Serving in the specialty of Radiology and Xray in the Army is a challenging but enjoyable career path. It is a health care job that allows you to come into contact with a great number of different people. You are a health care professional that assists doctors in detecting injuries, breaks, tears or bone and tissue damage, as well as a number of illnesses. You are an important member of the Army health care team, and you use radiologic technology and X Ray equipment to help uncover and diagnose diseases and injuries. The specialist in Xray technology and Radiology is responsible primarily for operating portable and fixed radiology equipment, as well as overseeing and supervising a number of activities in the Radiological field.
The Specialists in Radiology and X Ray have many different types of duties, and these duties include escorting and transporting patients to and from radiology areas, preparing adjusting and assembling materials, instruments and Xray equipment, interpreting, reading and examining physician orders and radiographic requests, examining with radiographic examination techniques the lower and upper extremities, skull, trunk, and vertebral column. As a radiological operator you will be responsible for developing radiographic film, both in automatic processing and modern digital equipment. You will apply electric, mechanical and radiation protective measures, maintain daily log books and ledgers, as well as routing patients in various administrative areas, and being responsible for dissembling and assembling shelters and radiological equipment.
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When you want to receive training to become an Army Radiology and Xray Career specialist you have to start with Basic Combat Training, for nine weeks learning how to become an enlisted Army person. After your initial boot camp experience you will attend individual advance training for 46 weeks. This is almost a year of intense training where you will study and learn with radiological equipment. Part of the time you will spend studying in the Field, and part of the time you will spend in the classroom.
You will practice and learn about radiology, introduction to medical ethics, medical terminology, principals of radiographic exposure, Introduction to pathology, Clinical Education, Radiation Physics, Principals of Radiation, and Introduction of Quality Assurance. If you enjoy working with people, and are good with detailed work, you may be well suited for this job. You will work dealing with body section, prenatal, pediatric, and elderly clients, and assist patients in many different areas.