What We Do
We are the technologists who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. So, if you have ever had an x-ray, scan, MRI, nuclear medicine procedure or radiation therapy, you have been in contact with an MRT. Technologists also work in interventional radiology, assisting with procedures that use imaging to guide catheters, balloons, stents and other tools through the body to diagnose and treat disease without open surgery. We can be found in emergency departments, operating rooms, mobile breast screening vans as well as diagnostic imaging departments and clinics.
As MRTs, we provide service to both the public and private sectors within the Canadian healthcare system. Our key role is in diagnosis and treatment, and we serve as advisors to radiologists, radiation oncologists and other healthcare providers.
Because we deal with patients on the front lines, we also serve as patient advocates and educators. Some of us are also healthcare researchers, technical and therapy specialists, and interdisciplinary consultants.
Magnetic Resonance Technologists
A magnetic resonance technologist produces diagnostic images using equipment that generates radio waves and a strong magnetic field. Extensive knowledge of physics, anatomy, pathology and physiology allows MRI technologists to obtain images, monitor and care for patients during scans that:
- Detect subtle abnormalities within the brain and spinal column;
- Examine tissue of the joints muscles, ligaments and tendons;
- Provide detailed studies of major organs including the breasts, liver, spleen, kidneys, the urinary system and the male and female sexual organs;
- View the workings of the heart and vascular system;
- Study body chemistry and functions.
As part of their professional duty, magnetic resonance technologists:
- EXPLAIN the procedure to patients
- ANSWER questions as fully as possible
- OPERATE the scanner
- MONITOR patients during the scan
- COMFORT patients and provide emotional support
- ENSURE the safety of patients and staff around the magnetic field
- CONTRIBUTE to patient education
- ADMINISTER contrast agents
- POSITION patients and equipment correctly
For more information on other MRT disciplines, click on its link below.Radiological Technologists
Nuclear Medicine Technologists