Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technician

 Frederick, MD

Req Number: 24904

The MRI Technologist is responsible for ensuring each individual's safety in the MR environment before entering the magnetic field. The person in this position responds to patient questions and concerns regarding exam procedures and process, while maintaining appropriate confidentiality regarding personal health information, including but not limited to, patient diagnosis, health history, demographics, and referral information. The MRI Technologist is responsible for all paperwork associated with technical procedures and responds to physician questions and needs regarding patient procedures. Some technologists may work under the direct medical supervision of a physician during certain procedures.

Shift: Saturday, Sunday 8am-8pm - plus one 12 hour shift during the week (TBD)

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Treats patients and customers with courtesy and respect.
  • Checks referral for appropriate study. Calls referring physician when in doubt or with questions as necessary.
  • Assures room is ready prior to the patient entering the room (i.e. Equipment is operable and all supplies are readily available).
  • Understands and uses TR, TE, flip angel, slice thickness, acquisitions, field of view and other adjustments and factors on the equipment in order to produce high quality images.
  • Checks patient histories and has patient sign waiver, if necessary.
  • Ensures there is an exam order; if an order correction needs to be made, the technologist corrects the order with the referring physician's approval, always maintaining compliance.
  • Properly documents patient history and exam information for radiologists' interpretations.
  • Processes paperwork according to facility's procedures.
  • Administers venipuncture in a safe and effective manner (if applicable).
  • Consults with Radiologist when necessary to determine appropriate scanning procedure.
  • Puts patients at ease by explaining the procedure and responding to their questions/requests in a professional manner.
  • Handles delicate situations (fetal demise, cancerous pathology, etc.) in a supportive and empathetic manner (“good bedside manner“).
  • Keeps patient schedule and attempts to accommodate add-on patients when requested.
  • Communicates delays or changes in the schedule to the appropriate person(s).
  • Practices universal medical precautions and properly disposes infectious materials into biohazard containers.
  • Assures patient safety by screening for metal objects and/or implants prior to the patient entering the MRI room.
  • Releases patient with proper follow-up information.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Respect rights of family members that are accompanying the patient.
  • Remains professional in all situations.
  • Follows MR protocols in conducting scan.
  • Demonstrates good judgment when correlating patient history and scanning protocols. Knows when to divert from routine scans and/or when to enlist assistance from radiologist to achieve high quality diagnostic images.
  • Monitors patient's well being during scans; recognizes patient discomfort or medical problems and takes appropriate action.
  • Sends studies to reading stations for radiologist review, if applicable.
  • Assures proper film identification by use of appropriate markers and/or data entry of patient demographics.
  • Exercises sound judgment regarding image quality; determines when repeats are necessary.
  • Performs routine maintenance and ensures cleanliness of equipment and rooms on daily basis.
  • Maintains appropriately level of supplies.
  • Adheres to all OSHA regulations and RadNet practices and generally accepted safety protocols.
  • Recognizes emergency situations and perform emergency shutdown of gradient and/or main magnetic field (quench) when applicable.
  • Provides hearing protection to patients and others when applicable.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Pay Range: $29.70 - $47.70 / hour

CIP Frederick Imaging Ctr-1059

Requirements (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):

  • Familiarity with and ability to use equipment in assigned modality including RIS, imaging equipment and PACS.
  • Ability to utilize the principles, theories, practices, techniques and methods of the imaging procedures the team member conducts in order to produce images of high diagnostic quality.
  • Knowledgeable of appropriate studies to perform for the patient's diagnosis.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use proper screening methods of patients to avoid potential injury.
  • Ability to assist patients onto table.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to walk/stand for 90% of patient interaction.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations in a calm and appropriate fashion.
  • Possesses working knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy and MR pathology.
  • Understands anatomy so as acquire the slices/slabs in the most effective manner.
  • Knowledgeable on correct and appropriate studies to perform for the patient's diagnosis.
  • Knowledge of biohazards and of cryogens.
  • Knowledge of MRI contraindications.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use proper screening methods of patients to avoid potential injury.

Education & Experience Requirements:

The above knowledge, skills and abilities may be demonstrated by successful completion of an accredited radiology program; registered with the ARRT; state licensure; and MRI Registry required

Quality Standards

  • Communicates, cooperates and consistently functions professionally and harmoniously with all levels of supervision, co-workers, patients, visitors, and vendors.
  • Maintains CEUs and licensing as needed in order to maintain a high level of skill in technical capabilities.
  • Follows OSHA regulations, RadNet and site protocols, policies and procedures.
  • Follows HIPAA, compliance, privacy, safety and confidentiality standards at all times.
  • Practices universal safety precautions.
  • Promotes good public relations on the phone and in person.
  • Adapts and is willing to learn new tasks, methods, and systems.

Physical Demands

This position often requires sitting, standing, walking, bending, twisting, reaching with hands and arms, using hands and fingers, handling or palpating, speaking, listening, and high-level cognition. Also, must be able to lift over 50 pounds, occasionally. All employees are to assist and participate as members of a lift assistance team (for special accommodation patients or any patient requiring assistance onto a table or equipment placement) to initiate or complete an exam or procedure.

Working Environment

Technologists work in an outpatient medical office setting with low to moderate noise level.