Your DELEGATES need your Input for the 2018 ASRT House of Delegates Meeting

To:      Membership of the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists

From:  Affiliate Delegates

Dear Michigan R.T.’s,

As your Affiliate Delegates for the 2018 ASRT House of Delegates, we are seeking your input on issues that are of importance to you, and that can be brought before the house.. We are the voice of the technologists of Michigan to the ASRT and we would like to hear from our affiliate members. The ASRT House of Delegates is an extremely regimented, governmental type process of conducting the business for the organization, and ultimately, the members it serves. One example, if you follow the communities’ page, is the much discussed topic of whether to use lead shielding on patients or not during radiologic procedures. There are compelling arguments on both sides, but this is an issue that I am sure will be brought forth to the house for discussion. Another continuing discussion from last year will be if our annual dues to the ASRT will, or should, include membership to our affiliate society.

Resolving issues such as these is only part of what your delegates do. We are here to answer any of your questions regarding the ASRT, to network with the leaders in all areas of the radiologic sciences on your behalf. Also, we collect information of importance to our affiliate and its members, educate RT’s on the procedures of the ASRT through the Leadership Development Program. In short, we are here for you and we would love to hear from you.

Please take a moment to forward your thoughts, ideas or questions to any one of your delegates, or to the leadership of the MSRT. Take advantage of “your voice” to the affiliate and national organizations that serve you.

Thank you, and please reach out to any of the contacts listed below. Simply select “Contact Us” from the menu at the top of the page. List any or all of us and we will get your message.

Thank you.

Rex Miller -    Affiliate Delegate                                          

Cindy Kramer Reszke – Affiliate Delegate

Christina Williamson – Alternate Affiliate Delegate

LeShell Palmer Jones – Alternate Affiliate Delegate

Edward Burns - President, MSRT


Just a button pusher?

At my hospital, we recently got new CT scanners (I will not mention brand names) and learning them has not been an easy task. We have always only had one brand of scanners; hospital admins decided to buy a different brand to place in our new ER. This has caused much turmoil among our department. A completely different system than the brand some of them have been using for upwards of 20-30 years and the platform is not that easy to learn. Recently, I heard a story of an administrator speaking to one of my co-workers. "So, how do you like the new scanners?" My co-worker was polite and honest and said that it takes twice as long to do an exam simply because there are more steps to complete an exam and would be better suited to be in an outpatient setting. The response was something to the effect of, 'it can't be that hard for you button pushers.'

I don't know about you, but to be called a "button pusher" grinds my nerves. Obviously anyone who would call someone working in diagnostic or therapeutic imaging a button pusher, has no idea (or maybe just doesn't care) the education required to work in this field, nor what we actually do day-to-day on the job.

This kind of apathy is very nerve wracking. It is unfathomable to me that in the year 2017, we are still considered to be so unworthy of recognition as to not even know what we do, nor the respect to ask how they can make our job easier. There is only assumption that all we do is push a button.

This is why the MSRT and the ASRT is important. We need to be more dilligent in expressing our disdain for negative monikers and speak up about being treated unfairly. Educating the public about what we do needs to happen NOW!!!


Dawn Keyser

The lost art of THANK YOU notes...

When I was a child, I was encouraged to write thank you notes whenever I received a gift or some other unexpected thoughtfulness. After every birthday, Christmas, etc., I sat down with my mom to pen a quick thank you to the gifter. She would pull out her box of pretty, blank cards and we would create our own heartfelt message. As I grew older, this became my own responsibility to remember. Graduation and wedding thank time consuming. When my father passed away, the thank yous somehow changed, they became more meaningful, and somehow felt a little like healing. 

And now that I am older, I have come to realize what all those little notes of thank you must have also meant to the receivers. My niece once sent me a thank you for the birthday card I sent her. She was 8 years old at the time :) This little gesture meant so much I still have it; she is now a freshman in college.  

This week, the MSRT received two thank you notes which caused my nostalgia for the art of the thank you note to be reborn. These little notes of gratitude make the things you do, the small sacrifices we deem as part of our job as your MSRT Board of Directors and Annual Meeting Planning Committee, all the more worthwhile. 

I have posted these thank yous below for all to read. I encourage you all to rethink the art of the thank you note. This little gesture might just give the little boost of life to someone who needs to hear that they are worth something, that their sacrifices mean the world to you, or that they are simply appreciated beyond measure.


Dawn Keyser, MSRT Webmaster on the behalf of the MSRT Board of Directors, Committee Chairmen and all our active committee members. 

Dear V. Kay Williams and all other scholarship committee members,
I would like to take the time to thank you all for your time in considering and awarding me with one of the MSRT student scholarships. I am very grateful and appreciative that I had the honor of this opportunity. This scholarship means so much to me and will only help me with furthering my education in my new career.
 The MSRT conference was a wonderful experience. I gained a lot of knowledge and a few new friends from this conference. I am so happy I decided to attend and experience everything there was to offer for us as students.
I would also like to thank the judges of the MSRT display board competition and the MSRT Board of Directors for having this opportunity available for students to win money towards education along with a membership to MSRT. Alexandria and I worked hard on our board and are so proud and thankful for placing first in this competition.
Thank you again,
Crystal Heddy, Delta College Student and Future Radiographer
To the MSRT Scholarship Committee: 
I wanted to first express the fantastic time that I had attending the MSRT conference. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the multiple speakers as they prepared us to enter into the technologist field. Their knowledge, shared experiences, and interview tips are priceless.
Secondly, I wanted to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude as being one of the recipients for the 2017 MSRT Scholarship. I’m sure the committee team had numerous applicants to go through and I wanted to express my appreciation for the time spent filtering through all the applications. I feel very fortunate that I was selected for one of the scholarships and I hope to make the committee proud as I continue to strive for excellence.
Thank you very much, Christopher Dillon, Student
Delta College

