Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 44.44% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 37.04% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Explain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures to patients, patient representatives, or family members.

    Conduct screening interviews of patients to identify contraindications, such as ferrous objects, pregnancy, prosthetic heart valves, cardiac pacemakers, or tattoos.

    Test magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to ensure proper functioning and performance in accordance with specifications.

    Write reports or notes to summarize testing procedures or outcomes for physicians or other medical professionals.

    Calibrate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) console or peripheral hardware.

    Connect physiological leads to physiological acquisition control (PAC) units.

    Create backup copies of images by transferring images from disk to storage media or workstation.

    Take brief medical histories from patients.

    Provide headphones or earplugs to patients to improve comfort and reduce unpleasant noise.

    Inject intravenously contrast dyes, such as gadolinium contrast, in accordance with scope of practice.

    Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.

    Select appropriate imaging techniques or coils to produce required images.

    Inspect images for quality, using magnetic resonance scanner equipment and laser camera.

    Position patients on cradle, attaching immobilization devices if needed, to ensure appropriate placement for imaging.

    Develop or otherwise produce film records of magnetic resonance images.

    Attach physiological monitoring leads to patient's finger, chest, waist, or other body parts.

    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.

    Place and secure small, portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners on body part to be imaged, such as arm, leg, or head.

    Schedule appointments for research subjects or clinical patients.

    Request sedatives or other medication from physicians for patients with anxiety or claustrophobia.

    Troubleshoot technical issues related to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner or peripheral equipment, such as monitors or coils.

    Conduct inventories to maintain stock of clinical supplies.

    Instruct medical staff or students in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures or equipment operation.


Venipuncture needles

Telemetry leads


Protective medical face masks

Protective eye shields

Power injectors

Portable magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners

All Tools


Personal computers

Patient positioning devices

Patient lifting equipment

Oxygen delivery equipment

Non-magnetic pulse oximeter units

Medical nasal cannulae

Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI patient tables

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI printers

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI positioning sandbags

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI monitors

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI consoles

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI compatible fire extinguishers

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI coils

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI calibration phantoms

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI calibration devices

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI audio and visual intercommunication systems

Laser cameras

Intravenous IV line sets

Intravenous IV infusion pumps

Image capturing and transmission systems

Functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI scanners

Fluoroptic thermometry systems

Emergency contrast reaction kits

Dosimetry badges

Crash carts

Clinical imaging workstations

Carbon dioxide monitors



MEDITECH software

Appointment scheduling software

Electronic medical record EMR software

GE Healthcare Centricity EMR

Medical image processing software

Radiology information systems (RIS)

Teleradiology systems


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

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