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Radiography Student Looks Forward to Long Career

Brandi Melvin(March 27, 2014) As a student Imaging Technologist for FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Brandi Melvin tells us that radiography is a very rewarding profession. “I enjoy being able to spend my days helping injured or sick people,” she confessed. Brandi will graduate from Stanly Community College (SCC) in May with her Associate in Applied Science Radiography degree. “I look forward to starting my long career as a radiographer.”

Brandi’s interest was stirred after reading about it in the SCC magazine. Plus, her family members encouraged her to look into this career choice. “SCC is very affordable and conveniently located near my home. Additionally, the small class sizes were appealing to me, along with the close relationships I have with my instructors,” added Brandi.

Currently working at Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Troy, Brandi noted, “I really enjoy being able to help people, as well as enabling doctors to make adequate diagnoses based on the images I have created. I also enjoy the challenge and creative thinking required for radiography.”

The Economic Strategic Assessment for the Greater Charlotte Region predicts that medical occupations will have the most significant growth in our region over the next five years, both in terms of percentage growth (3.2% per year) and new jobs (3,400 jobs per year).

The Radiography curriculum prepares the graduate to be a radiographer, a skilled health care professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body.

Course work includes clinical rotations to area health care facilities, radiographic exposure, image processing, radiographic procedures, physics, pathology, patient care and management, radiation protection, quality assurance, anatomy and physiology, and radiobiology. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national examination for certification and registration as medical radiographers. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, medical laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Barbee, Program Head/Instructor, Radiography, at (704) 991-0162.

Brandi Melvin 

Brandi Melvin (right) listens as SCC Radiography Program Head Tiffany Barbee explains how to analyze various radiographic images.