Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technicians are medical professionals who have specialized training in their field. MRI technicians work in hospitals or diagnostic imaging centers, and they use MRI equipment to take detailed pictures of structures inside of the human body. These pictures are then used to diagnose diseases and other various illness.
The MRI technician is responsible for explaining MRI procedures to patients in a professional manner; this includes responding to any questions the patient may have about the procedure. They may also be required to physically aid the patent by positioning them properly into the machine prior to the procedure. As some patients may require aid, it is important that the technician be physically able to maneuver the patient. The MRI technician is also responsible for making any adjustments to the equipment throughout the procedure. These adjustments can include maneuvering the examination equipment and altering the software options or the viewing parameters of the MRI equipment.
MRI technicians also need to be skilled in verbal and written communications, so they can communicate effectively with the patient and other medical professionals. It is vital that the technician is able to follow the physicians' instructions regarding the patients' needs. The technician also needs to pay close attention to detail and have the ability to work as part of a team.
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.
Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.