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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging modality that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to image the body. It offers exquisite soft tissue detail used in diagnosing a variety of conditions. MRI has several applications, such as functional MRI, cardiac imaging, research, interventional and spectroscopy. MRI provides the ability to view cross-sectional images of anatomical regions in any arbitrary plane.
To perform an MRI scan, the patient is securely placed on an imaging table within a large scanner. Powerful magnetic fields are administered to align the nuclei in the body. Radio frequency pulses are applied causing the release of some of their energy. The computer generates a detailed view of anatomical structures and analyzes the energy emission detected by the MRI equipment.
As an MR technologist, you are challenged to integrate your knowledge of the fundamental principles of MRI safely into the field of medicine. In order to stay current a successful technologist must be proficient in MR physics, procedures, cross-sectional anatomy, physiology and clinical applications.
The MRI technologist should exhibit professionalism in the performance of these duties, demonstrate an empathetic and instructional approach to patient care, and have the knowledge and expertise to provide quality scans. Professional growth and development is achieved through participation in medical and technical education.
For additional information, please visit Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists at www.smrt.org.