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Top 25 MRI Technologist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?
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Question 2 of 25
How do you calm patient who suffers from claustrophobia?
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"I have found that having a light-hearted conversation with the patient before their treatment is a great way to calm them and establish a sense of comfort. I love to ask if they have been to any delicious restaurants lately or if they have a vacation booked. Sometimes the patients will tell me about their family traditions or how much they love to cook. Before you know it, they are at ease during this uncomfortable time."
The fear of tight spaces that patients have during an MRI procedure is common. Share an example of how you helped a patient who was suffering from procedure-related anxiety.
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"I think that the best way to calm a patient suffering from claustrophobia is the acknowledge their fears and talk about them openly. I will share my own fear of needles, for example, and let them know that I breathe through it, close my eyes, and think about a great memory or vacationing on a sandy beach."
Experienced Example
"If a patient is feeling uncomfortable or anxious it can affect the result of the MRI. For that reason, I will talk my patients through their feelings and assure them that they are in good hands. I will ask them what the source of the fear is and if they share that with me, I can talk them off the ledge."
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Question 3 of 25
What type of equipment are you most familiar with?
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"In school and on the job, I have been trained on various MRI software and equipment in my career and am comfortable with closed MRI, open MRI, and wide-bore MRI equipment. In my current role, I primarily use an open MRI machine, which means that the machine is open on all four sides. I am a quick learner and always open to learning new equipment, as needed."
In preparation for this interview, list out all of the equipment and MRI software on which you have been trained. You may also want to highlight your ability to learn new technology and your commitment to continuous learning quickly. Find out which equipment is used in this particular facility and then let the interviewer know if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced user in these types of equipment.
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"Here is a list of equipment you may be exposed to in this role: -High-Field MRI Scanners -Low-Field MRI Scanners -Stand-Up MRI Scanners -Extremity MRI Scanners"
Experienced Example
"I have been an MRI Technologist for thirteen years. In those years I believe that I have used every type of MRI machine available. Could you give me a rundown of the equipment types you use at this facility? I would be happy to go into further detail on my experience with those."
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Question 4 of 25
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
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"With pleasure! I have over ten years of experience in the healthcare industry and am interested in growing my career to the next level. On a more personal note, I love to read, go hiking and spend a lot of my extra time volunteering with the humane society."
Many interviewers will start off with this question, which could throw you off a bit. You've done all of this research on the company but have you prepared to talk about yourself? The interviewer is looking for relevant information about your capabilities as an MRI Technologist. Respond by mentioning your education, how many years of experience you have in your field, and be sure give some details about your most current position. Conclude your response with a statement about what you are looking for in a position at this time.
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"I wanted to become an MRI Technician after I spent some time in South Africa and worked as a volunteer in a health clinic. It was an unbelievable experience, and I came home with a renewed desire to help others. I applied for Tech school and started my courses just a few months later. I think that my time abroad gave me a broader perspective and further purpose."
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"“I have a Diploma in Radiological Technology from the University of Michigan and am currently working on completing my Bachelor's degree, by taking online courses evenings and weekends."
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Question 5 of 25
What are your short term goals as an MRI Technologist?
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"My immediate goal is to find a full-time position with a top-ranked hospital here in Atlanta. I've heard that your hospital has a great training program and I'm excited to complete that training."
Short-term goals should be anything you are hoping to achieve in the next year or so. Discuss something that you would like to achieve in the now. This is not the time to discuss your long-term plan.
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"My immediate goal is to gain employment in a facility where mentorship and continued training is offered. I want to begin my career as an MRI Technologist on the right foot."
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"In the short term, my focus is on gaining leadership experience. I have enrolled in another leadership course that will hone my expertise in group training."
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Question 6 of 25
What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a MRI Technologist?
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Question 7 of 25
What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
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Question 8 of 25
How do you fill your downtime during a shift?
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Question 9 of 25
What is your most important career goal as an MRI Technologist?
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Question 10 of 25
What is the most difficult part of being an MRI Technologist?
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Question 11 of 25
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 12 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 13 of 25
Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
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Question 14 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 15 of 25
What is your greatest weakness?
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Question 16 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 17 of 25
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
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Question 18 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 19 of 25
Do you always double check or proofread your work?
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Question 20 of 25
What other hospitals have you applied to?
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Question 21 of 25
Have you been trained on any specific imaging equipment? If so, which ones?
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Question 22 of 25
Are you currently certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)?
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Question 23 of 25
Are you comfortable speaking directly with patients?
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Question 24 of 25
Are you comfortable with administering an IV?
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Question 25 of 25
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
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Question 1 of 25
What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?
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Hard working and consistent.
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Reliable, good relationship with pt's & co-workers Independent if need be Comfortable to our satellite outpatient center across town from the hospital with knowing both CT & Mri was open to fill the area they needed me to fill in.
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My iemployer would describe me as very hardworking, reliable with both attention to detail for specific tasks and the ability to step up and manage a laboratory through seeing overarching wider mangment issues.
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I can adapt very fast to the new environment. I can work under pressure and in stressful environment yielding the result in given time frame.
Question 2 of 25
How do you calm patient who suffers from claustrophobia?
