Operates Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Monitors patient safety and comfort, and views images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. May administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously. May interview patient, explain MRI procedures, and position patient on examining table. May enter into the computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Operates Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.
- Selects appropriate imaging techniques or coils to produce required images.
- Injects intravenously contrast dyes, such as gadolinium contrast, in accordance with scope of practice.
- Positions patients on cradle, attaching immobilization devices if needed, to ensure appropriate placement for imaging.
- Conducts screening interviews of patients to identify contraindications, such as ferrous objects, pregnancy, prosthetic heart valves, cardiac pacemakers, or tattoos.
- Explains magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures to patients, patient representatives, or family members.
- Provides headphones or earplugs to patients to improve comfort and reduce unpleasant noise.
- Takes brief medical histories from patients.
- Inspects images for quality, using magnetic resonance scanner equipment and laser camera.
- Creates backup copies of images by transferring images from disk to storage media or workstation.