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Your Guide to Becoming a Medical Radiography Technologist

By March 1, 2024No Comments
Medical Radiography Technologist

There is a critical need in the healthcare industry to address diagnostic medical imaging wait times for patients. This massive shortage of medical radiation technologists or medical radiography technologist (MRTs), while challenging for Canadians requiring care, provides an incredible opportunity for those looking to enter the field.

Anderson College has launched a Medical Radiography Technology program to provide a stream of qualified and confident graduates. If you find yourself intrigued by the potential, recognizing the steps it takes to train and launch your career can help you in making that informed decision.

Your Guide to Understanding and Becoming an MRT


1. Understand the Vital Role and Responsibilities of an MRT

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.

As a medical radiation technologist your responsibilities may include:

  • Operate X-ray, fluoroscopic and radiographic equipment, and computerized tomography (CT) scanners and mammography units to capture radiographs or anatomic images of the human body for the diagnosis of injury or disease by radiologists,
  • Conduct quality control checks on medical imaging equipment,
  • Record information pertaining to the performed procedure
  • Communicate with patients, position patients and align diagnostic equipment for each examination,
  • Provide support as a patient moves through the radiographic procedure, adhering to all safety measures,
  • As you advance in your role, you may also be responsible for the supervision and training of other medical radiation technology students.

2. Enrol in a Credible Radiological Technology Program for Training

There are many medical radiation technologist programs available; you’ll want to select one that offers you the theoretical and hands-on practical training that ensures you are confident and in demand upon graduation.

What to look for in an MRT program:

  • Taught by industry experts, so that you receive relevant, credible, up-to-date training on the latest techniques and industry requirements,
  • Curriculum and program are driven by the highest industry standards and the college is accountable to a governing body to prepare you, and provide you with the credibility you deserve,
  • Program includes a practicum that allows you the opportunity to put your skills to the test in a healthcare setting with potential employers,
  • A team of support that will guide you through program selection, support you during your studies and ensure you are prepared to apply for, interview and ace the process of getting a position after graduation.

What you can expect from Anderson College:

  • Our Medical Radiography Technology program is 78 weeks, full-time and students are trained as radiologic technologists, responsible for the safe and competent operation of a wide range of X-ray generating machines, the production of digital images, and use of accessory medical equipment.
  • Students complete courses in anatomy and pathology, apparatus, and image management, computed tomography, radiation protection, general and specialized radiographic techniques, professional practice, and patient care. You will also focus on specialized imaging, clinical integration, quality assurance and control, and professional practice.
  • Anderson College has partnered with the dedicated teams at Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Provincial Health Services Authority and Providence Health Care, giving you the unique opportunity to complete three clinical placements, simultaneously with your educational instruction.
  • Anderson’s MRT program has been “registered” for accreditation status with Accreditation Canada/EQual™.

Anderson College team leaders have this to say*:
“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,” offered Francine Anselmo, Program Chair, Medical Radiography Technology, Anderson College. “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.”

“Designed to tackle industry shortages head-on, our MRT program employs a revolutionary clinical immersion model that provides an unparalleled learning experience,” said Cheryl Russell-Julien, Director of Academics, Anderson College. “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 that you have a full view of the options before you, are you ready to make the leap or at least dive in to find out more? We’re here to help you navigate the steps to get you informed about your Medical Radiography Technology career and enrolled as soon as you’re ready. Contact our Admissions team and see if there’s space in our next class. We look forward to meeting you!

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