What Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists 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 who qualified for the position has completed either an associate 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 radiology technicians and undergo additional training later on to become MRI technologists. 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 $87,239 per year.

Professional Organization

The American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

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