Live from the 2018 Spring Conference: Day 1

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By Sandra M. Edson, MBA, RT(R)

The 2018 Spring Conference kicked off this morning in New Orleans. Close to 50 imaging leaders are spending the day building their knowledge and test taking skills at the CRA Exam Workshop in preparation for taking the CRA examination. The day has been filled with information related to communication, asset management, depreciation, project management, equipment maintenance, equipment quality assurance programs, inventory management, and much more.

Attendees were provided with many resources to help them prepare for the exam. The next test dates will be held this coming May, with another opportunity later this year in November. During the workshop, attendees were encouraged to participate in practice test questions and will also be provided a practice test at the end of the day.

Current and future CRAs are invited to a networking lunch tomorrow (Friday). During this time, they will be encouraged to exchange information with others at the conference, in order to start building their “study buddies.”

In addition to the CRA Exam Workshop, the AHRA Spring Conference Design Team welcomed another group of conference attendees to the beginning of the Basic Track this afternoon (the Advanced Track starts tomorrow).

Over the next few days, there will be many networking opportunities. No matter which part(s) of the conference you’re attending, AHRA is the place to build relationships. Some opportunities for attendees to build their network over the next few days include the vendor reception on Friday night, strolling the streets of NOLA, taking in the city’s fine cuisines, or over a Hurricane.

If this is your first meeting, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to another member! Thank you for making the trip to NOLA and making this investment in yourself.

Sandra M. Edson, MBA, RT(R) is the director of imaging services at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA. She can be reached at


  1. How do you find the time to write and volunteer as a design team member? Great article as always

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