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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

David Waterman

David Waterman had a plan and idea on the direction his life would take. But then one day he woke up and start thinking about other interests and passions and tried to pinpoint what those were. He kept digging deeper until he found the foundation for that passion – MRI! David wakes up every day excited to be pursuing a career he is passionate about!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in the great city of Oceanside, CA. My personal interests are computers and technology, military issues, politics and traveling when possible. Traveling helps to make you a more open and well-rounded individual who can more readily deal comfortably with different cultures and lifestyles.

Becoming an MRI Technologist has not been easiest thing. I had originally planned to either go into the medical equipment repair field after service in the USAF or become a Full Scope Rad Tech. After careful consideration I actually withdrew from my X-ray Training and waited another 7 months before starting here at Casa Loma College.

How did Casa Loma College help you get where you are today?
I would have to say the biggest contributors to my confidence and success here at Casa Loma were Kelly Kumar and Nick Walsh-Davis. When I first started, they were extremely positive, helpful and welcoming. And also a big shout out to all my teachers, Jacobus, Baja, Mr. V, Mrs. Nishina, and Brian “Big Brains” Anhalt. Also, my two clinical instructors Mr. Frye and Persson

What has been your biggest challenge in the program?
The biggest challenge is meeting the high standards of the school and program and meeting the standards I set for myself, and, dealing with the failure of those standards at times. The material is challenging, and I have to study a lot. Being employed full time and finding a Work/School/Personal life balance has been hard. I am also a student who travels a long distance to be here so even just showing up at times is a struggle…but, there’s always someone who’s traveling just a little bit further so that leaves no excuses for me. Some are actually in my class.

What has been your favorite class or classes?
My favorite classes have to be Cross Sectional Anatomy and Physics. I liked Cross-Sectional because it was challenging but it helped me understand what the heck I was looking at. I liked Physics because it explained what I was doing more than just following orders. As a prior Imaging professional, it also made me realize that MRI is truly a different animal than X-ray and it gave me broader respect for it. Very few of the concepts other than anatomy are interchangeable.

What are your current goals and plans after completing the program?
My goals are to #1, Graduate on time. #2, Maintain the school’s proud tradition of Black dudes with Pork Chops/Heavy Sideburns. #3, Complete both ARMRIT and ARRT Certifications. #4. Move up the Imaging Dept. chain while providing high quality service to wherever I work, whether it’s a hospital or Imaging Facility.

 What’s the best advise you can give incoming students and students currently in the MRI program?
My advice to is to #1, Show up. #2, Give maximum effort. #3, Remember you are training for a new career/life so if you have to transition from your old life sooner than expected…just do it! I worked at a jail so I could go here. #4, Cross- Sectional is the start of the tunnel and Physics is the end of it.

 

 

 

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