Camosun offering new medical diploma

Program will train medical radiography technicians of the future

Described as a balance between art and science, medical radiography is the latest diploma program to be offered at Camosun College.

Announced last week by Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto, the two-year program will see 16 full-time students cycle through the program each year.

“This is an exciting new opportunity,” said Camosun president Kathryn Laurin. “(Medical radiography technology) is a leading example of the interdisciplinary approach to modern health care that combines the diverse skill sets of sophisticated technology and traditional care-giving.”

The program comes with a $3.1-million price tag, paid for by the province, for start-up costs and the purchase of equipment.

Medical radiography technologists use X-rays to help make diagnoses with computer-generated images, for ailments ranging from broken bones to abnormalities of the heart, blood vessels and brain.

The program will include theoretical and practical training. The first class is expected to begin in September 2012.

Upcoming information sessions on the program will be held Jan. 9 and 23 at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus (Fisher Building, Room 100).

For more details on the new medical radiology technology program, visit camosun.ca/learn/    programs/mrt.

kslavin@saanichnews.com