College of Allied Health Professions

Busy weekend of awards for MITS students and faculty

2017 Senior Radiography Quizbowl Champs

Submitted by Tanya Custer

As in past years, the 86th Annual Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technology Annual Conference in Kearney, NE, was very successful for our Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences (MITS) students and faculty. Photos on Flickr>>

Tanya Custer, Christina Gregg, Ellie Miller, Kim Michael, Tammy Webster, Stephanie Vas, Jim Temme, Greg Karst, PhD, Russell Buzalko, PhD, along with all of the senior radiography students, seven junior radiography students, and four post-primary students attended.

Lecture Presentations

  • Ellie Miller, Christina Gregg, and Stephanie Vas presented, “Imaging Congenital Heart Defects”
  • Dr. Karst presented, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (or my head-mounted VR/AR device)”
  • Tanya Custer & Ellie Brouillette presented, “Medical Imaging & Childhood Cancer”
  • Russel Buzalko presented, “LGBT+…Your Patients, Your Colleagues and Local Resources”; and “Team STEPPS, Radiologic Technologists and Positive Change”

Board Member Elections/Board and Committee Participation

  • Nolan Vasa, current MRI Student and NSRT Student Representative, was elected as Vice President for the 2017-2018 year.
  • Tanya Custer has served as President for the past year (2016-2017), will serve as Chairman of the board for 2017-2018, and also served as the student bowl coordinator.
  • Christina Gregg completed her term as vice president for the 2016-2017 year.
  • Jim Temme served as the Awards and Trophies coordinator for the conference.

The conference began on Thursday with the annual Student Bowl Competition. Each of the 14 different teams consisted of three radiography students from programs throughout the state. Three UNMC teams participated:
Team 1: Bess Dobransky, Kaylee Samway, Matt Spaulding
Team 2: Mayra Barbosa, Sarah Turner, Dustin Anderson
And the winners – Team 3: Courtney Palmer, Megan Mihulka, Ally Gilliland

These UNMC NSRT Student Board Representatives were honored: Shaela Wengert (RT), Katie Madsen (DMS), Nolan Vasa (MRI), Emily Smith (RTT), and Aaron Titus (CVIT).

Registered Technologist /Full time student scientific essay competition

  • First Place – Nolan Vasa (MRI), “Restrained in Close Quarters: An Analysis of the Growing Dependency of Anesthesia Usage in MRI and the Potential for Alternatives”
  • Second Place –  Holli Peterson (MRI), “Prostate Cancer and the Use of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging”
  • Third Place – Michael Wieseler (MRI), “Blood on the Brain: Stroke Imaging with MRI”

Student scientific essay competition

  • Second Place – Ally Gilliland (RT), “Effective Treatments of Ependymoma”
  • Third Place –  Jaden Boudle (RT), “The Role of Computer-Aided Detection Systems in Radiology”

Registered Technologist scientific exhibit presentation

  • First Place – Christina Gregg, Ellie Miller, and Tammy Webster, “Benefits of Weight Bearing Lumbar Spine Radiographs”
  • Second Place – Michael Dutt and Stephanie Vas, “Gadolinium: New Risk Revealed?”
  • Third Place – Christina Gregg, Ellie Miller, and Stephanie Vas, “Imaging Congenital Heart Defects

Register Technologist/Full time student scientific poster presentation

  • First Place –  Emily Johnson & Ellie Brouillette (RTT), “Proton Therapy: An advanced Alternative to Radiation Treatments”
  • Second Place – Nolan Vasa (MRI), “Restrained in Close Quarters: An Analysis of the Growing Dependency of Anesthesia Usage in MRI and the Potential for Alternatives”
  • Third Place – Holli Peterson (MRI), “Prostate Cancer and the Use of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging”

Student scientific poster presentation

  • First Place – Courtney Palmer, “Idiopathic Scoliosis”
  • Second Place – Sara Lewandowski, “Imaging and Treatment of Uveal (Intraocular) Melanoma”

In addition to the conference, approximately 50 people attended an open house at the Health Science Education Complex and took tours of the building with demonstrations of the Hololens and Energized Lab. Senior Student Shay Kernick demonstrated the Anatomage Table.

Special thanks to Jessica Dexter, Braya Prince, and Nolan Vasa for helping at the registration table!

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