displays were put up in hightrafficareas in the workplace such as entrances, elevators,cafeteria and lounges leading up to MRT Week.MRT Week Info GuideThis “how to” guide offers ideas on how to promote MRTWeek before, during and after MRT Week. The Info Guidealso provided tips and ideas on how to get our communitiesinvolved.2. Materials for Provincial Member AssociationsMRT Week BannerThis banner (above) can be used year-round for any event.Educational DVDThis DVD is currently being developed and will have twovoiceovers, one to educate the general public about theresponsibilities and job functions of Medical RadiationTechnologists, and can be played in a loop in waiting rooms.The second version will be available for use as a tool atconferences, information sessions, career fairs, etc.3. Materials for the General PublicPocket Calendar and Fact SheetA small card (4”x 6”) was created, with a 12-month calendaron one side, and fun facts about the MRT profession on thereverse. It was designed for use as a giveaway to patients, asits small size makes it an easy and convenient promotionaltool that can be referred to year-round. The facts on thecard will help give the public a better understanding of theimportant role of that Medical Radiation Technologists playin the health care field.Magnetic BookmarksThese were a very popular giveaway to the general public.The bookmarks came in the four disciplines: radiologicaltechnology, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, andnuclear medicine.Proclamation Statement for MRT Week or forRadio/TV Announcements“From November 4th to 10th, 2007, we are proud to proclaimthis week Medical Radiation Technologists Week. Medical10 ISRRT Newsletter


ReportPocket Calendarand Fact Sheetradiation technologists (MRTs) include a diverse array ofhighly-trained health professionals representing varioustechnology-related disciplines in the health care field, all ofwhom we are proud to honour for their “behind-the-scenes”work. MRTs include radiological technologists, nuclearmedicine technologists, magnetic resonance technologistsand radiation therapists. These key members of the healthcare team make significant contributions to the provision ofquality health care services. The MRT Week slogan trulyreflects who they are, what they do, how they do it and whythey do it – The Professionals Behind the Technology! Pleasejoin the members of (... city council, provincial legislature,etc....) in acknowledging medical radiation technologists forthe work they do and the essential services they provide topatients every day. Visit your local hospital or health carefacility, or go to www.camrt.ca to find out more.”As well during that week increased awareness of ourprofession was increased by:1. A week of educational lectures often called “Lunchand Learn” events with lectures on medical radiationtechnology but open to all health care professionals inthe organisation.2. MRT’s visited high schools in their areas in order toeducate the students on the endless career opportunitiesavailable as a medical radiation technologist. Studentswere also invited to drop by the local hospitals or clinicsfor more information on MRTs.3. Technologists within various organisations were askedto provide personal stories on their experiences as aMRT. These experiences were then shared with thecommunity so they could hear about that particularfacility’s expertise and what vital roles MRTs play in thehealth care sector.4. The week was utilized to introduce the dedicated staffin the various departments by having the names andphotos of the MRT’s in the displays around the variousorganizations and the accomplishments of each.5. Outreach plans included sending a letter co-signed bythe presidents of CAMRT andprovincial member associationsto relevant provincial andnational health care professionalorganisations, stakeholders andgovernments for the purposeof building awareness of MRTWeek and the profession.Good luck with your professionalcelebrations for 2008! Magnetic bookmarksVolume 44 – No. 1 11


Articleregulation becomes the issue rather than a ban onequipment use.iii) Other than for special exams such as dental X-ray,and mammography, 50mA generator are suitable forsuch examinations as extremities and chest X-ray, forwhich they should be licensed.RecommendationsThe committee recommended thati) There should be consultation with radiographersowing to their unique position as the sole custodian ofradiation protection.ii)50 mA generators should be used with 400 speedintensifying screens and green sensitive films towiden the range of examinations that can be done andto enhance radiation safety.iii) Retrospective application of the directive be withdrawnand fresh importations be stopped. This would be fairto suppliers with unsold stock and investors whoseequipment have already been licensed by the sameprotection board.iv) There should be a stay of execution of the directive toallow all stakeholders to look into the matter further.SummaryIf radiographers are well trained, the profession regulatedand green sensitive films are used in combination withhigh speed intensifying screens, 50mA generators can stillbe used with guaranteed radiation safety. The followingtabulated comparison makes it clear.Assumption:Average sized PatientAverage exposure of 1 secondTable 1Standard film and intensifying screensBody Part KV MA Time(sec) mAsWrist 44 3.2 1 3.2Foot 46 3.2 1 3.2Chest 70 16 1 16Lumbar spine AP 70 40 1 40Lumbar spine Lat 100 80 1 80Table 2Green Sensitive films/400 speed intensifying screensBody Part KV mAsChest 70 5mAsLumbar spine AP 70 20mAsLumbar spine Lat 100 40mAsNBThe last 3 body parts are used for comparison.The mAs values for the same body part is reduced by 1/3 in case of chestX-ray and by half in the case of Lumber spine as seen in table 2.Volume 44 – No. 1 13


ArticleImproving the Canadian Certification Processfor internationally trained medical radiationtechnologistsReport by Rita Eyer, Canadian ISRRT Council MemberOver the past year many Internationally Trained MedicalRadiation Technologists have been asking questions on howto access Medical Radiation Technology jobs in Canada andthe numbers moving to Canada to pursue certification areon the rise. The Canadian Association of Medical RadiationTechnologists wants to ensure that our certification processand employment equity is fair, efficient and valid forInternationally Trained Medical Radiation Technologists(IEMRT’s) who wish to work in Canada. Our goal is to addInternationally Educated MRT’s to the qualified labour poolto help meet the employment demand for medical radiationtechnologists in Canada whether in Radiation Therapy,Radiography, Nuclear Medicine or Magnetic ResonanceImaging. Canada has a shortage in all four disciplines. Thisshortage is expected to get worse as both the aging MRTworkforce leads to increased retirements and the agingCanadian population requires more health services andinterventions.When surveyed, IEMRTs reported that they generallyfound it was easy to locate information about how onebecomes certified to work as an MRT in Canada. IEMRTsmost often found the information on the CAMRT website,by contacting friends or family in Canada, and/or throughImmigration Canada. They did not always receive all ofthe current information about assessment and certification,however, when they were dealing with ImmigrationCanada. They also felt that there was confusion about therelationship between the CAMRT and the regulatory bodiesthat currently three provinces in Canada have, and whichorganizations they needed to contact.The CAMRT recognised the major frustrationssurrounding the assessment process as reported by IEMRTs.Research was conducted to include an audit of currentpractice, surveying employers, interviewing educationalinstitutions and conducting focus groups with IEMRT’s.These focus group participants indicated that it was oftendifficult to get the necessary education and employmentdocuments once they had left their original country ofeducation and taken up residence in Canada. Furthermore,they indicated that the assessment process was expensiveand lengthy, especially for an IEMRT who had just movedto Canada and needed to find work quickly in order tosupport his or her family.Recently a review of our examination resultsdemonstrated that IEMRT’s were less successful thanCanadian candidates in our examinations. Three-quarters ofthe IEMRTs surveyed after having written the examinationsindicated that the CAMRT certification exam was eitherdifficult or very difficult and more than eighty per centalso felt that certain parts of the exam were harder thanothers and the examination itself unlike any they haddone in the past. For most it was their first experiencewriting a competency-based multiple-choice examination.Specifically, IEMRTs said they had the most difficulty withthe sections on equipment, patient care, professionalism,ethics, and radiation protection.Based on the survey and focus group results, morethan twenty-two recommendations were made to theCAMRT Board of Directors. The recommendations weredivided into the categories of a centralized process;creation of consistent information and a single pointof contact; the assessment and certification process forIEMRTs; and support systems for IEMRTs. The CAMRThas initiated a two year project to accomplish all theserecommendations, completion date which will be July2009. This project has brought together information fromthe national professional association, regulators, employersand internationally educated MRTs about their experienceswith the assessment and certification process in Canada.This project is being funded by Human ResourcesDevelopment Canada (HRSDC). The Steering Committeeworking on this project has proposed guiding principles toassist in the development of improvements to the currentrequirements and processes for IEMRT assessment andcertification which include a single point of contact forIEMRTs , consistent language and information and one setof rules for assessment and certification in order to providea more supportive environment and enable IEMRT’s to bebetter prepared to make the transition into the Canadianhealthcare workforce. It is apparent that all of the partiesinvolved in this project are keen to work together toensure the assessment process is improved for IEMRT’s.Information gathered in the findings of this project hasalready led to some changes at the CAMRT. Already thefollowing eight of the twenty-two recommendations havebeen accomplished and have resulted in improvements forboth IEMRT’s and Canadian candidate.1. Improvement of exam analysis provided as feedback tocandidates who fail the CAMRT certification exams;2. Revision of recommended textbook list used by IEMRTswhen preparing for the CAMRT exams to identify a fewcore books for studying;14 ISRRT Newsletter


Article3. Revision of the CAMRT certification examinationhandbooks that are provided online for each MRTdiscipline. Currently these handbooks includeinformation on eligibility requirements, the applicationprocess, writing the exam, what to expect after theexam, and payment procedures;4. Revision of the competency profiles that the exams arebased on to reflect current practice;5. Collection of more consistent demographic data to beused for statistical purposes on IEMRTs who accessthe certification exams and for IEMRTs who becomeCAMRT members;6. Improvement of assessment of IEMRTs at the CAMRT(i.e. previously asked for a transcript to show didactictraining and now asks for a syllabus; in process ofdeveloping a tool to check for clinical competencyso applicant will first be assessed for exam readinessbefore they apply to write the exam and start the twoyearwriting period window);7. Decreasing the number of Canadian cultural referencesin the certification exams; and8. The removal of CPR as a prerequisite to write theCAMRT certification exam.Phase 2 of this project is already well underway and willinclude:1. The development of on-line and hard copy practicecertification examinations and preparation guidelinesfor each medical radiation technology discipline toassist IEMRT’s in their preparation for competencybased examinations.2. The development of national guidelines for theestablishment of supportive bridging programs toimprove the success of IEMRT’s on certification examsand in the workplace.3. The establishment of processes to ensure the approvalof the process by certification and/or regulatory bodies4. The development of common terminology on matters ofcertification, regulation and other requirements relatedto IEMRT’s in order to facilitate the certification/competency verification process.The action plan also recommends a number of initiativesthat will require further funding including:˙ A research project to determine the effectiveness of theentry-to-practice exam as a competency assessmenttool for experienced practitioners;˙ Research into the appropriate timeframe and number ofexam attempts that should be allowed for IEMRT’s towrite the certification exam;˙ Investigation into the use of alternative tests of Englishand French to determine the best test and test score topredict an IEMRTs success in the workplace;˙ The development of specific testing modules to assistIEMRTs in preparation for the certification exam˙ The support to educational institutions and health carefacilities interested in providing clinical placementsfor IEMRT’S. The additional funding also allows theconsortium to begin promoting these clinical placementsfor IEMRTs.In conclusion, the issue of assessment and certification forIEMRTs must continue to be addressed by the CAMRTin order that those of you who would like to contributeto the Canadian Medical Radiation Technology labourforce can have your objective realized. We hope that allof you can see that progress has been made in that regard.Most importantly, communication channels have beenenhanced between the CAMRT, the regulatory bodies, andnational government organizations in Canada to ensure thateveryone is providing IEMRTs with the most up-to-dateand accurate information. These organizations are now allworking toward the usage of common terminology and acommon clinical competency verification to ensure thatour assessment and certification process is fair, efficientand valid for internationally educated medical radiationtechnologists. As progress continues, as it will, I willensure that these updates are provided. Rita Eyer, R.T.R.,A.C.R.Canadian ISRRT Council MemberVolume 44 – No. 1 15


