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.

What responsibilities are common for MRI Tech jobs?
  • Attend staff meetings as requested 100% of the time.
  • Report any incident that seems unusual/deficient to supervisor and/or security.
  • Interact with all ancillary departments, nursing units and the EC.
  • Follow all proper policies, procedures, and protocols to ensure patient safety at all times.
  • Assist the Director with the administration of the MRI department.
  • Extensive interactions with all customer groups, including patients, families, referring community and other SHC employees.
  • Maintain the continuing education required for this position.
  • Perform staff evaluations while being involved in hiring, firing and disciplinary actions.
  • Under the direction of the MRI Team Leader, perform a variety of MRI procedures at a technical level not requiring constant supervision of technical detail.
  • Follow departmental cost control standards: monitors usage of supplies and equipment to eliminate or minimize waste and/or misuse.
  • Maintain visual and verbal contact with the patient during the exam.
What are the typical qualifications for MRI Tech jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in applied sciences, radiologic technology or radiological science, or equivalent experience.
  • Fluency in applicable programming and software.
  • Fluency in HIPAA protocols and regulations.
  • A leader and critical thinker with an eye for continuous improvement.
  • Can lead with a positive attitude.
  • Is a professional at all times.
  • Strict attention to detail.
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How much does a MRI Tech make?

Confident
$70,734 /yr
Total Pay
$67,404
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$3,330
 /yr

Additional Pay

$70,734

 / yr
$41K$124K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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MRI Tech Career Path

Learn how to become a MRI Tech, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

MRI Tech

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
57%
2 - 4
20%
5 - 7
0%
8+
23%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

MRI Tech Insights

Read what MRI Tech professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
McLaren Health CareMcLaren Health Care
MRI Technologist
Dec 7, 2022

“I cannot think of any cons other than Flint's rate of pay is low.”

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”

OhioHealthOhioHealth
MRI Technologist
Sep 20, 2022

“Good people to work with”

Duly Health and CareDuly Health and Care
MRI Technologist
Mar 24, 2022

“Great people to work with”

Baptist Health South FloridaBaptist Health South Florida
MRI
Nov 14, 2022

“Initially the pay was good”

ProHealth Advanced Imaging
MRI Technologist
Dec 28, 2020

“Great job to start your career”

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