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Careers in MRI

MRI technologists are allied health professionals skilled in the art and science of diagnostic imaging. The practice of magnetic resonance imaging encompasses multidisciplinary skills. MRI technologists are not exposed to ionizing radiation and are not required to monitor their exposure to the magnet. MRI technologists are required to pass a certification examination from a national certifying agency. 

Today, MRI offers procedures that are helpful to a broad span of medical specialties such as, pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, and oncology.

What does a MRI Technologist do?

Primary Responsibilities:

+ Operation of imaging, laboratory and computer instrumentation
+ Empathetic and instructional approach to patient care
+ Preparation of contrast agent
+ Performance of quality control procedures
+ Application of accepted standards of MRI safety and protection

Where will I work?

Jobs can be found in the following settings:

+ Medical and surgical hospitals
+ Freestanding clinics
+ Physician Offices
+ Research institutions

Career advancement opportunities from the position of staff technologist may lead to areas of administration, education, sales, or research.


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Liz Young SLU Magnetic Resonance Imaging Alumni

Liz Young
Class of '13

"I am currently employed at Barnes Jewish Hospital as an MRI technologist. The program taught me what I needed to know to be a great technologist in the advanced ever-changing field of MRI."

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