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Rising Star: Haley Brock

Originally from Saginaw, Texas, Haley Brock, BSRT, RT(R)(CT), is a multimodality technologist in X-ray and CT at Children’s Health Dallas. Brock graduated with a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology from Midwestern State University in May of 2019 and is almost three years into her “dream profession.” She was also recently named the vice president of the North Texas Radiologic Technologist Society.

GE Healthcare Radiology Applications Trainer Brandon Smith nominated Brock for this recognition.

“I meet many rising stars, and choosing to highlight one person does not discount the extraordinary trajectory of any other,” said Smith. “Haley Brock is a phenomenal professional I met as a student intern. Regardless of the challenge, she has unselfishly dedicated herself to professional development, advocacy and teamwork. Ms. Brock will continue to rise while uplifting others. I look forward to seeing her success and how she will inspire the next inspiration. She is without a doubt becoming a leader amongst leaders.”

ICE learned more about this “Rising Star” in an interview.

Q: Why did you choose to get into this field?

A: It’s actually a funny story. I was a completely different major at another university when I realized that this wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. So after my first two years of school, I moved back to Forth Worth and finished my associate of arts to get my core classes done. I knew I wanted to be in the medical field but wasn’t sure exactly what that meant for me. So in my spare time, I started volunteering at a hospital near my home. From there, I would help volunteer in different departments and units to get an insight of the day to day tasks of everyone’s role. One of the departments I got to get a glance into was radiology and instantly fell in love. I then began to research schools and ways to get into the profession, and that’s when I found Midwestern State University.

Q: What do you like most about your position?

A: I love being able to see a variety of patients on a daily basis. I work at a Level 1 pediatric trauma center and a pediatric orthopedic hospital where the workflow is constant. So, I get such a wide range of patients and their families, and a lot of the time I’m able to do the patient’s exams both in CT and X-ray which makes it very special.

Q: What interests you the most about the imaging field?

A: Radiology is such an interesting profession which I feel like doesn’t get a lot of representation. It is a profession of constant advancement in technology. I personally love radiology because it combines the joys of patient care and imaging technology. This allows me and other imaging professionals to help the patient both directly and indirectly with imaging as an aid in diagnosing.

Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far?

A: Well, as I mentioned earlier, I am still new to the profession, so I still have a lot more accomplishments to be had. However, I think my top three accomplishments I’ve had so far are graduating from X-ray school, graduating from computed tomography (CT) school and landing two of my dream jobs in pediatric radiology.

Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the next 5 years?

A: Health care has taken such a toll on everyone in the past couple of years that everything about the industry has changed, which really shifts my perspective on what I want to do in the future. I can see myself getting my master’s degree so that I can teach and or possibly get into the administration side of radiology. I will possibly get another radiology specialty, such as MRI.

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