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By Debra A. Lopez, CRA, FAHRA

October 2009 — How can it be fall already? For some reason, the summer months always seem to fly by. Fortunately, in California, we typically have warm weather in September and into October, so I can still do some of the warm weather projects I didn’t get around to doing earlier.

Speaking of warm weather, as I write this, it was just a few weeks ago that we left Las Vegas after another very successful annual meeting. AHRA has developed great relationships with other healthcare related organizations over the years. Each year, we invite liaisons from these organizations to participate in our annual meeting. During the week, a specific meeting is set up so that the president-elect, president, CEO, and a few other AHRA Board members can meet with the liaisons from these various organizations to hear what is going on in their world, as well as share with them what is happening in ours. In addition, this meeting helps strengthen the relationships we have and provides time to discuss opportunities we may have to work together on areas of common concern.  Each liaison present shared a little of what their organizations were concerned about and working on.

The Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) continues to promote the concept of an advanced practice sonographer. To become a Clinical Sonography Specialist (CSS), a sonographer would need a baccalaureate degree, have 3 to 5 years of post-registry experience, and successfully complete a national advanced practice exam. The SDMS presented the CSS update at last year’s RSNA meeting. The information generated significant interest among the physician organizations participating in the meeting, and SDMS was encouraged to continue to move the CSS concept forward. Also, at the end of 2008, SDMS, in alliance with OSHA, completed the Sonography E-Tool, which is available through SDMS or the OSHA Web site. This tool is the most comprehensive Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) prevention resource available. To check out the tool, visit:

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) reported that over 20,000 individuals have completed one or more modules of the online educational project for digital imaging since its launch last fall. The 11 modules, each eligible for 1 to 2 CE units, covers a wide range of digital imaging topics and is free toall RTs and RT students. The ARRT encourages all radiology administrators to make sure their staff is aware of the availability of this free program, as it is only available through fall of 2010. To register for this online course, visit the ARRT Web site at, and choose the Online Digital Imaging Academy (ODIA) icon.

Joint Review Committee on Education and Radiologic Technology (JCERT) has just closed its public review of the second draft of the updated accreditation standards. They are in the process of writing a third draft, which will be available for review and comment sometime this fall. AHRA members are encouraged to review the standards and offer their comments and suggestions when the third draft is available. It is your chance to give input into the accreditation standards our schools must follow.  The final draft will be adopted in the spring of 2010, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2011. Visit the JCERT Web site at:

Did you know that the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing (ARIN) now has over 1300 members? We have had an ARIN (formerly ARNA) liaison at our annual meeting for several years now. ARIN believes that our annual meeting would be a great meeting for imaging nurse managers to attend, so AHRA is talking with ARIN to strategize on how our 2 organizations can collaborate on some educational offerings at future meetings.

And, speaking of future meetings, we have just completed the fall conference in Nashville, TN, followed soon after by a winter/spring conference in San Diego, CA. If you are not able to attend one of these meetings, consider sending someone else in your organization. Perhaps there is a star technologist who would make a great lead or supervisor if given the chance, or a supervisor who you are grooming to take your position when you move up or retire that would benefit from our Basic Leadership program. Invest in the future of these employees, as they are our future imaging managers!

And now, to continue to highlight our fabulous AHRA staff, please enjoy reading a little bio on AHRA CEO, Ed Cronin.

Ed Cronin

AHRA Department: Executive

Hometown:  Marlborough, MA

Family:  Wife, Carolyn.  Between us we have 6 children.  Bob (33), Sean (32), Meghan (31), Tim (30), Chris (27), and Brent (16).

School: Harvard College, BA, Government

Northwestern University, MBA

Interests:  I have had a varied and interesting career: court system controller, funeral director, medical device company finance vice president, but I have loved the past 15 years as an association executive.  My wife is also a not-for-profit executive, so we have some interesting conversations.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking, politics, and sports.

Deb Lopez, CRA, FAHRA is President of the 2009-2010 AHRA Board of Directors.  She lives in San Jose, CA and can be reached at


  1. Good update, Deb. In my day, this was never shared with our membership, and it’s important to know what our board and exec team does “behind the scenes”. Excellent!

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