Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences will offer a new, rare four-year bachelor's degree program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) starting fall 2011.
The department of medical imaging and radiation therapeutics starts the new program to fill a nation-wide gap in trained and certified MRI professionals.
"We know hospitals and clinics respect the level of training and education SLU's Doisy College students receive," said William Hubble, chair of the department of medical imaging and radiation therapeutics. "We are excited about this new program providing well-rounded, team oriented medical professionals within the MRI field."
MRI provides contrast between the different soft tissues of the body and is especially useful in imaging brain, muscles, heart and cancer compared with other medical imaging techniques.
Unlike traditional X-rays, MRI does not expose patients to ionizing radiation. Magnetic Resonance Imaging tests use special equipment that gives off a constant and powerful magnetic field and radiofrequency energy to create clear pictures of internal body structures. The pictures allow medical professionals to identify where physiological problems occur in the body and thereby assist the heatlthcare professionals to treat those issues accordingly.
The program is currently accepting new students.
To learn more, visit the department's website or call 977-8526.
Long a leader in educating health professionals, Saint Louis University offered its first degree in an allied health profession in 1929. Today the Doisy College of Health Sciences offers degrees in athletic training, clinical laboratory science, cytotechnology, nutrition and dietetics, health information management, health sciences, investigative and medical science, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and physical therapy. The college's unique curriculum prepares students to work with health professionals from all disciplines to ensure the best possible patient care.