Airman 1st Class Jamil Harrell: I had always had an interest in anatomy and physics, and I always wanted to help people, but I didn't know how I could put them all together, and then as soon as I ended up in the diagnostic imaging course, I realized it was exactly what I wanted to do.
Lynnette Biglane: We teach the students how to take X-rays, but just learning how to take X-rays is not the only thing they have to learn.
Airman 1st Class Jada Forney: I'm Airman 1st Class Jada Forney, I'm from Sacramento, Calif.
Airman 1st Class Jamil Harrell: I'm Airman 1st Class Jamil Harrell. I'm from San Antonio, Texas, and I am a diagnostic imaging student.
Corey Johnson: You're always going to be dealing with anatomy and physiology. We need to know the physics side, and you understand the techniques and how you can acquire a good quality X-ray from a small patient versus a larger patient, it goes all into the physics.
Lynnette Biglane: Not only just you know the bones of the body, but we also learn and X-ray the soft tissue structures. We learn about the brain and X-ray the brain, the spinal cord. So we're able to do every bit of anatomy that's in the body.
Airman 1st Class Jada Forney: They want us to get training in every aspect of our career field, whether that's just shooting regular routines, going to surgery, doing portables, which is like going up to a different floor to do a chest X-ray on a patient that can't come down to our floor, we get to do all that.
Lynnette Biglane: They don't know from one minute to the next what type of X-ray they may be confronted with.
Airman 1st Class Jada Forney: I was thrown in a surgery the second week I came here as being a student. It's just — it's an unreal experience because you're working right alongside the doctor, and they want everything, like, stat.
Airman 1st Class Jamil Harrell: We do roughly about six hours of X-rays a day. That's about the time that we spend actually hands-on shooting, and then two hours of class time.
Corey Johnson: So it's being reinforced with the teaching, but the hands-on is really important because that's when they're interacting with the patients.
Lynnette Biglane: Once you get your X-ray training completed, then you can advance into what we call the special modality areas.
Airman 1st Class Jada Forney: I'm thinking about either mammography or ultrasound.
Airman 1st Class Jamil Harrell: It doesn't just feel like a job. And it doesn't just feel like school. It feels like I'm doing something more, and I'm doing it with other people who are struggling the same way I am, you know, the students who are just trying to say, you know, I feel like I don't know enough. And people are trying to tell us, you know more than you think. Just keep pushing yourself.