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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists utilize the resonant frequency properties of atoms within a magnetic field to image anatomic and/or physiologic conditions of the body to assist physicians in the diagnosis of disease. They work primarily in hospitals and clinics.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Careers

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists perform scans using radiofrequencies within a magnetic field to produce images of bones, organs, and soft tissue. They also prepare and administer contrast agents to obtain some images. ARRT certification is voluntary, but certification in MRI may help those seeking a career in MRI.

ARRT doesn't provide a list of job postings within the profession. However, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists seeking a position may want to check the ASRT JobBank.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Schools

To become eligible for ARRT certification via the primary pathway, candidates must complete an educational program accredited by a mechanism recognized by the ARRT and that includes instruction in the healthcare setting as well as in the classroom. Beginning on January 1, 2015, all primary pathway candidates for certification in Magnetic Resonance Imaging must also have earned an academic degree before becoming certified.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certification

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers both primary and post-primary pathways to Magnetic Resonance Imaging certification and registration as part of its mission to recognize qualified individuals in medical imaging, radiation therapy, and interventional procedures. To be eligible for ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging certification, via the primary pathway, candidates must complete an educational program accredited by an ARRT-recognized mechanism, meet ethics requirements, and pass the ARRT certification examination in magnetic resonance imaging. To be eligible for ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging certification via the post-primary pathway, candidates must meet ethics requirements, document clinical experience, and already hold ARRT registration in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology (registration through NMTCB is also accepted), Radiation Therapy, or Sonography (registration through ARDMS is also accepted).

Annual renewal of registration is required to maintain the ARRT credential.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Continuing Education (CE)

Once certified in magnetic resonance imaging, Registered Technologists (R.T.s) must complete 24 Category A or A+ continuing education (CE) credits each biennium — a two-year period that begins at the start of his or her birth month following initial certification. For example, an R.T. with an October birthday passes the Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam in March; his or her biennium would begin the October following the exam. Any credits earned between March and October, before the biennium start date, would not count toward ARRT’s CE requirements. For more information, check out the Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal of Registration.

Technologists already registered in a discipline who become certified in additional disciplines maintain their original CE reporting schedule based upon their initial certification. The continuing education requirement is 24 credits, regardless of the number of ARRT certificates held by a registrant. Technologists who become certified in magnetic resonance imaging within a biennium meet the CE requirement for that biennium.

Looking for CE credits? Check out CE|R.T.

In addition, any certifications earned in any category beginning January 1, 2011, are time limited to 10 years, at which time R.T.s will need to demonstrate continued qualifications as part of the Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR).

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