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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, AuntMinnie.com 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

Nate Morgan

Nathan “Nate” Morgan holds our June Alumni Spotlight! Nate graduated December 2018 with an Associate of Science Degree in MRI. Less than a year since graduation, Nate has moved up to Portland, Oregon where he works at an imaging center, and with his fiancé just put a down payment on their first home – and he says “I owe it all to the program and becoming an MRI Technologist!

We wish Nate the best of luck in his new career as an MRI Technologist and know he will one day be “that tech” that others look up to.

What have you been doing since graduation?
After finishing school and passing the ARMRIT and ARRT I was offered a Per Diem position at Clearview MRI in Oregon.  I am working as an MRI Technologist at two of their four locations in the greater Portland area.

What do you do on a daily basis at your job?
I screen patients, prep them to be scanned as well as tailoring my scan to their specific needs.

What do you like about your career?
I love that I am in a career where I can help others and am doing a job in a field that is ever advancing instead of stagnant.

What are your career goals for the future?
In the future I would like to become a full-time MRI Tech and if eventually work my way into a managing position.

What advice can you give current students and new graduates that can help them be successful?
Do not give up, be confident and be open minded! Every MRI Tech has their own style and tricks, be open to their help, no matter how long someone has been working, they can still be taught new things.

How did Casa Loma College help you get where you are today?
If it wasn’t for the MRI program, I might still be working a dead-end job struggling to make ends meet.  Instead I am less than a year out of school and my fiancé and I just put a down payment on our first home and we are more financially secure than we have ever been.

What was your experience like getting a job after you graduated?  Did you use any of the school’s on-campus career services?  Did you find a job right away?
I was worried about finding a job especially because my fiancé and I had moved to a different state.  Do not hesitate to ask for help from the school, they were always willing to help me and give me ideas on how to market myself and get my name out in the imaging community.  From the time I became certified I found a job within two months, which in my opinion was pretty quick for someone just out of school and new to the state.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome getting into the program? While at School?
My biggest obstacle was continuing to work as much as I could at my old job.  It was tough at times finding time to study after a hard day at work, but I am so glad I did it.  I was able to start paying back my loans while I was still in school; and, that experience of not having a day off for weeks at a time, I believe is very character building.

Transitioning into the workforce?
This job may be different than what I used to do but dealing with the public and working as a team are skills that you need for many different types of jobs.  Honestly, I meshed extremely well with all of my coworkers very quickly, so I guess I was very lucky.

What are some highlights from your time at Casa Loma College?
Definitely the other students in my class! We came from all walks of life and it was awesome getting to know them.  There were also some great teachers and honestly the whole staff from the school was very nice and I appreciate all of them.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I love to go hiking with my fiancé and exploring as many places as we can.  We also love to go target shooting in the beautiful forests in Oregon.

Where do you see yourself five years from now in your career?
I believe I will have a steady full-time position hopefully with the company I am working for right now and I hope to be the kind of MRI Tech that others look up to and do not hesitate to ask questions or help from.

 

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