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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
District Of Columbia

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Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI scanners. Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view 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.

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Currently Employed: 805

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $29.34 - $36.41

Typical Annual Salary: $61,000 - $75,700

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: Less than 5 years

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Conduct screening interviews of patients to identify contra-indications, such as ferrous objects, pregnancy, prosthetic heart valves, cardiac pacemakers, or tattoos.
  • Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.
  • Select appropriate imaging techniques or coils to produce required images.
  • Inspect images for quality, using magnetic resonance scanner equipment and laser camera.
  • Take brief medical histories from patients.
  • Position patients on cradle, attaching immobilization devices if needed, to ensure appropriate placement for imaging.
  • Inject intravenously contrast dyes, such as gadolinium contrast, in accordance with scope of practice.
  • Explain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures to patients, patient representatives, or family members.
  • Provide headphones or earplugs to patients to improve comfort and reduce unpleasant noise.
  • Create backup copies of images by transferring images from disk to storage media or workstation.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Hypodermic needle
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI quality assurance or calibration phantoms or devices
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
  • Personal computers

Technology:
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Internet browser software
  • Medical software

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