MRI technologists usually work a 40-hour week, sometimes including evening, weekend or on-call hours. Opportunities are also available for part-time and shift work, as well as flexible scheduling.
Technologists operate diagnostic machines in hospitals, medical centers, diagnostic imaging centers or physician's offices. MRI technologists also do research in many medical centers. They must comply with safety regulations at all times, protecting themselves and their patients.
The job demands:
- Sound physical and mental health
- Good vision to work with charts and records
- Good communication skills for conversing with patients and fellow workers
- Physical strength for pushing wheelchairs, beds, stretchers and portable equipment; lifting and carrying equipment, supplies and patients (at least 50 pounds); constant standing and walking
- The ability to be accurate and precise
- Certain medical requirements: MRI technologists cannot perform in some work environments if they have implanted medical devices such as a pacemaker, implanted insulin pump, neurostimulator, deep brain stimulator or cochlear implant
- Follow physiciansâ€™ orders precisely
- Explain diagnostic procedures to patients
- Perform quality assurance on machines
- Accurately position the patient
- Keep patient records
- Adjust and maintain equipment
- Prepare work schedules
- Evaluate equipment purchases
- Manage a department
Find out more about MRI and how it works:
- Definition of MRI by the Mayo Clinic
- How Stuff Works: How MRI Works
- Radiology Info: What is MRI of the Body?
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Salaries and Projected Job Growth
According to Americaâ€™s Career Infonet job statistics, occupations include the following salaries in Texas.
|Job Title||Median Hourly Rate||Median Annual Salary||Projected Job Growth Through 2018|
|MRI â€“ radiologic technologist||$25.70||$53,500||+28%|
Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be found at MRI information sessions.