Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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- Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- B.S. in MRI, Pre-Med Option
- B.S. in MRI, Pre-Physician Assistant Option
Overview:A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist is a health care professional that works with patients to obtain high quality images of internal structures within the body using a powerful magnet. The high resolution images are especially useful in brain, spine, joint, and vascular imaging. MRI is a form of diagnostic imaging that uses no ionizing radiation. The technologist produces the diagnostic images to allow medical professionals to identify physiologic problems in the body, which could enhance treatment. A comparatively new imaging modality; MRI is rapidly advancing in new capabilities and possibilities. The technologist has the opportunity to have patient interaction, along with cutting edge technology.
Curriculum: The MRI program allows students to:
- Combine their pursuit of the B.S. in MRI with the option to add a variety of minors (e.g. Health Information Management, Business, Education Interprofessional, Education)
- Pursue curricular options for pre-med and pre-physician assistants candidates
- Study at the SLU campus in Madrid, Spain
- Serve in a clinical practicum in local clinical settings. The variety of clinical sites allows the student to appreciate a variety of departmental structures with exposure to different imaging systems
- Pursue a variety of paths when they enter the workforce from staff MRI technologist to managerial and corporate positions
- Pursue a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology or Radiation Therapy
Faculty: The program faculty maintain professional certification in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. They also hold advanced degrees, in addition to many years of clinical experience. Faculty are active in professional societies at the local and national level. Students are encouraged to join and participate in the professional societies.
Internships: Students have the opportunity to gain practical work experience during their senior year at the affiliate clinical sites. There are also options to study abroad during their undergraduate career.