Lacey Berry, Diagnostic Imaging: MRI Class of 2015
In a real-life Grey’s Anatomy moment, Lacey Berry stood in a hospital emergency room while a motorcycle accident victim was wheeled in with a dismembered limb. While others might shrink from the gore involved with trauma, the native Houstonian finds it exciting. As she rotates through various hospitals, it’s not unusual to find her working with a C-arm in a fast-paced trauma surgical suite one day, and taking X-rays the next.
“We get to go to different hospitals in the Medical Center—that in itself is amazing,” says the 26-year-old of the diagnostic imaging program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions.
In addition to MD Anderson, students complete clinical rotations at several hospitals, including Houston Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, DeBakey VA Medical Center, Memorial Hermann and Texas Children’s Hospital, among others. She’ll have two years of clinical experience to highlight on her resume, which will be vital when she starts her job search after graduating in August 2015.
The bachelor’s degree programs in diagnostic imaging consist of one to three years of study in subjects like anatomy and physiology, research, and physics. Students can choose from one of six specialties: computed tomography, computed tomography with interventional radiology, education, management, or MRI. Lacey selected MRI because she loves anatomy and she has the ability to help patients in a way that doesn’t involve ionizing radiation.
MRI technologists prepare patients for their exams, operate the MRI scanner, and most importantly, ensure patient safety by checking for contraindicators (such as pacemakers), prior to performing the scan.
“It involves a lot of physics and you have to be really computer savvy,” says Lacey.
Even outside of the classroom, the newlywed is heavily involved in activities that support the school. She’s a member of the Lambda Nu honor society and was selected by her peers to represent the program on the Student Congress, a group that works closely with the Dean on fundraisers and student-related matters. She jokes with prospective students that they’ll sometimes have the tough choice of sleeping or having a social life, while trying to maintain good grades.
“It’s very time consuming and it’s demanding, but it’s completely worth it.”