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Regis College launches innovative Nuclear Medicine imaging labSeptember 26, 2013
from left to right: Lauren Shanbrun, David Gilmore, President Antoinette Hays, John Shaw
Regis College opened its new Nuclear Medicine Imaging lab on September 19, – the first of its kind at the university and something few New England schools offer. The lab features state-of-the-art media and technology equipment, including an 80 inch touch screen monitor, which enables an interactive classroom in which a class and a lab session can be conducted at the same time. Most impressive in the campus setting is the new Gamma Camera – an ADAC dual head camera usually seen only in hospitals, donated by Northeast Electronics, Inc . Since acquiring the Nuclear Medicine program from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2011, Regis has established itself as a leader within the Nuclear Medicine community, offering different level programs in radio technology and nuclear medicine.
Northeast Electronics’ CEO John Shaw has been on campus with his installation team this past summer to install the Nuclear Medicine Gamma Camera. In a spirit of giving back to the community, Shaw supports education in the field of Nuclear Medicine. The camera makes it possible to simulate real-life lessons, from placing a patient in the machine to projecting images and reading scans. These are all hands-on techniques Lauren Shanbrun MS, CNMT, RT(N)(CT), Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging and Program Coordinator of Nuclear Medicine Technology at Regis, teaches her class. The students work in groups to practice these skills on their own and videotape the techniques using their iPads. They then use the air server to project their video onto the large screen monitor for the whole class to review and critique. Professor Shanbrun also uses the gamma camera for mock scans of students.
“The gamma camera provides great interactive teaching,” said Shanbrun. “My classes are enhanced by real-life learning, and the students are able to feel more confident when going into a real situation doing clinical practice.”
Northeast’s Shaw and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs David Gilmore, who also directs the Regis imaging programs, previously worked together in nuclear medicine settings. “When David moved to Regis, I realized the potential to help Regis students and continue to strengthen the relationship that Northeast Electronics had with many of the clinical sites affiliated with Regis College,” said Shaw.
Gilmore’s Medical Imaging program is has attracted widespread interest, with 30 students having declared a major in Medical Imaging with a concentration in Nuclear Medicine.
“So far, all of our graduates have employment in Nuclear Medicine and we have achieved 100% first time pass rate on the national certification exams,” said Gilmore.
The program has further expanded with agreements with other institutions including Bluefield State College in West Virginia. As of this past September, BSC Radiography Tech students interested in licensure in nuclear medicine will get their Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in Nuclear Medicine at BSC and attend Regis in Weston for two semesters. The clinical rotation sites include many of the academic hospitals in Boston including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Lahey Clinic, and many community hospitals.
The ceremony on September 19 included an information session on Nuclear Medicine Technology featuring four students who made presentations this summer at the international Nuclear Medicine Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Two of these Regis students won three of the five allotted national student awards.