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A closer look inside Misawa’s radiology flight

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen William Gathers III, left, and Shirell Montague, right, both 35th Surgical Operations Squadron radiology technologists, have a laugh at work improving flight morale while inspecting a skeleton model at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Medical professionals use human skeletons as learning tools aiding in training by expanding Airmen’s knowledge and skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen William Gathers III, left, and Shirell Montague, right, both 35th Surgical Operations Squadron radiology technologists, have a laugh at work while inspecting a skeleton model at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Medical professionals use human skeletons as learning tools to aid in training by expanding Airmen’s knowledge and skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nance Pea, the 35th Surgical Operations Squadron ultrasound NCO in charge, performs an ultrasound on Annalisa McCormick, spouse of Airman 1st Class Kristopher McCormick, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment journeyman, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. This procedure uses sound waves to show pictures of a baby in the womb, allowing health care providers to monitor a baby’s health and development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nance Pea, the 35th Surgical Operations Squadron ultrasound NCO in charge, performs an ultrasound on Annalisa McCormick, spouse of Airman 1st Class Kristopher McCormick, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment journeyman, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. This procedure uses sound waves to show pictures of a baby in the womb, allowing health care providers to monitor a baby’s health and development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nance Pea, the 35th Surgical Operations Squadron ultrasound NCO in charge, smiles while interacting with a patient at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Radiology technologists use diagnostic imaging, x-ray examinations, magnetic resonance imaging scans and computed tomography scans to care for patients and provide doctors with vital images that detect potential medical concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nance Pea, the 35th Surgical Operations Squadron ultrasound NCO in charge, smiles while interacting with a patient at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Radiology technologists use diagnostic imaging, x-ray examinations, magnetic resonance imaging scans and computed tomography scans to care for patients and provide doctors with vital images that detect potential medical concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Annalisa McCormick, spouse of Airman 1st Class Kristopher McCormick, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment journeyman, takes a photo of her baby during an ultra sound appointment at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. An ultrasound, also called a sonogram, monitors fetal development and screens for any potential medical concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Annalisa McCormick, spouse of Airman 1st Class Kristopher McCormick, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment journeyman, takes a photo of her baby during an ultra sound appointment at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. An ultrasound, also called a sonogram, monitors fetal development and screens for any potential medical concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

A Sony digital graphic printer prints ultrasound photos while U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nance Pea, the 35th Surgical Operations Squadron ultrasound NCO in charge, conducts an ultrasound at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Patients receive photos after the exam so they can take photos home and share with their loved ones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

A digital graphic printer prints ultrasound photos while U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nance Pea, the 35th Surgical Operations Squadron ultrasound NCO in charge, conducts an ultrasound at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Patients receive photos after the exam so they can take photos home and share them with their loved ones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman William Gathers III, a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron radiology technologist, prepares for a contrast enhance computed tomography examination at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Radiology technologists use special dye to find pathologies and the location of diseases within the body. The process enhances the contrast between lesions and the normal surrounding structures improving the clarity and visibility of abnormalities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman William Gathers III, a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron radiology technologist, prepares for a contrast enhanced computed tomography examination at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Radiology technologists use special dye to find pathologies and the location of diseases within the body. The process enhances the contrast between lesions and the normal surrounding structures, improving the clarity and visibility of abnormalities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darae Aguilar, a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron diagnostic imaging technician, positions an x-ray tube to take an image of a patient’s foot at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. An x-ray tube is a vacuum tube that converts electrical input power into x-rays creating pictures and images of a human body’s insides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darae Aguilar, a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron diagnostic imaging technician, positions an x-ray tube to take an image of a patient’s foot at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. An x-ray tube is a vacuum tube that converts electrical input power into x-rays, creating pictures and images of a human body’s insides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Shirell Montague, left, a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron radiology technologist, and Senior Airman Darae Aguilar, a 35th SGC diagnostic imaging technician, pose with the radiologist mascot, “Maj. Gen. Alejandro,” at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Team Misawa members can pose with the mascot for comedy aiding in unit morale and readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Shirell Montague, left, a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron radiology technologist, and Senior Airman Darae Aguilar, a 35th SGC diagnostic imaging technician, pose with the radiologist mascot, “Maj. Gen. Alejandro,” at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 10, 2019. Given that radiology Airmen perform x-rays on human skeleton structures during daily operations, the "general" is a natural mascot selection for the team. The mascot serves as a method to lighten the atmosphere for patients and aids in unit morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

A board-certified radiologist and several specialty-trained technologists perform standard and portable x-rays, fluoroscopy, digital mammography, ultrasounds and computer tomography exams in the 35th Surgical Operations Squadron radiology flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

 

The flight cultivates readiness by consistently improving their techniques and skill sets, providing Team Misawa members with the best patient care.