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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

  • $205,914

    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

Multi-Modality Technologist
Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Service Technician Chief Engineer
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Account Manager Client Services Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist
Director Of Laboratory Services
13 Yearsyrs
Ultrasound Technologist PRN Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Director Of Nuclear Medicine
8 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician MRI Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Director Of Radiology
11 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer Chief Technologist
Imaging Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Medical Technologist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse PRN CT Technologist
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Staff MRI Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Technologist Mammography Technician Mammographer
Lead Mammographer
8 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist
MRI Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Technologist Radiology Supervisor Radiology Manager
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician CT Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Phlebotomist Radiologic Technician
Radiology Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Ultrasound Technologist Travel Technologist Staff Technologist
Senior Staff Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
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Multi-Modality Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

58.3%

Male

40.2%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Black or African American

15.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.4%

Japanese

6.9%

Cherokee

3.4%

French

3.4%

Malayalam

3.4%

Persian

3.4%

Russian

3.4%

Korean

3.4%
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Multi-Modality Technologist Education

Schools

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

10.7%

Southern Union State Community College

9.8%

Columbus State Community College

8.9%

Camden County College

7.1%

University of Southern Mississippi

6.3%

University of Phoenix

5.4%

Prince George's Community College

4.5%

Auburn University

4.5%

Ohio University-Zanesville Campus

4.5%

Ohio University -

3.6%

State University of New York Broome Community College

3.6%

Gateway Community College

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

Jefferson State Community College

3.6%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.6%

Gadsden State Community College

3.6%

Central Ohio Technical College

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

Augusta Technical College

2.7%
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Majors

Nursing

20.8%

Medical Technician

20.4%

Business

9.9%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

6.3%

Medical Assisting Services

5.3%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Nursing Assistants

3.4%

General Studies

2.9%

Psychology

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Biology

2.1%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

Military Technology

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Management

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

32.6%

Associate

28.2%

Bachelors

20.1%

Certificate

9.2%

Masters

6.6%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Multi-Modality Technologist

  1. Diagnostic Tests
  2. Vital Signs
  3. Patient Care
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  • Obtain patient vital signs: blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, breaths per minute.
  • Provided high- quality patient care on an everyday basis in a 29 bed Progressive Care Department setting.
  • Performed EKG's, blood glucose monitoring, specimen collection, dressing changes, colostomy care and documentation of vital signs.
  • Check and record patients blood pressure.
  • Direct supervision of suicidal/ mentally disturbed maintain safe environment.

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