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Radiology Specialist (91P)

Medical and Emergency Army MOS Information
  • Enlisted
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve

Radiology (the use of X rays) is just one of the many health care services provided to Army personnel. X rays help doctors detect injuries and illnesses. As integral members of the radiology team, the radiologic technologists operate X ray and related equipment used in diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases.

The Radiology Specialist is primarily responsible for operating fixed and portable radiology equipment, as well as supervising radiology activities. Some of your duties as a Radiology Specialist may include:

  • Reading and interpreting radiographic requests and physician's orders
  • Transporting and escorting patients within the radiology area
  • Preparing, assembling and adjusting instruments, materials and equipment
  • Performing radiographic examination of the upper and lower extremities, vertebral column, trunk and skull
  • Developing radiographic film using automatic processing and digital equipment
  • Applying radiation, electrical and mechanical protective measures
  • Maintaining daily ledger and performing routing patient administration
  • Inspecting and performing operator maintenance on radiology equipment
  • Assembling and dissembling radiology equipment and shelters

Training:

Job training for a Radiology Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 46 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice with radiological equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you'll learn are: Patient Care in Radiology, Introduction to Radiology, Medical Ethics and Law, Medical Terminology, Human Structure and Function, Principles of Radiographic Exposure, Imaging Equipment, Radiographic Film Processing, Radiographic Procedures, Evaluation of Radiographs, Radiation Physics, Principles of Radiation Protection, Principles of Radiation Biology, Radiographic Pathology, Introduction to Quality Assurance, Introduction to Computer Literacy, Field Radiography, Radiographic Procedures Laboratory and Clinical Education.

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • An interest in algebra, biology and other sciences
  • An interest in activities requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • An ability to follow strict standards and procedures
  • An interest in helping others

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Radiology Specialists supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Radiology Specialist, you may be involved in:

  • Distributing radiographic reports
  • Assigns duties and instructs personnel in technical procedures
  • Performing body section, prenatal and pediatric radiographic procedures
  • Assisting with special radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures
  • Assist in personnel matters, supply economy procedures, and fiscal matters
  • Counseling radiographic personnel and preparing evaluation reports