- Master of Science Degree in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics (MIT)
Careers in MIT
Graduates of this program will be skilled in two radiologic or therapeutic disciplines: their undergraduate discipline and the chosen study area for the MIT Degree. Upon completion of the MIT program, in addition to having significant technical and clinical expertise in two imaging specialties students will be able to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification exam in their chosen Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics discipline. These graduates also have didactic and hands-on clinical trials experience and are prepared to work in a variety of research settings.
Why a Masters in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics?
The degree will help the graduate who is looking to advance their career, giving them unique skills and knowledge not provided in any other program. The graduate of this program is extremely valuable to imaging/radiation oncology departments and medical corporations because current and developing technology require increasing knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and other radiologic and imaging disciplines in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
"The Master's of Science in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics program at Saint Louis University opens a new avenue of professional development for technologists and addresses the evolving need for properly trained hybrid imaging technologists in the field of molecular imaging," Ferguson said. "As the first graduate of this program, I would like to find a career where I can have an impact on the future of molecular imaging and therapy."
While completing his degree, Ferguson completed a 12-week rotation in the Center for Clinical Imaging Research at Washington University. He collaborated with Richard Laforest, Ph.D., and Jonathon McConathy, M.D., Ph.D., to investigate and correct for the attenuation caused by MR headphones during simultaneous positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance (PET/MR) studies. The manuscript from their research project was accepted by the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology and was published in June 2014.
Post-graduation, Ferguson accepted a position at the local St. Louis research firm, Biomedical Systems. Faculty from the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics said they were very proud of Ferguson, his completion of this innovative new program, success in the registry exam and recent employment.