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Radiology team places first at state competition

By JR Ortega
March 26, 2010 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 25, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.

From left, radiology team Heather Welfl, Katie Cihal, Cody Jurek, Misty Salas and Nicolle Brown placed first at the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists' annual meeting early this week.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Citizens Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology program has trained radiologic technologists since early 1960. The 24-month, certificate-based program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and adheres to the requirements of the Texas Department of Health.

Misty Salas is happy to know hard work really does pay off.

Salas and her team of four placed first for their scientific display at the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists' annual meeting earlier this week. The group attends the Citizens Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology.

"Doing the research was real interesting," Salas said. "We worked hard as a team to put it all together."

The five second-year students competed against 27 other teams. They presented a display of several 20th century items - such as foods and household items - to see how much radiation each emits.

The project required about three months of research, Salas said.

A Geiger counter, or radiation meter, showed how much radiation people were exposed to on a daily basis.

For six years, the school's team placed first each year with the exception of 2009, said Stephen Cooper, program director. In 2009, the team placed third.

"They did a fantastic job as an independent student project," Cooper said. "They put in a lot of extra effort and they came up with a really good idea."

Salas learned about the school through Victoria College, she said.

"I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field," she said.

Salas wants to become a radiology technician.

The team included Salas, Katie Cihal, Cody Jurek, Heather Welfl and Nicolle Brown.

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