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Medical Imaging Class of 2013
MI Class of 2012

All 23 members of the Misericordia University classes of December 2012 and May 2013 medical imaging class recently passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography.

Two members of the December 2012 graduating class also achieved several significant accomplishments, as Jeffrey Williams of Thompson, Pa., and Kaitlyn Lane of Nanticoke, Pa., scored in the 99th and 98th percentile on the certification examination which means only 1 and 2 percent of ARRT test-takers nationwide scored higher than the Misericordia graduates.


Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologist Conference
April 19-20, 2013

The 6th Annual P.S.R.T. Conference, Seven Springs, PA: 4/19-4/20/13 seven students attended. We had 4 individual posters submitted in the advanced category. Junior, Molly McFadden placed 1st in the advanced category with her poster entitled: Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease with CT Angiography. Junior, Becca DeLong placed 2nd with her poster entitled: Cardiac Amyloidosis.


Student Awards/Activities for Graduation:
MI Student Research Presentations
  • Senior Recognition Luncheon held May 2, 2013, with Student Standout award to Jeff Williams as voted by peers. Also recognized 7 seniors inducted to Lambda Nu, National Honor Society in MI.
  • Jeffrey Williams (Dec. 2012) received the Mallinckrodt Award as a December graduate, and Nicholas Swab and Rebecca Knick (May 2013) received this award as May graduates. Both were presented at the University Sr. Awards ceremony held May 17, 2013.
  • Jeff Williams received the Jane DeMaio Clinical Excellence Award May 17, 2013.

Medical Imaging
Student Research Presentations
May 2, 2013

MI Student Research Presentations

Title: Hemostatic Methods
Student Researcher: Christopher Arakas
Faculty Advisor: Paula Pate-Schloder M.S., R.T. (R)(CV)(CT)(VI)
Internship Mentor: David Budzak,B.S. R.T. (R)
Internship Facility: Wilkes Barre General Hospital, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: Tracking Cancer: Clypso GPS System
Student Researcher: Patrick Aulisio
Faculty Advisor: Gina Capitano, M.S., R.T. (R)
Internship Mentor: Jina Kohl, B.S., R.T. (R)
Internship Facility: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: Treatment of Prostate Cancer Using Brachytherapy
Student Researcher: Kayla Copertino
Faculty Advisor: Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T. (R)(QM)
Internship Mentor: Melanie Currier, B.S.R.T. (R)(T)
Internship Facility: Northeast Radiation Oncology Center, Dunmore, PA

Title: Intravascular Ultrasound
Student Researcher: Maria Conte
Faculty Advisor: Paula Pate-Schloder, M.S., R.T. (R)(CV)(CT)(VI)
Internship Mentor: Linda Kubelus, B.S., RT, (R)(CI)
Internship Facility: Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA

Title: Diagnosing Cervical Cancer
Student Researcher: Rhian Dayailus
Faculty Advisor: Lynn Blazaskie, B.S., R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Aubrey Verdekal, RT (R), RDMS, RVT
Internship Facility: Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Forty Fort, PA

Title: Diagnosing Carotid Stenosis Through MRA
Student Researcher: Jamie L. Dougherty
Faculty Advisor: Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T. (R)(QM)
Internship Mentor: Mark Johndrow, M.S., R.T. (R)(CT)(MR)
Internship Facility: Regional Hospital, Scranton, PA

Title: Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease
Student Researcher: Frank Genovesi
Faculty Advisor: Lynn Blazaskie, B.S., R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Joseph Lapinski, R.T.(R)(CT)
Internship Facility: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: CT Guided Biopsy
Student Researcher: Justine Grillo
Faculty Advisor: Paula Pate-Schloder, M.S., R.T.(R)(CV)(CT)(VI)
Internship Mentor: Linda Fletcher,R.T. (R)
Internship Facility: VA Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: Broken Heart Syndrome
Student Researcher: Ashley Hale
Faculty Advisor: Paula Pate-Schloder, M.S., R.T.(R)(CV)(CT)(VI)
Internship Mentor: Mark Mileski, R.T.(R)
Internship Facility: Regional Hospital, Scranton, PA

Title: Fractional Flow Reserve
Student Researcher: Gabrielle Joseph
Faculty Advisor: Palua Pate-Schloder, M.S., R.T.(R)(CV)(CT)(VI)
Internship Mentor: Linda Kubelus,B.S., R.T.(R)(CI)
Internship Facility: Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA

Title: Intraoperative MRI (iMRI) in Glioma resections
Student Researcher: Shelby Klaben
Faculty Advisor: Gina Capitano, M.S., R.T. (R)
Internship Mentor: Joan Ewins, B.S.R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)
Internship Facility: Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA

