MRI technician - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

MRI technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform diagnostic or treatment exams, process images and/or graphics, plan care, organize the work area, equipment and accessories, operate equipment, prepare patients for diagnostic or treatment exams, act in the orientation of patients, family members and caregivers and work with biosecurity.

How much does an MRI technician earn

A MRI technician earns between $1.707 and $4.405 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.332 and a median salary of $2.129 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 14.096 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the MRI technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.332 27.978 583 17
1º Quartile 1.707 20.487 427 13
Median Salary 2.129 25.543 532 16
3º Quartile 3.359 40.311 840 25
Higher Salary 4.405 52.857 1.101 32

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods they perform their duties in medical, dental and ophthalmic clinics, outpatient clinics, hospitals and specialized laboratories. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, but some can work as self-employed. They work in a team, supervised by doctors, permanently and/or occasionally. They work in shifts, indoors and most subject to radiation and toxic material.

What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

The exercise of these occupations requires higher education in technology in the operation of medical, dental and ophthalmic equipment and high school technical training, except for the spirometry technician, whose requirement is high school, plus a specific course, offered by professional training institutions, technical schools and training institutions in higher technology courses. Professional experience is not required for the technological level for the technical level, it occurs after experience of less than one year in the area, noting that for the spirometry technician, the full performance of the activities occurs after the performance and analysis of at least 200 exams. Professional apprenticeship may be required for Positions listed in this occupational family.

Functions and activities of MRI technician

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods must:

  • process images and/or graphics;
  • organize workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • prepare patient for diagnostic examination;
  • organize work area, equipment and accessories;
  • planning attendance;
  • guide the patient;
  • arrange workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • guide patient;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • orient patient;
  • plan attendance;
  • advise patient;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment exams;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • planning service;
  • advise the patient;
  • planar attendance;
  • planner attendance;
  • work with biosafety;
  • planejar service;
  • plan care;
  • communicate;
  • planned attendance;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment examinations;
  • work with biosafety;
  • working with biosafety;
  • care plan;

  • Activities

    • distribute tasks;
    • analyze technical quality of exams;
    • interview patient;
    • applying administrative procedures;
    • make exam results available;
    • supervise technical staff;
    • replace expired medicines and materials;
    • order the sequence of exams;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • isolate workspace for examination;
    • check equipment;
    • isolate workspace for exam;
    • monitor the tracing record (graphic) of the exam;
    • request material replacement;
    • organizing work team;
    • perform preventive and corrective maintenance of ophthalmic equipment;
    • delimit the image acquisition area;
    • get patient information;
    • use dosimeter (measurement of radiation received);
    • monitor the patient's behavioral reactions;
    • request equipment maintenance;
    • develop programs to promote and prevent eye health;
    • discuss the case with the work team;
    • handle contrast media;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • implement actions to promote and prevent eye health;
    • analyze exam request and/or patient record;
    • complementary examination;
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • analyze graphic records;
    • monitor the patient's reactions to contrasts and/or medications;
    • stimulate the patient to reach the acceptance and reproducibility criteria (guidelines from sbpt);
    • assist in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • minimize the time of exposure to radiation;
    • report;
    • check the anatomical area demarcated for examination and/or treatment;
    • elaborate tables of exposure to radiographic technique;
    • remove mobile prostheses and patient adornments;
    • initialize image acquisition, processing, distribution and storage systems ;
    • empower technical staff;
    • move portable equipment;
    • demonstrate understanding for the patient;
    • instruct patient on exam preparation;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient's chart;
    • administer contrast agents and/or medications under medical supervision;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • determine the removal of persons not involved in the exam;
    • educate patient on exam preparation;
    • give lectures and courses;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • administer pharmacological and/or radioactive substances;
    • check availability of radiation protection devices;
    • advise the patient about care after the exam;
    • perform manual or computerized cephalometric tracing;
    • evaluate extrinsic ocular motility;
    • adapt agenda for priority patient care;
    • measure the patient's height and weight;
    • provide cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • providing cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • perform a radiometric survey;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • schedule preventive maintenance of equipment;
    • organize darkroom and lightroom;
    • initialize equipment;
    • remove patient from the equipment;
    • educate technical staff;
    • identify exam;
    • perform preselection of the best accepted graphic;
    • delimit the field to be irradiated;
    • sanitize the patient;
    • advise the patient in the care of contact lenses;
    • monitor radioactive waste for disposal;
    • process film in the darkroom;
    • check physical and psychological conditions and patient preparation;
    • eliminate interference from other devices;
    • adjust equipment;
    • participate in area events;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • provide additional patient preparations;
    • advise the patient about the procedures before and after eye surgery;
    • work as a team;
    • patient scheduling plan;
    • request the presence of other professionals involved in the exam;
    • document exams;
    • interact with entities and other professionals;
    • apply administrative procedures;
    • organize work team;
    • wearing;
    • immobilize the patient;
    • demonstrate understanding towards the patient;
    • assemble emergency medicine cart;
    • log data;
    • submit the examination to medical examination;
    • train the patient in the handling of optical and non-optical resources;
    • adjust the patient's position to the exam;
    • advise the patient and/or companion and assistants on the procedures during the exam;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • offering protection resources to other professionals and companions present;
    • instrument eye surgery;
    • package radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • monitor the exam's image record;
    • remove movable prostheses and patient adornments;
    • containing radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • work under pressure;
    • demonstrate proactiveness;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • demonstrate analytical reasoning ability;
    • submit to periodic examinations;
    • record performed exams;
    • perform searches;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • advise patient about care after the exam;
    • place electrodes on patient;
    • perform breast support;
    • monitor the patient through equipment;
    • describe the patient's conditions and reactions during the examination;
    • assist the patient to put on and take off the equipment;
    • adapt technical protocols to the exam;
    • elaborate graphics devices;
    • monitor the team's dosimetric report;
    • select material for exam;
    • measure functions of the visual apparatus;
    • demonstrate focused attention;
    • confirm patient identity;
    • install equipment;
    • transmit security;
    • check understanding of orientation;
    • analyze processed image rejects;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • adjust equipment and accessories to the patient and the type of exam and/ or treatment;
    • check availability of exam material;
    • handle radioactive substances;
    • put protective devices on the patient;
    • develop new technologies;
    • operate equipment;
    • edit images;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • manipulate digital images;
    • check technical conditions of equipment and accessories;
    • provide additional patient preparation;
    • prepare the operating table;
    • collect material from the ocular surface;
    • clear doubts;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • demonstrate verbal communication skills;
    • provide advice;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • making molds and models;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient record;
    • manage human, financial and material resources;

    Sectors that hire MRI technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • tomography services
    • health management support activities
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights

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