Student seeks career as x-ray tech
By Chloe Gregg
Regardless of how you feel about getting an x-ray, you will likely have to experience it at least once during your lifetime – if not another imaging test. But they are not scary, and there are radiology techs to help walk you through it.
From a young age, Ashley Miller, 20, has wanted to pursue the field of radiology. Miller’s first and only experience with getting an x-ray ended in her discovering her dream job after she broke her finger when she was 10.
Radiology is a type of science field that deals with x-rays and other high-energy radiation, but Miller said she is focused specifically on becoming an x-ray technician. A technician is the person who conducts the exams or tests for radiologists.
“I’ve always enjoyed the medical field, but not with all the blood and guts,” Miller explained. “So I thought radiology would be a perfect fit. Plus, I know many others who are radiology techs of some sort, and they’ve always enjoyed their work.”
Although Miller has not been officially accepted into LCC’s radiology program yet, she is working hard to reach that goal. She job-shadows with a family friend who is a CT tech, all while paying for bills herself and going to her actual job.
“What interests me most about the field are all the different kinds of things you can see and experience as an x-ray tech,” Miller said. “You meet all different kinds of people from all walks of life, as well as various different problems.”
Miller’s roommate and good friend, Emma Foster, said she is thrilled to see her friend happy and exploring her dream field.
“She’s probably one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” Foster said. “She’s been through a lot in her life, but she’s always pushed through with her head held high. I’m genuinely proud of her.”