Julie Irving, RT (R)(M)(CT), CPC

Through the years working as a radiologic technologist, and teaching in the field of radiography I have kept my eyes and ears open for stories of people that have done amazing things with their skill set.  I have been known to say “be a master of your craft, whatever that may be”.  I was very fortunate to be introduced to Julie Irving via the site Linked In and have been very inspired by her story.








What I found most inspirational about Julie is that she used her given talents and skill set to follow her dreams.  Julie’s outlook of the sky is the limit helped her become certified in mammography, and CT.  She then used her entrepreneurial instincts and started her own business staffing temporary as well as direct hire positions.  Julie founded XRAYZ  4U in 2000, and in 2001 moved her headquarters from Washington D.C. to the Northern neck of Virginia.

As we all know when you are truly passionate about something and find that one thing you are truly meant to do you are unstoppable!  The small company Julie started from her love for radiography grew into something amazing.  The services the company offered expanded to include cardiology and oncology and has exploded across the country.  In 2011 the company was renamed ClearDay Healthcare Staffing.

Julie’s love for people, as well as her profession is obvious from this portion of her company’s mission statement:

“Our success is determined by our ability to operate as a unified team. We recognize the need to earn the trust and respect of our clients and healthcare professionals every day, so that they continue to choose our services.”

ClearDay Healthcare Staffing is located at 9412 Kings Hwy., King George, VA 22485


You can contact Julie directly via email: Julie@cleardaystaffing.com


Please visit ClearDay’s website for job postings and information:http://www.cleardaystaffing.com/

Please visit Julie’s facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/pages/ClearDay-Healthcare-Staffing/103252823086086?sk=info




Diagnostic Radiology Technique Chart

Use This Technique Chart As A Guide To Setting Proper mAs And kVp In The Diagnostic Radiology Department.


Diagnostic Radiology Technique Chart

How Radiography Can Change Your Life!

Thanks to this wonderful tool called “The World Wide Web” I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know some amazing people in the field of Radiography.  I have been very moved by one man’s story, and how he used his education to take him around the world.

I am very pleased to introduce the world to DAVE BROWN.

Here’s Dave’s story.

Dave Brown

Dave Brown

In 1979 I had no idea how far Radiography could or would take me. I was a high school dropout that dropped into college 9 years later. With a little help from the state and working after school, I had a wonderful 30 years.

X-Ray was a gateway to many wonderful experiences. CT, MRI, Angio are only a few or the opportunities open to any tech with a little ambition.

Over the past 30 years I have taken advantage of the opportunities opened to me. I learned Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Computerized Axial Tomography. I was a radiography clinical instructor for 2 years. A department manager for 4 years and a travel tech for the last 12 years.

CT was the area I enjoyed the most. I trained on a GE 8700. By today’s standards, it was like a Model T. The low mA and cooling time between each slice made an abdomen and pelvis take as long 45 minutes. That did not count filming the exam.

In the years before PACS. We had to window and level our scans. We were the first eyes to see the images. It was the tech’s job to look for pathology. We measured and took sectional densities of pathology. Then filmed it for the Radiologist.
Over the years that followed I enjoyed the learning experiences. Learning and growing with every new and improved model of scanner for me was fun.

As a department manager I had to deal with the venders, order supplies, and manage personnel. The money was good, but I missed the patient contact of being a tech. I think it takes a special type of person to manage a department. It was not me.

It was the mid 90’s and the traveling temp business was at an all time high. I had always loved going new places and seeing new things. It was the perfect job for me. With more than 15 years experience it was very easy to quickly adapt to new places and different equipment.

I was very lucky to make connections with a company that refurbished and sold GE x-ray machines and CT Scanners. This company sold equipment to other countries around the world.

Dave Brown Moscow

In my work as a travel tech I had the opportunity to take extra time between assignments. I was able to contract to do applications between many of my travel jobs. I soon found myself training techs in other countries how to use refurbished GE CT Scanners.

During my time as a travel tech I was able to travel to many fantastic places. I traveled from the state of Washington to the outer banks of North Carolina, spent Summer in Minnesota and a Winter in St. Thomas US Virgin Islands. I also was able to travel to Moscow, St Petersburg and Irkutsk Siberia in the Russian Federation and several cities in Ukraine to do applications.

Everyone has his or her own special place in life. The wide open field of Radiology has a place for many. The hard work to find that place is worth it.

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Every year I anxiously await our annual trip to Chicago for the RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting.  Deb, my partner in crime, and I always leave the Sunday morning after Thanksgiving and stay until Monday night.

We stopped for some coffee and bagels at Biggby Coffee and began our journey to the Windy City!  We made it to Chicago’s Double Tree hotel in record time and were ready to hit the town.

