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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

Miguel Valdivia (MRI Faculty)

Our June Employee Spotlight features Miguel Valdivia. Miguel is a faculty member in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program teaching MR Imaging and Procedures I and II.  He also works at Western Imaging Center as an Assistant Technical Director. As a graduate of Casa Loma College’s MRI Program in 2010 and a practicing MRI Technologist for the past eight years, Miguel brings a wealth of information to the student regarding scanning, safety, instrumentation and the protocols and procedures for scanning.

Tell Us About Yourself?
I am married with three kids, two boys, Aidric and Derek and a little girl Ahlani.

Tell Us About Your Educational Background.
I attended Moorpark College, then entered the Marine Corps. After serving in the Marines, I went to Casa Loma College for MRI.

What Inspired You to Pursue A Career in Magnetic Resonance Imaging?
I love technology and helping others in need, and this seemed like a good way to combine the two.

What Areas Within This Field Are of Interest to You? Is There an Area You Are More Focused On?
At first, I was interested in all the new software and yearly advancements in MRI, but my focus later became much simpler. I became more focused on the patient – I am constantly reviewing Western Imaging’s daily protocols and routinely updating them to provide faster exams or better-quality images and sometimes both.

What Have Been Your Most Important, Proudest And/or Favorite Experience in Your Career?
 I enjoy working with students and passing on and teaching them what I know and continue to learn. I also speak at MRI Seminars, most recently at the ARMRIT Conference in Las Vegas. I generally speak about MSK Imaging, General Imaging Techniques and MRI Tech Tips. This has been a great experience for me.

Share an example of when you established and accomplished a goal that was personally challenging.
Speaking at my first national seminar.

What Brought You to Teach at Casa Loma College?
It was purely by chance and I am glad I took that chance!

What do you find most rewarding about educating future MRI Technologists?
When I see that look on their face when they try something on the magnet and everything they learned just clicks.

Who Has Influenced You the Most in Life?
My grandfather.

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Tommy Lasorda, for the stories.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I enjoy the outdoors, either camping at the lake, fishing, riding quads in the desert, or target shooting.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I am a huge band geek.


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