ReportEducation Survey: September-December 2007Report by Cynthia Cowling, ISRRT Director of EducationSummaryThis survey was carried out to determine the professionaleducational needs of ISRRT members societies andassociate members after graduation and while practicing.The primary focus of ISRRT is to improve the practiceof radiography. Education is a critical element of that andthis survey will guide the ISSRT towards helping membersachieve this goal.There were responses received from all regions. Almosthalf were from the Europe/Africa region and the remainderequally divided between the Americas and Asia/Australasiaregions. Almost half of all member societies responded.This means that the survey is providing some reasonablyaccurate data which the ISRRT will be able to use as theydevelop more educational offerings.Not surprisingly every respondent was most enthusiasticabout the need for education and provided several examplesof their preferred subjects and type of delivery. Therewas equal interest in on line learning, workshops andconferences. Half of respondents indicated they would beable to travel to workshops or conferences. All said theyhad access to the internet. This indicates that the best wayto provide accessibility to education is via on line systems.Workshops should always be offered as close as possibleto the areas of most need, since respondents from theless developed nations were not as able to get to on siteeducation.The most important reason for learning is as arequirement for Continuous Professional development(CPD) or for improved recognition of professional oreducational status. This indicates that any education beingoffered by the ISRRT must award some kind of recognizablecredit.The greatest interest in the subject areas was inNew Technologies and Procedures, Digital Imaging andTeaching Practice in Radiography. Least interest was inBreast Imaging. ISRRT should recognise these prominentareas when developing any new programming. About halfof the respondents were interested in the QA workshopbased on the WHO workbook and a third interested in theEquipment, Maintenance and Repairs workshop.The ISRRT would like to thank all those who participatedin this survey. This information is vital as ISRRT works toaddress and meet the needs of its members educationally.This was the first such survey carried out on line, andits success means that Education in ISRRT will use thismechanism again to gather more information to providebetter service to its members. Cynthia CowlingDirector of EducationNote: The full report and analysis will appear on the ISRRTweb site www.isrrt.org16 ISRRT Newsletter


ReportContinued from the previous pageDr. (Mrs.) Sneh Bhargava releasing the souvenir.Mr S.C. Bansal, Chairman Organising committeeringing the ceremonial bell.Participants, Delegates and Guests during the conference.council for Radiological Technologists in India.Other dignitaries present on this occasion were Prof.K.K. Talwar, Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh and ChiefPatron of this conference including Prof. N. Khandelwal,Head, Dept. of Radiodiagnosis and convener of thisconference, Prof. (Mrs.) Sudha Suri, Former Head,Deptt. of Radiodiagnosis and other eminent facultymembers to name few like Dr S.P. Aggarwal, Head,Radiation Safety Division, Atomic Energy RegulatoryBoard, Mumbai, Prof. (Mrs) Sushma Vashisht, Head,Dept. of Radiodiagnosis, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr P.S.Iyer, Dr D.D. Deshpande.Dr S.P. Agarwal, Head, Radiation Safety Division,AERB, Mumbai expressed the importance of qualityassurance and radiation safety with the increasingnumber of diagnostic and nuclear medicine centerscoming in the country. He emphasised the importantdecision taken by AERB to decentralise suchservices. He also pointed out the important role ofmanufacturers of imaging equipment in following theAERB guidelines for better radiation protection.During the inauguration the former heads ofdepartment of radio-diagnosis PGIMER and seniortechnologists were honoured which included Dr J.S.Sodhi, Mr R.P. Bhatnagar, Mr J.S. Kohli, Mr S.K.Dhawan and Dr Sudha Suri.This four day conference was attended by morethan eight hundred delegates both from India andabroad (from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore,Thailand, Malaysia, Macau, Taiwan, Philippines,Australia, U.K., Canada, Finland, Belgium, Kuwaitapart from neighboring countries like Nepal,Bangladesh) comprising of Radiological Technologists,Radiographers, Radiologists, Radiotherapists, MedicalPhysicists, Educationists and other eminent scientists.A large number of Scientific presentations including28 Guest Lectures, 35 Oral presentations and 58 Posterpresentations as well as two International symposium on“Education and Training of Radiological Technologists”and “Status of Radiological Technologists – Role andResponsibilities” were held during this 4 day conferenceDr S.P. Agarwal, Head, Radiation Safety Division, AERBdelivering his talk.18 ISRRT Newsletter


Reportapart from holding a Trade exhibition by thevarious X-ray equipment manufacturers in theZakir Hall which was inaugurated by Prof.Sanjeev Sharma, Head of CardiovascularInterventional Radiology, AIIMS, New Delhi.Few excerpts from talks of guest speakers:Mr Harrie Mol from Belgium highlightedthe Role of Radiological Technologists inRadiation Protection: Role and Responsibilityand explained that exposure to population frommedical applications in use of Radiation ishigher as compared to other sources whichcounts more than 49% of the annual exposureand also explained about the radiation dosefrom the various procedures in diagnosticradiology and pointed out that more than50% of the radiation dose is from CT Scanexamination as compared to other radiologicalexaminations and emphasised that CT examinationshould not be prescribed unless and until it is reallyrequired. Dr Md. Anisur Rahaman Molla from BRACUniversity Dhaka (Bangladesh) spoke on Manual andTreatment Planning System based Dosimetry in RemoteAfter loading Brachytherapy. Prof. Pam Rowntree fromAustralia highlighted that their radiographer/radiologicaltechnologists provide and interpret a range of medicalimaging examination and are responsible for optimisingdiagnostic quality and ensuring patient and radiationsafety. Mr Johnny Tsai, Chief Radiological Technologistat St Martin De pores Hospital from Taiwan highlightedthat their radiological technologist perform specialised roleas a CT technologist, MR technologist, Mammographer,Sonographer, Bone Densitometry Technologist, QualityManagement Technologist, Radiation Therapist,Cardiovascular-Interventional Technologist whereas inIndia this is not being followed.Dr Ritva Bly from Finland highlighted during her talkon “Technologist’s Role in Patient Dose Management inDiagnostic Radiology” that a systematic examination orreview of medical radiological procedures which seeksDr Sanjeev Sharma inaugurating the Trade Exhibition.Visiting IART stall.to improve the quality and the outcome of patient careis very important. For this thorough structured review ofradiological practices, procedures and results is essential.A special one day factory visit for the delegates was alsoorganised by M/s Allengers Medical Systems Ltd. who isthe indigenous manufacturer of X-Ray equipment in thisregion.To give the true glimpse of rich culture and heritage ofContinued on the next pageMs Ritva Bly delivering her talk.Mr Harrie Mol delivering his talk.Volume 44 – No. 1 19


ReportContinued from the previous pageCeremonial bell being handed over to Malaysiancounterpart.Mr Ram Singh proposing the vote of thanks.India, a variety of cultural programmess were also arrangedfor the delegates in coordination wit North Zone CulturalCenter during this conference.This conference concluded on November 18 and theceremonial bell was passed to Mohd. Zin Yusof, presidentof Malaysian Society of Radiographers who will be thenext host for the 17th Asian Conference of RadiologicalTechnologists to be held in 2009.During this conference the Executive CommitteeMeeting as well as General Body Meeting of IART as wellas Regional Council Meeting of Asia Australia region washeld.In the end Mr Ram Singh, Organising Secretaryproposed the vote of thanks and the conference concludedvery successfully. Council Members of Asia Australia region after the Meeting20 ISRRT Newsletter


ANNOUNCEMENTAn international Performance Metrics and Indicators ProjectThe International Radiology Quality Network (IRQN) announces a worldwide benchmarking initiative on the turnaround times (TATs) for radiology reports.The IRQN is a network of organisations. Its members include: American College of Radiology, Asian and OceanianSociety in Radiology, European Society of Radiology, Inter-American College of Radiology, International Societyof Radiographers and Radiological Technologists, International Society of Radiology, Japan Radiological Society,Radiological Society of North America, Royal College of Radiologists and The Royal Australian and New ZealandCollege of Radiologists.The network’s objective is to promote quality in radiology through collaboration, experience sharing and mutualassistance. Its current activities include:• An International Clinical Teleradiology Standards Workgroup;• A Performance Metrics and Indicators Project;• A Quality Improvement in Practices Program in collaboration with the JACR; and• An awareness program.The Performance Metrics and Indicators Project commenced in 2007. The TATs for radiology reports over a onemonth period were selected as the metrics to be benchmarked. Thirteen institutions from three continents tookpart in a trial last year. Based on the trial experience, data collection and methodology are being refined. RISvendors provide TAT data differently; e.g. either as % reported in 24, 48 or 72 hours or the average time requiredto generate a report in-hours or after-hours. We will collaborate with the industry leaders to harmonize these datain future software updates to facilitate and streamline benchmarking.We are gearing up to launch the Performance Metrics and Indicators Project later this year and are aiming at 100participating facilities world wide. The TAT data required is a small subset of the routine statistics generated bythe facility’s RIS at the end of each month. Therefore, the additional effort for the facility is minimal. Participationis voluntary and will be based on RIS vendors’ introduction, direct recruitment through members of the IRQNPerformance Metrics and Indicators Workgroup and newsletters.This IRQN initiative will provide us with a better insight into the performance of different types of facilitiesacross the globe. Each facility can benchmark its performance against other similar facilities and identify areasof improvement. Your facility’s participation will be acknowledged. Please be reassured that the data collectedwill remain confidential. After analysis, each participating facility will receive a report containing its own and deidentifiedaggregated data for comparison.Your contribution to this global collaboration is greatly appreciated! If you and your facility are willing to contributeto this initiative, please indicate your interest together with the name of your facility and the contact details for theprinciple liaison person to Laura Coombs Ph.D. at: lcoombs@acr.org by July 31, 2008. We will communicate andprovide your principle liaison person with project details which will include the sampling month and a concise datasheet to be completed.We trust that the project will commence in a timely manner and look forward to hearing from and working with youin the very near future.The Performance Metrics and Indicators Project WorkgroupInternational Radiology Quality NetworkVolume 44 – No. 1 21


ReportQuality News from the InternationalRadiology Quality NetworkApril 2008The International Radiology Quality Network (IRQN) is anetwork of organisations that was established in 2002. Itsmembers include: American College of Radiology, Asianand Oceanian Society in Radiology, European Societyof Radiology, Inter-American College of Radiology,International Society of Radiographers and RadiologicalTechnologists, International Society of Radiology, JapanRadiological Society, Radiological Society of NorthAmerica, Royal College of Radiologists and The RoyalAustralian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.The network’s objective is to promote quality inradiology through collaboration, experience sharing andmutual assistance.Its current activities include:1. An International Clinical Teleradiology StandardsWorkgroup;2. A Performance Metrics and Indicators Project;3. A Quality Improvement in Practices Program incollaboration with the JACR; and4. An Awareness Program.More detail accounts about the network are available fromthe IRQN homepage: www.irqn.netInternational Clinical Teleradiology StandardsIn 2006, an International Clinical Teleradiology StandardsWorkgroup was formed to review the published internationalteleradiology standards and to develop a set of commonprinciples in which more detailed standards could bedeveloped subsequently. It was agreed that when thesedrafted principles are ready, they will be published andother stakeholders will be consulted.Since that time, the members of the Workgroup haverevised and refined the drafted ‘Top 10 Principles ofInternational Clinical Teleradiology’ which was approvedby the IRQN members earlier this year. The networkrecognises that this draft is an evolving document andwould be refined over time. These principles are nowavailable at: www.irqn.net. Feedback could be forwardedto the International Clinical Teleradiology StandardsWorkgroup via: irqn@ranzcr.edu.auPerformance Metrics and Indicators ProjectThe Performance Metrics and Indicators Project commencedin 2007. The TATs for radiology reports over a one monthperiod were selected as the metrics to be benchmarked.Thirteen institutions from three continents took part in atrial last year. The network is grateful to the participantsand the expert assistance provided by the American Collegeof Radiology in data collection and analysis. Based on thetrial experience, data collection and methodology are beingrefined. RIS vendors provide TAT data differently; e.g.either as % reported in 24, 48 or 72 hours or the averagetime required to generate a report in-hours or after-hours.We will collaborate with the industry leaders to harmonisethese data in future software updates to facilitate andstreamline benchmarking.The network is preparing to launch this project laterthis year and is aiming at 100 participating facilitiesworld wide. The TAT data collected is a small subset ofthe routine statistics generated by the facility’s RIS at theend of each month. Therefore, the additional effort for theparticipating facility is minimal. Participation is voluntaryand will be based on RIS vendors’ introduction, directrecruitment through members of the Performance Metricsand Indicators Workgroup and newsletters.The project will provide us with a better insight into theperformance of different types of facilities across the globe.Each facility can benchmark its performance against othersimilar facilities and identify areas of improvement. Eachfacility’s participation will be acknowledged and the datacollected will remain confidential. After analysis, eachparticipant will receive a report containing its own and deidentifiedaggregated data for comparison.If you are interested, please provide the name of yourfacility and the contact details for the principle liaisonperson to Laura Coombs Ph.D. at: lcoombs@acr.org byJuly 31, 2008. We will communicate and provide yourliaison with project details which will include the samplingmonth and a concise data sheet to be completed. TheWorkgroup looks forward to hearing from and workingwith you in the very near future.22 ISRRT Newsletter


