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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

Also called: Lead Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Technologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Technologist, Staff Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Technologist, Staff Technologist

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct screening interviews of patients to identify contraindications, such as ferrous objects, pregnancy, prosthetic heart valves, cardiac pacemakers, or tattoos.
  • Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.
  • Select appropriate imaging techniques or coils to produce required images.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • physics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$67,720
per year, on average
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