Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

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:

  • Attach physiological monitoring leads to patient's finger, chest, waist, or other body parts.
  • Calibrate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) console or peripheral hardware.
  • Conduct screening interviews of patients to identify contra-indications, such as ferrous objects, pregnancy, prosthetic heart valves, cardiac pacemakers, or tattoos.
  • Connect physiological leads to physiological acquisition control (PAC) units.
  • Create backup copies of images by transferring images from disk to storage media or workstation.
  • Develop or otherwise produce film records of magnetic resonance images.
  • Explain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures to patients, patient representatives, or family members.
  • Inject intravenously contrast dyes, such as gadolinium contrast, in accordance with scope of practice.
  • Inspect images for quality, using magnetic resonance scanner equipment and laser camera.
  • Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.

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