First we took a cab to the Cheesecake Factory where we were meeting our students for lunch.  We found immediate seating at the bar and opted to not wait 45 minutes to get a table.  We encountered the most fantastic wait staff, and even more amazing food and drinks.  After sharing agendas with our students we parted ways to enjoy some shopping in the city.

Later that night we had a late dinner at the Adobo Grill.  They had the most delicious guacamole, and they make it fresh right at your table.  We ordered a few appetizers to share, and enjoyed the best margaritas in the world!

Back at the hotel we had a small mishap on the elevator.  I must’ve enjoyed my margaritas a little to much because I had a case of the giggles :)  We entered the elevator and had two other guests on with us.  The man had just checked in and had a very fresh complimentary chocolate chip cookie in his hand.  I was trying very hard not to look at anyone, but I noticed that Deb was looking right at his cookie quite longingly.  I tried not to laugh, but as I was thinking to myself “if she looks at the cookie one more time” she looked right at it again right as the man held the cookie to his nose and drew in a deep breath.

I completely lost it! Nothing like a grown woman trying to hold back laughing and not doing a very good job at it.  I was crying I was laughing so hard, and that poor man had no idea why.  I ran off the elevator to try and save some dignity and retreated to our room.  We continued to laugh about the whole “cookie” situation for at least an hour.  So, sorry to the cookie man….but that was some of the best laughter I’ve had in a long time!

Monday morning we got up and headed to the McCormick Place for the RSNA meeting.  We some how managed to park in lot A which is the furthest lot away from registration where we had to meet our group of students.  On my broken foot I hobbled through two buildings and 2 crosswalks at a snails pace and ended up being significantly late to meet the students.  They were very understanding, and even offered to push me around in a wheel chair all day.  I declined the generous offer and instead opted for a motorized set of wheels.  I zoomed around on my motor scooter and was able to enjoy the meeting.

I downloaded the RSNA android application and found it quite helpful for finding different vendor locations.  I used it several times to find out what hall vendors where in.

We stopped at some really fantastic booths, and got to meet a lot of people that worked in different aspects of imaging.  One of our first stops was at booth #6612 Massaging Insoles where I picked up a pair for myself.  They are like walking on air! I was very impressed with their sales team, as well as their product.  Well done!

Carestream and Siemens had HUGE but fantastic displays this year with digital screens displaying their information.  They also had very friendly and welcoming sales teams.

We also stopped at the America Roengten Ray Society‘s booth and picked up an application.  They offer some continuing education credit classes, amongst other member benefits.

Enjoyed some good conversation with the Bob’s at Newmatic Medical.  They showed us how they design things so they can go into the MRI room and not be pulled in the magnet.

One of my favorite stops was at the Aycan Digital booth.  Stephan Popp was so kind, he gave us a demo of their new Ipad application.  It was incredibly user friendly!

We talked with the team at Block Imaging International to discuss our need for a teaching OEC C-Arm for the student lab.  The staff were phenomenal! They have an office near our school and discussed some different options they have for meeting our needs.  They offer new and refurbished equipment.

We also stopped by the ASRT, and AEIRS booth.  They had some great information available for educators.

The RSNA was much busier this year, and was full of energy.  Thank you to all the vendors and all the hard work the RSNA staff put into this huge event.  It was much appreciated!

See you next year!

So You Think You’ve Got Skills! Check This Action Out!

Every year as a Thank You to our clinical instructors we host a C.I. retreat. We try to incorporate sharing experiences, learning something new, and most importantly fun!

In past years we have done outings with beautiful scenery, fantastic food, and amazing people. This year we changed it up a bit and included some team building to our fun.

We met as normal checked off the things to do list, had some yummy lunch and snacks, and also had some time to take in the beautiful sights. We then hoofed it out to the woods to have some real fun.

We worked as a team at the ropes course and in pairs attempted to climb “The Giant’s Ladder”. This ladder climbing activity involved the participants climbing up using each other as support along with a few ropes. The other team members were on the ground working the ropes as the belayers. We took turns letting each pair try to climb to the top.









Radiographic Positioning for the PA Wrist

Music Video from the Laryngospasms

Some of us are easily Amused :)

Radiographic Positioning for the Oblique Hand


Here’s a look at my Art Prize exhibit.  ArtPrize is a radically open competition. Open to any artist in the world who can find space. Open to anybody in Grand Rapids, Michigan who wants to create a venue. Open to a vote from anyone who attends.

I have been very fortunate and have my piece featured at the B.O.B. downstairs in the Monkey Bar.  You can visit the Grand Rapids Social Diary to learn more about the award they are giving out to artists that are exhibiting in Art Prize.  And then if you have a Face Book account you can vote for my art work.




Thank you everyone!

Amanda Darby Brand The X-Ray Chic!

The Art of Radiography

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