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Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Technologist (MRI Techs)

Magnetic resonance technologists are qualified professionals who produce high-quality diagnostic images utilizing a strong magnetic field. Throughout New Brunswick’s health system, magnetic resonance technologists are performing a wide variety of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations on the order of a physician. An important facet of diagnosis and care in our province, magnetic resonance imaging procedures provide images of the brain, spine, abdomen, pelvis, and the musculoskeletal system. It’s a profession suited to those who like technology and interacting with patients too.

For magnetic resonance technologists, a key responsibility is injecting patients with contrast dyes so that the technologist can see and evaluate diagnostic images. They scan the patient using magnetic resonance imaging and ensure the produced image is high quality. Additionally, and importantly, a magnetic resonance imaging technologist is responsible for overseeing patient safety and comfort during the imaging process. Providing patients with comfort during their procedure is essential, thus the individuals suitable for this profession must have good communication skills and know how to put the patient at ease.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Strong problem-solving and technical skills
  • Good judgment
  • Empathy and understanding of patient’s needs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adapt in difficult or stressful settings
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment

Magnetic resonance technologists in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Performing magnetic resonance procedures using magnetic fields and radiofrequency signals
  • Operating MRI scanners safely and efficiently
  • Assisting in the diagnosis of disease and injury
  • Evaluating the diagnostic quality of these images, recognizing and recording normal and abnormal structures, and taking corrective measures as required
  • Monitoring patients during the scan
  • Comforting patients and providing emotional support

Magnetic resonance technologists may work shifts and are sometimes on call. The vast majority of magnetic resonance technologists will be in direct patient contact and lifting or moving patients is a regular component of the job, with safety always at the forefront.

Magnetic resonance technologists work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Cancer treatment centres
  • Community health centres
  • Clinics and radiological laboratories
  • Research facilities

Licensure and certification: must be actively registered and certified with the New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT) and successfully complete the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science Exam.

Education programs offered in Atlantic Canada: