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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) technologist

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans can take soft tissue scans in different areas of the body to help detect tumors, infections, and any abnormalities to diagnose a patient’s condition. 

MRI technologists must work well with patients and have extensive knowledge of technology and methods to do their job efficiently.


MRI scans can take from 20-45 minutes per patient, and technologists take a sequence of different images during this time. 

These images are requested by a doctor and the scans are sent to a Radiologist to read and diagnose.  At times, these scans are required for Surgeons in the operating room to make sure they can conduct a procedure with the least amount of damage to the patient. 

Doctors may also request MRI scans with contrast, and technologists must administer and start IVs to provide medication or contrast to the patient. 

Since patients may need MRI scans for a tumor or disease frequently to follow its progress, a Technologist may see a patient often and develop an emotional tie.


MRI technologists interact with both inpatients and outpatients, and must communicate often with Transporters and Nurses.  They also interact with Physicians, especially Radiologists.


To be a MRI Technologist, an associate's degree, bachelor’s degree, or military certificate in diagnostic imaging is required.


Oregon Institute of Technology


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