What does a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist do?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists, also referred to as MRI Technologists, utilize magnetic resonance imaging scanners to capture specific images ordered by a physician to aid in patient diagnosis. MRI Technologists must be able to closely follow a physician's instructions, prepare and operate MRI equipment, position patients correctly and effectively record the requested diagnostic images.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals
  • Diagnostic imaging centers

Education and Training

An MRI Technologist that is qualified for the position has completed either an associate's or bachelor's degree program related to the radiology field and is registered with the ARRT. Many medical MRI Technologists gain their education first as a Radiology Technician and undergo additional training later on to become an MRI Technologist. Some MRI Technologists may choose to progress to a more advanced position as a nuclear medicine technologist.

Salary Range

According to salary.com, the median salary for MRI Technologists is between $72,063 and $86,149 per year.

Professional Organization

Meet a Professional MRI Technologist: Cyndi

Visit the Cleveland Clinic School of Diagnostic Imaging (CT, MRI, and Radiologic Technology) program page