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Magnetic Resonance Imaging TechniciansHealth Science
Magnetic resonance imaging technicians work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals. They follow strict safety procedures to minimize exposure to radiation.
Magnetic resonance imaging technicians in the Military operate sophisticated equipment to produce high-definition, three-dimensional diagnostic images, and assist physicians with diagnostic imaging functions and activities. These expert technicians have knowledge of magnetism, magnetic safety, radio frequency, and magnetic physics; techniques of operating MRI equipment; and, advanced knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy applicable to MRI. They are an important part of the Military healthcare team.
All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Magnetic resonance imaging technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice with medical imaging equipment, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:
- Operation of diagnostic imaging equipment
- Radioactive isotope therapy
- Image processing
- Anatomy and physiology
- Patient care in radiology
- Medical ethics and law
- Principles of radiation protection
- Field radiography
- Ability to follow strict standards and procedures
- Interest in activities requiring accuracy and attention to detail
- Interest in helping others
- Interest in working in a medical environment
- Listening and communication skills