What does a MRI Technologist do?
MRI technologists operate MRI scanners that take images of patients’ bodies to assist with diagnostic testing. They are responsible for presenting clear images to physicians to provide an accurate diagnosis to a patient. MRI technologists ensure they are in compliance with safety standards and explain the MRI process to patients. They will position and potentially sedate a patient to capture clear images of the body’s correct area. They remove and then replace IVs and catheters for the MRI process and maneuver the MRI equipment to capture accurate images.
MRI technologists monitor patients during scanning. They also monitor equipment functions and ensure they capture clear images so physicians can provide an accurate diagnosis. They also recognize abnormalities and irregularities in images and understand the difference between a quality image and one that needs to be retaken. MRI technologists need an associate's degree in MRI or radiology technology and experience with MRI equipment and patient care and a license and certification to work as an MRI technician.
- Attend staff meetings as requested 100% of the time.
- Report any incident that seems unusual/deficient to supervisor and/or security.
- Interact with all ancillary departments, nursing units and the EC.
- Follow all proper policies, procedures, and protocols to ensure patient safety at all times.
- Assist the Director with the administration of the MRI department.
- Extensive interactions with all customer groups, including patients, families, referring community and other SHC employees.
- Maintain the continuing education required for this position.
- Perform staff evaluations while being involved in hiring, firing and disciplinary actions.
- Under the direction of the MRI Team Leader, perform a variety of MRI procedures at a technical level not requiring constant supervision of technical detail.
- Follow departmental cost control standards: monitors usage of supplies and equipment to eliminate or minimize waste and/or misuse.
- Maintain visual and verbal contact with the patient during the exam.
- Bachelor's Degree in applied sciences, radiologic technology or radiological science, or equivalent experience.
- Fluency in applicable programming and software.
- Fluency in HIPAA protocols and regulations.
- A leader and critical thinker with an eye for continuous improvement.
- Can lead with a positive attitude.
- Is a professional at all times.
- Strict attention to detail.
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