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Talk to patient, explain the examinations and what will be the effect of the huge machine he/she is seeing.
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Talk to them through the scan, offer music.
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Insure that it will be fine ill always be with you and explain the procedure.
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I explain him the procedure with serenity, I showing him the apparecchiature and I contact the patient during the exam, if it is too agitated I will ask him if he has a tranquillizer pill to take.
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I will explain what the patient is going to experience during the exam that may reduce the phobia.
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By explaining the patient the whole procedure and the mri scan machine and the benefits of the scan.
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Tell the pt. It's going to be ok.
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Close your eyes and I wll give you a varaity of songs your choice. It is safe and try it if you feel stressed you can let me know by pressing the buser so tha I can terminate the exam.
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I will give advise to patients close your eys.
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Reassure the patient and explain the procedure patient . Give ear defender or a ear phones with good music of patient choice.
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Explain procedure to patient Provide patient with music or soothing nature videos inform them about OPEN mri.
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Talk to them through the scan, give them wash cloth, play them music.
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Every patient is different. I think I am good at reading people and customizing their experience accordingly. Some people want you to talk them through everything, explain exactly how long each sequence is and encourage them by telling them they are doing a good job. Others want to get through it as fast as possible so I spend less time talking to them. I have learned from some very experienced techs, and have many tricks up my sleeve to help patients through the MRI
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Ill talk to the patient and make them focus on breathing relaxation technique, to breathe in and breathe out.. Or let them choose what channels they want on tv infront to them..
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Pausing during the test to check on them, offering blindfold turning on a fan. Keeping calm and being patient.
Question 3 of 25
What type of equipment are you most familiar with?
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Yes I have previous used the phillips console.
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No fully but yes to some extent.
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Yes, I am capable and confident in working with ge, siemens systems.
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I am familiar with your GE magnet as I grew up on GE. I have never worked with toshiba equipment but I am confident in my ability to learn quickly and would love an opportunity to expand my experience base.
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Yes I have 5 yrs expirence in MRI
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Yes. I have with GE scanners for many years Also scanned using Siemens& phillip scanners.
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I am familiar with two types of equipment.
Question 4 of 25
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
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I am a mature adult, I have 3 children, I love music, good food, I love to dance and would like to learn salsa, I enjoy relaxing I love comedy shows I love to laugh it medicine after a hard day at work,
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I am family oriented helping motivated person.
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I am honest, dedicated to my post, team player,
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Hardworking, love medical imaging.
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I am motivated, punctual and always willing to go the extra mile.
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I graduated from Red Rocks 2 years ago, and got hired on in X-ray right away at one of my clinical sites. I quickly moved from PRN to full time. Last summer a cross training opportunity came up in MRI and I was chosen. This past october I was offered a weekend position in MRI. I took and passed my MR registry in march. Currently I am working part time in MRI and part time in X-ray. I am pursuing other opportunities because I would like to work full time in MRI, and the weekend shift is hard on my family. So here I am.
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41 mother from southern il moved to central il in 2001 enjoy spending time with family, meeting new people and enjoy the outdoors.
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My hobbies are cooking I enjoy experiemnting with different ingredients to make the best dishes. Calligraphy and canvas art work, sports working as a team and reading and writing poerty.
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I've been doing Mir for 16 yrs now. I am a registered Mir & x-ray technician Consider myself to be competent & very educated doing this modality. Also did cross training in CT Consider myself.
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I'm very mature lady, hard working, caring and confendent.
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Describe how you delegate responsibility in your current job.
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I have involve in inspecting X-ray room in present company and was able to give feedback and modified almost all the x-ray room into standard size.
Question 5 of 25
What are your short term goals as an MRI Technologist?
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Full time employee maybe a manager or a head tech.
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In the same company, in next higher level.
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Specialised in some of the complex procedures.
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Working as a MRI technologist.
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I see myself as a leader in medical lmaging. I think my career thus far shows how driven I am, I am always pushing myself to advance.
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Ill still be in Stand Up MRI after 5 years from now and continue to learn more in Fonar MRI.
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MRI technologist, supportive wife and mother.
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Learning as much knowledge to senior level and helping run the department smoothly, but I also have a keen interest in Functional MRI
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I. Would like to. Be working here. I did my training @Hershey medical center in Hershey & I seen they up with current quality standards & keep up with technology.
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Advance my positions to lead tech.
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Woking as a technologist in a hospital or outpatient facility.
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I see myself attaining a leadership role in a well recognized institution and maintaining the high level standards of healthcare if not improving it.
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With a stable job, hopefully advancing to receive higher pay and more benefits.
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My short term goal is to gain more experience in doing MRI scan.
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Whatever the work s allotwd to I should complete with my full involvement.
Question 6 of 25
What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a MRI Technologist?
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Helping the radiologist in mr breast biopsy.
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I visited and read about mri physics.
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Joined A.S.R.T. That offers articles & seminars for technicians: Joined an closed Mri safety group along with any other issues scanning on facebook to communicate with with technologist all over our country.
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I always try to refer books for every new technologies.
Question 7 of 25
What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
