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Working As A Multi-Modality 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

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Multi-Modality 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 Multi-Modality 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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Multi-Modality Technologist Career Paths

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Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Electrician Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Owner Director
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Lead Person Group Leader
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician CT Technologist
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician CT Technologist Staff Technologist
Senior Staff Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Technician Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse PRN CT Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Interim Director
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Manager Chief Technologist
Director Of Radiology
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Massage Therapist Radiologic Technician
Senior Radiologic Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
Lead CT Technologist Radiology Manager
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
Lead CT Technologist Lead MRI Technologist
Radiology Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Lead CT Technologist Lead MRI Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Multi-Modality Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

53.0%

Male

34.3%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Black or African American

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

Japanese

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Cherokee

2.9%

French

2.9%

Malayalam

2.9%

Persian

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Multi-Modality Technologist Education

Schools

Columbus State Community College

10.8%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

8.3%

Southern Union State Community College

7.8%

Camden County College

6.4%

Prince George's Community College

5.9%

University of Phoenix

5.4%

Auburn University

4.9%

Gadsden State Community College

4.9%

Tarrant County College District

4.9%

University of Southern Mississippi

4.4%

Central Ohio Technical College

4.4%

Ohio University -

3.9%

A-Technical College

3.9%

Remington College

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.4%

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

3.4%

Keiser University

3.4%

Strayer University

2.9%

Augusta Technical College

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

24.1%

Medical Technician

19.7%

Business

8.5%

Medical Assisting Services

8.4%

Nursing Assistants

4.5%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

4.0%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

General Studies

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Psychology

2.2%

Military Technology

2.1%

Biology

2.0%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Health Sciences And Services

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Management

1.5%

Clinical Psychology

1.4%

Military Applied Sciences

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

32.1%

Associate

29.1%

Bachelors

18.3%

Certificate

9.9%

Masters

5.7%

Diploma

3.4%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Multi-Modality Technologist

  1. Medical Records
  2. Patient Care
  3. EKG
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  • Update electronic medical records of patients after procedures have been accomplished.
  • Perform general clerical duties aiding unit secretaries such as answering phones, assisting co-workers with patient care as needed.
  • Performed EKG's, blood glucose monitoring, specimen collection, dressing changes, colostomy care and documentation of vital signs.
  • Acquired and recorded patients' temperature, pulse, and blood pressure.
  • Administer basic patient care * Phlebotomy * Record Measurements and readings/Clerical Duties

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