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Medical imaging students place 1st, 2nd at state competition
04-25-13

The conference was held April 19-20.
Misericordia University medical imaging majors recently earned first and second place awards in the advanced category of the research poster competition at the annual Pennsylvania Society of Radiology Technologists Conference in Allentown, Pa., in April.

Molly McFadden of Pittston, Pa., is a junior in the medical imaging program at Misericordia University. She presented the research poster, “Diagnosing CAD Using CT Angiography,’’ which earned first place in the advanced category at the state conference.

Rebecca DeLong of Mertztown, Pa., is a junior in the medical imaging program at Misericordia University. She presented the research poster, “Cardiac Amyloidosis with Echo,’’ which earned second place in the advanced category at the state conference.

Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program graduates have routinely experienced higher pass rates than the national average for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography for the past 24 years. Since October 1988, 414 graduates have taken the ARRT Radiography examination and 400 have passed on their first attempt, resulting in an overall pass rate of 96.6 percent, according to ARRT data for 46 different test dates. Of the 46 test dates, Misericordia graduates have achieved a 100-percent pass rate 36 times.

ARRT is the world’s largest credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high quality patient care in radiologic technology, according to the agency. It tests and certifies technologists and administers continuing education and ethics requirements for its annual registration.

Misericordia University has the only Bachelor of Science-level medical imaging program in northeastern Pennsylvania and is one of only two in the state. The program features four full-time faculty members with more than 100 combined years of professional and academic experience who are also cross-trained in multiple disciplines.

The medical imaging program also has strong relationships with more than 20 clinical sites in the region, some of which have been with the program since its inception in 1973. This relationship affords MU students valuable clinical internships at prestigious facilities that provide real-world experience.

Medical imaging students at Misericordia concentrate on the general X-ray department until their senior year, when they are then cross trained to become multi-skilled in a radiological specialty area of their choice. They learn specializations like CTs, MRIs or cardiac catheterization while also serving internships in regional health care facilities. A career in medical imaging offers numerous opportunities due to the myriad of specialty fields. A medical imaging major, for example, can specialize in radiography, mobile radiography, nuclear medicine, mammography and sonography. They can also become educators or work in the sales or management sector.

For more information about the Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program, please log in to www.misericordia.edu/mi or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.

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Misericordia University medical imaging majors Molly McFadden, left, of Pittston, Pa., earned first place and Rebecca DeLong of Mertztown, Pa., earned second place in the advanced poster competition at the annual Pennsylvania Society of Radiology Technologists.