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Ogeechee Tech PACS Student
One of Few to be Certified

Brent Croft of Claxton is a 2006 graduate of Ogeechee Technical College’s Radiologic Technology program.  Although currently employed at Evans Memorial Hospital in the Radiology Department, Croft returned to Ogeechee Tech to receive training in the College’s Radiology PACS program.  PACS stands for Picture Archiving and Communication System.  Simply put, PACS training allows for the storage and transmission of radiographs (commonly known as x-rays) via computer. Medical facilities can now store patient radiologic records digitally, rather than keeping actual films as was once the common practice.  PACS also allows the transmission of images so that a radiologist, a medical doctor who has specialized training with x-rays and related applications, may study images from a distant location to make diagnoses without being where the patient is physically located. 
Brent Croft
Brent Croft

The training the Radiology PACS program provides at OTC combines the medical aspects of Radiologic Technology with key computer related learning components, essentially marrying medical and computer training.

Croft was recently notified of successfully completing the certification requirements in Imaging Informatics.  The American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII), affiliated with the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, confirmed that Croft is now a Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP), a designation which is held by fewer than 500 people in the world.

Julie Hammons, ABII Program Manager, stated, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Imaging Informatics, the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, we extend our congratulations to Brent Croft for his successful participation in the March 2010 Imaging Informatics Professional Examination.”  Matt Dunn, a Radiologic Technology instructor at Ogeechee Tech, commended Croft for his accomplishment.  “It is admirable that Brent has come back to school to further his education, but to challenge this certification exam and pass on the first try is great,” stated Dunn.  “With less than 500 people in the world with the CIIP designation, he is certainly a part of an exclusive group.” 

Croft is already putting his new training to work at Evans Memorial.  “My Imaging Informatics training is already helping me on the job.  I was sort of nervous about the test, but I am really happy to have passed it,” said Croft. Radiology PACS is one of several Imaging Science programs at Ogeechee Tech, and part of an even larger number of Health Science programs.

Contact: Barry Turner
Executive Director for Public Relations
Phone: (912) 688-6958
Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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