ReportQuality Improvement in Practice CompetitionThe network approved the establishment of a QualityImprovement in Practice paper competition in collaborationwith the JACR. The competition is intended to:˙˙˙Increase the awareness of the importance of qualityimprovement in the work place;Enable radiology practices to learn from others andapply other practices’ quality improvement experienceto their own practice; andFacilitate a cultural change in radiology practices sothat quality improvement forms an integral part of dayto-daypractice rather than perceived as an unnecessaryadd-on burden.It has assembled a Judging Panel to review manuscripts andto work with the authors and the Editor-in-Chief, JACR toedit and improve suitable manuscripts prior to publication.A Certificate of Merit will be awarded to each month’swinning author(s). At the conclusion of each year, the Panelwill select an annual winner who will receive a cash awardof US$1,000. The network acknowledges the generoussponsorship of this cash award by The Royal Australian andNew Zealand College of Radiologists. In 2007, the winnerwas Dr. Lucy Glenn with her article on “Labeling Defectsin Radiology” which was published in the October issue ofthe JACR.Potential articles should conform to JACR’s ‘Instructionsfor Authors’ for either ‘review’ or ‘research’ articles. Theseinstructions are published in each issue of JACR or may befound on the JACR web site: www.jacr.org.Please submit your manuscripts directly to the IRQNSecretariat:irqn@ranzcr.edu.au. Dr Lawrence LauConsultant RadiologistMBBS FRANZCR FRCR FAMS DDR DDUESR: From 3,000 to 30,000 membersWith 29,375 radiologists on board at the end of 2007, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) hasincreased its membership ten-fold since it was created in March last year.With 2,564 members 12 months ago in March 2007, the ESR has been rallying an impressive number ofradiologists thanks to its principle of openness and accessibility to everyone, translated into a lowmembership cost.A US$16 membership of ESR offers reduced registration rates for the annual European Congress of Radiology(ECR), the second largest radiological meeting in the world with 17,000 participants. ESR membership alsoprovides the free online and reduced-rate print version of the journal European Radiology. Other advantagesinclude free access to databases, lectures, presentations and educational activities.Most ESR members now come from Italy, followed by Spain, Germany, China, the United Kingdom, Austria,Greece, the United States of America, Poland and the Netherlands. A high proportion of members also comefrom India and Saudi Arabia.Membership should continue to rise in 2008 thanks to the participation of European national societies,who will offer membership of ESR to all their members.For more details, please visit the ESR website at: www.myesr.orgVolume 44 – No. 1 23


ReportA collaboration between ISRRT and PAHOGuatemala Workshop on Quality AssuranceAntigua, GuatemalaNovember 5-9, 2007Report by Cynthia Cowling, ISRRT Director of EducationThis workshop in Central America was spearheaded byIleana Fleitas, PAHO Officer for the region. This wasthe seventh QA workshop organised by Ileana. Previousworkshops were held in Guyana, El Salvador, Paraguayand Cuba. All but the Guyana workshop were held inSpanish. The WHO workbook has been ‘unofficially”translated into Spanish for these workshops.The principle instructors were Ileana, Elena Cotelo andRoxanna De la Mora Machado (who was also one of thetranslators of the workbook). All had run the workshopbefore at least once. Ileana and Roxanna are medicalphysicists from Cuba and Elena is a senior radiographerfrom Uruguay. The three women proved to be a terrific triobringing a wealth of experience as well as a great sense of funto the proceedings. Although the course was run in Spanish,all three spoke excellent English. Cynthia Cowling, Directorof Education and Peter Lloyd, author of the workbookwere in attendance for part of the course and in spiteinstructors kept very true to the spirit of the workbookwith plenty of practical exercises included. It had beentheir previous experience that some basic lectures on x-rayproduction and equipment were needed for the Spanishparticipants to fully comprehend what many of the testswere illustrating. It is this fine tuning through repeatofferings by the same group that makes the workshop soeffective.Lectures and practical exercises were all held at thelocal public hospital with the approval of the Ministeriode Salud Publica, Republica de Guatemala. Two roomsand a viewing area were provided every afternoon after2.00pm which worked fine until a patient needed an x-ray! The numbers also made each group very large for theinstructorsThe pretest given showed an overall weakness inunderstanding the basic concepts of QA (although thequestions were better answered than in some previousof a poor knowledgeworkshops). Theof the language wereable to grasp whatquestions related to wetprocessing were betterwas happening andanswered, althoughprovide feedback whenrequired.most of the currentimaging departmentsThe response touse automaticthis workshop wasprocessing of someenormous and therewere 40 who signed up.This was more than wasreally wanted but it wasdifficult to turn themkind. Post tests showedan improvement acrossall aspects.The workshop wasintensive and kept theaway. The students werestudents very busyso keen that althoughthe first day, Monday,turned into a nationalholiday because of anelection, 80% turned upanyway.during the day and inthe evening where theyworked together in thehotel they all stayed in.Even lunch times werefilled with discussionsThe Spanish Ileana Fleitas, Roxanna De la Mora Machado, Elena Cotelo. about radiography and24 ISRRT Newsletter


ReportRoxanna teaching practicals.Lunchtime discussions.its issues.These workers have had very little opportunity tomeet together in this way. On one evening the Director ofEducation was invited to speak with the radiographers whowere keen to know more about the ISRRT and how it couldhelp them. One major issue that always gets mentionedis the language problem. Only a few of the students hadan understanding of English. There is an organisation forCentral and South American radiographers called ALATRA, but it did not seem to be well known to the localradiographers.Once again, this workshop reached out to thoseradiographers most in need with very little opportunity foradvancement of any kind. It is hoped that they will set upgood programs in their own facilities. The radiographersare desperate for more education. The fact that so manyturned up on a national holiday demonstrated the degree ofcommitment these professionals have.This workshop was also another example of the excellentcollaboration between PAHO and ISRRT. This partneringmodel should be replicated elsewhere. It is prohibitive forISRRT to engage in any meaningful education withouta partner and the ISRRT wishes to thank PAHO for itscooperation and recognition for the need of education forradiographers, the operators and individuals responsible forthe quality of images in any department. The group.Volume 44 – No. 1 25


ArticleImproving the Canadian CertificationProcess for Internationally TrainedMedical Radiation TechnologistsReport by Rita Eyer, RTR, ACROver the past year many Internationally Trained MedicalRadiation Technologists have been asking questions on howto access Medical Radiation Technology jobs in Canada andthe numbers moving to Canada to pursue certification areon the rise. The Canadian Association of Medical RadiationTechnologists wants to ensure that our certification processand employment equity is fair, efficient and valid forInternationally Trained Medical Radiation Technologists(IEMRT’s) who wish to work in Canada. Our goal is to addInternationally Educated MRT’s to the qualified labour poolto help meet the employment demand for medical radiationtechnologists in Canada whether in Radiation Therapy,Radiography, Nuclear Medicine or Magnetic ResonanceImaging. Canada has a shortage in all four disciplines. Thisshortage is expected to get worse as both the aging MRTworkforce leads to increased retirements and the agingCanadian population requires more health services andinterventions.When surveyed, IEMRTs reported that they generallyfound it was easy to locate information about how onebecomes certified to work as an MRT in Canada. IEMRTsmost often found the information on the CAMRT website,by contacting friends or family in Canada, and/or throughImmigration Canada. They did not always receive all ofthe current information about assessment and certification,however, when they were dealing with ImmigrationCanada. They also felt that there was confusion about therelationship between the CAMRT and the regulatory bodiesthat currently three provinces in Canada have, and whichorganizations they needed to contact.The CAMRT recognised the major frustrationssurrounding the assessment process as reported by IEMRTs.Research was conducted to include an audit of currentpractice, surveying employers, interviewing educationalinstitutions and conducting focus groups with IEMRT’s.These focus group participants indicated that it was oftendifficult to get the necessary education and employmentdocuments once they had left their original country ofeducation and taken up residence in Canada. Furthermore,they indicated that the assessment process was expensiveand lengthy, especially for an IEMRT who had just movedto Canada and needed to find work quickly in order tosupport his or her family.Recently a review of our examination resultsdemonstrated that IEMRT’s were less successful thanCanadian candidates in our examinations. Three-quarters ofthe IEMRTs surveyed after having written the examinationsindicated that the CAMRT certification exam was eitherdifficult or very difficult and more than 80% also felt thatcertain parts of the exam were harder than others and theexamination itself unlike any they had done in the past. Formost it was their first experience writing a competencybasedmultiple-choice examination. Specifically, IEMRTssaid they had the most difficulty with the sections onequipment, patient care, professionalism, ethics, andradiation protection.Based on the survey and focus group results, more thantwenty-two recommendations were made to the CAMRTBoard of Directors. The recommendations were divided intothe categories of a centralised process; creation of consistentinformation and a single point of contact; the assessmentand certification process for IEMRTs; and support systemsfor IEMRTs. The CAMRT has initiated a two year projectto accomplish all these recommendations, completion datewhich will be July 2009. This project has brought togetherinformation from the national professional association,regulators, employers and internationally educated MRTsabout their experiences with the assessment and certificationprocess in Canada. This project is being funded by HumanResources Development Canada (HRSDC). The SteeringCommittee working on this project has proposed guidingprinciples to assist in the development of improvementsto the current requirements and processes for IEMRTassessment and certification which include a single point ofcontact for IEMRTs, consistent language and informationand one set of rules for assessment and certification inorder to provide a more supportive environment and enableIEMRT’s to be better prepared to make the transition intothe Canadian healthcare workforce. It is apparent that all ofthe parties involved in this project are keen to work togetherto ensure the assessment process is improved for IEMRT’s.Information gathered in the findings of this project has26 ISRRT Newsletter


Articlealready led to some changes at the CAMRT. Already thefollowing eight of the twenty-two recommendations havebeen accomplished and have resulted in improvements forboth IEMRT’s and Canadian candidate.1. Improvement of exam analysis provided as feedback tocandidates who fail the CAMRT certification exams;2. Revision of recommended textbook list used by IEMRTswhen preparing for the CAMRT exams to identify a fewcore books for studying;3. Revision of the CAMRT certification examinationhandbooks that are provided online for each MRTdiscipline. Currently these handbooks includeinformation on eligibility requirements, the applicationprocess, writing the exam, what to expect after theexam, and payment procedures;4. Revision of the competency profiles that the exams arebased on to reflect current practice;5. Collection of more consistent demographic data to beused for statistical purposes on IEMRTs who accessthe certification exams and for IEMRTs who becomeCAMRT members;6. Improvement of assessment of IEMRTs at the CAMRT(i.e. previously asked for a transcript to show didactictraining and now asks for a syllabus; in process ofdeveloping a tool to check for clinical competencyso applicant will first be assessed for exam readinessbefore they apply to write the exam and start the twoyearwriting period window);7. Decreasing the number of Canadian cultural referencesin the certification exams; and8. The removal of CPR as a prerequisite to write theCAMRT certification exam.Phase 2 of this project is already well underway and willinclude:1. The development of on-line and hard copy practicecertification examinations and preparation guidelinesfor each medical radiation technology discipline toassist IEMRT’s in their preparation for competencybased examinations.2. The development of national guidelines for theestablishment of supportive bridging programs toimprove the success of IEMRT’s on certification examsand in the workplace.3. The establishment of processes to ensure the approvalof the process by certification and/or regulatory bodies4. The development of common terminology on matters ofcertification, regulation and other requirements relatedto IEMRT’s in order to facilitate the certification/competency verification process.The action plan also recommends a number of initiativesthat will require further funding including:˙˙˙˙˙A research project to determine the effectiveness of theentry-to-practice exam as a competency assessmenttool for experienced practitioners;Research into the appropriate timeframe and number ofexam attempts that should be allowed for IEMRT’s towrite the certification exam;Investigation into the use of alternative tests of Englishand French to determine the best test and test score topredict an IEMRTs success in the workplace;The development of specific testing modules to assistIEMRTs in preparation for the certification examThe support to educational institutions and health carefacilities interested in providing clinical placementsfor IEMRT’S. The additional funding also allows theconsortium to begin promoting these clinical placementsfor IEMRTs.In conclusion, the issue of assessment and certification forIEMRTs must continue to be addressed by the CAMRTin order that those of you who would like to contribute tothe Canadian Medical Radiation Technology labour forcecan have your objective realised. We hope that all of youcan see that progress has been made in that regard. Mostimportantly, communication channels have been enhancedbetween the CAMRT, the regulatory bodies, and nationalgovernment organisations in Canada to ensure thateveryone is providing IEMRTs with the most up-to-dateand accurate information. These organisations are now allworking toward the usage of common terminology and acommon clinical competency verification to ensure thatour assessment and certification process is fair, efficientand valid for internationally educated medical radiationtechnologists. As progress continues, as it will, I will ensurethat these updates are provided. Volume 44 – No. 1 27


