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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Anacoco student at NSU creates book to ease fears about x-rays

  • A Northwestern State University student who plans to become a radiologic technologist created a coloring book for children that might help ease their fears about getting an X-ray.
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  • A Northwestern State University student who plans to become a radiologic technologist created a coloring book for children that might help ease their fears about getting an X-ray. Holly Lane of Anacoco created "Oliver Gets an X-ray," a coloring book for youngsters intended to help them understand that X-rays don't hurt. Lane completed the project as part of the requirements to receive honors credits for courses in radiologic sciences.
    "I came up with the idea because my classmates and I are required to provide some type of community service," Lane said. "Most chose to either help at a nursing home or some type of baby sitting service, but I really enjoy drawing and thought that it would be fun if I could put together a little coloring book. My classmates Laken Baggs, Leanna Borton and Jennifer Wells and I have taken it to a couple of schools, read to the kids and colored with them. The children's feedback was so awesome. They were really excited and very curious about the book, which made me feel really good, just to know that all the work I put into it was really appreciated by the kids."
    "Community service is an important and required part of who we are as a program and a profession," said Kendal DeLacerda, assistant professor of radiologic sciences at NSU's Cenla Campus where Lane attends classes. "Starting as a mandatory requirement, the program hopes students will carry this instilled feeling of community involvement forward and beyond the program.
    After becoming a licensed radiologic technologist, Lane hopes to specialize in other areas of medical imaging such as MRI and CT modalities. Her artistic ability has helpful in the classroom, DeLacerda said.
    "Anytime a drawing was necessary for physics and positioning classes, she would already be at the dry erase board ready to draw," he said. "I was completed intrigued by this raw talent and great imagination."
    Judy Rachal, director of University Printing, and her staff printed the book at Northwestern State's Print Shop. After the success of the "Coloring with Kids" program, DeLacerda said several area hospitals are considering using the book as a surprise for children who visit their facilities for imaging.
    Delacerda presented a copy to NSU President Randall J. Webb, who was delighted with the book.

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