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Radiologic Technologist Vs. MRI Technologist

A radiologic technologist is a health-care professional who performs diagnostic imaging examinations of the body. An MRI technologist is a radiologic technologist who specializes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Job Duties

In contrast with regular radiologic technologists, who produce x-rays called radiographs containing 2D images, MRI technologists use non-ionizing radio frequency waves to create 3D images.

Other Types of Radiologic Technologists

Other specialists include CT technologists, who use computed tomography for cross-sectional x-rays to create 3D images; and mammographers, who specialize in breast imaging.

Work Environment

Radiologist technologists of all specialties can be mostly found in hospitals, physicians’ offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and outpatient care centers.

Educational Requirements

Radiologists require an associate’s degree as a minimal educational requirement. MRI technologists, however, need a bachelor’s degree.


According to, as of 2010, the average radiologic technologist made around $54,000 a year. Those specializing in MRI technology earn an average annual salary of $65,000.


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