Radiologic Technologists: Bronx Community College Will Offer Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Training Course

Bronx, NY – Bronx Community College (BCC) will offer a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) training course for technologists seeking to stay on top of their skills.  If you are a magnetic resonance imaging technologist, it’s becoming mandatory to have MRI certification. The BCC course will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. from October 5, 2010, to January 6, 2011 (for a total of 13 weeks).

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires that all radiologic technologists complete 24 continuing education credits in a two-year period to maintain their licensing registration. Certification is a method of assuring the medical community and the public that an individual is qualified by knowledge and skills to practice within the profession.

The objective of the BCC course is to give radiologic technologists, ultrasonographers, and nuclear medicine technologists a basic and advanced understanding of MRI theory and anatomy.  MRI is a form of medical imaging that allows for creating images of internal organs.  Unlike X-rays or CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging does not generate radiation. Magnetic resonance technologists use radio waves, magnetic fields, and computerized equipment to produce images of body tissues. The Bronx Community College course will include the following topics:

  • MRI safety and contraindications
  • Biological effects of MRI 
  • Introduction to MRI physics
  • Pulse sequences
  • Imaging processing
  • Imaging contrast and spatial resolutions
  • Spatial encoding
  • Understanding MRI artifacts
  • MRI cross sectional anatomy and protocols
  • Scanning considerations, coils, and pulse sequences pertaining to imaging protocols

 BCC’s comprehensive program is approved for 63 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) continuing education credits. Participants must complete the entire activity to receive the 63 credits.

For more information, call Continuing and Professional Studies at (718) 289-5170.

Founded in 1957, Bronx Community College (BCC), the oldest of City University of New York’s six community colleges, serves as the engine for academic and economic mobility for motivated students from diverse backgrounds and preparations. More than 11,000 students from over 109 nations are enrolled in 30 associate degree and certificate programs including Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Computer Graphics, Nuclear Medicine, and Business Administration, Digital Arts, Computer Information Systems, Education Associate, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Accounting, Human Services, Media Technology and Paralegal Studies. BCC’s 43-acre campus, high above the Harlem River, features architectural masterpieces of Stanford White and Marcel Breuer, as well as the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, the nation’s first hall of fame. BCC President Carolyn G. Williams is in her 14th year of leadership service to the College, which is located at  2155 University Avenue at West 181st Street, formerly New York University’s uptown campus until 1973.

The College is home to initiatives not commonly associated with two-year institutions, such as the Center for Sustainable Energy, which promotes the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies in urban communities. The National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA) ) is currently collaborating with South African Further Education and Training Colleges and universities to create linkages between these institutions and is also working to enhance student and academic support at the colleges. NCEA also coordinates the College’s global initiative which facilitates global learning within and outside of the classroom.

Bryant Mason / (718) 289-5208 /