MRI Technologist - PRN

Job Description

To operate MRI scanners, obtaining diagnostic images of specified body part as requested. The technologist must be able to produce quality images to present to the radiologist for interpretation and be able to function independently with minimal supervision.


Communication/Customer Service Responsibility:

1. Greets patient by introducing self and asking patient to verify their name and


2. Takes pertinent patient history. Reviews order for procedure and any other

documentation, current meds, allergy information and completed questionnaire.

3. Explain procedure to the patient and solicits questions to assure understanding.

4. Is proactive in anticipating needs of the patient, keeps patient and family informed of

delays, answers questions and responds appropriately to concerns following up on

issues or contacting someone who can.

5. Communicates with all customers, co workers, physicians and their office staff in a

professional manner respecting differences.

Clinical Responsibility:

1. Prepares patient for MRI scans by explaining procedure, screening patients for

indwelling material affected by the magnetic field, taking patient pertinent history,

starting IV for contrast media administration as necessary.

2. Positions patient, scans, and archives procedures according to established protocol

producing diagnostic images within quality control parameters.

3. Is knowledgeable about coils, gating devices, etc, necessary for the proper completion

of procedures. Has working knowledge of MRI computers including start up and

shutdown. Handles situations involving equipment and patient safety in medical and

equipment emergencies.

4. Utilizes proper venipuncture techniques to prepare patient for contrast media

administration as necessary. Administers contrast media for the proper completion of

MRI scans according to established protocol or as directed by a physician. Labels

syringes appropriately according to policy.

5. Properly identify, prepare, administer and document various medications used during


6. Reconcile patient medications to ensure the patients' current medications will not

interact with the contrast media.

7. Completes all work in a timely, efficient, productive manner.

8. Assists co workers in other modalities as appropriate, starting IV's, completing

computer functions, preparation of patients.

9. Verify M.D. orders for accuracy and act upon appropriately.

Patient Safety Responsibility: MRI and General Safety

1. Properly screens patients and others before entering the scan room to reduce the risk of injury.

2. Instructs patients, self and all other personnel from risks associated with the MRI unit.

3. Wears and stores dosimeter appropriately, switching out quarterly and in a timely

manner, as applicable.

4. Uses appropriate devices for moving patients to protect the patient as well as self.

5. Observe patient and assists as necessary to minimize risk of falls or other injury.

6. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals including but not limited to appropriate hand washing, proper identification of patients, labeling containers, meds administration etc.

7. Understands and could execute policies and procedures in cases of medical

emergency, fire, tornado's and other emergency situations.

Information Systems Responsibility:

1. Verifies all images are matched and linked in PACS.

2. Verifies completion of all documents, questionnaires, histories pertinent to the MR

study being performed.

3. Maintains a working knowledge of all Information Systems, including but not limited

to HIS, RIS and PACS. Scans documents, enters data correctly, including contrast

information when appropriate, charges, tracks data correctly and in a timely manner.

4. Knows process and can perform task of burning images to a CD.

General Department Accountability:

1. Maintains knowledge and skills to perform duties and stay current with changes as they occur by attending 75% of all department and technical meetings. Participates in department in-services and reviews memos, emails and bulletins for areas of responsibility.

2. Works to accommodate patients scheduling needs; to best utilize personnel and

equipment while maintaining quality. Works cooperatively with staff in all modalities

assisting as needed. Works cooperatively with reception staff to assist when needed. Is

willing to become multi modality trained.

3. Keeps rooms stocked and equipment cleaned according to department standards.

Performs other duties as required or directed.

4. Reports all equipment problems to manager and keeps co workers informed of

status. Properly uses and maintains equipment utilizing safety techniques. Is proactive

in identifying issues and works to get them resolved in a timely manner.

5. Adheres to time and attendance policy and discuses any variation from the schedule

with manager.

6. Maintains appropriate active credentials (ODH and ARRT) and submits within

established requirements by Imaging Services.

7. Demonstrates willingness to assist in departmental changes to improve workflow and

learn new functions and duties as needed to keep department viable.

Job Description additional task/responsibility:

Access to patient records in course of normal operations to conduct the business of medical imaging is a responsibility of all designated personnel. Access of records is limited only to records that are pertinent to the patients care or regulatory requirements and only occur when necessary to carry out duties as part of the imaging team. Confidentiality and protection of all records is the responsibility of each individual. This access may occur for the reasons stated below:

• Pre procedure in preparation for the scheduled exam

• During the procedures in care of the patient

• Post procedure to follow up on care

• To QA processes to insure data is correct

• To conduct retrospective reviews for the purpose of education, research or for

compliance to ODH, MQSA, ACR or other regulatory requirements

• To respond to daily calls from patients, other departments, physicians or

physician offices requesting us to access records to review historical procedure


Documentation of access must occur where appropriate and feasible in log form, comments in EPIC, HIM or McKesson or other available media/format.

For further guidance, refer to the following TCH Policies

Policy Number 2.47.102 Access to Protected Health Information.

Policy Number 2.47.109 Employee Access to his or Her Own Protected Health Information.

Performs other duties within scope of practice as assigned.



Please describe any specialized knowledge or skills, which are REQUIRED to perform the position duties. Do not personalize the job description, credentials, or knowledge and skills based on the current associate. List any special education required for this position.

EDUCATION: Graduation from ARRT accredited Radiologic Technology School required.

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: Minimum 2 years related experience preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of medical terminology, isolation and sterile techniques/procedures. Patient positioning and equipment operation (x-ray machines and printers).


Technologists must be board certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in radiography and must be advanced certified in MR within 2 years of employment if they do not already possess. They must also hold an active, valid Ohio license as Radiographer. CPR certification is also preferred.