MRI Technical Standards

Purpose: This is a non-discriminatory policy that describes the intellectual, social, and physical capabilities required to perform the tasks of magnetic resonance imaging. The mission of the program is to educate a practitioner in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Therefore, students must meet these standards to pursue the program coursework and work within the field.

All applicants and students of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program must be able to perform each of the standards stated in this policy.

In some cases the use of adaptive devices may be permitted in order for the student to meet selected technical standards.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists are required to:

  • Intellectually understand the conceptual, integrative, and quantitative ability to analyze information and data. Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and the spatial relationships of structure. Understand and apply clinical instructions given by departmental personnel.
  • Tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to effectively function. Demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interaction with patients, staff, family members, and others. They must be adaptable, flexible, and able to function in the face of uncertainty. A student must be able to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and colleagues. He/she must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity and a consciousness of social values. A student must possess sufficient interpersonal skills to interact with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds, and all belief systems.
  • Clearly communicate, verbally and in writing, with the patient, families, personnel, and others to disseminate information about patient care and work duties. Candidates must be able to speak and hear at a level that allows them to elicit and convey information, accurately perceive nonverbal communication, and describe changes in patient mood, activity and posture, and recognize and respond to an emergency or urgent situation. Must demonstrate normal or corrected hearing to discern audible signals on camera imaging equipment, phones, and timing devices.
  • See with normal or device corrected vision. They must possess the ability to discriminate among blacks, grays, and whites, and various color combinations that indicate tissue contrast on both display devices and recorded images. A student must be able to observe patients accurately and completely, both from a distance and at close range.
  • Read, extract and apply appropriate information and instructions contained in patient requisitions, notes, and medical charts. Have the ability to read and comprehend technical and medical information.
  • Have the manual dexterity to perform various MRI procedures, such as patient imaging, system quality control, venipuncture, and preparation and administration of contrast media. Motor skills must include the ability to extend hands and arms in any direction. You must be able to hold, grasp, and turn with the hands, and possess the ability to coordinate eyes, hands and feet rapidly and accurately.
  • Lift, transfer, and/or move patients from wheelchairs/stretchers/beds to imaging tables. Lift, move, reach, or push MRI equipment weighing approx. 30-35 lbs., (e.g. imaging coils, contrast pumps, etc.). Endure an eight-hour clinical day with a minimum of four to six hours of standing or walking.
  • Submit to and receive a satisfactory report on criminal background checks and drug testing for substances of abuse.

Please note: Many medical devices, such as pacemakers, clips, cochlear implants, medication pumps, stimulators, etc., are considered unsafe in the magnetic field environment of the MRI Suite. Other implants may be considered safe or conditional; allowing access to the high magnet field and the MRI technologist profession. In addition, metallic foreign bodies inside the body may be adversely affected by the magnetic field.

Any Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program applicant who has a medical device or an internal metallic foreign body MUST contact the program faculty for clearance into the program.

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