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X-ray Technicians

Health Science

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Work Environment

X-ray 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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X-ray technicians utilize medical radiology equipment and assist radiologists in performing radiographic procedures including mammographic examinations, fluoroscopic examinations, vascular procedures, and computerized axial tomographic examinations (CAT scans), to name a few. They also help administer medical dyes, accurately target body structures for imaging, and work with healthcare professionals to deliver therapy to wounded or sick members of the Military.

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. X-ray technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study 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
  • Listening and communication skills

Related Civilian Careers

  • Medical Assistants