Authors Instructions InstructionsSubmission details forthe ISRRT NewsletterArticles should deal with subjects of common interest to allradiographers and radiological technologists.The Editorial Committee may decide not to publish anarticle if they see it not suitable to the content of theISRRT Newsletter.All articles must be sent in the English language. However,other languages may be considered with the permission ofthe Editor and her committee.➢ Types of articles1. Full-length papers, with a maximum of 2000 words,on research, modern developments, historicalachievements, education, management, and healthand safety. A summary of about 100 words andthree key words may be translated into one of themain languages such as French, Spanish, German,Portugese, Japanese or Chinese to facilitate colleaguesfor whom the English language is difficult. If thearticle is in another language then the summary andkeywords must be in English. References frombooks should include the surname and initials of theauthor(s), year of publication, book title, publisher’sname, and the city and country of publication.2. Short articles and technical notes of no more thanone page including diagram, table or photograph. Asummary in another language of about 30-50 wordsis welcome.3. Letters to the Editor will be considered forpublication.4. News from other countries.5. Reports of meetings.6. Announcements of forthcoming events.➢ PresentationAlways keep in mind that the ISRRT journal is a“Newsletter” containing information on ISRRT activitiesand articles of common interest to colleagues throughoutthe world. Reports should, therefore, be kept short and thelanguage easy to read.To assist the Editor in the layout and production of thenewsletter, the following format must be used.➢ Submission of materialArticles should be submitted in electronic form, preferablyin MS Word using Times or Helvetica. All charts,diagrams, illustrations and photographs need to be savedas separate files. The author should retain a copy of thesubmission as the Editor cannot accept responsibilityfor loss or damage. Send all submissions to either theSecretary General or the Editor. Contact details arepublished at the front of the newsletter.➢ Photographs, illustrations, graphs, charts &diagramsComputer generated illustrations, graphs, charts anddiagrams should be high resolution and saved as separatefiles (either .eps, .tiff, .PDF or .jpeg format) for publishing.PowerPoint files are not accepted. Original negatives andradiographs will not be accepted for publication unlessotherwise already photographed and scanned.➢ Instructions for Board and Council MembersCouncil members are requested to send in the followinginformation regularly.• Short reports of ISRRT meetings and special activitiesin the field of medical imaging, radiation therapy andradiation protection.• News from members countries which should have aheading containing the name of the country only, endingwith the authors name and role.• Coming events, please include any congresses, conferencesand meetings which would be open to radiographers allover the world.➢ AdvertisementsAdvertisements for the ISRRT Newsletter and inquiriesshould be sent to the Secretary General (see address underISRRT Officers of Board of Management).➢ DeadlinesThe deadlines for receiving material for publication inthe two issues each year of the ISRRT Newsletter areApril 1 and September 1 .


The WorldRadiographyEducationalTrust FundSecretary:Mrs Lizzie ZukiewiczSpring House17 Spring VillageHorsehay, TelfordUK TF42LUTel:+44 0 1952 502966Email: spring.house@talktalk.netTreasurer:Miss Ann ParisEmail: aparis33@btinernet.comTHE TRUST ISADMINISTERED Bythe followingTRUSTEESMrs N. KolmannskogMrs D. ZerrougMrs W de VriesMr S. EustaceMr A. BudgeMiss A. ParisGet involved withWRETF:www.wretf.comThis newsletter again finds another period of change for the WRETF with the resignation ofJemiliah Rouse who has served as a WRETF Trustee for many years. We thank her for allher hard work and will miss her input. We do however hope that she will be able to advise uson some matters in the future. The ISRRT will be appointing a new trustee after due processand the new trustee will be listed on our website as soon as they are appointed.We would also like to note the passing of Mary Craig, in November 2007, one of thefounding members of the WRETF. We hope to produce more information about Mary Craigand her colleagues who set up the WRETF in our 40th birthday article in 2009. I would loveto hear from anyone who has had links with WRETF in the past who wish to contribute tothis article.On September 9, 2007 the WRETF trustees had their annual meeting. This was the firstmeeting for the Hon Secretary and our 2 new Trustees, Alan Budge & Wilma de Vries. 5 ofour 7 trustees and the Hon secretary were present at the meeting and a firm commitment wasmade to make a fresh start & move the Trust forward taking full advantage of the injectionof fresh blood and ideas. It was decided that the Trustees needed to meet more frequentlywith meetings every 6 months instead of once a year and to have a telephone conference inbetween each meeting. In this way it is hoped that all trustees can be involved in trust businessand make at least 1 face to face meeting a year. We had our first telephone conference onDecember, 2007 and would like to thank Alan Budge of Agfa for facilitating the call.Recent WRETF activities:Steady progress has been made to put the WRETF house in order.1. In the last few months we have concentrated on reviewing roles and procedures includingthe criteriaused to assess applications.2. The website has been updated and there are more updates and alterations to come.3. The WRETF application form has been revised and updated.4. Work has begun on new leaflets and posters to promote the work of the WRETF.5. Applications received by the WRETF have been put on hold until all the assessmentprocesses havebeen clarified and agreed by the trustees.Planned WRETF Projects:1. Redesign of WRETF leaflets.2. WRETF represented on the ISRRT stand for the World Radiography Congress in Durban2008.3. Appointment of a new trustee.4. Setting up a program to share second hand radiography journals with a regular linksbetween departments and individuals.Wanted: Do you have old radiography journals wanting a good home or do you want toreceive second hand journals?Contact: spring.house@talktalk.net, we will link you to a radiography colleague!Lizzie ZukiewiczHon Secretary, WRETFVolume 44 – No. 1 29


news from fromThe AmericasUnited States of AmericaASRT Elects 2008-2009Board of DirectorsOfficersASRT membershave elected theirnew president-elect,vice president and secretary-treasurer to its 2008 Board ofDirectors. Current ASRT Board vice president, Diane Mayo,R.T.(R)(CT), was elected president-elect. James B. Temme,M.P.A., R.T.(R)(QM), FASRT, was elected vice president. Heis the Board’s current secretary-treasurer. Dawn McNeil, M.S.,R.T.(R)(M), RDMS will serve as secretary-treasurer.In addition to the Board officers, ASRT elected 26 delegatesto serve in its House of Delegates. Both the Board officersand the delegates’ terms will begin immediately following the2008 Governance and House of Delegates meeting, June 13-15. The meeting will be held in Albuquerque, N.M.ASRT Members Visit Washington D.C.More than 120 radiologic technologists and students traveledto Washington, D.C. as part of the tenth annual R.T. inD.C. lobbying event. The event was sponsored by theAmerican Society of Radiologic Technologists and the SNMTechnologists Section. The purpose of the visit was to encouragecongressional representatives, senators and legislative aides tosupport federal legislation that would require those performingmedical imaging and radiation therapy procedures to meetminimum federal education and credentialing standards inorder to participate in federal health programs in the UnitedStates. More than 207 visits were made during the event,which took place from March 9-11.Twenty-one Attend 12th Annual Leadership AcademyASRT hosted its 12th Annual Leadership Academy this pastJanuary for 21 radiologic technologists and students at theASRT office in Albuquerque, N.M. Each year the ASRTselects 20 to 30 applicants nationwide to attend the LeadershipAcademy, where they learn skills needed to assume leadershiproles within the ASRT and its state affiliates. The applicantsare selected based on their passion for the profession anddesire to acquire advanced leadership skills.ASRT Foundation Sends Two Radiologic Technologists toInternational MeetingsThe ASRT Education and Research Foundation announced itis sending James Johnston, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(CV) and Jorge A.Casanas, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(CV)(QM), each to an internationalmeeting of radiologic technologists as guest speakers. Both arewinners of the 2008 International Speakers Exchange Grantprogram.Dr. Johnston will present his talk, “Current and FutureTrends in Digital Image Storage” at the United KingdomRadiological Congress in Birmingham, England, June 4-2.Mr. Casanas’ talk, “Customer Service in the Imaging World:Building Partnerships within Health Care Professionals,” atthe International Society of Radiographers and RadiologicalTechnologists meeting, April 23-27, in Durban, South Africa.The ISEG program is supported through a generousdonation from Elekta, an international medical technologygroup that develops state-of-the-art tools for improved cancercare and management of brain disorders. In addition, Elekta issponsoring the keynote presentation at the 32nd Annual ASRTRadiation Therapy Conference, Sept. 21-23, in Boston.Winner of Terumo Interventional Systems WritingCompetition NamedThe Foundation presented Teodora Trapuzzano, R.T.(R) withthe 2008 Terumo Interventional Systems Writing CompetitionAward. As the winner, Ms. Trapuzzano received an allexpensepaid trip to the 2008 Association of Vascular andInterventional Radiographers annual meeting, March 15-20,in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Long Island JewishCardiac Cath Lab, where Ms. Trapuzzano works, will alsoreceive a $2,500 unrestricted grant.ASRT Education and Research Foundation PresentsResearch GrantThe Foundation awarded a $7,500 grant to Rhonda Mayorga,R.T.(R)(M)(CT)(MR)(QM) to study the effects that advancedmedical imaging technologies have on front-line radiologictechnologists and the impact these technologies have onpatient care and services. The grant was awarded through theFoundation’s Professional Research Grant Award programthat supports radiologic science research by medical imagingand radiation therapy professionals. The grant is fundedthrough unrestricted gifts donated by ASRT members and itscorporate partners in the radiologic technology industry.Fourteen Students Awarded Scholarships Through ASRTFoundationIn scholarship news, seven were presented with the 2007Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship Program. Thescholarships, worth $4,000 each, are presented in honor ofRoyce Osborn, R.T., ASRT’s first African-American president.They are presented to outstanding minority students attendingaccredited, entry-level radiologic science programs. Thisscholarship program is made possible by a major grant fromthe American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.The Foundation presented an additional seven scholarships,worth $2,500 each, to outstanding students attending entrylevelradiologic science programs as part of the Jerman-Cahoon Scholarship Program. The scholarship programhonors two of ASRT’s past pioneers, Ed. C Jerman, Sc.D.,the founder of ASRT, and highly respected educator andpast ASRT President, John B. Cahoon Jr., R.T. The programis supported through the generous donations of individuals30 ISRRT Newsletter


