MRI Technician

A Diagnostic MRI Technician works in a hospital to diagnose patient illness and injury using magnets and radio waves, not x-rays or nuclear radiation, to make images. The technology has a huge range of application all over the body. It is the job of the Diagnostic MRI technician to properly position the patient to capture all the necessary images for treatment and monitor them during testing.

How To Become a MRI Technician

To become an MRI Technician, all you need is an associate’s degree in radiology or in MRI specifically. Students in a MRI program will have to participate in a clinical experience, where they will get supervised hands on experience with the machines and software. To be certified as an MRI technician, you have to pass an exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians. Most states require registration or certification to practice.

Job Outlook

The salary is good; upwards of $50,000 annually (or over $20.00 an hour) and job demand is increasing. There is a fair amount of job security in this field, as well. This field is a good one to get into right now. It varies a little bit by state; some states may have a slightly higher starting salary, depending on cost of living. Technicians with more than one specialty have a higher chance of promotion to supervisory positions.

Job Description

MRI Technicians work with magnetic resonance imaging machines to capture accurate 3-D images of the human body for diagnostic or research purposes. Their jobs are usually in hospitals or diagnostic imaging centers; wherever there is an MRI machine. Not only do they operate the machine itself, they have to understand highly sophisticated software options and coding systems as well as working with the patients themselves. Sometimes, the job may require inserting an IV and contrast dye and monitoring a patient for allergic reactions. In those cases, the technician has the patient’s life in his or her hands. Truly, MRI technicians are some of the most important people in the health field.

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