A team of Misericordia University medical imaging majors captured first place in the annual Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists Technibowl competition that was held during the spring conference and business meeting in Caraopolis, Pa.
Misericordia University juniors Allison McIntyre, Ashland, Pa., and Kaitlin Fink, Catawissa, Pa., earned first place in the academic competition where students compete to answer questions in the field of medical imaging. McIntyre, the daughter of Cathy Canfield and Michael McIntyre of Ashland, and Fink, the daughter of Joel and Deborah Fink of Catawissa, captured the title for Misericordia University in sudden death after answering 30 questions that addressed radiation protection, equipment operation, imaging production and evaluation, radiographic procedures, and patient care and education.
More than 100 students from hospital systems, and colleges and universities in Pennsylvania competed in a wide array of categories. Besides the Technibowl, students also competed in research poster presentations and image evaluation.
Misericordia University has the only Bachelor of Science medical imaging program in Northeastern Pennsylvania and is one of only two in the state. Nationally, there are 33 programs accredited by JRCERT, according to Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T.(R)
(QM), professor and chairwoman of medical imaging. The program features five full-time faculty members with more than 160 combined years of professional and academic experience who are also cross-trained in multiple disciplines.
The medical imaging program also has strong relationships with 29 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 medical imaging program at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/mi or call (570) 674-6400. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2015 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2015 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
Misericordia University medical imaging majors recently captured first place in the annual Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists Technibowl competition. Kaitlin Fink, Catawissa, Pa., left, and Allison McIntyre, Ashland, Pa., right, pose with Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM), chair of the Department of Medical Imaging.