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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...

Student Spotlight

Andrea Crane

Andrea Crane has dreamed of being many things in her life – from an ice-skating ballerina to a marine biologist to an artist of some sort!  And whatever path she found herself on, she always gave it her all and did her very best and that’s just what she is doing as an MRI student – with a cumulative, 3.93 grade point average! Casa Loma College wishes you the best in your endeavors!

Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests?
I grew up in the Central Valley, Visalia, California.  I went to college the first time around at UCSB, moved to San Diego afterwards and have lived there since.  I always enjoy being outside, concerts, time with friends and a nice whiskey cocktail.  Mostly, I just like spending time with my partner.

What is a cause you are passionate about?
I’m passionate about whatever I commit myself to.  Whether it’s school, work or anything personal, I go at it with my very best.  I’m not satisfied unless I’ve given my all; for the sake of helping others to the best of my ability and knowing I’ve done the best for myself.

How did your path unfold and who were the faculty and staff who have helped you along that path?
Everyone I’ve encountered at Casa Loma College has only helped my success, from the very first faces I came across, Nicholas and Kelly, to all of the instructors and staff.  There’s no one that hasn’t helped me, directly or behind the scenes.

What have you learned or are learning that’s made a difference to you?
Throughout my education at Casa Loma I’ve gained a better understanding of the field I will be going into.  Not only what I should expect, but what the expectations are of me as a tech; the knowledge and skills that are required, the quality of my work, the level of care I need to provide to patients and understanding the weight of my responsibilities as a tech.

What have you learned from other students?
I’ve been fortunate to be with such awesome classmates.  I’m learning something from them every day.  Everyone brings a new perspective and different experiences to the table.  Mostly I’m learning that the universe is going to be graced with some amazing new MRI techs!

What has been your greatest challenge?
Balancing school and working full time has made it difficult at times.  Knowing what’s at the end of the tunnel, though, makes all of the sacrifices worth it.

What has been your favorite class so far and why?
Imaging and Procedures was the class that really got me excited for my future career as an MRI tech.  It was the first class being instructed by someone in the field and gave us some hands-on experience.  It gave me insight into what my future would be like and made me look forward to being a tech even more.  I can’t not mention the philosophy, psychology and humanities online courses.  I always enjoy those subjects and appreciate the learning and self-awareness that come from them.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
First, I wanted to be an ice-skating ballerina.  Not just one, both.  At the same time.  Then a marine biologist.  Then I thought I would do something in the art field with my B.A. in Art History.  So it goes to show, you never know where you’ll end up!

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been street bullfighting in Portugal!

What is your plan for after graduation? What type of facility would you like to work in and why?
I hope to be employed by UCSD, where I want to extern.  After I get some experience under my belt, I think I’d like to be at an off-site clinic.  I prefer a consistent schedule and healthy work/life balance.  I’m keeping an open mind though; I may end up loving the hospital setting.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Stay determined, stay focused and do your best. You can do it!  There’s help everywhere you look and a fantastic career at the end of it.

What makes Casa Loma special?
Everyone is dedicated to the success of the students.  You can see the love the instructors, faculty and staff have for what they do.  Casa Loma has such a supportive atmosphere, it feels like the support of a family.  You know you’re cared for here.


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