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Working As A MRI Special Procedures Technologist

  • 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

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A MRI Special Procedures Technologist Do

Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images. 

Duties

Radiologic and MRI technologists typically do the following:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Work with physicians to evaluate the images and to determine whether additional images need to be taken
  • Keep detailed patient records

Healthcare professionals use many types of equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic technologists specialize in x-ray and computed tomography (CT) imaging. Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be viewed on the images that the radiologist reviews.

Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

MRI technologists specialize in magnetic resonance imaging scanners. They inject patients with contrast dyes so that the images will show up on the scanner. The scanners use magnetic fields in combination with the contrast agent to produce images that a physician can use to diagnose medical problems.

Healthcare professionals who specialize in other diagnostic equipment include nuclear medicine technologists and diagnostic medical sonographers, and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists.

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How To Become A MRI Special Procedures Technologist

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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MRI Special Procedures Technologist Career Paths

MRI Special Procedures Technologist
Laboratory Technician Team Leader Case Manager
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Team Leader Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Staff Technologist Radiologic Technician
Senior Radiologic Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Staff Technologist X-Ray Technician
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Staff Technologist
Senior Staff Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Program Director
Department Director
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager Service Director
Administrative Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist Radiology Manager
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
Application Specialist Office Manager Administrative Director
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Cardiovascular Technician Ultrasound Technologist Multi-Modality Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Staff Pharmacist Radiation Safety Officer
Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
7 Yearsyrs
Computed Tomography Technologist Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Senior Nuclear Medicine Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Computed Tomography Technologist Radiation Therapist Senior Radiation Therapist
Chief Radiation Therapist
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Senior Technologist Chief Technologist
Director Of Radiology
10 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A MRI Special Procedures Technologist

  1. Radiology
  2. Patient Care
  3. Pacs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated scanning/imaging, photographic, audio-visual, and other radiology and safety equipment.
  • Perform quality, safety, computer data entry, provide patient care and work with RN's on daily basis.
  • Assisted with the development and installation of the Kodak Pacs system.
  • Use and maintain aseptic sterile technique during interventional procedures.
  • Complete interventional radiology, cath lab and implant procedures in 167-bed non-profit community hospital.

MRI Special Procedures Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

49.9%

Male

39.7%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Russian

14.3%

Korean

14.3%

Hebrew

14.3%
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MRI Special Procedures Technologist Education

Schools

University of Saint Francis

11.9%

University of Phoenix

10.7%

Midwestern State University

7.1%

Ferris State University

6.0%

Adventist University of Health Sciences

6.0%

Houston Community College

4.8%

Morehead State University

4.8%

Ashford University

4.8%

Weber State University

4.8%

Loma Linda University

3.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.6%

Columbus State Community College

3.6%

Siena Heights University

3.6%

Middlesex County College

3.6%

Tulsa Community College

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

3.6%

Jefferson Community and Technical College

3.6%

Philander Smith College

3.6%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

3.6%
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Majors

Medical Technician

40.2%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

12.7%

Business

10.9%

Military Technology

6.2%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Nursing

4.4%

Management

2.7%

Biology

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

Health Sciences And Services

1.8%

Psychology

1.5%

Elementary Education

1.5%

Clinical Psychology

1.5%

Public Health

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Computer Science

1.2%

Military Applied Sciences

1.2%

Kinesiology

1.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

0.9%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

0.9%
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Degrees

Associate

35.3%

Bachelors

25.4%

Other

17.6%

Masters

10.1%

Certificate

8.6%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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