Title: SAVI: Breast Cancer Treatment
Student Researcher: Rebecca Knick
Faculty Advisor: Gina Capitano,M.S., R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Leanne Schirra, MHA, R.T.(R)(T)(BD); Amanda Sereyka, B.S. R.T.(R)(T)
Internship Facility: Pocono Medical Center-Hughes Cancer Center Stroudsburg, PA

Title: Diagnosing Chiari Malformation
Student Researcher: Kaitlyn Lane
Faculty Advisor: Lynn Blazaskie, B.S.R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Neil Kosak, B.S.R.T.(R)(MR)
Internship facility: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: Intraoperative MRI System (IMRIS)
Student Researcher: Roxanne Mahle
Faculty Advisor: Gina Capitano, M.S. R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Andrea Sekelsky, B.S. R.T.(R)(MR)
Internship Facility: Wilkes Barre General Hospital, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: Renal Denervation to Treat Resistant Hypertension
Student Researcher: Jessica J. Pugliese
Faculty Advisor: Elaine Halesey,Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM)
Internship Mentor: Richard Harvey, R.T.(R)RCIS
Internship Facility: Regional Hospital, Scranton, PA

Title: Computed Tomography: Diagnostic Tool to Detect Cerebrovascular Accidents
Student Researcher: Chad Seltzer
Faculty Advisor: Elaine Halesey, Ed.D.,R.T.(R)(QM)
Internship Mentor: Sharon Wood, M.A., R.T.(R)(M)(CT)
Internship Facility: Wilkes Barre General Hospital, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: Assessing Sports Related Concussions
Student Researcher: Nicolas Svab
Faculty Advisor: Lorie Zelna,M.S., R.T.(R)(MR)
Internship Mentor: Robert Galle, B.S.,R.T.(R)(MR)
Internship Facility: Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Fort Fort, PA

Title: Access Routes in Cardiac Catheterization
Student Researcher: Justin Thomas
Faculty Advisor: Lynn Blazaskie, B.S., R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Jim Bonczek,R.T.(R)(CV) RCIS
Internship Facility: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center - Pearsall Heart Hospital, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: Treating Esophageal Cancer
Student Researcher: Josh Victor
Faculty Advisor: Lynn Blazaskie B.S. R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Danielle Petroski, B.S. R.T.(R)(T)
Internship Facility: Radiation Medicine Specialists of NEPA, Forty Fort, PA

Title: Treating Chronic Total Occlusions
Student Researcher: Gabriela Vitorino
Faculty Advisor: Lynn Blazaskie, B.S., R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Jim Bonczek,R.T.(R)(CV) RCIS
Internship Facility: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center - Pearsall Heart Hospital, Wilkes Barre, PA

Title: MRI for Chemo Response in Breast Cancer Patients
Student Researcher: Angela Waardenburg
Faculty Advisor: Gina Capitano, M.S., R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Heather Pries,B.S.R.T.(R)(MR)
Internship Facility: Viewmont Imaging,Scranton, PA

Title: Aortic Dissection and CT
Student Researcher: Jeffrey Williams
Faculty Advisor: Elaine Halesey, Ed.D.,R.T.(R)(QM)
Internship Mentor: Christine Dippre, R.T.(R)(CT)
Internship Facility: Regional Hospital,Scranton,PA

Title: Cerebral Aneurysms
Student Researcher: Lindsey Young
Faculty Advisor: Gina Capitano, M.S., R.T.(R)
Internship Mentor: Daniel Munster, R.T.(R)
Internship Facility: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA


Annual Student Field Trip

In April 2013, junior and senior Medical Imaging students and faculty attended a field trip to the Mutter Medical Museum in Philadelphia, PA and attended a special lecture on "Body Modification".


11th Annual Radiography Student Day
November 1, 2012

Melissa Makos

Thirty Medical Imaging majors represented Misericordia on November 1st at the 11th annual Radiography Day sponsored by Penn State/Hershey. We had 26 participants in either the Technibowl or Poster Competition. Once again, MU students swept all three places in the poster competition. Juniors, Brittany McDonald, Kelli Harvey and Alyssa Goulstone placed first with their entry: Uterine Artery Embolization.  Juniors, Kevin Miller and Molly McFadden placed second with their poster: CT and Ultrasound Guided Cryotherapy of Breast Cancer Metastases.  Senior Roxanne Mahle placed third with her poster: Intra-Operative MRI.


On November 5, 2012 a pizza party was held to both celebrate National Radiologic Technology and unify the MI majors. Senior students spoke to underclassmen regarding their internship opportunities and experiences. Door prizes were drawn, and all students received a small gift from the department.