Magnetic Resonance Technologist
A Magnetic Resonance Technologist is a qualified professional who produce high quality diagnostic images utilizing a strong magnetic field. Magnetic Resonance Technologists perform a wide variety of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations on the order of a physician.
Magnetic resonance is the use of electromagnetism (static magnetic fields and radio frequencies) to produce diagnostic images. Magnetic resonance imaging procedures play a significant role in imaging the brain, spine, abdomen, pelvis and the musculoskeletal system.
An Exciting Field of Work
In general, Magnetic Resonance Technologists:
- Perform magnetic resonance procedures using magnetic fields and radiofrequency signals
- Operate MRI scanner safely and efficiently, assisting in the diagnosis of disease and injury
- Evaluate the diagnostic quality of these images, recognize and record normal and abnormal structures, and take corrective measures as required
- Notifying specialists when immediate attention is required
- Explain the procedure to patients and answer questions
- Inject contrast agents and/or other authorized substances when required
- Monitor patients during the scan
- Comfort patients and provide emotional support
- Ensure the safety of patients, staff and the general public around the magnetic field
- May provide guidance, training and orientation to other Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist staff, students and other health care professionals
Personal Characteristics / Skills
- Strong problem-solving and technical skills
- Good judgment
- Empathy and understanding of patients needs
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to adapt in difficult or stressful settings
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
Education and Training
Completion of an accredited University or college educational program in Medical Radiation Technology (MRT) followed by a specialization in Magnetic Resonance is required to work in this field.
Education program offered in New Brunswick
This specialty is not available in New Brunswick.
Length of Study / Training
5.0 - 6.0 years
Licence and certification
In New Brunswick, Magnetic Resonance Technologists must be certified and registered with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists - New Brunswick Division and pass the national association's exam.
Helpful High School Courses
- Basic computer course
Employment and Common Working Conditions
Magnetic Resonance Technologists work in a variety of settings such as:
- Cancer treatment centres
- Community health centres
- Clinics and radiological laboratories
- Research facilities
- Medical equipment sales company
Magnetic Resonance Technologists may work shifts and are sometimes on call. The vast majority of Magnetic Resonance Technologists will be in direct patient contact and lifting or moving patients is a regular component of the job. Safety precautions are required to avoid back strain and repetitive stress injuries as well as unnecessary exposure to magnetic fields.
Employment Prospects - GOOD
With rapidly changing technologies, the aging population and upcoming retirements, the demand in this field is expected to grow.