MRI technicians are radiologic technicians/technologists who specialize in magnetic resonance imaging.  MRI technician training requires both classroom and clinical training.  MRI technician courses may include anatomy, physiology, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.  For additional information see also the MRI Technician Schools page.

Other MRI technician classes include:

  • principles of imaging
  • medical terminology
  • positioning of patients
  • contrast imagery
  • fluoroscopic equipment
  • medical ethics
  • radiobiology

More specifically, MRI training by degree program can include as follows:

  • Associate degree programs (Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology) generally take two years to complete. Students learn to produce images of body parts and to accurately position patients. Courses can include:
    • pathophysiology
    • anatomy and physiology
    • MRI safety
    • MRI procedures
    • clinical practicums
  • Bachelor's degree programs (Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology)are four year programs. Courses can include:
    • radiation safety
    • sectional anatomy
    • pathology
    • risk management
    • medical imaging in a digital environment
    • clinical practicums
  • Diploma and certificate programs(Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate) generally are achieved after completing a bachelors program and can take one to two years. Courses can include:
    • sectional anatomy
    • MRI principals
    • imaging procedures
    • clinical practicums
Clinical MRI technician training varies by program and location but can be up to 1000 hours in length.  MRI clinical training may be included as part of the school program. Other programs may require you to seek your own clinical training at hospitals or other medical facilities to gain clinical work experience.
Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Radiologic and MRI Technologists,
(2) "Radiologic technologist." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,
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