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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...

Student Spotlight

Austin Houser

From a baseball scholarship to the field of MRI, Austin has discovered a new passion I his life. As a part of cohort MRI 1903, Austin is scheduled to graduate February 2021 when his possibilities become endless. Read more about Austin …


Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in and currently live in San Diego. I have a 3-year-old daughter, Alina, and she is what keeps me going, she is my motivation and my strength to keep pushing and succeed.

I was always on a sports team growing up and I am thankful for my mother who sacrificed so much for me to play sports. As a member on baseball and football teams throughout my life taught me a great amount of discipline. I had a baseball scholarship to Ottawa University in Kansas.

What has been your favorite class so far and why?
My favorite class so far has been cross sectional anatomy. This was class that introduced me to MRI. After this class I knew I was going down the right path with the MRI program.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to hear that I have never excelled in school. Growing up I was a C/D student and barely scraping by in order to play sports.
What is your plan for after graduation? What type of facility would you like to work in and why?
I plan on working in a hospital environment where I have worked for the past three years. There is never a dull moment in the hospital, working in this environment has opened my mind to so much (like being an MRI tech.)

What advice do you have for incoming students?
I am ready to help others in getting the help they need through imaging. To the incoming students, never doubt yourself!

 

 

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