Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology

Technical Standards for MRI Technologists

The following technical standards are required to be successful in the MRI Technologist Training program:

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Behavioral and Social Skills
  • Possess adequate and sufficient behavioral and social skills conducive to professionalism in a college and/or health care environment.
Communication Ability
  • Communicate clearly and effectively (oral/written) with patients, coworkers and other health care providers by use of English language and medical terminology.
Hearing Ability
  • Respond to patient questions, concerns, and explanation while performing MRI procedures without the use of hearing aids.
  • Conduct effective communication with the patient and other health care staff without endangering the safety of the patient, staff or impairing the performance of the procedure.
  • Perform necessary vital sign patient monitoring.
Visual Acuity
  • View radiographic, CT and MRI images and medical reports.
  • Review and select software options in selecting protocols and imaging parameters on computer screens.
  • Read departmental protocol for imaging procedures, the MRI examination request and physicians' orders.
Motor Functions
  • Manipulate and grasp small objects required to perform MRI.
  • Operate both mobile and stationary equipment within the exam room.
  • Transfer patient to and from imaging table, stretchers, wheelchairs, and cribs.
  • Provide appropriate balance, gait and support to perform the duties safely and without placing the patient at risk.
  • Provide strength to move and operate medical imaging equipment.
  • Perform reaching movements over the imaging table to check patient positioning and placement of imaging coils.
  • Manipulate the MRI table and straps, MRI surface coils, power injectors and IV equipment.
  • Stand unassisted for long periods of time.