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Overview: While skeletal x-rays remain the first radiological procedure usually performed on a patient, CT Scans, MRIs, ultrasounds and other modern diagnostic imaging procedures can now produce a non-invasive, three dimensional image of nearly any soft tissue body structure. Diagnostic Radiologists interpret the test results produced by these remarkable instruments and also perform various specialty procedures.
- Instruct radiologic personnel in desired techniques, positions and projections
- Interpret images and confer with medical and dental officers regarding diagnoses
- Perform special procedures including, fluoroscopy, tomography, angiography and nuclear imaging
- Establish and enforce standards for protection of patients and personnel
For entry into this specialty:
- Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree from an approved school of medicine or osteopathy
- Current enrollment in a radiology residency program acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF.
- For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT). This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.