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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...

Employee Spotlight

Carren Down

Last, but definitely not the least of our 2019 Employee Spotlights features Carren Downs. While you will see Carren spending most of her days in PTA – there will be times that she goes back to her roots and spends some time with our ultrasound students! Wherever she finds herself, she is absolutely an asset to the College.

Tell Us About Yourself? Where were you born? Have you always lived in California? Family? Children?
I was born in Stuttgart, West Germany, but have lived the majority of my life in Southern California. I am married and between us we have six children and four dogs that we love dearly.

What Brought You to Casa Loma College?
One day in 2009, I received a random phone call from “Sharon Dugan, with Casa Loma College”.   She saw my resume posted online and reached out to me about the DMS Clinical Coordinator position.   I wasn’t really looking for work but became excited about the opportunity to work with DMS students. And, I have been here ever since.

What inspired you to help students, as you do in this job?
The best part of my job is getting to know each of the students and supporting their efforts to reach their professional and personal goals.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I Love my work family!  We have a great team and enjoy each other’s company.

Who Has Influenced You the Most in Life and Why?
My mom had the greatest influence on me. I admire the strength she had to accomplish anything she put her mind to.   She always saw the positive in every situation and the good in all people.

 If you could do another job, anywhere, for just one day, what would it be? And why?
Professional photographer.  I enjoy exploring our world and capturing images of the beauty around us.

If You Could Have Dinner with One Person, Living or Dead, Who Would It Be and why?
Definitely my mom.  I miss her, so spending another evening with her would be very special.

How Do You Like to Spend Your Free Time?
So many things! Spending time with my kids, photography, concerts, traveling, cycling, running, reading, hiking, sitting on the beach, and enjoying a sunset.

 Best vacation you’ve ever had?
Isn’t every vacation the best we’ve ever had?  Lol!   I enjoy visiting new places and plugging into different cultures.   I’ have visited Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Grand Turk, Puerto Rico.  My favorite vacations are spent with my kids and close friends.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I quit Girl Scouts to play on a boy’s little league team.   It was the first year they allowed girls to join the league, so I was the only girl on our team.   My position was third base and short stop. I also played on and managed an indoor soccer team.   The team consisted of moms that had never played the game before.   Actually, we won the championship our second season!  We were called the “Ups N Downs”.  Get it?    Great memories for sure……our kids were our biggest cheerleaders!



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