news news fromand corporations belonging to the Foundation’s ScholarshipPatron Program —Bracco Diagnostics Inc. and Concerta Inc.,two important organizations that donated $5,000 each.CanadaThis report begins referencing the twoarticles I have submitted for this editionof the ISRRT Newsletter on items I feltwould be of interest to all of you.First of all, the Canadian Associationof Medical Radiation Technologists(CAMRT) has made some significantchanges to the certification process forthose Internationally Educated MedicalRadiation Technologists (IEMRT’s) who wish to accessemployment in Canada. I have highlighted what has occurredthus far in that article in this newsletter.Secondly, we celebrate World Radiography Day somewhatdifferently in Canada by having an entire week designatedas Medical Radiation Technology Week incorporatingNovember 8 in that week. In the article on MedicalRadiation Technology Week in Canada I have included thevarious promotional items the CAMRT has made availablefor members to utilise for the planned activities duringthat week. Facilities throughout Canada host a number ofeducational and social celebrational events during that weekso these public relations items come in very handy. I amhoping those countries who currently do not have these typesof promotional items will find this information useful andcan explore further possibilities of your own.The CAMRT held a strategic planning session on February23-24, 2008. Over forty individuals representing eachdiscipline, region, area of activity as well as representativesfrom outside the profession such as industry and otherallied health professional and physician groups were invitedto a two day brainstorming session and achieve strategicdirections for 2009-2011.The Key Focus areas that were identified by all those in thesession were as follows:˙ Advocacy˙ Education and Training˙ Member Services˙ Scope of Practice˙ Inter-professional Collaboration˙ Working Environment˙ IEMRTs (Internationally Educated MedicalRadiation technologists)˙ Governance IssuesThis strategic planning process provided was useful todevelop a blueprint that will guide the activities of theCAMRT staff and volunteers.The Strategic Directions of the CAMRT will now be:1. Certification and Education.2. Members Services3. Professional Practice4. Advocacy- both internal and external to theorganisationBesides myself, Ms Fiona Mitchell, the CAMRT President,and Mr Chuck Shields our CAMRT CEO were in attendanceat the 15th World Congress in Durban, South Africa. Allthree of us presented at the Congress.The CAMRT Annual General Conference will be takingplace in the very picturesque province of New Brunswickthis year from June 5 to 8, 2008. New Brunswick is one ofour Maritime Provinces located on the eastern seaboard ofCanada along the Atlantic Ocean. This Canadian provincehas over 1200 miles of breathtaking coastline that is amust to see. Lobster, scallops, and Atlantic salmon arebountiful. Please come to experience some of the very warmhospitality members in this province have to offer as well asthe excellent educational and scientific sessions that will bepresented during the four days of the conference.Next year the CAMRT Annual General Conferencewill be hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia-the provincefurthest to the west and along the Pacific Ocean. I will beproviding more information on this conference in the FallISRRT Newsletter.The CAMRT Board of Directors has accepted inprinciple the possibility of hosting the 17th World Congressin Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Further discussions will betaking place in Durban and I shall keep all of you informedas plans evolve.Please access further information about our conferencesand educational opportunities at the CAMRT website atwww.camrt.ca or please feel free to contact me at jreyer@shaw.ca We value your interest.Asia/AustralasiaAustraliaThe Australian Institute ofRadiography had another busy yearin 2007 as the Board of Directorscontinue to review various processesand structure of the Institute witha focus on further developing aprofessional profile.I was fortunate to be able to attend the 16th ACRTconference in Chandighar, India on November 15-18,2007, along with Emile Badawy, AIR Executive Officer.A small number of Australians headed across to enjoythe Indian hospitality and a very interesting scientific andcultural program. Many thanks to our hosts from the IARTfor hosting an excellent meeting. Prior to the conferenceVolume 44 – No. 1 31


news from frombeginning the Asia/Australasia Region Meeting of ISRRTwas held.To Council members from the Asia/Australasian region,I hope to hear from you with suggestions for educationalseminars within the region.On behalf of all AIR members I would like to send ourbest wishes to our colleagues around the world. I hope thatI will have met up with you again in Durban at the 15thISRRT World Congress by the time you read this.Pam RowntreeCouncillor for Australiacouncil members at the upcoming ISRRT World Congressin Durban and meeting new friends. It will be a pleasure thisyear to be accompanied by Lynda Duncan, current Presidentof the NZIMRT. As this will be my final year as the ISRRTrepresentative for New Zealand we will be seeking a newmember to take on this exciting role.Please go to the NZIMRT website to check out informationon the following: professional updates, upcoming conferenceinformation and Continuing Professional Developmentmaterial. www.nzimrt.co.nzJo AnsonISRRT Council MemberNew ZealandGreetings to you all from NewZealand where we are have hadthe best summer weather in about10 years. The great Kiwi summerholiday is back – hopefully it willstay! It is a pleasure to provide thisupdate for the journal and I enjoy reading all of the otherarticles form around the world.During the previous six months there has been activity inthe following areas:• This year sees the first review of the Health PractitionersCompetence Assurance Act (HPCA) which came intobeing in 2003. This Acts purpose is to protect the healthand safety of members of the public by providingmechanisms to ensure the life long competence of healthpractitioners. The review will examine the impact ofthe Act on the public, health care service providers andhealth professionals and the NZIMRT will be making asubmission.• Role expansion research -In 2005 a large scale researchproject was begun by a working party established by theNZIMRT. This project is investigating role developmentfor MRTs (both Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy)in New Zealand, and the possibility of formulating aformalised career progression to encompass extendedroles. The final report is due out later this month.• The NZIMRT promoted World Radiography Day toits members on the 8th November last year and manyembraced the opportunity to take time out to celebratetheir chosen profession. The theme of celebrationscontinues to be to support our international colleaguesand this year a number of books and donations werereceived for distribution to clinics in the Pacific region.• The NZIMRT will be holding their annual conferencein Queenstown on the 21-24th August 2008. The themeis ‘Synergy – working together towards the future’. Theprogramme will be packed with interesting papers andexciting social events as per usual and beauty of thevenue will just add to the experience.I am looking forward to meeting up with many of my fellowMalaysiaGreetings to fellow radiographers! We atthe Malaysian Society of Radiographers(MSR) would like to share some of theevents and activities of the Societyfrom November 2007 till April 2008.The Executive Council members ofthe MSR decided to concentrate on increasing knowledgeand reviewing current techniques and so scheduled 4 studydays.1. In September 2007 we organised a study day titled“Update on Contrast Media”.2. We commemorated World Radiography Day with astudy day at the local College of Radiography andRadiotherapy. It focused on recent trends in “MedicalImaging and Radiotherapy Technology”.3. In January 2008 we held a professional developmentseminar titled “Managing Your Future” and our annualPsychedelic Night. This is a yearly reunion that is alwaysanticipated by our members as it is an opportunity to renewties and meet the freshly graduated radiographers.4. April 2008 was our 38th Annual General Meeting andconcurrent Scientific Meeting with the theme “Innovationis Care”.This year our President Tuan Haji Zin and the EditorialChairman Tuan Haji Mahfuz will represent us at the WorldCongress in Durban, South Africa, to share the developmentsin Malaysia and discuss ways to increase radiographer roledevelopment and competency.The Editorial Committee published the SINARANnewsletter in June 2007, September 2007, December 2007and March 2008 thanks to the combined efforts of members’contributions and the feedback. SINARAN means rays inour local language Bahasa Melayu.We have been communicating through emails andalso have a yahoo group site: groups.yahoo.com/group/m_.radiographers where members can log in to access moreinformation. It has greatly reduced mailing and printingcosts and keeps members updated faster. Our website is32 ISRRT Newsletter


news news fromunder construction and will be up and running before theend of 2008.Dr Maria Law, Vice-President for the Asia/Australasiaregion came to Malaysia in September and visited ourNational University and the College of Radiography andRadiotherapy. Dr Law is currently the Chairman of thedepartmental Postgraduate Education Committee at TheHong Kong Polytechnic University and therefore was keento see the structure and strength of our programmes at thesetwo institutions of higher learning.The MSR will also be hosting the 17th Asian Conferenceof Radiological Technologists (ACRT) from the 13th tillthe 16th of August 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, the capital cityof Malaysia and invite all member societies and interestedparties to be part of this momentous occasion for us. It willalso be the annual joint conference of the Malaysia SingaporeRadiographers Conference and as such we expect the hugesupport of our counterparts across the causeway. The themeof the conference is “Technology and Role Evolution” andwe welcome paper and poster presentations. For furtherinformation contact the society at ms_radiographer@yahoo.comGina GallyotEducation ChairpersonMalaysian Society of Radiographersgallyot_gina@yahoo.comEuropeSwedenIn Sweden there are about 3,000registered radiographers and 1,000radiographers are members of theSwedish Society of Radiographers(SFR). For a couple of years we lostquite a lot of members but today we canlook forward to an increased number of members again. Theboard has done a huge job to get back old members and toinvolve new members in the society.Since July 1, 2006 “Imaging and functioning medicine”is a basic speciality to physiology, nuklearmedicin andneuroradiology in the physicians’ speciality education inSweden. The radiological departments have changed theirname in line with this new speciality e.g. Diagnostic Centres;imaging and functioning medical departments. Regarding allnew modalities and with more focus on patient care there isa need to be innovative and to change and to develop newcourses in the radiographer educational programme. It isnecessary to keep a high standard and to be in the forefrontand to meet the requirements from the patient as well as thepublic. A national workshop was carried out in Gothenburg,Sahlgrenska Academy, on February 18. The theme of theday was “The future of the radiographer education”. About100 people from the nine universities in Sweden and manyclinical teachers from radiological departments were comingtogether to discuss a very heated and actual subject; theeducation in the future. Another workshop is planned toOctober 2008.The most important activity for SFR is the annualcongress, Röntgenveckan (The Radiology week), whichis held each autumn. SFR is the main organiser togetherwith the Swedish Society of Medical Radiology. Thenext congress will be held in August 2008 in Uppsala andpersonnel of all categories; radiographers as well as nurses,radiologists, medical physicists, secretaries and assistantnurses are invited to this event. Approximately 1,500delegates are expected to visit the congress and the technicalexhibition.There is a common project in the Nordic countriesplanning a Nordic Masters in radiography – NOMAR.The objectives of NOMAR are to develop an ongoingMasters Degree programme of high quality in Radiography/Radiotherapy. It is also to facilitate and promote Nordiceducational collaboration and student, teacher and clinicalradiographer mobility. Furthermore it is important to developthe Nordic perspective in Radiography/Radiotherapy furtherand the discipline as a science. Another objective is tostrengthen the basis for collaborative Nordic research inRadiography/Radiotherapy. NOMAR consists of partnersfrom higher educations and from Radiography Societiesfrom all Nordic countries. A workshop is planned in May2008. NOMAR homepage: http:/www.nomar.omv.lu.seBodil AnderssonCouncil MemberSwitzerlandAs known, Switzerlandhas 2 training levels forRadiographers; a polytechnicallevel and avocational education level.A new national professionalprofile for radiographers was needed in order to apply toboth educational levels.New Professional Profile for Swiss Radiographers1. Introduction1.1 Aim of the progress reportThe aim of the progress report is to inform the steeringcommittee about the results of that were to be obtained bythe education network on December 31, 2007.1.2 Structure of the progress reportThe intermediate progress report is structured as follow:– Introduction– Aim of mandate– Objectives of mandate– Location and perspectives of mandate4.1 Expertise workshopVolume 44 – No. 1 33


news from from4.2 Interview with the responsible for Radiographerservices4.3Workshop with the tendency to develop theprofession4.4 Administration/management of knowledge5. Synthesis and conclusions2. Aim of the mandateThe board of the Swiss Society of Radiographers engagedthe Education Network to achieve a professional profilewhich will be recognised by the Swiss sanitary system onnational level.This is thanks to the initiative of the French Section ofthe Swiss Society of Radiographers from whom this projectwill be partially financially supported.3. Objectives of the mandateAt the end of the mandate, March 31, 2008, the SwissSociety of Radiographers (SVMTRA) will dispose of:Objective nr.1A professional profile for Radiographers which will describethe professional occupation and competencesObjective nr.2A professional profile field for Radiographers which describethe quantity and quality for all fields such as Oncology,Radiotherapy and Diagnostic RadiographyObjective nr.3A network of services of Radiology partners.Objective nr.4An educational platform at the working place in orderto simplify administration of knowledge and informationregarding the professional fieldObjective nr.5A report from the mandate.4. Location and perspectives of the mandateUntil December 31, 2007, the education network hasobtained the following:4.1 Expertise WorkshopResults6 Workshop days for professional experts were divided asfollow:– Workshop B (German speaking Swiss) from 6-12September 2007– Workshop A (German speaking Swiss) from 13-19September 2007– Workshop C (French speaking Swiss) from 25September to 2 October 200717 professionals took part in the German speaking Swissand 9 professionals in the French speaking Swiss, including1 professional from the Italian speaking Swiss.4.2 Interview with the responsible for RadiographerservicesResults8 Interviews took place in the German speaking Swiss and 4in the French speaking Swiss.These interviews permitted gathering of expected informationand to visit the 2 appliance services of which one in theGerman speaking Swiss and the other in the French speakingSwiss.4.3 Workshop with the tendency to develop theprofessionResultsThe 2 workshops with the tendency on developing theprofession, were planed and organized with dates to bedefined.4.4 Administration/management of knowledgeResultsDevelopment/evolution of ontologyReport of the workshop6 Half days’ workshop took place between November 7 andDecember 12, 2007 in Geneva.Motivated participants implied themselves with theconstruction of the ontology during the working meetings aswell as during working hours, confronting their colleaguesThe choice of having specialist from all Radiologicalfields working together within a workshop, demonstrated tobe of great importance in order to have a global ontology ofRadiographers.A consent between the participants were immediatelydefined.State of the developmentWith the help of a professional Dictionary, a basic structureof the ontology were defined by the professional expertsIt includes 8 basic branches:– Field of activity– Professional competences– Technique– Research– Administration– Legal development– Education1– Partner professionsThese branches are subdivided in Radiotherapy, NuclearMedicine and Diagnostic and interventional RadiographyIt was also the wish of the workshop participant that theontology should be validated5. Synthesis and conclusionsThe 4°stage of the professional profile mandate was notterminated at the end of December 2008 as was planed.6. Next meeting of the Steering committee is planned on the34 ISRRT Newsletter


