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February 2011–New Members

The staff and members of AHRA warmly welcome the following new members!

Ashraf Abdel-Al, Buffalo, NY
Candace Bradstreet, Clackamas, OR
Susan Delgiorno-Ream,
Lititz, PA
Michael Greene,
Abingdon, MD
Cheryl Gunter,
Port St. Lucie, FL
Angela Hammonds,
Saint Petersburg, FL
James Henglein,
Westbury, NY
Maria Lachapel,
Paterson, NJ
Gina Matarazzo,
Paterson, NJ
Sarah Potteiger,
Findlay, OH
Christy Reynolds,
Lynchburg, VA
Nicole Rivers,
Covington, GA
Greg Sanker,
Cleveland, OH
Jamie Shelton,
Lynchburg, VA
Maria Isabel Soares,
Paterson, NJ
Wendy Stirnkorb,
Chippewa Falls, WI
Kelly White,
Midland, TX

Do you know someone who can benefit from an AHRA membership? Let us know! Send the contact information to our membership department at If your referral joins, you’ll be listed here as well!

Online Institute Feature


AHRA Quick Credit

Bismuth Breast and Thyroid Shield Implementation for Pediatric CT
Melinda Dobbs, RN, BSN, CCRC, Renee Ahmed, RT(R)(CT), and L. Ellen Patrick, MD

CEU: 1.0 ARRT Category A
Domain(s): 01

  • Studies have indicated that infants and children are as much as ten times more susceptible to carcinogenesis from radiation than adults. Because data show bismuth breast and thyroid shields decrease radiation dose to sensitive areas without changes in image quality, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta implemented the use of bismuth shields in all patients undergoing CT examinations.
  • Staff education regarding the use of bismuth shielding was key to the success of this program. Their understanding of the benefits would ultimately assist in their support of shield use in the CT department.
  • This program was made possible through a grant from the AHRA & Toshiba Putting Patients First Program. Otherwise, the cost of bismuth shielding would be supported by the operating budget of the organization and, with the decline in CT volume reported at many healthcare institutions; this cost may be too high for many hospitals.

Click here to view this and other archived webinars, Quick Credit articles, Professional Development Series textbook chapters, and conference sessions, as well as to take the associated CE exams.


From the Forum

Building upon the popularity of the AHRA List Server, the new AHRA Forum is the next incarnation of a members only discussion group. It has new features, increased functionality, and incorporates a searchable archive of 90,000+ messages brought over from the List Server. Easily accessible, this networking tool enables real time dialogue among imaging professionals through AHRA’s website or via email.

Below is a recent discussion:

“Do you allow hoodie jackets to be worn by your technologists? Since
this is the latest fashion trend ( I guess) I am starting to see more of
these and I was curious what others are doing. ”

–Bill Algee, BSRT (R)


— No, we don’t.


— Our dress code is each area has specific scrub color they wear. Imaging black and they need to be solid colors. I guess for us, if it’s black hoodie they can wear them.

–It has not come up here. They wear turtlenecks under scrubs and we had given zippered jackets one year with our logo on it so most wear those.

–I have found in my travels that dress codes are more or less a regional or local tradition/tolerance. This is usually because of weather, local culture, target populations, etc.

–We have allowed it, but we are implementing a dress code in March. I am new to this facility and I don’t like [the current dress code]: it looks unprofessional so I am glad it is going away. Our new dress code is pewter colored scrubs for imaging for our five hospital system. I am at the pediatric hospital so our staff will be allowed to wear kid friendly print scrub shirts that have to coordinate with the pewter. They must wear pewter scrub jackets or they can wear gray or black fleece jackets with no hoods.


To read more of this conversation and for more information about the AHRA Forum, click here.

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