Students most commonly encounter MRI courses in associate's degree programs that prepare them to work as MRI technologists. MRI courses are also found in bachelor's and master's degree programs in this field. Common course topics can include the following:
- Scanning procedures
- The spinal cord
- Patient comfort
- Disease variance
- Image production
Some states require certification and/or licensing, which may call for graduation from an accredited school and passing an exam. In other states, on-the-job learners may be eligible to sit for a certification exam without a specific degree. Exams are given by the state or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies.
List of Common Courses
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Procedures Course
Enrollees learn the components of an MRI machine, as well as its operation. They study fast imaging pulse sequences, placement of the MRI, safety, scanning procedures and image production. They also learn the role of MRI technologists and how to interact with patients. This course is typically required for anyone who is looking to work in the field of MRI science.
Sectional Anatomy Course
Often through a 2-part intermediate-to-advanced course, students learn to read 3D images of the spinal cord, head, abdominal region and extremities in the human body. They also study the central nervous system and vascular anatomy through the use of CT scans and MRIs.
MRI Technologist Fundamentals Course
This class covers communication and care-giving skills used by MRI technologists. It highlights the specific needs of patients undergoing an MRI exam. Other topics include safety for workers and patients, venipuncture, patient comfort and effective patient preparation for before, during and after a scan. This class may be available through distance-learning formats.
Pathophysiology is the study of physical changes in the body from injury or illness. Through the use of case studies, students learn to recognize and diagnose common diseases. They learn to identify specific diagnoses based on how images appear to MRI operators; they also learn what the variations of such diseases look like.
MRI Ethics Course
Prospective MRI technologists are familiarized with ethical issues and patient considerations that they'll frequently encounter and apply on the job. They study privacy policies, communication and patient care techniques to guarantee a safe, comfortable MRI examination. They also prepare for certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies. Degree-seekers often take this course near the end of their curriculum to help them prepare for graduation and licensing.