Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

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About the Job

Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. May administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously. May interview patient, explain MRI procedures, and position patient on examining table. May enter into the computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry.

It is also Called

  • Technologist
  • Staff Technologist
  • Staff Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist (Staff MRI Technologist)
  • MRI Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist)
  • MRI Supervisor (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Supervisor)
  • MRI Specialist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Specialist)
  • MRI Special Procedures Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Special Procedures Technologist)
  • Medical Imaging Director
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Quality Assurance Coordinator (MRI Quality Assurance Coordinator)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Director
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What They Do

  • Place and secure small, portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners on body part to be imaged, such as arm, leg, or head.
  • Develop or otherwise produce film records of magnetic resonance images.
  • Schedule appointments for research subjects or clinical patients.
  • Connect physiological leads to physiological acquisition control (PAC) units.
  • Request sedatives or other medication from physicians for patients with anxiety or claustrophobia.
  • Operate optical systems to capture dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images, such as functional brain imaging, real-time organ motion tracking, or musculoskeletal anatomy and trajectory visualization.
  • Conduct inventories to maintain stock of clinical supplies.
  • Attach physiological monitoring leads to patient's finger, chest, waist, or other body parts.
  • Instruct medical staff or students in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures or equipment operation.
  • Calibrate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) console or peripheral hardware.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $66,090 with most people making between $48,870 and $88,620

Outlook

0.36%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,370 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,420 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 5 openings due to growth and about 25 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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