MRI Technician Job Profile

A MRI Technician (MRI Tech) is a person who works with a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. They are proficient and can operate the MRI machine to obtain the body images for a precise and accurate diagnosis. A MRI is the most widely used imaging method or technology which involves the usage of radio waves and a magnetic field for producing pictures of the exposed area with the help of a computer. Some of the MRI Techs specialize in operating x-rays and Computer Tomography (CT) scans.

Job Responsibilities

  • Be able to describe the procedure to the patient and have them lie down on the examination table with ease.
  • The MRI Tech has to ensure that the patient is motionless and is in the required posture.
  • Scan the images of the required body parts without the supervision of a physician.
  • Improve pictures with the machine so that the area under question is clearly visible to assist the physician in analysis.
  • Examine the outputs of the images and prepare a report based on the images reviewed.
  • Ensure the safety of the patients as per the federal laws relating to the radiation level and dose.
  • MRI Techs are responsible for maintaining the MRI equipment and to ensure everything is in good working condition.

Educational and Other Requirements

You must have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to become a MRI Tech. You have to complete both certification exams, primary and post-primary, set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Also, you should have completed radiation therapy, sonography, radiography program or nuclear medicine training to appear for before these certification examinations.

Soft skills are demanded because MRI Techs must be able to build trust and rapport with the patients. MRI Techs should be able to build emotional support to appease the patients and also help them reduce any physical discomfort.

Work Nature

MRI Techs are generally employed in hospitals, in doctor’s clinics or in diagnostic centers. Some of them accumulate employment in branches of the military, technical institutions and other colleges as academic lecturers in MRI technology. They have to work in hygienically maintained cubicles with all the machine tools. Furthermore, most of the day, MRI Techs are standing and must have the physical strength to alter the positions of the patients as required for proper imaging.

Income Possibilities

The annual average salary of such technicians is calculated at $38,970. However, the full range of the salary scale is set between $27,190 and $55,430.

Career Development

MRI Techs can get promoted to different levels in their career, such as: supervisor, chief radiologic technologists, department administrator or directors. If they accumulate enough expertise in CT scanning, angiography, radiography and display a good  work ethic, they can also get special degrees to help them improve their salary.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted the growth of this field to continue to launch higher until 2012. The U.S.’s aging population is the primary reason for this positive industry trend.