Medical imaging technicians install, test, repair, calibrate, inspect, and maintain medical imaging equipment in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. These technicians work with specialized biomedical equipment such as MRI machines, PET scanners, X-ray machines, CT scanners, fluoroscopes, gamma cameras, and other imaging technology. He or she may be responsible for routine safety checks, disassembling radiation and/or electrical equipment, and adjusting precision mechanisms. Medical imaging technicians may also be in charge of training staff to properly use the equipment, implementing safety practices, and providing technical support when needed.
Medical imaging technicians are required to hold an Associate’s degree in electronics, engineering or other similar field, and should have a strong computer, electronics, and mechanical background. Other required skills include: strong mathematical background (especially in trigonometry, algebra, geometry, and calculus), physics background, engineering abilities, communication skills, educational skills, and mechanical drawing skills. Computer skills are critical. Other recommended skills include: analytical skills, the ability to read and understand technical manuals, the ability to understand wiring diagrams, and the ability to use electronics tools. This field is expanding and has a positive projected growth rate for the foreseeable future.
The typical average salary of an entry level medical imaging technician is about $31,000 per year, while experienced technicians earn an average of about $46,700 per year. Individuals who specialize in a particular area have the best chance for career advancement.