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Become A Medical Imaging Technician

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Working As A Medical Imaging Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $81,326

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Imaging Technician Do At Albany Medical Center

* DEPARTMENTAL ORIENTATION; D/E/N SHIFT ON WEEKENDS AS NECESSARY; 1 - 2 MAJOR HOLIDAYS ANNUALLY. RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST
* DIAGNOSTIC OR RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST - TEMPORARY

What Does A Medical Imaging Technician Do At Albany Medical Center

* DEPARTMENTAL ORIENTATION. D/E/N SHIFT ON WEEKENDS AS NECESSARY.
* MAJOR HOLIDAYS

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How To Become A Medical Imaging Technician

Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Education

An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics. 

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

MRI technologists typically have less than 5 years of work experience as radiologic technologists.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.

Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiologic and MRI technologists must follow exact instructions to get the images needed for diagnoses.

Interpersonal skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or mentally stressed. Technologists must be able to put the patient at ease to get usable images.

Math skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists may need to calculate and mix the right doses of chemicals used in imaging procedures.

Physical stamina. Radiologic and MRI technologists often work on their feet for long periods during their shift and they must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists must understand how to operate complex machinery.

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Medical Imaging Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    52.4%
  • Male

    43.8%
  • Unknown

    3.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.0%
  • Asian

    9.7%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    57.1%
  • German

    14.3%
  • Mandarin

    14.3%
  • Chinese

    14.3%
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Top Skills for A Medical Imaging Technician

RadiologyDepartmentSpecialProceduresPacsSiemensMRIMedicalRecordsUltrasoundPatientCareNewTechnologyDigitalMammographyEmergencyRoomRadiographyC-ArmNuclearMedicinePatientInformationFtesGEPrepClinicalResearchTomographyCustomerService

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Top Medical Imaging Technician Skills

  1. Radiology Department
  2. Special Procedures
  3. Pacs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Scheduled special procedures in Radiology department of hospital.
  • Major upgrade to PACS system with retraining of staff.
  • Installed a new 1.5 Siemens MRI and wrote proposal for a second CT Scanner.
  • Traveled to various medical offices to obtain medical records for a Regence Medicare Extra Risk Adjustment Review.
  • Imitated a new vascular ultrasound program.

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