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Working As A Staff MRI Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff MRI 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 Staff MRI 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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Staff MRI Technologist Career Paths

Staff MRI Technologist
Staff Technologist Radiologic Technician CT Technologist
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Technologist Lead Technician Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Technologist Radiologic Technician
Senior Radiologic Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiologic Technologist X-Ray Technician CT Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Clinical Instructor Clinical Supervisor
Manager Of Clinical Services
10 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Physician Assistant Medical Officer
Chief Medical Officer
8 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Clinical Instructor Nurse Manager
Administrative Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Lead Technician Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiologic Technologist Staff Radiation Therapist Senior Radiation Therapist
Chief Radiation Therapist
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiologic Technologist Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiographer Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiographer Clinical Instructor Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Senior Technologist Chief Technologist
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Radiation Safety Officer
Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
7 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Lead MRI Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Director Of Radiology
10 Yearsyrs
Application Specialist Program Manager Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
CT Technologist 5.2 years
MRI Technologist 4.9 years
PRN MRI Technician 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Staff MRI Technologist
Supervisor 1.3%
Top Careers After Staff MRI Technologist
Supervisor 2.3%

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Staff MRI Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

48.5%

Male

43.1%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Black or African American

12.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

2.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Staff MRI Technologist Education

Schools

Community College of Rhode Island

9.8%

University of Pennsylvania

6.6%

Columbia State Community College

6.6%

Triton College

6.6%

Hagerstown Community College

6.6%

Saint Joseph's College, New York

6.6%

Midwestern State University

6.6%

College of Lake County

4.9%

Lakeland Community College

4.9%

Community College of the Air Force

4.9%

Delgado Community College

4.9%

Clovis Community College

4.9%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.3%

Saint Joseph's University

3.3%

Henry Ford Hospital

3.3%

Kilgore College

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Long Island University - C W Post Campus

3.3%

Boise State University

3.3%

Orange Coast College

3.3%
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Majors

Medical Technician

47.1%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

12.3%

Military Technology

7.9%

Clinical Psychology

4.0%

Management

3.5%

Business

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Health Sciences And Services

2.6%

Biology

2.6%

Military Applied Sciences

2.2%

Psychology

1.8%

Education

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Medicine

0.9%

Computer Science

0.9%

Elementary Education

0.9%

Theology

0.9%

Computer Information Systems

0.9%

Computer Programming

0.9%

Insurance

0.9%
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Degrees

Associate

39.4%

Other

20.7%

Bachelors

17.9%

Certificate

13.5%

Masters

6.8%

Diploma

1.6%
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Top Skills for A Staff MRI Technologist

  1. Radiology
  2. MRI
  3. Patient Care
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  • Perform clinical assessments and diagnostics radiology examinations as needed.
  • Assisted in development and conducted guideline education modules including MRI safety for hospital staff.
  • Ensured that newly assigned physicians, and patient care personnel were properly trained on the safety aspect of MRI.
  • Worked independently performing quality MRI scans.
  • Utilized picture archiving communication system (PACS) to ensure images are sent and stored for providers to review.

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