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Medical Imaging Programs

The mission of Lifespan School of Medical Imaging is to work collaboratively with technologists and other healthcare professionals to prepare students with entry level employment skills to meet the needs of the community. The school offers a variety of clinical settings to diversify and enhance student learning and networking in its communities of interest. 

Visit the Lifespan website at www.rihsdi.org.

The BS in Medical Imaging includes concentrations leading to certification in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT), RT Computed Tomography, Medical Imaging Management or Radiologic Technology. Regardless of the ultimate choice, all students begin as Medical Imaging Intended Majors.

After completing the majority of the general education and cognate​ courses students must choose which modality (concentration) they would like to pursue and then must submit a formal application to the School of Medical Imaging in order to be considered for entry into the clinical education program. Students cannot begin taking the specialized imaging courses until they are formally accepted into a clinical program.

Instructions for applying to the clinical program are included in the RADT 201 Orientation to Medical Imaging course.

Due to the complexity of the program options and the requirement for a second application it is absolutely critical that all students consult with their advisor frequently.

Clinical education is held at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, University Orthopedics, Rhode Island Medical Imaging and Women & Infants Hospital. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the national certification examinations offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

Students must consult with their assigned advisor before they will be able to register for courses. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C in all required courses in concentration.

Visit the School of Medical Imaging’s web site for more information about the clinical education programs: www.lifespan.org/centers-services/lifespan-school-medical-imaging

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Program Goals - Upon completion of the Lifespan School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, the new graduate will be able to accomplish the following:

  • To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Function as a member of the sonography team by utilizing proper written and oral communication skills specific to the medical environment.
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and sonographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures and related pathology.
  • Use principles of body mechanics (ergonomics), medical hygiene and patient care to provide and ensure the health and safety of the patient, sonographer and others.
  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
  • Complete competencies in Abdominal Sonography, Obstetrics & Gynecological Sonography.
  • Obtained the didactic and clinical skills to successfully take and pass the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) registry examination in the areas of Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Program Goals - Fulfillment of the program’s mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals:

  1. MRI: Students will have entry-level magnetic resonance imaging technologist skills.
    • Students will be able to perform routine MRI procedures.
    • Students will apply MRI safety measures.
  2. Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking skills.
    • Students will adapt for non-routine patients.
    • Students will critique images for diagnostic quality.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  4. Students will model professionalism.
    • Students will demonstrate an effective work ethic in the healthcare environment.
    • Students will demonstrate the value of lifelong learning.
  5. The program will provide qualified magnetic resonance imaging technologists to meet the needs of the healthcare community.
    • The program will recruit those students who are well-prepared to meet the academic challenges of the MRI program.
    • The program will help fulfill the needs of the healthcare community.
    • Graduates will be satisfied with the practical skills learned in the program.
    • Employers will be satisfied with the practical skills learned in the program.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

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Program Goals

  • Students will have entry-level employment skills.
    • Students will practice radiation safety techniques.
    • Student will perform quality control on various instruments.
    • Students will prepare, calculate and administer radiopharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals as permitted.
    • Students will be able to perform a variety of nuclear medicine procedures including PET images.
    • Students will observe and assist with a variety of therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures.
    • Students will be able to evaluate images and take additional views if necessary.
  • Students will have effective oral communication skills.
    • Students will be able to demonstrate age appropriate effective communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate respect for cultural diversity.
  • Students will be able to critically think to problem solve.
    • Students will be able to perform non-routine nuclear medicine procedures.
    • Students will observe interpreting physicians to develop understanding of clinical correlation.
  • Students will have the skills necessary to provide appropriate patient care and comfort.
    • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
  • The program will provide qualified nuclear medicine technologists to meet the health care needs of the community.
    • The program will recruit those students who are well prepared to meet the academic challenges of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.
    • The students will be satisfied with the courses, didactic instructors and clinical areas. Graduates will be satisfied with the practical skills learned in the program.
    • Employers will be satisfied with the practical skills graduates learned from the program.

