Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. May administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously. May interview patient, explain MRI procedures, and position patient on examining table. May enter into the computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry.

Median Annual Wage: $67,090

Education: Associate's degree (61%); Some college, no degree (13%); Post-secondary certificate (13%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Lead Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Technologist; Lead Technologist/Manager; Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Specialist; Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Supervisor; Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Technologist; Senior Staff Technologist; Staff Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Technologist; Staff Technologist

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  • Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.
  • Select appropriate imaging techniques or coils to produce required images.
  • Inspect images for quality, using magnetic resonance scanner equipment and laser camera.
  • Take brief medical histories from patients.
  • Position patients on cradle, attaching immobilization devices if needed, to ensure appropriate placement for imaging.
  • Explain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures to patients, patient representatives, or family members.
  • Inject intravenously contrast dyes, such as gadolinium contrast, in accordance with scope of practice.
  • Provide headphones or earplugs to patients to improve comfort and reduce unpleasant noise.
  • Create backup copies of images by transferring images from disk to storage media or workstation.
  • Test magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to ensure proper functioning and performance in accordance with specifications.
  • Write reports or notes to summarize testing procedures or outcomes for physicians or other medical professionals.
  • Calibrate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) console or peripheral hardware.
  • Troubleshoot technical issues related to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner or peripheral equipment, such as monitors or coils.
  • Request sedatives or other medication from physicians for patients with anxiety or claustrophobia.
  • Develop or otherwise produce film records of magnetic resonance images.
  • Operate optical systems to capture dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images, such as functional brain imaging, real-time organ motion tracking, or musculoskeletal anatomy and trajectory visualization.
  • Conduct inventories to maintain stock of clinical supplies.
  • Attach physiological monitoring leads to patient's finger, chest, waist, or other body parts.
  • Instruct medical staff or students in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures or equipment operation.

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists.

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