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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.

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Student Spotlight

Justin Ingber

He loves DJing and playing guitar and we hear his excitement when he DJ’s is infectious! And during his more serious moments he is studying to be an MRI Technologist – yet, his excitement still shines through as Justin Ingber, August’s Student Spotlight, cannot wait to start his new career in this exciting imaging field!

 Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests? And any other interesting info here!
Hello all, my name is Justin and I grew up in the San Fernando Valley In the city of Tarzana. I lived there from 1986 through 1994. I then moved with my family after the 1994 earthquake to Agoura Hills California. Some of my interests include DJing, playing guitar, surfing, being social with friends and a little traveling. I have been DJing since 2001 and it is one of my hobbies that I enjoy the most, especially playing in front of a crowd and dancing.

 How did you come to choose MRI Technician as your choice for a career?
I came to choose MRI as my career choice because I have always been interested in science and X Rays. I was a massage therapist before coming to Casa Loma, and that played a key factor in my knowing anatomy and some physiology. I think it is really cool to be able to see into a human body, and generally be able to help/heal people since I am a humanitarian. I really enjoyed being a healer and massage therapist unfortunately it takes a toll on your body over the years. It is an extremely tough business to crack into because it is a constant hustle, and not much job security.

Is the program what you expected? Please explain
It is what I expected, learning more about anatomy, chemistry, and physiology. However, it is quite the challenge because how accelerated the courses have been.

What have you learned or are learning that has made a difference to you?
The MRI core classes go further into depth of human anatomy, and some of the general education courses including sociology and the interpersonal communication courses are interesting. Learning more about human interaction and the ways we communicate with each other has made a difference thus far.

What have you learned from other students?
Unfortunately, I have not been able to meet any of my other classmates due to COVID-19. However, we have been communicating through our posts in class. They have been adding to the learning process on what we are studying and making great conversation on the topics that are presented to us.

What has been your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge so far has just been making enough time to get all of my assignments done and having enough time to study.

What has been your favorite class so far and why?
My favorite so far are the core MRI classes considering this is my new career. It is interesting going into depth of what makes up the human body, however, it has been a challenge as well because there is so much information and new terminology to learn.

 What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Growing up I always wanted to be a marine biologist because I love the ocean. Unfortunately when I hit adolescence, that interest went away, and I really did not have a clue on what I wanted to do in my future. That came later on. This is the first time back in college since massage school.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know how far I have come since graduating high school, and all of the trades that I have learned.

What is your plan for after graduation? What type of facility would you like to work in and why?
After graduating I will be able to finally work in career that I enjoy. I would like to work at an imaging center because I would like job security and more of a normal schedule.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
The advice that I have for incoming students is simply this: make sure you have plenty of time to spend studying for these courses because it is very time consuming.

What makes Casa Loma special?
I think what makes Casa Loma so special is the accelerated courses they provide, and to be able to graduate in two years opposed to a four-year college. Also the job placement assistance they provide you graduate is an excellent thing to have. The staff, the professors and the students are very nice and pleasant to talk too.

 

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