Radiologic Technology

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Program Goals

  • Students will have entry-level employment skills.
    • Students will position patient accurately for diagnostic images.
    • Students will demonstrate safe radiation protection practices.
    • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
    • Students will be able to evaluate images effectively.
  • Students will have effective communications skills.
    • Students will demonstrate age appropriate effective communication skills.
  • Students will be able to critically think to solve problems.
    • Students will perform non-routine radiographic procedures.
    • Students will correct non-diagnostic images effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism.
    • Students will demonstrate an effective work ethic in the health care environment.
    • Students will articulate how to maintain their professional status in the medical imaging field.
  • The program will provide qualified radiographers to meet the health care needs of the community.
    • The program will recruit those students who are well prepared to meet the academic challenges of a radiologic technology program.
    • The program will graduate students to help fulfill the needs of the surrounding health care community.
    • Graduates will be satisfied with the skills learned in the programs.
    • Employers will be satisfied with the practical skills graduates learned from the program.

RT Computed Tomography

(requires prior certification in radiologic technology or nuclear medicine technology)​

Program Goals

  • Students will have entry-level employment skills.
  • Students will have effective communication skills.
  • Students will be able to critically think to problem solve.
  • Students will have the skills necessary to provide appropriate patient care and comfort.
  • The program will provide qualified computed tomography technologists to meet the health care needs of the community.

Medical Imaging Management

(requires prior certification in medical imaging)

Mission Statement
The mission of the MI Management Concentration is to provide a pathway for the Medical Imaging Technologist to complete the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree while acquiring additional science, communication and management skills.

Program Goals

  • Students will build upon their technical expertise with a broad based general education program.
  • Students will expand their academic exposure to health related science courses.
  • Students will learn valuable communication skills.
  • Students will acquire a basic understanding of business management skills.

Clinical Obligations

Travel requirements include up to 1 ½ hours.

Clinical education takes place at the following facilities:

  • Rhode Island Hospital – all programs
    593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Hasbro Children’s Hospital – CT, DMS, MRI, RT
    593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • University Orthopedics – RT
    2 Dudley Street, Suite 200, Providence, RI 02905
  • Newport Hospital – CT, DMS, MRI, CT​
    11 Friendship Street, Newport, RI 02840
  • Portsmouth Imaging Center – CT, MRI
    69 Turnpike Avenue, Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • The Miriam Hospital – CT, DMS, MRI, NMT, RT
    164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI 02906
  • Rhode Island Medical Imaging
    • Barrington Medical Center – CT, MRI 1525 Wampanoag Trail, Suite 101, East Providence, RI 02915
    • Greenwich Medical Center – CT, MRI, RT 1351 South County Trail, Suite 105, Route 2 South, East Greenwich, RI 02818
    • Blackstone Center – MRI 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 5/Suite 506, Lincoln, RI 02865
    • Blackstone Valley Medical Building – CT, MRI, RT  333 School Street, Suite 105, Pawtucket, RI 02860
    • Moshassuck Medical Center – CT, MRI, RT  1 Randall Square, Suite 103, Providence, RI 02904
  • Lawrence + Memorial Hospital – CT, MRI
    Main Campus, 365 Montauk Ave Montauk Ave, New London, CT 06320
  • Pequot Health Center – CT, MRI
    52 Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton, CT 06340
  • Lawrence + Memorial at Crossroads Waterford – CT, MRI
    196 Parkway South, Suite 102, Waterford, CT 06385
  • Westerly Hospital – CT, MRI
    25 Wells St, Westerly, RI 02891
  • Women & Infants Hospital – DMS
    101 Dudley Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02905
  • Rhode Island Medical Imaging (MRI)
    North Providence
    1500 Mineral Springs Avenue
    North Providence, RI. 02904
    Phone: 401-432-2400
    Direct #:  401-533-9300
    Fax: 401-432-2519​
  • Rhode Island Medical Imaging (MRI)
    Cranston
    1301 Reservoir Avenue
    Cranston, RI. 02920
    Phone:401-490-0040 Ext. 0
    Fax: 401-432-2519
  • Rhode Island Medical Imaging (MRI)
    Warwick
    250 Tollgate Road
    Warwick, RI. 02886
    Phone: 401-432-2400
    Fax: 401-432-2519

Course Requirements

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Page last updated: August 28, 2018