Hometown:Cleveland
Age:23
High School:Cleveland High School
Training:Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead
Degree:Associate degree in Radiology
Employer:Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland and North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville
Title:X-ray Technician

X-Ray Technician

ALONZO BROOKS

Originally, Alonzo Brooks had plans to become a nurse, but he quickly realized that wasn’t the path for him. Instead, he was introduced to the radiology department at Mississippi Delta Community College and fell in love.

On any given day, Alonzo performs dozens of X-rays and CTE scans on patients. “The radiology department plays a huge role in helping the ordering physicians see what’s happening on the inside and diagnose patients properly. I get the chance to help a very diverse group of people and that alone gives me the drive to get up in the morning with a smile on my face, knowing that I can be the difference-maker in bettering a patient’s health.”

One of the best things about his health care career choice is now that he’s gotten his foot in the door, he can go on to become a CT Technician, MRI Technician, Ultrasound Technician or Nuclear Medicine Technician. “The opportunities are endless,” Alonzo says.

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WHAT DOES AN X-RAY TECHNICIAN DO?


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X-ray Technicians, (also known as Radiologic Technicians), perform diagnostic imaging examinations such as X-rays on patients. MRI Technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.

Responsibilities:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment.
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image.
  • Prepare patients for procedures.
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged.
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image.
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images.