MRI Technologist

Operate and maintain an MRI machine.
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Salary Range
$37,000 – $77,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do MRI Technologists do?

An MRI, or, magnetic resonance imaging machine, uses magnetic fields to create an three dimensional image of a person’s body. As an MRI Technologist, you’re the one responsible for the care, maintenance, repair, and operation of this machine. You’re the one that the patients see when they come in for a scan, you explain to them the nature of what they’re about to do and how the machine works, and then you’re the one actually taking the scans as well.

A typical day for an MRI Technologist includes the following: working with Physicians to figure out the types of scans required for patients, explaining to patients about the procedures they will undergo, running the MRI machine, creating the digital images, and working with Doctors and patients on diagnostics.

For you to be a successful MRI Technologist, you need to have an excellent technical vocabulary. You need to understand on a technical and theoretical level how the MRI machine works, so that you can operate it not only correctly, but effectively.

You also need an above-average knowledge of how the human body works from a technical perspective since you’re going to be positioning patients and scanning their bodies in very specific ways to look for very specific organs, bones, illnesses, and other issues.

Should I be a MRI Technologist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: MRI Technician

    How to become a MRI Technologist

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