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Medical Imaging Technicians

Health Science

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Work Environment

Medical imaging technicians work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations they may work in mobile field hospitals. They follow strict safety procedures to minimize exposure to radiation.

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  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $30,249 - $362,582


Medical imaging technicians are primarily responsible for operating the equipment used in collecting, diagnosing, and treating medical conditions. They specialize in collection techniques of different types of medical imagery such as sonography, medical resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray, and nuclear medicine.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Medical imaging technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study including practice with medical imaging equipment and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Operation of diagnostic imaging equipment
  • Radioactive isotope therapy
  • Image processing
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Patient care in radiology
  • Medical ethics and law
  • Principles of radiation protection
  • Field radiography

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to follow strict standards and procedures
  • Interest in activities requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Interest in helping others
  • Interest in working in a medical environment

Related Civilian Careers

  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical and Health Services Managers