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Introducing Our Unique MRI Surgical Techniques to the Community

Introducing Our Unique MRI Surgical Techniques to the Community

As you may or may not know, technologists working in Radiology have an obligation to keep up with their continuing education throughout their entire careers. Much like with registered nurses, this is to prove we maintain performing at the same or higher level than we did when graduating with our degrees and to increase our general knowledge base for current and future technologies; especially since technology plays such a huge role in Radiology. Without computers, our department would not exist.

One of the easiest ways to receive Continuing Education Credits is by attending a radiological conference directed toward imaging; more specifically toward an individual modality such as X-ray, MRI, CT, etc… This is also a fantastic chance to teach and share knowledge about MRI discoveries, patient care tips, and interesting studies that might only occur in a limited number of facilities throughout the country. Cincinnati Children’s happens to be in one of those unique situations where we perform rare studies not seen elsewhere. Because of this we (Cincinnati Children’s) have a responsibility to teach about our innovative studies and to spread the information nationwide; creating common knowledge out of newly discovered techniques.

In an effort to get Cincinnati Children’s discoveries out to the world, Laura Hanselman RT(MR) attended the annual Ohio State University MRI Education Seminar on March 10th-11th 2017 and presented a poster highlighting Cincinnati Children’s MRI and Operating Room (OR) combination studies. The studies include ClearPoint, Rosa Robot, and Visuase cases. These are MRI exams that are paired with the OR to enable the surgeons to operate and have images simultaneously. Because this technique is rather recent most hospitals have not yet adopted this innovative scan and surgical combination, enabling Laura to educate eager minds with little experience in the area.

Image: Laura Hanselman’s poster presentation at Ohio State University MRI Education Seminar.

We are all very proud of Laura for all her hard work and extra time committed to Cincinnati Children’s). Not only did she deliver our message to minds across America, but she also managed to take home the third-place ribbon for her presentation and poster; which was voted on by the seminar attendees. Believe it or not, she has already begun to brainstorm the poster for next year; determined to peak technologists’ interests and strive for that first-place challenge!

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Although the competition aspect falls secondary to education, we are glad to bring the Cincinnati Children’s name to the world and thrilled the MRI community appreciates are push for better image qualities and overall patient experiences. Thank you, Laura Hanselman RT(MR), for representing us well and helping the realm of MRI knowledge grow.

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About the author: Tony Dandino

Tony is an MRI Technologist at Cincinnati Children’s. Tony has been in his role for several years and serves as a Charge Tech, Quality Improvement Coach and Safety Coach for the MRI department. Tony has always known he wanted to work with children and in the medical field. Working at Cincinnati Children's has been the best of both worlds. Every day is something new and Tony can never wait to start the next adventure.