Arizona Meeting a Great Success!

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Terry DowdBy Terry Dowd, CRA, FAHRA

January 2013—On October 15, 2012 the first AHRA Arizona Area Meeting was held in the beautiful education facility at Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale.  This event was supported by Canon Medical Systems, Comp Ray Incorporated, and Shimadzu Medical Systems. The ongoing support of our vendor partners for local meetings as well as the AHRA is much appreciated.

Attendees from the Phoenix area heard about the benefits of AHRA membership in a presentation by Rudy Apodaca, CRA as they enjoyed food and beverages provided by Comp Ray and Shimadzu.  Thirty-six imaging professionals received 2.0 CEU credits for participating.

Robert Irvine, Shimadzu Medical Systems presented an enlightening session titled: Tomosynthesis – Changing the Image of Imaging.  He began with the principles and features of tomosynthesis and progressed to numerous case studies of enhanced images using tomosynthesis in comparison to CT images.  Advantages to tomosynthesis include short image times, reduced radiation exposure as compared to CT, absence of metal artifact (a problem with CT when there is orthopedic hardware), high resolution, and the ability to image a patient standing, supine, and in tilt positions. In between sessions Keith Gillams from Canon gave a short demonstration on the proper process for cleaning imaging plates and how to avoid problems such as over saturation with cleaning fluid.

The second presentation was a fascinating review of orthopedic procedures by Anthony Anderson from Canon Medical, titled:  Strange but True: Unusual Surgery Procedures over a 15 Year Period.  Mr. Anderson highlighted numerous cases in which artificial joints, cadaver bones, and tissues were used to repair and rebuild damage caused by bone destruction.  His comments and images reminded us all of the incredible things that happen in healthcare.

Special thanks to Julie Hughes, Scottsdale Healthcare, Paul Alfano from Comp Ray, and Rudy Apodaca, Dignity Health for their efforts to put together a great evening!  Plans will begin shortly for another local AHRA event in early 2013.

Terry Dowd, CRA, FAHRA is the senior clinical manager at Banner Health System-Baywood in Mesa, AZ. She can be reached at

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