There are numerous modalities within the Medical Imaging Department that require highly skilled technologists to perform diagnostic as well as interventional procedures. These departments include: CAT Scan, Diagnostic Radiology, Mammography, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, Ultrasound, and MRI. All utilize technologists that have been specially trained in these areas.
Medical Imaging at St. Mary Medical Center:
At St. Mary Medical Center we provide skilled imaging services in the Radiology Department, Emergency Department, Operating Room, as well as portable imaging throughout the hospital. Our technologists are trained in the current trends of medical imaging as well as in areas of skilled intervention.
Radiologic technologists obtain diagnostic quality images which provide the necessary information for the detection and diagnosis of disease or bony fractures. Combinations of static and real time imaging make it possible to visualize the skeletal structure as well as perform various dynamic studies on selected internal systems.
Special Procedures technologists image the vascular systems throughout the body and perform studies that diagnose, implant or treat when non-surgical intervention is an option. These technologists assist the Interventional Radiologist with studies that include: the detection and dissolving of blood clots, the stoppage of internal bleeding, the placement of long term IV access and the stenting of blocked arteries.
Computed Tomography Technologists use a rotating x-ray unit to obtain slices of anatomy at different levels within the body. A computer stacks and assembles the individual slices, creating a diagnostic image. CT technology allows physicians to view the inside of organs.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists administer trace amounts of radiopharmaceuticals to a patient to obtain functional information about organs, tissues, and bone. The technologist uses a special camera to detect
Gamma rays emitted by the radiopharmaceuticals and create an image of the body part under study. The information is recorded on a computer or on film.
Sonographers use sound waves to obtain images of organs and tissues in the body. During an ultrasound examination, the sonographer places a transducer in contact with the patient’s body. It emits high-frequency sound waves that pass through the body, sending back echoes as they bounce off organs and tissue. Special computer equipment converts those echoes into visual data.
Mammography Technologists produce diagnostic images of breast tissue using special x-ray equipment. Under a federal law known as the Mammography Quality Standards Act, mammographers must meet stringent educational and experience criteria in order to perform mammographic procedures.
Magnetic Resonance Technologists are specially trained to operate MR equipment. During an MR scan, atoms in the patient’s body are exposed to a strong magnetic field. The technologist applies a radiofrequency pulse to the field, which knocks the atoms out of alignment. When the technologist turns the pulse off, the atoms return to their original position. In the process, they give off signals that are measured by a computer and processed to create detailed images of the patient’s anatomy.
St. Mary Medical Center offers multiple opportunities for entry-level and experienced radiologic technologists who are interested in a dynamic and fast-paced environment within a hospital setting. Individuals who have a current radiologic technology certification and are interested in exploring the many career opportunities available at St. Mary Medical Center should contact Courtney Burnett in the Human Resources Department at 215-710-2513.
Opportunities are available to observe under direct supervision for a few days at a time or one day a week over several weeks.
Experiences are available in CAT Scan, Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, PET/C, Ultrasound, Mammography, and MRI.
Please contact Matt Maurizi R.T., Clinical Coordinator, at 215-710-6561 if you are interested in Imaging Technology at St. Mary Medical Center to request an observation opportunity.