The MRI Technologist II job performs the practice of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and is responsible for the use of radiofrequencies (RF’s) within a magnetic field on humans of all ages (newborn to geriatric) for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes. A MRI technologist performs MRI procedures utilizing MRI scanners and power injectors producing cross sectional and 3D images at the request of and for interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner. The MRI technologists may also assist with interventional and therapeutic procedures and perform complex imaging reformatting. The MRI integrates scientific knowledge, technical skills, patient interaction and compassionate care resulting in diagnostic information.
The MRI technologist recognizes patient conditions, assesses and monitors patient vital signs, and takes appropriate actions in emergency situations essential for successful completion of a procedure and to maintain quality patient care. The MRI Technologists must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, computer technology, basic patient care and assessment techniques, MRI physics, and medical terminology. The MRI technologists must also maintain a high degree of accuracy in positioning and sequence techniques. They must possess, utilize, and maintain knowledge of magnetic protection and safety, radiation protection, and safety and current complex scanning protocols.
The MRI technologists are the primary liaison between patients, licensed independent practitioners and other members of the support team. TheMRI technologists must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through good communication, assessment, monitoring, and care skills. The MRI Technologists prepare, administer, and document activities related to medications in accordance with federal and state law as well as institutional policy. Participation in quality improvement processes and continuous assessment of performance is expected. The MRI Technologists think critically and use independent, professional, and ethical judgment in all aspects of work. This job engages in continuing education to enhance patient care, public education, knowledge, and technical competence is expected in this role. The scope of practice for the MRI Technologist includes: Performing MRI procedures.
The MRI Technologist II job is also responsible for the following actions:
Applying principles of magnetic resonance safety to minimize risk to patient, self, and others. Selecting appropriate pulse sequences with consideration given to established protocols and other factors influencing data acquisition.
Determining and/or following appropriate imaging protocols.
Documenting pertinent exam information in the medical record.
Maintaining archival storage of imaging exams and associated documents.
Assisting LIP with specialized interventional MRI procedures and applies appropriate aseptic surgical technique as needed.
Maintaining records, respecting confidentiality and established policy.
Applying the principles of patient safety during all aspects of MRI procedures, including assisting and transporting patients.
Receiving, relaying, and documenting verbal, written, and electronic imaging orders in the patient’s medical record.
Corroborating patient’s clinical history with the ordered procedure while ensuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed independent practitioner (LIP).
Verifying informed consent.
Assuming responsibility for patient needs before, during, and after procedures.
Preparing patients for procedures.
Applying principles of ALARA to minimize exposure to patient, self, and others.
Performing venipuncture per procedural protocol based on imaging order from a licensed independent practitioner.
Starting and maintaining intravenous access per procedural protocol based on an imaging order for a LIP.
Identifying, preparing, and /or administering medications generally associated with diagnostic imaging procedures as prescribed by a LIP.
Labels all medications per institutional protocol. Evaluating images for technical quality, ensuring proper identification is recorded.
Identifying and escalating emergency situations and managing until appropriate LIP, EMS, MERT, RRT, or Code Team arrives to assume control.
Providing patient education related to imaging procedures.
Educating, mentoring and general oversight of students and other learners in the Radiology environment.
Participating and/or performing ongoing quality assurance activities.
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire:
Certification by the American Registry of Radiology Technologist (ARRT) or Certification by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board (NMTCB) ARRT-MRI
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for continued employment:
Current Certification by ARRT-MRI Basic Life Support (BLS for Healthcare Providers)
One (1) year of previous MRI Technologist work experience
One to three (1-3) years of previous MRI Technologist work experience Previous work experience in an academic medical center environment
Graduation from a JRC Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology that is recognized by the ARRT; or Graduation from a JRCNMT accredited program in nuclear medicine technology
Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Technology or closely related field from an accredited program
Independent action(s) required:
MRI technologists independently performs or assists the licensed independent practitioner in the completion of all MRI imaging exams, interventional MRI procedures, and therapeutic MRI procedures utilizing all MRI scanners and associated technology on site at VCUHS.
MRI technologists independently complete imaging exams based on physicians written order, department protocols, and institutional safety standards.
MRI technologists evaluate and react to information contained on the MRI Safety Checklist as well as the MRI contrast checklist.
MRI technologists prioritize workload based on ordered patient priority.
MRI technologists represent the goals, values, and vision of VCU Health System.
Ensures adherence to regulatory standards, health system and department policies, procedures, processes, and guidelines applicable to role.
Resolves basic service delivery issues.
Initiates equipment service calls.
Lead technologists may perform “lead technologist” functions such as coordinating work assignments, workflow, and staffing for an assigned shift/area; serve as clinical or technical resource; provide training.
Supervisory responsibilities (if applicable): N/A
Additional position requirements:
Individual shift rotation and schedules will be established with your specific manager or supervisor.
Schedules, including requirements of shift rotations and hours of work may be adjusted as necessary to meet staffing needs of the health system.
On-call, weekend and other after hours coverage may be required based on workload demand and staffing needs of the health system.
MRI Technologists are considered “Essential Employees” who may be required to report to work in accordance with the VCUHS Policy.
Must have immediate access to a home phone or cell phone.
Age Specific groups served: All
Physical Requirements (includes use of assistance devices as appropriate):
Physical: Lifting 20-50 lbs.
Activities: Prolonged standing, Prolonged sitting, Walking (distance)
Other: Prolonged computer interaction
Mental/Sensory: Strong recall, Reasoning, Problem solving, Hearing, Speak clearly, Write legibly, Reading, Logical thinking
Emotional: Fast pace environment, Able to handle multiple priorities, Frequent and intense customer interactions, Noisy environment, Able to adapt to frequent change
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