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What is Medical Sonography?
What is Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a non-invasive and painless medical test that uses sound waves to create images of blood flow, organs, and tissues to assist doctors in confirming or ruling out a specific diagnosis. Also known as ultrasound, sonography is a common tool used by doctors in obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) to monitor a woman’s pregnancy.

What Are the Duties of a Medical Sonographer?

Sonographers help to prep...
Brain Foods
Brain Foods
Back in the day (whenever that was) it was common to think that foods shaped like particular organs or body parts would help keep the actual corresponding body part healthy and well.

As scientific thought began to work its way to the forefront, those ideas were treated like wives’ tales or folklore. So, in today's world we can rely on science to point the way towards foods that contribute to optimal cognitive function and we n...
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
A new study shows a sort of signature in the brains of lonely people that make them distinct in fundamental ways, based on variations in the volume of different brain regions as well as based on how those regions communicate with one another across brain networks.

A team of resear...
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
By Emily Hayes, contributing writer

A study conducted by a team of researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found brain damage in patients who died of COVID-19.

The 25-year-old female patient had been diagnosed with COVID-19, with symptoms including anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste). Experience with her case was ...
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
The job outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants and the demand for their services is so good that government analysts predict more than 1,000 positions will open up every month, on average, for the next decade.

Trained and licensed Physical Therapist Assistants should have little trouble finding job opportunities for the foreseeable future.

There is a high demand for physical therapist assistants, especially due to the ag...
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
If you have ever had an MRI scan before, you’ll know how unsettling the experience can be. You’re placed in a claustrophobia-inducing tube and asked to stay completely still for up to an hour while unseen hardware whirs, creaks, and thumps around you like a medical poltergeist. New research, though, suggests AI can help with this predicament by making MRI scans four times faster, getting patients in and out of the tube quicker.

Blind Test Show...

Alumni Spotlight

Kennia Escobar

“I’ve got a long way to go to being my ultimate best – but I think my time is now and I’m on my way.” Kennia Escobar is on her way to amazing things and she proved that when she puts her mind to something, it gets done! It is not easy to work full time and go to school, but Kennia had a plan and she did what it took to get there! Congratulations!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I graduated from University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2015. I worked as a veterinary nurse assistant for 5 years before deciding on starting my schooling as a diagnostic medical sonographer.

Where have you worked since you graduated and where do you currently work? What is your title?
I am fortunate enough to be able to continue my job as a veterinary nurse assistant and also work at a Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic as a sonographer.

What type of things do you do on your job day to day?
As a sonographer, I am able to scan women in different stages of their pregnancy to check the growth and health of their babies as well as any potential complications. I pass along my findings to the doctor who then comes up with their treatment plan if there is anything of concern.

What do you like about your career?
I enjoy the fact that every day is a chance to learn something new and also an opportunity to help expectant mothers with their complicated pregnancies.

What are your career goals for the future?
I am currently working on getting my ARDMS specialties in OB/GYN and Abdomen. I am also hoping to one day learn fetal echo.

How did Casa Loma College help you get where you are today?
Casa Loma gave me the knowledge and the skills to go out and be ready to learn from real patients and real sonographers.

What was your experience like getting a job after you graduated?
Thankfully, I was able to be placed in an amazing clinical site where the staff was very welcoming and willing to teach me. I was fortunate enough to have been offered a job there and have been working there for a little more than a month now.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome getting into the program?
I was really worried about having to stop working while I did my schooling. Luckily, the evening classes worked perfectly with my schedule and I was able to continue working during the day and then go to class in the evenings.

 What are some highlights from your time at Casa Loma College?
I met some incredible people and made some great friendships. It feels more like an extended family because we are all working hard to reach the same goal and we support each other along the way.

 What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy reading and catching up on tv shows. Unfortunately concerts and music festivals have been cancelled but hopefully everything will go back to normal soon.

 Where do you see yourself five years from now in your career?
In 5 years I hope to have all my specialties and certifications completed and have a stable career. I hope to stay in the field of OB/GYN, but I am open to other opportunities as well.

What advice can you give current students and new graduates that can help them be successful?
Scanning skills and speed come with practice so don’t feel discouraged or let it hold you back. Also, how professional you are with patients plays a big part in how potential employers view you as a potential future employee.

 What’s the best advice you can give incoming students and students currently in the DMS program?
It may seem overwhelming at times and like too much to learn but ask questions and ask professors for help. Everyone is willing to teach you as long as you are willing to learn and put in the work.


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