Centre for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
The Centre for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging offers students real-world x-ray, ultrasound and nuclear medicine technology experience in a clinical setting. Five labs and two classrooms provide students with hands-on training. These spaces represent the health care and clinical environment they will encounter during practicum placements and in their careers.
In 2007, SAIT invested in replacing one of our used x-ray systems with a DigitalDiagnost system from Philips Medical Systems. In addition, Agfa Canada donated a PACS system with three medical viewing workstations which allows our students and faculty to share, store and access lab images digitally.
In 2008, the Centre for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging at SAIT received $4.7 million in infrastructure upgrades, courtesy of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology to create a provincial diagnostic imaging network. We used the money to purchase three brand new digital x-ray systems, seven ultrasound machines, two SPECT/CT cameras, one SPECT gamma camera and ten Nuclear Medicine Technology/Computed Tomography workstations.
Thanks to these upgrades, SAIT students are better prepared for the workforce with training on modern equipment. SAIT also helped improve health care in Guatemala through the donation of two of our used ultrasound machines
Two ultrasound machines were taken to Guatemala in January 2010.
Diagnostic Imaging began at SAIT in 1975 with two faculty in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.
In December 1999, Alberta Learning and Alberta Health and Wellness initiated a process to expand education for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, shifting from hospital-based programs to education-based programs. In 2001, the portfolio grew to ten faculty and in 2003 the first cohort of Diagnostic Medical Sonography students to be trained in all modalities (general, vascular and echocardiology) graduated.
SAIT's Medical Radiologic Technology program began September 2003, as a result of recommendations from the Provincial Diagnostic Imaging Steering Committee to ensure a steady supply of graduates across the province.
The Centre for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging was also inaugurated in 2003 with the creation of new lab space and two dedicated classrooms. The labs were outfitted with gently used equipment, between 7-31 years old, donated or purchased from our clinical partners.
Today, our labs feature modern equipment and we are proud to have inter-provincial partnerships with both the Saskatchewan and Manitoba governments.
We have leading-edge faculty, who are committed to providing quality education in a practical, hands-on environment as well as by distance technologies across our distributed practicum sites.
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Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Medical Radiologic Technology
Nuclear Medicine Technology