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How to Become an MRI Technician in Georgia
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, Technicians and Technologists use magnetic fields as opposed to radiation to study the systems of the human body. Some parts of the body commonly subjected to MRI include the head, spine, brain, knee, and heart. MRI Technicians and Technologists in the state of Georgia can make as much as $82,000 per year, according to 2010 figures. That 's about $30,000 more annually than the median salary for MRI technicians across the country. MRI Technicians/Technologists work in settings including hospitals, health care centers, and universities.
MRI Technician Training in Georgia
The state of Georgia does not license the operators of x-ray equipment, nor does it have any requirements relative to the licensure or credentialing of x-ray machine operators. However, MRI technologists need to be trained as most employers refuse to hire those without both radiology and MRI training.
- Receive your high school diploma or GED.
- Enroll in a school that trains students in Radiologic Technology.
- Following your training in radiology, enroll in an online or campus based Georgia MRI technician training program.
- While you do not need to apply to the state of Georgia for certification or a license, you should take national certification tests for both radiology and MRI. To become certified in radiology, you need to take a test sponsored by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists). These exams are given at Pearson VUE testing centers across the United States. You can apply to take the exam at:
- www.arrt.org/index.html?content=certification/appprocess.htm . Certification fees are about $200. Pearson VUE test centers are in cities in Georgia including Macon, Albany, Atlanta, and Augusta.
- Next, you should become nationally certified in MRI. ARMRIT (American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists) offers testing through LaserGrade computer test centers across the nation, including Atlanta and Macon. It is $300 to take this test.
- Following certification in both radiology and MRI, you should have no problems finding an entry-level position as a MRI technician in the state of Georgia. Examples of potential employers in the state include Trinity Hospital in Augusta, Southern Regional Health System in Atlanta, and Core Medical Group in Atlanta.