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Digital X-ray Equipment Purchased for Radiologic Science Technology Program

NEWARK, Ohio, October 24, 2016 – Students in the radiologic science technology program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) are training in the classroom using the latest technology to make them better prepared as they head out into the workforce. The college recently purchased a digital x-ray room with a non-tethered detector from Commonwealth X-ray Inc. in Cincinnati for approximately $66,700.

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"This purchase demonstrates the colleges' long term commitment to the students and faculty of the radiologic sciences program," said Program Director Ken Ollish. "This state-of-the-art digital equipment will allow the students to perform experiments in the safety of our lab to better understand and master the concepts that are required to produce high-quality radiographic images for excellent patient care."

Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging, where digital x-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer our students the opportunity to work with such high-level equipment in the classroom," said Ollish. "Students graduating from our program will be ready for their jobs on day one." 

The radiologic science technology program at COTC combines extensive classroom, laboratory and clinical learning situations to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely practice radiology. It is a two-year, five-semester program that begins in the autumn semester of each year.  During the last semester, the student focuses on an additional area of radiology, selecting from CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or interventional/surgical radiology.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m.; or Monday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at COTC's Newark campus. To register or see additional dates, visit cotc.edu/RadTech​. Applications for the cohort beginning autumn semester 2017 are due on May 15.

Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science Technology. The program adheres to national educational standards demonstrating commitment to academic excellence, health care quality and patient and professional safety. COTC's program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and Department of Health, State of Ohio Radiologic Technology Division.  

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.