A career as a radiologic technologist can lead to numerous opportunities. Radiologic technologists are employed at hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices. With additional education, technologists can specialize in:
Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase about 17% from 2008-2018. Demand for technologists can tend to be regional. As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging.
Dr. Paula Scaramozzino, Chair of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, has been faculty at Mount Aloysius since 1998 and has an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She has worked in the imaging field since 1983 and is certified in radiography and magnetic resonance imaging.
Dr. Scaramozzino is an active member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists. Students in the radiography program participate in research projects pertaining to real world issues pertaining to the medical imaging field. Their research is presented at the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists yearly conference and at the Reasearch Symposium held at Mount Aloysius College.
Ms. Sharon Miller, MS., RT (R)(MR)(M)(CT), Assistant Professor, joined Mount Aloysius in 1999. She is the Clinical Coordinator for the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences program. Ms. Miller is President of the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists.
She provides opportunities for students to attend summer externships at the University of North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, Pinnacle Health Care, and Shriners Hospital in Erie. Students spend a week at the facility and identify a research project currently being conducted at the facility. Students present their findings to their peers and faculty.
Brandon L Steach, RT (R) MR, graduated cum laude from Mount Aloysius in 2006 with a degree in radiography. Following graduation, he was offered four different jobs. Brandon was employed at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA for 3.5 years, where he started in X-ray and cross-trained in a cardiovascular suite and MRI and obtained his certification in MRI.
He is currently the CT/MRI supervisor at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz, PA where he developed the protocols/policies in CT and MRI and coordinates numerous administrative responsibilities as well as performing clinical exams. Currently, Brandon directs and manages a MRI Breast program with capabilities of MRI guided breast biopsy.
The Radiation Sciences program offers a two year Associate degree and a four year Bachelor degree. Students are eligible to apply for the national certification exam after successful completion of all program requirements for the Associate degree. The program consists of 2 components, academic courses and clinical rotations, which occur simultanously each semester.
Students do clinical rotations the summer between their freshman and sophomore levels. Laboratory and clinical assignments allow for students to acquire hands-on and computer experience to practice technical knowledge and communication skills. Students will have courses that include patient care, radiation biology, radiation protection, equipment operartion, quality control, image acquisition and evaluation, and imaging procedures as part of the curriculum.
The Radiography program offers a solid education with well educated faculty. Students have numerous positive learning experiences and enjoy the classes and clinicals. Radiography is a growing profession with multiple opportunities for students and technologists. The profession has changed tremendously and has an exciting future.
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