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MCCC’s Radiography Program Celebrates New Clinical Lab Equipment


11/24/10

West Windsor, N.J. – Courtesy of a Carl D. Perkins federally-funded grant, Mercer County Community College’s Radiography Program has received state-of-the-art digital radiographic equipment to enhance instruction. Students will now be performing clinical laboratory procedures with equipment that is on par with affiliated hospitals and hospitals nationwide.

The new digital x-ray imaging equipment, known as the Philips Essenta Digital Radiographic System (DR), displays images on a computer monitor, replacing conventional film-based radiographic units. Lab renovations completed this summer included removing a darkroom, which expanded lab space for the new system.


Radiography Program Coordinator Sandra Kerr, left, and Clinical Coordinator William Petrosky, second from left, with students in their new lab.

“The majority of radiographic procedures in hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers have transitioned from film imaging to digital imaging and computer radiography,” said Sandra Kerr, MCCC’s Radiography program coordinator. “Our faculty is now be able to teach students on equipment that directly correlates with the clinical environment. In turn, our students will acquire the necessary laboratory skills to transition to a clinical setting. We have been phasing in use of the equipment this semester as Philips completed training of faculty and students. Next semester, we will begin to fully utilize the equipment.”

According to Kerr, students will develop proficiency in such critical areas as radiographic positioning, technical factor selection image evaluation, and radiation protection practices. In addition, faculty will be able to better correlate the theoretical, laboratory, and clinical components of digital imaging.

Kerr, along with Radiography Clinical Coordinator William Petrosky and adjunct faculty members Lynn Argast and Gary Collins, are committed to continually raise the bar for instruction. “It is exciting to have received such a high level of support within Mercer’s administration for this all to come to fruition,” said Kerr.

MCCC’s Radiography Associate in Applied Science degree program prepares students for the national examination to become certified and licensed by the State of New Jersey. Its graduates have consistently achieved a high success rate on the exam. For more information visit www.mccc.edu.

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