Lead magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists are responsible for handling and utilizing resonance and imaging equipment, facilitating MRI testing, and providing results to health care specialists. They must handle this equipment in a safe manner to prevent accidents, and they use protective gear such as gloves, medical coats, and goggles. They typically lead a group of professionals to provide these scans for patients and should be able to oversee a successful team environment.
Lead MRI technologists work in health care settings and must follow strict protocols to protect patients' safety and confidentiality. They are responsible for setting up MRI equipment and maintaining its use over time, and customer service skills are important in this position in order to work well with patients and their families. They should have a positive attitude when responding to questions and should be able to multitask on a variety of projects. They may regularly attend training sessions to stay up-to date with new MRI technology and tools, and they also work closely with the radiology and research departments to share ideas and results based on scans of the human anatomy which search for abnormal masses in different body organs. An associate's degree in imaging/MRI technology is generally required for this position, and prior experience in a medical capacity is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Lead Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist Tasks
Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
Review and evaluate computer generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
Explain procedure to patient, position and immobilize patient on exam table and observe during scan under direction of physician.
Operate magnetic resonance imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
Lead and mentor the MRI team.