What is an MRI technician?


What is an MRI technician?

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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) technicians, also referred to as MRI technologists, are trained to operate MRI scanners that help physicians find and diagnose medical issues. MRI technologists will inject a patient with a special contrast dye that works with the magnetic fields of the MRI scanner and position the patient correctly in order to produce clear, high quality images. Other job responsibilities include taking patient information, educating the patient on the MRI scanning process, and then documenting the procedure. MRI technologists usually have an associate's degree, and many actually first enter the field as radiologic technologists, also referred to as x-ray technicians or radiographers, before choosing to specialize in MRIs. Most states do not require licenses or certifications for MRI technologists, but many employers look to hire those who do have certification. MRI technologist certifications are offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). Both organizations require graduating from an accredited educational program, clinical training and experience, and an exam for certification. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, MRI technologist employment opportunities are expected to grow 7 percent between 2019 and 2029, which is higher than the average of 4 percent growth projected for all other occupations.

For more information on a career as an MRI technologist, check out this article: Become an MRI Technician: Education and Career Roadmap

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