The certificate program in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) prepares individuals for a career in an exciting field of diagnostic imaging. The program accepts qualified individuals into a 10-month, 21-credit sequence of courses that provides students with both classroom instruction and clinical experience. Individuals are required to be CPR certified, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) (or equivalent) certified and licensed in the state of Connecticut as imaging technologists.
Classes begin in the fall, with completion of classroom instruction the following spring. Completion of clinical requirements may extend beyond the spring semester and is determined by individual student progress. Upon completion of both classroom instruction and clinical requirements, graduates may be eligible to sit for the national credentialing examination in magnetic resonance imaging offered by the ARRT.
RAD 450 MRI Instrumentation and Safety  Magnetic resonance imaging parameters are introduced. The formation of the MR signal is discussed as well as the essential components of an MR imaging system. Magnetic safety precautions that affect both patient and operator are discussed. Prerequisite: ARRT certification in radiography or nuclear medicine.
RAD 451 MRI Clinical Experience I  Under direct and indirect supervision, students observe and perform the clinical aspects of the field of magnetic resonance imaging. Students must complete 288 hours of MRI clinical experience. Prerequisites: Permission of MRI program director, current CPR certification, MRI magnetic safety screening, and health screening/physical examination. Corequisite: RAD 460. Laboratory fee.
RAD 452 Cross-sectional Anatomy  This course introduces the student to cross-sectional anatomy of the body. The cranial, thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic cavities will be studied in detail. Prerequisites: BIO 112, 113, and ARRT certification in radiography or nuclear medicine.
RAD 454 MRI Clinical Experience II  A Continuation of Clinical Experience I - Under direct and indirect supervision, students observe and perform the clinical aspects of the field of magnetic resonance imaging. Students complete 288 hours of MRI clinical experience and complete clinical competency examinations. Prerequisites: RAD 451 and permission of MRI program director, current CPR certification, MRI magnetic safety screening and health screening/physical examination program. Corequisite: RAD 461. Laboratory fee.
RAD 456 MRI Pathology  The major pathologic conditions diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging are presented. Emphasis is placed on pathology affecting the cranial cavity, vertebral column, and the major orthopedic applications for the knee and shoulder. The signal characteristics for the specified pathologic condition are discussed. Prerequisites: ARRT certification, RAD 450, RAD 452, and permission of instructor.
RAD 460 MRI Procedures I  This course introduces the student to clinical aspects of MRI procedures. The first semester of a two-semester sequence, this course covers the procedures that are performed as described through the clinical performance objectives of the entry level, level 1 and level 2 (brain, IAC, sella tursica, orbits, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, knee joint, hip joint, ankle joint and shoulder joint). Prerequisite: RAD 425; corequisite: RAD 451. Laboratory fee.
RAD 461 MRI Procedures II  The second half of a two-semester sequence, this course continues the introduction to clinical aspects of MRI procedures. The course covers procedures that are performed as described through the clinical performance objectives of level 3 and level 4 (elbow joint, wrist join, long bones, female pelvis, male pelvis, abdomen, liver, pancreas, MRCP, renal and adrenals, thorax and mediastinum, MRA of the head, carotids, abdominal MRA, and advance MRI procedures). Prerequisite: RAD 460; corequsite: RAD 454. Laboratory fee.
For specific information on the certificate and course schedule, contact the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Director, Gerard C. Buffo at 860.768.5207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.