New Equipment for Rad Tech

K. Patricia Bouweraerts

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The Radiologic Technology Program at Truckee Meadows Community College has been given a $150,000 donation to upgrade X-ray equipment.

William N. Pennington Foundation has made the generous gift to purchase the instrument, which is planned to be installed in TMCC’s radiology lab in 2015.

Dean of Sciences, Dr. Lance Bowen responded to a Foundation inquiry, seeking to acquire an X-ray unit that features more attributes for hands-on student learning. Some of the current equipment was manufactured by a firm that is now out of business, making spare parts hard to obtain. The new system is comprised of:

  • 65 KW CPI Indico-100 RF Generator
  • GE RFX/SFX 90/90 Tilt table
  • Fluoroscopy X-ray tube
  • Digital spot platform
  • 12/9/6 inch triple field image intensifier
  • GE Model XT Overhead tube Crane with MX-100 X-ray tube

"The unit we are looking at purchasing is a diagnostic X-ray unit with an overhead tube system and a fluoroscopic X-ray unit, which is a component this program has never had in the past," said Bowen. "It will allow our students to perform lab experiments and prepare them for fluoroscopic licensure in Nevada and California, which was not possible before because we did not possess the equipment."

Rad Tech students will use the new diagnostic system to better prepare for clinical rotations, building a more thorough knowledge base than ever before. The new equipment is closely related to those in operation at clinical sites in the region.

Truckee Meadows Community College is fully accredited by Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). NWCCU is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information about the Radiologic Technology Program at TMCC, please call 775-674-7657.