Letter from the President

Dear MSRT members,

    Your board and various committees have been working diligently for you these past 6 months. It is with great excitement we have begun planning this year’s Annual Meeting to be held at the Doubletree in Bay City, MI. We think you will be pleased with the diverse topics and speakers that will be showcased this year. The Annual Meeting committee is looking for individuals interested to donate their time and give back to our society. We need volunteers for many jobs including monitoring the speaker rooms, putting in time at the registration desk, and helping with odds and ends Tuesday night before the conference kicks off Wednesday morning. If you are, or know someone who is, someone interested in helping, please email us through the MSRT website and we will get back with you! Many hands make for light work!

    Every year the MSRT hosts a scholarship golf outing to raise funds for students studying within our profession. Not only is this outing to raise funds for diligent students, but it is also a great way for colleagues to network and have some fun! The golf outing will be September 20th this year, held the day prior to the kick-off of the Annual Meeting and more information will be sent and posted here as the plans are set.  We hope to see you there!

    A huge THANK YOU to our new webmaster Dawn Dickinson Keyser, M.A., R.T. (R)(M)(CT) as she has been working tirelessly to take our website where it has never been before! Dawn has always played a major role in our website and social media accounts, among other things. Please check out our new website at! Thank you so much! All of your hard work is so appreciated, Dawn! 

    Recently, an email was sent out to the membership urging you to please speak up for those who are blind to the risk of non-regulated individuals operating licensed equipment in Michigan. We, as your board and committees, work vigorously to bring notice to this topic, but we are a much bigger voice with your support. I would like to share Dr. Gary Duehring’s Legistlative report with you at this time:

“This year, after much discussion with various legislators and department directors within the Michigan Department of Community Health, it was again determined that we did not need to pursue legislation to establish standards for medical imaging in the State. Rather, that it was in our best interest to seek action by the Department to establish a regulatory panel to set the standards required of those individuals operating diagnostic imaging equipment emitting ionizing radiation. This action would comply with current congressional mandates already issued to the Department of Community Health. What this would require would be the restructuring of the departmental oversight, which currently is under two departments, (The Department of Environmental Controls and the Department of Consumer Industries would be combined into one department).  

Since Michigan does not participate with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, any ionizing pharmaceuticals (nuclear isotopes, their production, distribution, and disposal) falls under Environmental Controls, while medical imaging equipment (x-ray tubes and equipment) falls under Consumer Industries.  This process continues to be tedious and frustrating.  

Where we appear to be at this point is that the Department of Consumer Industries/ Radiation Safety (the people who currently license xray tubes) is looking to oversee and set all standards dealing with consumer exposure to ionizing medical procedures. They want to establish state licensure for operators, but they need full control within the MDCH,  and not shared oversight. That is what is happening in Lansing at this point.  Once one Department has oversight, then they will form a panel to set standards for operators and establish a licensure process.  The Department of Consumer Industries/Radiation Safety expresses a belief that ALL should hold a certification by a national recognized credentialing body (ARRT) in good standing to file for licensure. However, I have been informed that nothing is going to happen until the oversight authority falls under one department. Not sure if that’s just political posturing or just more words meant to appease us. Regardless, it is yet another frustration.  

Our continued presence at open forums and in written communications has been viewed (as I have been told by the Director of Consumer Industries/Radiation controls) as being self-serving to RTs, without concern for those who would lose employment without credentials.  In no way will this happen without restructuring the oversight. MIOSHA at first voiced real concern that unskilled operators may be putting themselves at risk as an occupational hazard, but construction and mortuary services have seemed to fill MIOSHA's agenda for the near future. Again, I was informed that nothing will be done until the MDCH restructuring is complete. 

Our future efforts may be helped by pursuing the support of other recognized professional and public organizations and societies.  The Michigan Hospital Association, Michigan Nurses Associations, Michigan Radiologic Society, and the like.  Another year of a lot of time, talking and words, with still nothing more than a glimmer of light at the end…unfortunately, the end may be a bit of a wait, still. 

Thank you for the opportunity to speak as an advocate for our profession and for our patients. I would also like to thank G. Tim Wescott, A.A.S., RT, (R), FASRT, for his commitment and participation in Legislative conference calls with multiple other state affiliates and the ASRT, and his continued efforts as a patient and profession advocate.”

Respectfully,  Gary Duehring, Ph.D., R.T. (R)(MR), FAHRA, FASRT, MSRT Legislative Committee Chairman

    Currently the state of Michigan issues licenses for general radiography equipment that emits ionizing radiation with no oversight for the operators of said equipment. Please speak up! Follow the following links to provide your own comments to LARA and MIOSHA regarding this issue:,4601,7-154-35738-254962--,00.html. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President of the MSRT. 

Jennifer Hall B.B.A., R.T.(R)