coming coming events2008April 24-2715th ISRRT World Congress“Interweaving Global Images”Durban, South Africa. www.isrrt.org and www.sorsa.org.zaMay 15-16NOMAR WorkshopSwedenwww.nomar.omv.lu.seMay 23Cardiovascular CTGrand Pavillion, Rosehill Gardens Event CentreRosehill, Sydney, Australiawww.CCTatConcord.comJune 8-10CAMRT Annual General Conference2008 conferenceNew Brunswick province, Moncton, CanadaJune 5-825th International Congress of RadiologyMarrakesh, Moroccowww.icr2008.orgJuly 6-8Symposium MammographicumLille Grand Palais Conference and Exhibition CentreLille, Francewww.sympmamm.org.ukAugustSwedish CongressUppsala, SwedenSeptember 17-20, 20085th ASMMIRT ConferenceMelbourne, Australia2009Nordic Congress of RadiographyCopenhagen, DenmarkAugust 13-16, ,200917th Asian Conference of RadiologicalTechnologists (ACRT); andMalaysia Singapore Radiographers Conference“Technology and Role Evolution”Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaFor further information contact the society at:ms_radiographer@yahoo.com➢ DeadlinesThe deadlines for receiving material for publication in the two issues each year of the ISRRT Newsletterare April 1 and September 1.ISRRT Website Comments on the newsletterThe ISRRT website carries up todate addresses of all membersocieties. Visit the ISRRT website at:www.isrrt.orgHere you can find information onthe ISRRT and details of futuremeetings.You are invited to comment on thepresentation and contents of thenewsletter and make suggestionsfor future issues. Your commentswill be considered by the Editorand her Committee.email: deepbluedesign1@mac.comVolume 44 – No. 1 35


WANT TO ADVERTISE INTERNATIONALLY ??The ISRRT Newsletter would like to invite readers and others to take advantage of the extentof our circulation and advertising service. The ISRRT Newsletter reaches 72 countries, 4500associate members, libraries and schools of radiography, government bodies and professionalsocieties. The following are costs for mono advertising as at February 2008:per issueper two issuesfull page £300 (US$550, EUR430) £550 (US$1010, EUR790)half page £225 (US$415, EUR325) £400 (US$735, EUR575)quarter page £100 (US$185, EUR145) £150 (US$275, EUR215)one eighth page £60 (US$110, EUR86) £100 (US$185, EUR145)Camera ready copy 210 x 290mm per one page advert. Digital format acceptable.Colour advertising costs: On application to Secretary General: issrt.yule@btopenworld.comEditor: deepbluedesign1@mac.comISRRT Newsletter publicationdates have changedThe ISRRT Committee has changedthe dates of publication of theISRRT Newsletter from 2008.From this year the newsletter will be publishedin May and November.The deadlines will be March 1 (May issue) andSeptember 1 (November issue).Any queries please contact:The Secretary General, Dr Alexander Yule:isrrt.yule@btinternet.com ORthe Production Editor, Rachel Bullard:deepbluedesign1@mac.com36 ISRRT Newsletter


memberships➢ MembershipFull membership of societies is open to national societiesof radiographers or radiological technologists with similarobjectives to the ISRRT. These are: “to advance thescience and practice of radiography and allied sciencesby the promotion of improved standards of education andresearch in the technical aspects of radiation medicine andprotection”.➢ Corporate MembershipCorporate membership is open to all organisationswishing to support the work of the ISRRT and who wouldotherwise not be eligible for full membership. This includescommercial companies, regional or local professionalorganisations, governments, hospitals, universities andcolleges. Corporate members receive certain benefitsincluding preferred space at ISRRT organised technicalexhibitions, priority opportunity to participate inISRRT sponsored educational activities, preferentialadvertising opportunities in ISRRT publications andofficial recognition in the ISRRT Newsletter. In addition,hospitals, universities and professional associations canapply to host ISRRT organised seminars and workshops.Details of Corporate membership are available from theSecretary General. We express our appreciation for thecontinued support of our Corporate members and inviteother industry and professional leaders to offer their supportto the advancement of international radiation medicine.Current Corporate members are:– Agfa-Gevaert N.V.– American Registry of Radiologic Technologists– Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences Inc.– Toshiba (Australia~ Pty. Limited, Medical Division– Technikon Natal– American Registry of Diagnostic MedicalSonographers– Shimadzu– Dubai Dept. of Tourism, Commerce and marketing➢ Associate MembershipAssociate membership provides the opportunity forindividual radiographers to learn more of the activities of theISRRT. they do this by receiving a copy of the Newsletterthat contains reports on all ISRRT activities and upcomingevents. Associate members also receive advance notice ofConferences and Congresses and receive a small rebate onregistration fees at these ISRRT meetings. in addition manyof our member societies allow ISRRT Associate Membersto register for their national conferences at the samepreferred members rate if they reside outside the country ofthe Conference. ❖Application for AssociateMembershipPlease complete in block letters and return to:Secretary General, 143 Bryn Pinwydden, Pentwyn, Cardiff, Wales CF23 7DG, United KingdomTitle (please tick) ® Mr ® Mrs ® Ms ® Miss ® Dr ® OtherFamily Name(s):Given Name(s)Address:I would like to support:q ISRRT Development Fundand include a donation inthe amount of:q World RadiographyEducational Trust Fundand include a donationin the amount of:✄I wish to support the work and objectives of the ISRRT andhereby apply for Associate Membership.I enclose payment ofEuro Pounds Sterling US Dollars Canadian Dollars® 1 year 10 Euro ® 1 year £ 6.00 ® 1 year $10.00 US ® 1 year $13.00 Cdn® 3 years 28 Euro ® 3 years £16.00 ® 3 years $28.00 US ® 3 years $36.00 CdnSignatureDate✄Name:Address:Signature:Date:My specialty is (please tick one or more):® Imaging ® Therapy ® Nuclear Medicine ® Education ® ManagementI am a member of my national society which is:Please make payment by cheque, bank draft or money order, payable to “ISRRT”.Donations to Secretary General ISRRT,Mr Alexander Yule143 Bryn PinwyddenPentwyn, Cardiff Wales CF23 7DGUnited Kingdom


Names and addresses of memberNames and addresses of membersocieties and ISRRT and Council ISRRT Members Council MembersAustralia Australian Institute of RadiographyP.O. Box 1169, Collingwood, Victoria 3066Tel: 61-3-9419 3336 Fax: 61-3-9416 0783E-mail: air@air.asn.auWebsite: www.air.asn.auCouncil Member: Ms Pamela RowntreeEmail: p.rowntree@qut.edu.auAustria Verband DRTA Österreich,Corvinusring 202700, Wiener Neustadt, AustriaTel: + 43 699 1749 8367; Fax: +43 2622 321 2685Email: office.rtaustria@gmx.atWeb Site: www.rtaustria.atCouncil Member: Ms Karin HallerEmail : isrrt.rtaustria@gmx.atBarbados Barbados Association of Radiographersc/o X-ray Dept, Queen Elizabeth HospitalMartinsdale Road, St. Michael, BarbadosTel: 246 426-5378 Fax: 246 429-5374Email: info@imagingandtherapy.bbWeb Site: www.imagingandtherapy.bbCouncil Member: Derlwyn WilkinsonEmail: bar@imagingandtherapy.bbBelgium Medical Radiological Technicians of Belgium,Avenue des Paquerettes, 23B - 1410, Waterloo, BelgiumTel: 32 64 55 71 99 Fax: 32 64 55 71 99Email: mrtb@skynet.beCouncil Member: Mr Eric Bertrand,Rue Provinciale 81, B-4042 LiersEmail: Eric.bertrand@hologic.beBelgium Vereniging Medisch BeeldvormersVMBV/Philippw Van Laer,Beukendref 96, 9080 Lochristi, BelgiumEmail: vmbv@mail.beCouncil Member: Mr Patrick SuvéeGerststraat 4, 8400 RoksemEmail: Patrick.Suvee@hologic.beBeninOrganisation Des professionnelsEn Imagerie Medicale Du Benin02 BP 8125, CotonouTel: (229) 39-02-99Council Member: Mr Antoine Agbo02 BP 8125, CotonoEmail:ag_antoine@yahoo.frBotswanaRadiological Society of BotswanaP.O. Box 80789, Gaborone, BostwanaTel: (267) 585475; Fax: (267) 585475E-mail Soc: xtina@mega.bwCouncil Member: Mrs Avis N. C.Bareki, address as SocietyEmail: avis@it.bwBurkina Faso Association Burkinabe du PersonnelParamedical d’Electro-RadiologieS/C CHNYO (Service de Radiologie)03 BP 7022 Ouagadougou 03Tel: 226 33 37 14 & 31 59 90/91Poste 506 & 590E-mail: abpper@bf.refer.orgCouncil Member: Mr Landry Power Kabore, address as SocietyEmail: kaboreissaka@yahoo.frCameroun Association Camerounaise du PersonnelTechnique d’Electroradiologie MédicaleB.P. 927 YaoundéTel: 237-2236218; Fax: 237-2222086E-mail: czambou@yahoo.frCouncil Member: Mr Justin Paul Charles SEEEmail: justseefr@yahoo.frCanada Canadian Association of Medical RadiationTechnologists,10th Floor, 85, rue Albert StreetOttawa, ON K1P 6A4Tel: 613 234-0012; Fax: 613 234-1097Email: cshields@camrt.caWeb Site: www.camrt.caCouncil Member: Rita EyerPt. 1110-234 Ronald StreetWinnipeg, ManitobaR3J 3JR, CanadaEmail: jreyer@shaw.caCroatia Croatian Association of Engineers of MedicalRadiology,Mlinarska 38, 10000 ZagrebTel: 00 385 1 4669771Fax: 00385 1 4669772Email Soc: hdimr@zg.hinet.hrWeb Site:www.hdimr.hrCouncil Member: Mr Nenad VodopijaVlascika 15, 10000 ZagrebEmail: Nenad.vodopija@vmskola.hrnenad@hdimr.hrCyprus Pancyprian Society of Diagnostic &Radiotherapy Radiographersc/o Mrs Maria Kyraiakides Radiotherapy Depart.Nicosia General Hospital, Nicosia -1450Tel: 0035722801495; Fax: 0035722303471Email: mariakyriaki@yahoo.comCouncil Member: Mr Achilleas Kalaidjis, address as SocietyEmail: kalaidjis@logos.cy.net38 ISRRT Newsletter


