TMCC offers two Advanced Medical Imaging Skills Certificate Programs: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT).
MRI is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in your body.
CT, also know as CT scan or CAT scan, is a specialized test that produces cross-sectional images of the body using x-rays and a computer. These high-resolution images help assist the doctor in making a diagnosis which cannot typically be seen on plain x-ray images. CT is a commonly performed procedure in many radiology departments and many radiology departments are looking for technologists who have both radiography and CT certifications through the ARRT for entry level positions.
The American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) outlines how to qualify for certification in these modalities. The ARRT outlines two avenues to take certification examinations. These are Primary Pathway and Post Primary Pathway. Students wishing to become MRI or CT certified through TMCC may only complete a Post Primary Pathway program which requires the student to already be a registered technologist with the ARRT.
Note: Starting Fall 2021 all students wishing to pursue MRI certification must be ARRT registered, the TMCC program is no longer accepting Primary Pathway MRI students.