MRI Technical Standards

MRI Program Technical Standards

A. Performance of MRI Technologist duties encompasses the following:

  1. Technical Skills:
    • The ability to operate the MRI scanner, coils and equipment to perform diagnostic procedures in a manner consistent with MRI safe practices and maximum image quality.
    • The ability to evaluate and interpret requests for MRI procedures and determine the best method of achieving optimal image results.
  2. Physical Requirements:
    • Sufficient strength and fine motor coordination to:
      • Lift 25 pounds for short distances
      • Pull and push heavy objects
      • Assist in moving patient from stretcher, wheelchair, or bed to and from MRI table
      • Manipulate MRI coils/table and accessory equipment
      • Reach equipment at heights greater than 6 feet
    • Adequate eyesight to:
      • Observe the patient’s condition
      • Read MRI computer screen/imaging equipment
      • Evaluate MRI images for appropriate image quality
    • Sufficient hearing to:
      • Respond to patient’s verbal inquiries
      • Communicate with other personnel involved in the care of the patient
      • Initiate timely response to audible alarms and signals
  3. Interpersonal Skills:
    • Work in a professional manner with patients of all ages, races, creeds, and physical conditions while maintaining and respecting patient confidentiality.
    • Work with newborns, children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in a safe and helping manner.
    • Communicate and receive written and verbal instructions and carry them out using proper channels of communication.
    • Use accurate verbal and written communications in English to:
      • Interpret clinical data
      • Obtain and document relevant clinical information
      • Comprehend and carry out physician requests
      • Provide patient/public education related to MRI procedures and safety
  4. Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability to:
    • Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of MRI procedure
    • Perform mathematical problems quickly and accurately
    • Work efficiently in stressful situations
    • Complete program requirements
    • Pass the National Registry Examination in MRI

B. Working Conditions:

  1. Works in an air-conditioned environment with minimal exposure to noise and humidity
  2. Is constantly bending, pushing, lifting, walking, moving heavy objects, talking on the phone and talking with physicians
  3. Has frequent exposure to blood and body fluids from patients
  4. Has frequent exposure to a strong magnetic field

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