Radiologic Sciences students gain new simulation lab
By Matt Westerfield
The new Radiologic Sciences program has completed its first year in SHRP after enrolling its first group of students last August. Those 22 students are on track to earn the B.S. degree next spring as they complete the five-semester long program.
Program director Mark Gray said 25 new students enrolled this semester, for a total enrollment of 47 students for fall of 2010.
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This spring, students began using the newly-completed Radiologic Sciences simulation lab on the second floor of the SHRP building. The imaging suite is equipped with a lead-lined radiology room, a viewing room, work stations and processing equipment.
Big enough to accommodate up to 30 students, it enables students to practice both direct radiography, computed radiography, and if desired, conventional film-screen images in one location. Although film-screen imaging is used less frequently, Gray said it's important for students to learn because it is still practiced in some areas of the state.
Another advantage to the simulation lab is that is allows students to gain clinical training without having to schedule lab time around patient services, "because the patients come first," Gray said. Until the lab was completed, students did their classroom work in SHRP and lab work at the hospital.
"Hopefully, it will benefit the state in the long run by producing radiology technologists with advanced degrees and advanced training," said Gray.
Awards and achievements
In late October, Radiologic Sciences students will attend the annual conference of the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists in Natches and will take part in the different student competitions. Of six students statewide chosen to present papers, five are members of the 2nd-year class.