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10 Powerful Reasons to Become a Medical Radiography Technologist

By February 8, 2024No Comments
Medical Radiography Technologist

Are you driven to contribute within a healthcare sector in massive need of trained professionals to aid in critical patient care? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, technical field? Are you looking for a challenge in a rewarding, in-demand career?

Studying within a radiological technology program to become a medical radiation technologist (MRT) has extraordinary benefits at this time in our history – for patients across the country and for your career future. Recognizing the “why” of this choice can empower you to make an informed decision when it comes to selecting medical radiation technologist programs.

So, here we go …

Firstly, what is MRT and what do medical radiation technologists do?

Medical radiography technology is imaging technology used to diagnose various ailments and is the art and science of correctly positioning the patient and X-ray equipment to produce and record images for visualizing the extent of disease or injury. It includes the use of computed tomography (CT), interventional radiology (IR), bone densitometry and mammography (breast imaging), among others.
MRT professionals operate this state-of-the-art technology to capture images of bones, internal organs, and tissue that assist doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

Top 10 Reasons to Study Medical Radiation Technology and Launch Your MRT Career, Now!


1. Dynamic Schedule and Responsibilities

If you’re done with the 9-to-5 option and looking for an ever-exciting day-to-day flow, this is for you. While you have duties that are performed each day, the healthcare setting provides variety in an environment of constant change, as you assist patients with a wide array of diagnostic imaging needs. The hours and schedule vary and take you out from behind a desk to engaging with patients and healthcare teams in a career that will keep you active.

2. Wildly In Demand

The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists has been vocal about the massive need for MRT professionals, with patient needs outpacing availability, as outlined in detail in our recent MRT program Press Release. This shortage has led to an increase in patient wait times for crucial diagnostic medical imaging. While this is challenging for Canadians in need, it creates an incredible opportunity for those looking to explore this career path.

3. Job Security

If you are looking to launch your first or second career, you’re inevitably looking for security for your future, to know that your investment in your education and training will lead to an opportunity that will last. This is it. With an industry shortage comes heightened job security.

4. Specialization Options and Career Growth

Not only will you have the opportunity to leap right in and learn but with high demand comes a chance to work hard, advance quickly and recognize where you may apply your skills to a specialized area. These could include computed tomography, bone densitometry, screening and diagnostic mammography and interventional radiology, to name a few.

5. Fabulous Blend of High Tech and High Touch

In this career you will work with some of the most advanced technology of our time, and your work has a direct impact on the lives of others. The images you provide aid a physician in understanding injury and disease in patients and make way for accurate treatment plans. If you enjoy technology but also want to support patients, this is a terrific way to blend your skills to achieve these career goals.

6. Variety in Career Environments

Medical Radiography Technologists can work in a wide array of environments, from hospitals, outpatient centres, and medical imaging clinics. You’re needed in every city, in every province, in big cities and small towns. The healthcare world is open to you on myriad levels.

7. Competitive Wages

Being in high demand has advantages for your finances as well. According to Job Bank Canada, the median hourly wage for MRTs is 37.67 per hour and, as it is a competitive market, may come with benefits and extra incentives as well.

8. Fast track Training

The added bonus is that you can learn and train with intensity and speed within a college with a track record for success, in a program taught by industry experts and small-sized classes, for ease of instructor support. Anderson College’s program is 78-weeks and includes three clinical placements, off-site with potential employers.

9. Innovative and Immersive Program

Students enrolled in Anderson’s MRT program engage in clinical training throughout their studies. This is made possible by partnering with the dedicated teams at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Fraser Health (FH), Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and Providence Health Care (PHC).

Francine Anselmo, Anderson’s MRT Program Chair, describes precisely what this means, “The MRT program’s unique modular course delivery provides early exposure to hospitals, and hands-on learning during clinical practice, ensuring our students are well-prepared for this in-demand career and able to make a lasting impact on the diagnostic healthcare needs of our communities. Led by certified and experienced healthcare professionals, medical radiologic technologists, our students receive unparalleled training in a nurturing environment. This holistic approach not only ensures academic excellence but instills the confidence and skills necessary for a successful career.”

10. Credibility

Anderson College’s Medical Radiography Technology program is “registered” for accreditation with Accreditation Canada/EQual™.

Cheryl Russell-Julien, Anderson’s Director of Academics, explains, “We are pleased that this program is currently registered with EQual, a branch of Accreditation Canada, as this will not only enhance its credibility but assure stakeholders that our educational offering meets, or exceeds, required standards. Anderson is no stranger to this rigorous accreditation process and currently has several accredited programs by various governing bodies.”

Now you should have a keen idea if this field of healthcare resonates with your interests and strategic goals. Whether this if your first or next career, what an incredible opportunity that lies ahead for you in Medical Radiography Technology. If you’re ready to embrace this extraordinary, in-demand career, now can be the perfect time to consider the next steps for launching your training and making your vision a reality. We’re here to assist you all along the way. Contact our Admissions team, and let’s get you started.

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