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MRI Technologist Among First in Nation to Earn Certification

Bart Pierce, lead MRI Technologist at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, is among the first Magnetic Resonance Safety Officers certified by the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety.

The certification demonstrates sound oversight of the physical and operational safety of MRI equipment and processes.

“I am proud to be one of the few MRI technologists in the country to earn this certification,” Pierce said, pointing out that only about 100 people have earned the certification so far.

MRI is a noninvasive diagnostic procedure used in medical imaging to show inside living tissue.
Pierce is a leader in MRI safety. He teaches MRI physics as an adjunct professor at Portland Community College, and was involved in writing the certification exam for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. 

He  began his career in imaging at Albany General Hospital, where he graduated from the School of Radiography in 1986. He first performed CT scans, a method of making multiple X-ray images of the body using a computer to construct cross-sectional views, and has performed MRI scans since the testing became available in Corvallis in 1988. Pierce has worked in the Radiology Department at Good Samaritan since 1994.

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