‘Cardinal Tech’ Eliminates Barriers for Ultrasound Students!

20170817_103002 (003)In pursuit of a cardiac ultrasound training program that eliminates barriers for students, Marianne Burrell-Moore spent three years developing a first-of-its kind program called Cardiac Tech – Institute for Allied Health. Marianne took her idea to Jennifer White, owner of Advanced Imaging in Indianapolis, and together these entrepreneurs developed Cardinal Tech that is the only one in Indiana using this technology. Based at the Purdue Technology Center, her breakthrough uses radically new technology found through research that gives students exposure to simulated cases showing actual hearts to better prepare them to assist physicians. The training program allows students to train anytime and anywhere by converting their laptop computer into their own personal training program, said nominator William Barnes. It uses a technology breakthrough developed by Dr. Katz in California, to eliminate longstanding barriers to ultrasound education by providing integrated hands-on instruction with assessment. Her research led her to Dr. Katz’s USB-powered probe used in simulation.  This nine month program, with three months of externship, stands in contrast with more expensive traditional programs that take two to four years. When Cardinal was accredited as “an advanced skilled trade school” for hospitals in Indiana, it won rave reviews for being “one of the best programs seen.” Marianne added, “Sonographers are the eyes of physicians, and so we want our graduates to excel.”

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