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 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.
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. 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. 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. Part of the time you will spend studying in the Field, and part of the time you will spend in the classroom. 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. 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. 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.
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This is almost a year of intense training where you will study and learn with radiological equipment. 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.
Mark Drake says
I went to Viet Nam as a Medic 91B20 and assigned to 15th Med 1stCav. Shortly after arriving I was asked if I would like to cross train as an X-ray Tech. I jumped at the chance and replaced the Tech that left about six weeks later. A few months later I worked with a Radiologist and two techs in X-ray at 45th Surgical for two weeks. I requested an award MOS as 91P and was granted the secondary of MOS 91P20. After returning from Nam I went to a civilian X-ray School in 1971. I took the first California CRT exam that year and became the first California Certified Radiological Technologist to attend the School and in 72 also passed the RT. Exam. I spent 27 years in the field from Tech to Director of Radiology in two facilities. This is a great path to follow in the military and civilian practice.
Lonnie napier says
X-ray school ft Sam mar 1966 private school Dayton Ohio 1971-1972 loved the field