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AIMS Faculty Member Invited to Present at MRI Conference

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AIMS MRI Instructor Frank Atoria

Frank Atoria, one of the newest additions to the AIMS faculty, was recently invited to speak at the MRI Safety & Protocol Optimization Conference taking place October 17th through October 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the course of three days, presenters will provide in-depth technical and clinical information on improving/developing imaging protocols for performing MRE, MRA, body and angiographic exams at all magnetic field strengths.

Some of the other speakers include Candi Roth, Chief Executive Officer of Imaging Education Associates, and Bill Faulkner, Chief Executive Officer of William Faulkner & Associates.

The conference was organized by Northwest Imaging Forums, Inc. Northwest Imaging Forums is an organization that offers continuing educational conferences for members of the medical imaging community. Some of the modalities that are covered in these conferences include CT (general), MR (general), Advanced MR, High Field MR, MR Physics, MR Angiography, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, Radiology (PACS, CR, DR, and RF), Cardiac Imaging (non MR/CT), Vascular Imaging (non MR/CT), and Radiation Oncology.

The MRI Safety & Protocol Optimization Conference will be the first major conference that Mr. Atoria has presented at. His presentation will cover MRI Safety as well as ACR requirements and how to meet them. He was recommended to Matt Wilson, President of Northwest Imaging Forums, by Dr. Emanuel Kanal. Dr. Kanal is a Professor of Radiology and Neuroradiology and the Director of Magnetic Resonance (MR) Services at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a world renowned MRI specialist, lecturer, and educator.

Mr. Atoria provides clinical training to AIMS students at Advanced Medical Imaging of Old Bridge, and he teaches Advanced MR Safety as part of the MRI Technologist program. In addition to training AIMS students, Mr. Atoria has spoken to and trained the South Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Department as well as members of the Old Bridge Police Department. He has also worked with the Old Bridge Director of the Office of Emergency Management.

Prior to beginning his affiliation with AIMS, Mr. Atoria has had a long, successful history in the field of MRI. In 1976, Mr. Atoria first became a registered radiologic technologist. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY.  Ten years after starting his career as a radiologic technologist, he began performing MRI scans on patients, and then in 1996 he became certified in MRI.

In 2015, Mr. Atoria became one of the first Certified MR Safety Officers in the country when he participated in the second such certification exam given in the United States. He currently works at Advanced Medical Imaging in Old Bridge and Toms River where he is the MR Safety Officer. He is also the Lead MRI Technologist in the Old Bridge office.

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