What does a MRI Tech do?

MRI technologists operate MRI scanners that take images of patients’ bodies to assist with diagnostic testing. They are responsible for presenting clear images to physicians to provide an accurate diagnosis to a patient. MRI technologists ensure they are in compliance with safety standards and explain the MRI process to patients. They will position and potentially sedate a patient to capture clear images of the body’s correct area. They remove and then replace IVs and catheters for the MRI process and maneuver the MRI equipment to capture accurate images.

MRI technologists monitor patients during scanning. They also monitor equipment functions and ensure they capture clear images so physicians can provide an accurate diagnosis. They also recognize abnormalities and irregularities in images and understand the difference between a quality image and one that needs to be retaken. MRI technologists need an associate's degree in MRI or radiology technology and experience with MRI equipment and patient care and a license and certification to work as an MRI technician.

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MRI Tech Salaries

Average Base Pay

$79,519 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $80K
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MRI Tech Career Path

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MRI Tech Insights

Read what MRI Tech professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
61st Street Service Corporation61st Street Service Corporation
MRI Technologist
Aug 20, 2021

“Grateful that they allowed me to train with little experience and I really liked my fellow co workers.”

Northwestern MedicineNorthwestern Medicine
MRI Technologist
Mar 8, 2021

“Best place to work and continue learning.”

Tidelands HealthTidelands Health
MRI Technologist
Jan 13, 2022

“Nice people to work with”

AdventHealth Daytona BeachAdventHealth Daytona Beach
MR Technologist
Jan 29, 2021

“Good people to work with”

M HealthM Health
MRI Technologist
Jan 16, 2021

“Great people to work with!”

MRI Technologist
Jan 11, 2021

“Coworkers are your best friends so hope they’re nice”

Nebraska MedicineNebraska Medicine
MRI Technologist
Nov 3, 2020

“Rarely receive recognition for good work”

Cancer Treatment Centers of AmericaCancer Treatment Centers of America
MRI Technologist
Aug 28, 2020

“Good people to work with”

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