Growing demand for radiologic technologists reflected in 2 educational endeavors

Last week a staffing survey showed radiology techs topping providers’ lists of the most coveted allied health professionals.

As if on cue, this week two developments suggest growth lies ahead in the incubation zone that is the field of tech training and education.

On Oct. 25, 100-site Solis Mammography announced it’s offering $3,500 per year over two-year terms for fulltime technologist students who want to specialize in breast imaging.

The new scholarship is indeed intended to help address shorthanded staffing in facilities that employ mammography technologists, Solis says in announcing the move.

The mammography tech shortfall was 5.6% as of 2019 and has likely risen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the practice points out.

“The Solis Scholarship Fund will help meet the need for exceptional mammography technologists, improving access to screening and diagnostic services in the communities we serve across the United States,” Grant Davies, Solis CEO says in the announcement. “As [an] industry leader in breast health, we’re dedicated to developing the next generation of highly skilled and compassionate mammographers to bolster our mission of saving lives through early cancer detection.”

Click here for the announcement and here to learn about and apply for the scholarship.

Also on Oct. 25, Wisconsin-based Edcetera, a private equity-backed supplier of career-long educational services for professionals in various industries, announced it had acquired NYC-based Pulse Radiology.

The latter has as its mission helping radiologic technologists remotely prepare for, and stay current with, clinical, educational and licensure requirements.  

Pulse Radiology was founded six years ago, according to the announcement. Its originator is a radiology tech who related to difficulties colleagues were running up against when trying to fit continuing education hours into busy schedules.

The company uses self-paced online courses and pairs each tech-in-training with one of more than 1,100 imaging centers and hospitals for local instruction.

It also specializes in preparing techs to attain advanced certification with ARRT, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Commenting on the acquisition, Edcetera CEO Nader Qaimari says the Pulse team will become part of Edcetera and collaborate to “both expand educational offerings for radiologic technologists and extend the Pulse Radiology model to solve similar challenges in other healthcare fields.”

Neil Huber, Pulse Radiology’s founder and CEO, adds that the company’s founding and continuing goal is “to provide comprehensive MRI, CT and mammography education that is of the highest quality while delivering the utmost in convenience.”

Full announcement here.

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