Names and addresses of member societies and ISRRT Council MembersCzech Republic Czech Radiographers SocietySekretariat SRLA CRNa Zlate Stoce 14370 05 Ceske Budejovice, Czech RepublicEmail: info@srla.czWebsite: www.srla.czCouncil Member: Mr Cestmir David, address as societyEmail: cestmir.david@medicon.czDenmark Foreningen af Radiografer i DenmarkH. C. Orsteds Vej 70, 2. tv.DK 1879 Frederiksberg CTel: 45-3537-4339; Fax: 45-3537-4342Email: frd@radiograf.dkWebsite: www.radiograf.dkCouncil Member: Ms Cgarlotte Graungaard Bech,Dragebakken 289,5250 Odense SVEmail: chaken@get2net.dkEl Salvador Asociación Salvadoreña de Técnicos enRadiología e Imágenes Diagnósticas6a calle poniente y 6a ave. surreparto 6a calle, 3-8 bis #4, Santa TeclaEmail: oc.astrid_es_rad@yahoo.com.mxCouncil Member: Mrs Elizabeth Ventura, address as SocietyEmail: oc.astrid_es_rad@yahoo.com.mxEstonia Estonian Society of RadiographersSillutise 6, Parnu 80010Tel: 372 44 7312; Fax: 372 44 73 102www.eroy.eeCouncil Member: Ms Piret VahtramaeSillutise 6, Parnu 80010, EstoniaEmail: piretva@ph.eeEthiopia Ethiopian Radiographers AssociationP.O. Box 21850, Addis AbabaTel: 15-50-76Council Member: Mr Napoleon BogaleP.O. Box 56324Addis Ababa, EthiopiaTel: + 251 09 239768Email: napi_bog@yahoo.comFijiFiji Society of RadiographersP.O. Box 17415, Suva,Tel: 679-3215548Email: jsalabuco@govnet.gov.fjCouncil Member: Mr Jone Salabuco, address as SocietyEmail: jsalabuco@govnet.gov.fjFinland The Society of Radiographers in FinlandPO Box 140, 00060 Tehy, FinlandTel: 358 9 54227 521; Fax: 358 9 61500 267Email: toimisto@suomenroentgenhoitajaliitto.fiWebsite: www.suomenrontgenhoitajaliitto.fiCouncil Member: Mr Marko Paananen, address as societymafka@phnet.fiFrance Association Francaise du PersonnelParamedic d’Electroradiologie47 Avenue de Verdier, 92120 MontrougeTel: 33-1-49-121320; Fax 33-1-49-121325Email: webmaster@afppe.comWebsite: www.afppe.comCouncil Member: Mr Philippe Gerson,1 Rue des Couloirs92260 Fontenay-aux-RosesEmail: philgerson@aol.comGabon Association du Personnel Paramedicald’Electroradiolgie du GabonaisBP 13326 LibrevilleCouncil Member: Mr Apollinaire Mberagana, address as SocietyEmail: samuelrokossa@yahoo.frThe Gambia The Gambia Association of Radiographers andRadiographic Techniciansc/o X-Ray Department, Royal Victoria HospitalBanjul, The GambiaCouncil Member: Mr Abdou Colley, address as SocietyGermany Deutscher Verband Technischer Assistentenin der Medizin e.V.Spaldingstrasse 110 B, D-20097 Hamburg,Tel: 0049 40 2351170Fax: 0049 40 233373Email: info@dvta.deWebsite: www.dvta.deCouncil Member: Susanne HuberEmail: susanne.huber@dvta.deGhana Ghana Society of RadiographersP.O. Box a602, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, AccraTel: 685488Email: gsradiographers@yahoo.co.ukCouncil Member: Mr Steven Boateng, address as societyEmail: stboateng2000@yahoo.comGreece The Panhellenic Society of Radiotechnologists,73 Sokratous Str., Athens 104.32Tel: 30 1-522-8081; Fax: 30 1-522-8081E-mail: pasta@mailbox.grWebsite: http://get.to/pastaCouncil Member: Mr Dimitris Katsifarakis36 Feraiou Str., 143.42 Filadelfia, AthensE-mail: dimitka@panafonet.grGuyanaGuyana Association of Medical ImagingPractitionersThe Senior Radiographer's OfficeGeorgetown Public Hospital CorporationNew Market StreetN/C BurgeGeorgetown, GuyanaVolume 44 – No. 1 39


Names and addresses of member societies and ISRRT Council MembersHong KongHong KongHong Kong Radiological TechniciansAssociation, P.O. Box 73549Kowloon Central Post OfficeKowloon, Hong KongTel: 852 3517 5451 Fax: 852 3517 5199Email: hkrta1965@yahoo.comWebsite: www.hkrta.50g.comMr Apollo Wong, The Department of Radiology,Kwong Wah Hospital,25 Waterloo Road, KowloonEmail: hkrta@mail.hongkong.comHong Kong Radiographers AssociationDept. of Radiology, Tuen Mun Hospital,Tuen Mun, NTTel: 852 22911161; Fax: 852 25747557Email:info@hkra.org.hkWebsite: hkra.org.hkCouncil Member: Mr Edward ChanEmail: chairman@hkra.org.hkHungary Society of Hungarian RadiographersNational Health InstituteDept. of Radiology1135 Budapest, Szabolcs u. 33 - 35.Tel: 06-1-350-4764Fax: 06-1-350–4765Email: hungarian_radiographers@yahoo.comWebsite: www.mrae.huCouncil Member: Ms Katalin LukovichEmail: klukovich@ogyik.huIceland Icelandic Society of RadiographersFelag Geislafraedinga, Borgartuni 6,105, Reykjavik, IcelandTel: 354-588 9770; Fax: 354-558 9239Email: geislar@sigl.isWebsite: www.sigl.isCouncil Member: Mrs Katrin Sigurdardottir, address as SocietyEmail: katrinsig@hive.isIndiaIndian Association of Radiological Technologists,Department of Radiodiagnosis,PGIMER, Chandigargh 160012Tel: 91 172 27476389Fax: 91 172 2745768Email: iartindia@yahoo.comWebsite: www.iart.org.inCouncil Member: Mr S. C. BansalH. No. 388, Sector 38-A,Chandigarh 160036,Tel: 91 172 2691295Mobile: 00 91 981503388Email: scbansal38@rediffmail.comIrelandIrish Institute of Radiography and RadiationTherapy (IIRRT)28 Millbrook Court,Kilmainham, Dublin 8Tel (m): +353 87 1313795Fax: +353 1 6790433Email: info@iir.ieWebsite: www.iir.ieEmail: info@iir.ieWebsite: www.iir.ieItalyFederazione Nazionale Collegi ProfessionaliTecnici Sanitari Di Radiologia MedicaVia Veio, 20, 00183 RomeTel: 39 06 7759 0560Email: federazione@tsrm.orgCouncil Member: Mr Stefano BraicoEmail: stefano.braico@libero.itIvory Coast Association Nationale des Techniciensd’Imagerie Médicale de Côte d’Ivoire21 BP 854 Abidjan 21Email: antim_civ@yahoo.frCouncil Member: Yai Kouame Boniface18 BP 720 Abidjan 18Tel: 225 21253793Fax: 225 07052526Email: kwame_boniface@yahoo.frJamaica Society of Radiographers (Jamaica)P.O. Box 38, Kingston 6Tel: 809-977-2388; Fax: 809-977-2388Email: societyofradiographers@yahooCouncil Member: Miss Claudia TavaresRadiology West, 34 Market Street,Montego Bay, JamaicaEmail: tech-one@cwjamaica.comJapanCouncil Member:Japan Association of Radiological Technologists,31st Floor, World Trade Center Bldg.2-4-1 Hamamatsu-cho Minato-ku,Tokyo 105-6131Tel: 3-5405-3612 Fax: 3-5405-3613Email:y_oyama@jart.or.jpWebsite: www.jart.jpMr Kazumasa Kumagai, address as SocietyEmail: Kumagai@jart.or.jpKenya Kenya Association of RadiographersP.O. Box 30401, Nairobi 00100Tel: +254 20 2714826, +254 723 976285Email: kenyaradiographers@yahoo.comCouncil Member: Mr Charles OmondiPO Box 90231 Mombasa KenyaTel: +254 725848273/254 314201 Ext. 3219Email: comok2004@yahoo.comKoreaKorean Radiological Technologist Association,250 Yang Jae -Dong, Seocho-Ku, Seoul 137-130Tel: 82-02-576-6524/5; Fax: 82-02-576-6526Email: krta@krta.or.krWebsite: www.krta.or.krCouncil Member: Mr Jeong-Kyu Lee, address as Society40 ISRRT Newsletter


Names and addresses of member societies and ISRRT Council MembersLatvia Latvian Society of RadiolographersInstitute of Radiology13 Pilsonu Street, Riga, LV 1002 LatviaTel: 371 7144635Fax: 371 7144635Email: nms@parks.lvCouncil Member: Ms Elita Rutka, address as societyEmail: elitaru@hotmail.comLebanon Lebanon Society of RadiographersThe American University of Beirut-MedicalCentre, School of RadiographyPO Box 11-0236, Beirut 1107-2020Tel: 01961 1 35000 ext: 5070E-mail: moufidaassi@hotmail.comCouncil Member: Mr Ghassan Wadih Merheb, address as SocietyMacau Macau Radiology AssociationPO Box No.: 9013, MacauEmail: mra@macau.ctm.netwww.home.macau.ctm.net/~mraCouncil Member: Mr Kok Leong KeiEmail: klk@macau.ctm.net or klk@ssm.gov.moMacedonia Macedonian Society of RadiologicalTechnologistsc/o Miroslav Kostadniov, Institut za RadiolgijaKlinichki CentarVodnjanska 17, 1000 Skopje, MacedoniaTel: 389 2 115069; Fax: 389 2 1 66974Email : rentgen@vnet.com.mkE-mail : mariokostadinov@yahoo.co.ukCouncil Member: Mr Zdravko Damjanovski,32 Victor Villas, Great Cambridge RoadLondon N9 9VP, United KingdomEmail: zak@zdravko.freeserve.co.ukMalaysia Malaysian Society of Radiographersc/o Department of Diagnostic ImagingHospital Kuala Lumpur,50586 Kuala LumpurTel: 03-2906674 Fax: 03-2989845Email: ms_radiographer@yahoo.comwww.groups.yahoo.com/group/ms_radiographersCouncil Member: Salmah AhmadJabatan Pengimejan DiagnosticHospital Kuala Lumpur,50586 Kuala Lumpur.Email: ms_radiographer@yahoo.comMaltaSociety for Medical Radiographers-MaltaPO Box 9, MaltaTel: 00 356 2595 1772Fax: 00 356 2124 4975Email: srm_malta@hotmail.comwww.e-radiography.org/Council Member: Mr Miguel PaceEmail: pace_miguel@yahoo.co.ukMauritius Mauritius Association of Radiographers131c Murray Avenue, Quatre-BornesTel: 464-2790Email: rboolkah@intnet.muCouncil Member: Mr Dooshiant Jhuboolall41 Rue des Fauvelles,92400 Courberoie, FranceMexico Federacion Mexicana de profesionales Tecnicosen Radiologia e Imagen, Associaion Civil,Juan Badiano No. 21, Colonia Seccion XVI,Delegacion Tlapan, C.P. 14080Tel: 52 55-73-29-11, Ext.1236Fax: 52 55-73-09-94Email: fmptrimex@yahoo.com.mxWebsite: www.fmptri.org.mxCouncil Member: Mr Bernardo Santin Meza, address as societyNepalNepal Radiological SocietyP.B. No. 5634, Central Office, KathmanduTel: 977 1 427 6232Email Soc: nerads2006@gmail.comCouncil Member: Mr Shanta Lall Shrestha, address as SocietyThe Netherlands Nederlandse Vereniging MedischeBeeldvorming en Radiotherapie,Catharijnesingel 73, 3511 GM UtrechtTel: 31-302318842 Fax: 31-302321362Email: info@nvmbr.nlWebsite: www.nvmbr.nlCouncil Member: Ms Sija Geers, address as SocietyEmail: s.geers@nvmbr.nlNew Zealand New Zealand Institute of Medical RadiationTechnology, P.O. Box 25-668,St. Heliers, AucklandTel: 0649 379 3059Fax: 0649 379 3029Email: nzimrt@nzimrt.co.nzWebsite: www.nzimrt.co.nzCouncil Member: Joanne AnsonEmail: Joanne.anson@midcentral.co.nzNigeria The Association of Radiographers of Nigeria,2-4 Taylor Drive, Medical Compound,P.M.B. 1068, Yaba, LagosTel: Sec: 053-254165/8 Ext. 2263Email: arn@execs.comCouncil Member: Mrs O.O. Oyedele, Radiology Dept.Univesity College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo StateEmail: sumbooyedele@yahoo.comNorwayNorsk RadiografforbundRaadhusgaten 4N-0151 OsloNorwayTel: 47-23 100 470; Fax: 47-23 100480E-mail: nrf@radiograf.noVolume 44 – No. 1 41


