Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

Definition

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists are responsible for the outcome of the MRI examination. The outcome of the examination is recorded electronically to allow for consultation with other health and medical practitioners. 

MRI Technologists produce high quality diagnostic images using a powerful magnetic field. MRI Technologists may at their discretion (and in the accordance with clinical and workplace guidelines) extend the examination to include relevant regions and/or sequences not suggested in the referral or protocol. 

MRI Technologists competencies include, but are not limited to, patient care, patient positioning, use of magnetic resonance imaging physics and technology, bio-effects and magnetic resonance safety, clinical and organisational responsibility for the examination, and quality assurance.

Qualifications

To register as a MRI Technologist in New Zealand the practitioner must satisfy one of the following:

  • A relevant undergraduate health science qualification and a postgraduate diploma in MRI from a New Zealand tertiary education institution that is accredited and monitored by the Board, combined with appropriate MRI experience.
  • A qualification in MRI approved by the Board combined with appropriate MRI experience.
  • A MRI qualification and a pass in a Board examination combined with appropriate MRI experience.

New Zealand qualifications

The Board has accredited one New Zealand postgraduate qualification for the purpose of registration as a MRI Technologist:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) issued by the University of Auckland

Overseas qualifications

To be eligible for registration as a medical imaging or radiation therapy practitioner, you need to meet the Board’s qualification requirements and registration standards.  Further information for overseas-trained applicants can be found here.

Required experience

In addition to holding a relevant undergraduate qualification, you must also be able to provide evidence you have a minimum of 3360 hours of clinical experience in the scope of practice you are applying for registration in.