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Magnetic Resonance Technologist

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Radiology

A Magnetic Resonance Technologist is a person who performs magnetic resonance procedures using magnetic fields and radiofrequency signals. Magnetic resonance technology (commonly known as MRI or MR) uses the resonant frequency properties of atoms within a magnetic field to evaluate anatomic and/or physiologic conditions of the body, perform spectral analysis, perform functional analysis, and provide a basis for interventional or therapeutic procedures that utilize magnetic resonance technology. In short, MR can see detailed anatomy in a person, help look at some of the functions our bodies are performing, and can help guide beneficial procedures all through the use of a powerful magnet and sound.

Work Settings

MRI Technologists work in normal patient care environment with need for concentration and attention to detail. Occasionally they are exposed to patients with possible infectious diseases.


The most common method for becoming an MR Technologist in the United States is to first be working as a Radiographer in an institution that has an MR system, express an interest, and learn how to operate the scanner from another Magnetic Resonance Technologist (on the job training). Additional class work and clinical experience is required to become certified as an MR Technologist. Most MR scanners today use Windows based computer technology.Most accredited hospitals and health care imaging providers in the United States prefer that employees be registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The MR technologist must have a solid education in anatomy, pathology and MR physics in addition to the other supportive educational topics.

The most common way to become registered as an MR technologist is to take the licensure examination in magnetic resonance technology (a post-primary certification).

Job Outlook

The career outlook for nuclear medicine technologists is expected to be very good. There will be a 20% - 35% increase in the number of jobs that will become available in this sector through the year 2012.


The average MR technologist makes more than $22.00 per hour or $54,000 per year.

Work Schedule

MRI Technologists generally work a 40-hour week, perhaps including evening or weekend hours in departments that operate on an extended schedule.

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