Names and addresses of member societies and ISRRT Council MembersWebsite: www.radiograf.noCouncil Member: Mr Jan Sorbo, address as societyE-mail: jansorbo@online.noPeruAsociación Peruana de Téchnicos Radiólogos Av.Grau 383 Dpto., 603 Lima 1, LimaTel: 427-0578Council Member: Mr Magno F. Arias JiménezMz E-1 Lt.3 Ciudad del Pescador - Bellavista,Callao 2The Philippines Philippine Association of RadiologicTechnologists,C/o Dr Yasmin NavarroMartinez Memorial Colleges and HospitalCaloocan City, Metro ManillaTel: 288 8861Fax: 288 4279Email: yasnavarro@yahoo.comCouncil Member: Mr Rolando Banares,Chief Radiologic TechnologistMartinez Memorial Medical Centre198A Mabini St, Caloocan City, The PhilippinesPortugal Associação Portuguesa dos Tecnicos deRadiologia Radioterapia e Medicina Nuclear,Av Miguel Bombarda,n.°36 - 9°H, 1050 - 165, LisboaTel: 351 -217 959 539; Fax: 351-217 959 592Email: geral@atarp.ptWebsite: www.atarp.ptCouncil Member: Dr Graciano PauloEmail: graciano@estescoimbra.ptRepublic ofChinaThe Association of RadiologicalTechnologists of The Republic of China,Department of Radiology,Taipei Veterans General Hospital201, Section two, Shipai Road,Taipei 11217, TaiwanEmail: artroc@mail2000.com.twWebsite: www.artroc.com.twTel: 8862-22876-8413; Fax: 8862-22876-8415Council Member: Ms Ngot-Swan ChongEmail: nschong.tw@yahoo.com.twRepubliqueDemocratiqueDu CongoConseil national Des TechniciensRadiologues RepublicDemocratique Du CongoB.P. 12.956, Kinshasa 1Council Member: Mr Franck Bisumbula, address as SocietyEmail: franckbisumbula@yahoo.frCouncil Member: Ms. Tan Chek Wee, Address as SocietyEmail: sunrisepl@hotmail.comSenegal Association des Manipulators et Techniciensd’Imagerie du Senegal, BP 3270 DakarCouncil Member: Mr Amadou Tidjani BallEmail: amadoutidiane143@hotmail.comSerbia The Society of Radiological Technicians andNuclear Medicine Technicians of SerbiaPasterova 14 Street,Institute of Radiology and Oncology of Serbia,11000 Belgrade SerbiaTel: 38 135 472347Email: caca2@scnet.yuWebsite: www.radteh.org.yuCouncil Member: Ms Slavica PavlovicEmail: cacapavlovic@yahoo.comSeychelles Seychelles Radiological Associationc/o Radiology Section, Ministry of Health,P.O. Box 52, Victoria, MaheeCouncil Member: Mrs Sabina PanovskaEmail: sabinapanovska@yahoo.comSlovenia Slovenian Society of Radiological EngineersDrustvo Radiloskih Inzenirjev SlovenijeZaloska cesta 7, S1-1000 LjubljanaTel: 386 1 5431536; Fax: 386 1 5431 321Email: ohanuna@onko-i.siWebsite: www.dri-drustvo.siCouncil Member: Mr Dean PekarovikInstitute of Radiology, Clinical CenterZaloska cesta 7, S1-1000 LjubljanaEmail: dean.pekarovik@kclj.siSouth Africa Society of Radiographers of South AfricaP.O. Box 6014, Roggebaai 8012, Cape Town,Tel: 27 21 419 4857; Fax: 27 21 421 2566E-mail: sorsa.admin@iafrica.comCouncil Member: Aladdin Speelman,Email: SpeelmanA@cput.ac.zaSpainAsociacion Españnola de Tecnicos enRadiologia, C/ Reyes Magos 18,Bajos Dcha, 28009 MadridTel: 00 34 91-552 99 00 - 3105Fax: 00 34 91-433 55 04Email: aetr.nacional@infonegocio.comWebsite: www.aetr.orgCouncil Member: Ms Marta Soto Garcia, address as SocietyEmail: martasoto@inicia.esRepublic ofSingaporeSingapore Society of RadiographersAng Mo Kio Central Post OfficeP.O. Box 765, Singapore 915609Email: ssrexco@mail.comWeb Site: www.ssr.org.sgSri LankaThe Society of Radiological Technologists– Sri Lanka262 Old Kottawa Road, Embuldeniya,Nugegoda 10250Tel: 0094-01-833072; Fax: 0094-01-83310042 ISRRT Newsletter


Names and addresses of member societies and ISRRT Council MembersCouncil Member: Mr Sunil Balasooriya, address as SocietyEmail: suba.srtsl@dynanet.lkSweden Swedish Society of Radiolographers,International SecretaryDervla TornquistEmail: dervla2020@yahoo.seWebsite: www.swedrad.seCouncil Member: Mr Bodil Andersson,Bronsaldersvagen 106, 226 54 LUND, SwedenEmail: bodil-t.andersson@med.lu.seSwitzerland SVMTRA, Zentralsekretariat,SVMTRA/ASTRM, Stadthof Bahnhofstr.7 b6210 SurseeTel: 41 41 926 07 77; Fax: 41 41 926 07 99Email: info@svmtra.chWebsite: www.svmtra.chCouncil Member: Ms Jolanda KollmannEmail: landie@tele2.chTanzania Tanzania Association of RadiographersSchool of Radiography,Muhimbili Medical Centre, P.O. Box 65005,Muhimbili, Dar es SalaamTel: 255-022-2151073; Fax: 255-022-2151599Council Member: Mr Raphael E.K. MshiuEmail: rmshiu@muchs.ac.tzThailand Society of Radiological Technologists ofThailand, Dept. of Radiological TechnologyFaculty of Medical TechnologySiriraj Hospital, Bangkok 10700Tel: 622 419 7173Website: www. tsrt.or.thCouncil Member: Mr Sala UbolchaiEmail: sala1950@hotmail.comTogoAssociation Togolaise Des Techniciens DeRadiologie et D’Imagerie Medicale S/CMAMIDOU Houdou, BP 30284, LomeTel: (228) 25 25 91; Fax: (228) 25 25 91Email: arrtim@yahoo.frCouncil Member: Amidou HoudouTSRIM, Chu-Campus Service de Radiologie(Pavillon Scanner), BP 30284, LomeEmail: houdou.amidou@syfed.tg.refr.orgTrinidad andTobagoSociety of Radiographers-Trinidad &Tobago, General Hospital, RadiologyDepartment, Port of SpainTel: 868-672-5136; Fax: 868-658-0225Council Member: Anushka Kattick-MahabirsinghTel Office: (868) 671 3566Fax: (868) 665 0275Email: anushka.kattick@hotmail.com orEmail: anushkams@mail.ttTurkey Turkish Society of Medical RadiologicalTechnologists, Ege University HospitalDept. of Radiology, Bornova-Izmir, TurkeyTel: 90 (232) 343 43 43/3275 or 3250-144Fax: 90 (232) 445 23 94Email: nceydeli@yahoo.comCouncil Member: Havva PalaciEmail: havvapalaci@mynet.comwww.radyoteknoloji.org.trUganda Uganda Radiographers AssociationSchool of Radiography, Mulago HospitalP.O. Box 7051, KampalaTel: 256 041 530137Council Member: Stephen Arubaku Bule, address as SocietyEmail: buleasteve@yahoo.comUkraine Ukrainian Society of Radiographers andRadiological Technologists,Lamouosov Str. 33/43, Kiev 03022Tel: 38044 213 0763/483-61-26Fax: 380 44 258 9726Email: babiy@aruk.kiev.ueCouncil Member: Dyemin ValentinEmail: uarctmri@ukr.netUnited Kingdom Society and College of Radiographers207 Providence SquareMill Street, London SE1 2EWTel: 44-207 740 7200; Fax: 44-207 740 7204Email: info@sor.orgWebsite: www.sor.orgCouncil Member: Sandie MathersE-mail: s.mathers@rgu.ac.ukUSAAmerican Society of Radiologic Technologists15000 Central Avenue SE,Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123-3917Tel: 505-298-4500; Fax: 505-298-5063Website: www.asrt.orgCouncil Member: Donna E. Newman, Address as SocietyEmail: donnanewman@meritcare.comCorporate Members of ISRRT• GE Healthcare Ltd., Bio-Sciences, UK• Durban University of Technology,Department of Radiography, South Africa• Shimadzu Medical Systems, Rydalmere, Australia• Toshiba (Australia) Pty Ltd., Adelaide, Australia• Joint Review Commission on Education inRadiologic Technology, Chicago, USA• Agfa-Gevaert N.V.• ELEKTA Inc, Norcross, USAVolume 44 – No. 1 43


ISRRT Officers Officers of Board of of Management Board of ManagementPresidentMr Robert George26 Myer RoadSturt, SA, Australia 5047Tel: 61 8 8377 0664Mobile: 61 419 813 928Email: robgeo@bigpond.net.auVice PresidentsThe AmericasMrs B. Patricia Johnson5 First Douglas DevelopmentSt. Peter, BarbadosTel: 1 246 426 5378Fax: 1 246 429 5374Email: jonrob@sunbeach.netAsia and AustralasiaDr Maria Y.Y. LawDepartment of Optometry & RadiographyHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung Hum, KowloonEmail: maria.law@polyu.edu.hkEurope and AfricaMr Stanley Muscat (MSc, PgC)Imaging ManagerCardiac Imaging & Research CentreWellington Hospital (South)Wellington PlaceLondon NW8 9LE UKFax: 44 (0) 20 7484 5083Email: stanley.muscat@ntlworld.comRegional DirectorsThe AmericasDr Michael D. Ward, Ph.D., RTR, FASRTAssistant Dean,Doisy College of Health SciencesSt. Louis University3437 Caroline Street, Suite 3113St. Louis, Missouri 63104Tel: (314) 977 8690Email: mward7@slu.eduAsia and AustralasiaMr Robert T.L. ShenDepartment of Radiology,Veterans General Hospital201, Sec. 2 Shipai Rd., Taipei,Taiwan 11217Tel: 886 2 28768413Fax: 886 2 28768415Email: tshen@yahoo.comEurope and AfricaMr Caesar BarareP.O. Box 29868 Nairobi 00202Tel: +254 20 2726300 Ext. 43432Email: cbarare@yahoo.comISRRT Committees Regional representativesEducation CommitteeThe AmericasDr Nadia Bugg,Radiologic Sciences, Midwestern StateUniversity, 3410 Taft Blvd.Wichita Falls, TX 76308, USATel: 940 397 4571Fax: 940 397 4845Email: nadia.bugg@mwsu.eduAsia and AustralasiaAssoc Professor Pam RowntreeDiscipline Leader, Medical RadiationsSchool of Physical & Chemical SciencesQUT, GPO Box 2434Brisbane Australia 4001Tel: 61 7 3864 2346Fax: 61 7 3864 1521Email: p.rowntree@qut.edu.auEurope and AfricaMrs Bodil AnderssonBronsaldersvagen 106,226 54 LUND, SwedenEmail: Bodil-T.Andersson@med.lu.seProfessional Practice CommitteeThe AmericasMs Sharon Wartenbee, RTR, BD, CDT504 Autumn LaneSioux Falls, SD 57105 USAAsia and AustralasiaMr Stenver Lin Cheng HsunTaiwanEmail: jslin@ctc.edu.twEurope and AfricaMr Dimitris Katsifarakis36 Feraiou Str., 143.42 Filadelfia, AthensEmail: dimitka@panafonet.grPublic Relations CommitteeThe AmericasMr Sean RichardsonDepartment of Radiology & ImagingQueen Elizabeth HospitalMartinsdale Road, St. Michael. BarbadosTel: 1 246 435 8645Fax: 1 246 429 5374Email: seanrichardson@hotmail.comAsia and AustralasiaMr Tan Chek Wee23, Sunrise Place Singapore 806429Tel: 65 67724852Fax: 65 67729 6320Email: sunrisepl@hotmail.comEurope and AfricaMr Stefano BraicoFederazione Nazionale Collegi ProfessionaliTecnici Sanitari di Radiologia Medicavia Veio, 20 00183 Roma, ItalyTel: 39 06 77590560M: 39 339 4867462Email: stefano.braico@libero.itFinance CommitteeDr T. Goh, Mr R George, Dr A. Yule,Mrs P. Johnson, Dr M. LawSee Board of Management for FinanceCommittee addresses.The ISRRT is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom: Registration No. 27 6218.TreasurerDr Tyrone Goh78A Lorong MaricanSingapore 41 7277Tel: 65 6772 5200Fax: 65 6773 6853Email: TyroneG@nuh.com.sgDirector of EducationMs Cynthia Cowling192 Agnes Street, RockhamptonQueensland, Australia 4700M: 61 439 508 322Email: cynthiacowling27@hotmail.comDirector of Professional PracticeMrs Päivi WoodPO Box 140, 00060 Tehy FinlandTel: 358 9 54227 521Fax: 358 9 61500 267paivi.wood@suomenroentgenhoitajallitto.fiDirector of Public RelationsDr Fozy Peer,PO Box 1435,Wandsbeck, KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa 3631Tel: 27 31 2401881Fax: 27 31 2403519Email: fozypee@ialch.co.zaSecretary GeneralDr A. Yule143 Bryn PinwyddenPentwyn, Cardiff, Wales CF23 7DGUnited KingdomTel: 44 2920 735038Fax: 44 2920 540551Email: isrrt.yule@btinternet.com44 ISRRT Newsletter


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