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My participation for their well being physically and emotionally.
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The ability to have contact with the person and the feeling.
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Since of care makng a difference heling some to feel better.
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I am enjoy when patient is satisfied for my kindness or for the quality of my work.
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Once I see happiness on their face.
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The care that I provid with smile and when they recognise it and become relaxed. When they leave the department in a hahhp mood.
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We come across variety of people.
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Communicating with patient, helping them.
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I enjoy being able to help people. I also like to be challenged, and when a difficult patient comes up, I like to be able to think outside of the box to get the images necessary.
Question 8 of 25
How do you fill your downtime during a shift?
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By checking supplies and making sure there is no shortage of supplies when heeded Offering help to coworkers and asking management how can I help.
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Restocking, cleaning, rescheduling patients.
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Clean and stock. Assist other modality.
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In my freetime I read a book scientific and thriller, I go swimming for maintain my performance and I walk in m ountain or in the nature for relax my mind.
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Call the service engineer to fix the problem. Call the patients to let them know the situation and how fast it will be fixed. Fill up all needs for mri suits. Check and make sure the next day schedule to assure the service will be done.
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By checking all patients are booked out appropriately, doing neccessary paper work, checking stoks and do some clining.
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Talk them through the process to reassure them and educate them about the length of time and the necessity to keep still. If this does not help them then educate them on alternative modalities.
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Inform patient about machine downtime,
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Stock supply stock linen, clean equipments.
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Clean and stock rooms, check supplies. Check linen, protocol.
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Checking the history of scheduled patients.
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I try to clean and stock the exam rooms. I also ask other co-workers if they need any help with their exams.
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Completing other tasks that need to be completed.
Question 9 of 25
What is your most important career goal as an MRI Technologist?
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To earn a bachelors degree and pursue my career as an MRI tech by moving up toward management so I can share my experience and knowledge with coworkers and help our company to prosper.
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To help the radiologist and produce high diagnostic quality images as I can.
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Becoming efficient as a tech an becoming the lead tech.
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Improve my knowledge and take a master in mri.
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To give best diagonostic images in a shortest time.
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To be specialist and cardiac mri specialist.
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To become a mri manager with international standards.
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Once I become certified, that is my career goal. I have wanted to do MRI ever since before going to x-ray school. It's my passion and my dream.
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To work until retirement. To improve my skills with parameters.
Question 10 of 25
What is the most difficult part of being an MRI Technologist?
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Long scans I wish we could have fast pace scans so we can help more pts in need of mri.
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Seeing the patient being afraid from the machine.
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Only that I must stay sitdown for a long time.
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Long time the patient in the mr machine.
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Nothing to dislike as MRI is our life.
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When noise creeps into the images, and scans have to be repeated.
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I enjoy my job and do not really dislike anything.
Question 11 of 25
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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By doing my job in a friendly and professional manner.
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Has lead rad, I allocate jobs to staff, all staff are qualified an experience so it not necessary to choose a person for ajob, I may shuffle person around to ease according to suitability to the job or experience.
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Do what the doctor order for and listen to the patient they need.
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I keep an eye on skill mix and I ensure the work load is shared amlng members. Treat faily and motivte staff morale.
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Delegated as per responsibility . Example as per mhra.
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Patient positioning, Image planning, equipment control.
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I currently do not delegate responsibility.
Question 12 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
Question 13 of 25
Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
Question 14 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
Question 15 of 25
What is your greatest weakness?
Question 16 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Question 17 of 25
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
Question 18 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
Question 19 of 25
Do you always double check or proofread your work?
Question 20 of 25
What other hospitals have you applied to?
Question 21 of 25
Have you been trained on any specific imaging equipment? If so, which ones?
Question 22 of 25
Are you currently certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)?
Question 23 of 25
Are you comfortable speaking directly with patients?
Question 24 of 25
Are you comfortable with administering an IV?
Question 25 of 25
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?

About MRI Technologist

February 18th, 2017

As an MRI technician you operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio frequencies to create 3D images of a patient's body tissues, which physicians then use as an aid to diagnosis. As a skilled MRI technician you may choose to specialize in pediatrics, cardiac, neurological or intraoperative imaging. Due largely to the aging population’s increased need for health care services your job is secure as an MRI Technologist.

As an MRI technician your job involves substantial physical activity and requires good health and stamina. You may need to lift or assist patients who are moving from gurneys and wheelchairs onto the scanner table or position body parts or pieces of equipment. Attention to detail is one of your greatest assets. MRI technicians need to follow physician instructions meticulously in order to obtain clear, useful images. Your empathy and communication skills help you gain the cooperation of patients who are in pain or experiencing claustrophobia. An Associates degree and certification is needed to be an MRI Technologist.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to have your Certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) handy or your MRI technicians license administered by the state or ARRT. Consider a mock interview with a friend or family member showing you've prepared for the interview. Have your elevator speech planned for explaining your strengths and weaknesses and how you work with others.

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