July 16, 2012 - Memorial Health Foundation Donates Hand Wrist Phantom to the School of Radiologic Technology

The Marietta Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology received a new hand wrist phantom, thanks to a donation by the Memorial Health Foundation. This new piece of anatomy is giving students at the Radiologic School the hands-on experience that is vital to their training. Made of synthetic bone encased in a clear, partially mobile acrylic, the hand wrist phantom gives the students the opportunity to learn and practice valuable positioning techniques without giving patients an overdose of radiation.

With the old hand wrist phantom slowly deteriorating, Aimee Phillips, former supervisor of MMH’s Radiology Department and current educational services specialist at MMH, made a proposal to the Memorial Health Foundation to fund the purchase of a new phantom. After approval from the Foundation board, the phantom was purchased and delivered to its new home, Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Ada Garrison, clinical coordinator of the MMH School of Radiologic Technology, couldn’t be happier about the new addition to the school, as it is providing the students with a valuable hands-on experience that will give them the technical skill they require. As early as week two of their clinical training, students use the hand wrist phantom to learn proper positioning techniques. “Some people are very hands-on, and x-ray is very hands-on. The phantom makes it possible for students to get on-the-job training without radiating a patient over and over again, which would be like giving medication without a prescription,” said Garrison.

The MMH School of Radiologic Technology is articulated with Washington State Community College and has clinical sites at Selby General Hospital, Marietta Memorial Hospital and Camden Clark Medical Center, which includes both Camden Clark Memorial Hospital and the St. Joseph’s Campus. The students are working towards an associate’s degree of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. This two year program breaks down into two days a week of didactic classes with Paul Richards, the director of the School of Radiologic Technology, and two to three days a week of clinical training at one of the hospitals mentioned above. Each of these affiliated sites will benefit from the use of the new hand wrist phantom.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the MMH Foundation’s donation to the Radiologic School, please contact Aimee Phillips, educational services specialist at Marietta Memorial Hospital, at (740) 374-1715.

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