Technical Standards

The nature of work in the radiologic sciences and the MRI Program require applicants and students to be able to: 

  1. Understand cross-sectional anatomy and associated pathology when performing MRI procedures.
  2. Lift and carry at least thirty (30) pounds of weight in order to safely transport and use ancillary aids (coils, sandbags, phantom equipment, etc.) when performing MRI procedures.
  3. Safely move standard wheelchairs and stretchers with patients from the emergency or waiting areas to MRI examining rooms, and safely assist mobile patients from the stretcher or wheelchair to the examining table and back, without assistance.
  4. Safely move immobile patients from stretcher to examining table and back with assistance from departmental personnel.
  5. Lift, manipulate, and move patients as necessary for the performance of MRI procedures.
  6. Correctly select proper technical factors at control consoles, and make necessary adjustments as needed for the performance of exams.
  7. Monitor equipment and background sounds during equipment operation and report unusual or abnormal sounds to the appropriate person.
  8. Visually monitor the patient for retention of the correct position, correct breathing, motion, or evidence of physical or emotional distress during the performance of MRI procedures.
  9. Follow the correct procedures in case of an emergency in the scanning area. (Contrast reactions, fire emergency, code blue, etc.).
  10. Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, with the patient, patient's family, clinical personnel, and others in order to obtain or disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties.
  11. Read and correctly carry out written instructions given on requisitions, treatment charts, notes, and other records.
  12. Understand and correctly carry out oral instructions given by instructors and clinical personnel.
  13. Evaluate MRI images for technical quality, including a visual perception of window width and level, evidence of motion, and evaluation of minute structural details for evidence of blur.
  14. Demonstrate emotional stability and mental alertness in day-to-day interactions with patients, visitors, staff, and peers in high stress/pressure situations that occur in the radiologic environment.

* Students will conduct a self-assessment before beginning the program and sign a statement verifying their ability to meet these technical standards.