Nashville, TN • February 17-19, 2023


Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

MRI Artifact Troubleshooting

Sherman Abernathy, Director of Imaging Equipment Services, ENTECH for Banner Health​

MRI is a fascinating but extremely complicated imaging modality to learn from the diagnostic imaging perspective. The same is true for maintenance and support. Imaging artifacts can wreak havoc on obtaining clear MR images impacting the ability to achieve accurate diagnoses. This course will explore the different types of artifacts that can be found, what they are called, steps for rapid identification and troubleshooting steps to quickly resolve them.

Sherman Abernathy began in the imaging business in 1980 working for GE Medical Systems as a laboratory technician where he gained technical knowledge on CT and MRI technology as systems were assembled and QA tested prior to delivery to hospitals.

Sherman gathered his learned experiences and entered the field service arena beginning with GE Medical and several third-party service vendors over the next 15 years, including Medical Systems Engineering-Mediq/Innoserv Technologies-Genesis Medical-Platinum Medical.

When the nation elected to increase airport security, Sherman accepted a position with In-Vision Technologies to assist in the installation of X-ray baggage inspection devices and CT scanner technology in the airport baggage handling systems for the TSA in the United States and Europe.

Sherman’s current challenge has been focused on building an internal support team of imaging engineers across all modalities for Banner Health in the Phoenix area. MRI and CT have been a career-long special interest topic for Sherman, and he welcomes the opportunity to share his knowledge at every opportunity.

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