Friday, May 18, 2012

How can I improve ASET’s educational opportunities for you?

I really need to know what you like about ASET’s educational resources, and what you would like us to change.  What can we add to make education more pertinent to you?  How can we make our educational resources more accessible?   At the Mid-year ASET Board of Trustees meeting, a very astute facilitator spoke of association members as “owners”, just as stock holders “own” a company.  So, in that role, what instructions would you give to me to improve our “products”?  I will listen to your opinions and requests and try to incorporate as much as possible into future ASET educational initiatives. 

ASET Education encompasses many areas of interest and methods of delivery:

  •         ASET Annual Conference – Special Lectures, Courses, Abstracts
  •         Spring and Fall Seminar Courses
  •         On-Line Courses
  •         Webinars
  •         Publications
  •         Support of Formal Education Programs
  •         Connections with other associations: ACNS, AES, CoA-NDT, and many others
We have just posted a member satisfaction survey on the ASET home page.  Please take a few moments and fill out the survey.  I had the opportunity to compose questions related to education and it will really mean a great deal to me, if you can tell me more about what you want from ASET.  You make a difference in your patients’ lives and I want to make a difference in yours!
Here is the link to the survey:

Thanks in advance for taking the time to provide us with feedback!

 Fantastic Neuro-Voyage Mission Clue # 2:
The Fantastic Neuro-Voyage team is having trouble navigating against the flow of blood as they are nearing the heart.  Flow from the heart is too strong for the nuclear engines to overcome.  They have sent a message to the support team of scientists and physicians about what can be done to overcome the powerful force of the blood flow against the small size of their vessel.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Incredible Imagery of the Brain

No, it is not a Mohawk hair-do!  It is the latest imagery that helps us understand brain structure and function!  This NPR article shows the connecting pathways within the brain.  Just look at the corpus callosum!  How did they do that?  It is so exciting to be in a field related to neurology.  I have never tired of looking at EEGs, thinking about how fascinating it is to view brain function on a daily basis. And in the 21st Century, we have rapid technological advances, which will improve the way in which we can capture images of the brain at work.  To view or listen to the full NPR piece, follow this link for the article “Your Brain is Like Manhattan.”
At the ASET 2012 Annual Conference in St. Paul, we will feature educational events on another high-tech brain imagery process:  MEG, or Magnetoencephalography.  In addition to scientific platform presentation about the use of MEG to evaluate post-resection seizures, there will be a Sundown Seminar on MEG utilization and technology.  There are over 40 MEG machines in the United States now, and it is a growing and valid diagnostic tool.  If you work in a comprehensive epilepsy center, chances are that sometime in the future, a MEG will be coming to your institution.  EEG technologists who want to work in an advanced role and do something new and challenging should attend this workshop and find out more about it.  Electrodes must be applied for these studies, so who better than neurodiagnostic technologists to work in MEG departments!