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A Glimpse Inside the Vital Role of a Medical Radiography Technologist

By April 1, 2024No Comments
Medical Radiography Technologist

A medical radiography technologist (MRT) is vital to the flow of patient diagnostic information leading to expediated and accurate diagnosis and treatment plans by physicians. Working behind the scenes, some of us may not even understand how critical their position is in relation to our health. But if you’re looking to break into the healthcare field and contribute your skills in a significant way, studying medical radiation technology, enrolling in a leading-edge radiological technology program, could pave the way for a thriving career in an in-demand position.

Understanding precisely what an MRT does and the specifics on the training required will help you make an informed decision as to whether this path is for you. Here are those details for you.

What is medical radiography technology and the role an MRT plays in healthcare?

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.

  • Medical radiation technologists “are the very image of care; the essential link between compassionate care and the most sophisticated medical imaging, contributing their expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of millions of Canadians each year. MRTs use their expert knowledge of imaging together with an extensive understanding of the principles of anatomy, physiology and pathology, image acquisition, treatment, and radiation protection to deliver quality care to their patients.”

What are the responsibilities of an MRT?

  • They work within the distinct discipline of radiological technology.
  • Operate X-ray, fluoroscopic and radiographic equipment, and computerized tomography (CT) scanners and mammography equipment 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, align and prepare diagnostic equipment for each examination.
  • Provide support as a patient moves through the radiographic procedure, adhering to all safety measures.
  • As an MRT advances in their role, they may also be responsible for the supervision and training of other medical radiation technology students.
  • MRTs can focus their skills on a variety of medical imaging procedures to include orthopaedics, cardiology, neurology, urology, and pediatrics and more.

How do you train to become an MRT?

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.

Anderson College’s Medical Radiography Technology program:

  • 78 weeks, full-time.
  • 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 also focus on specialized imaging, clinical integration, quality assurance and control, and professional practice.
  • The program includes three clinical placements where students rotate through general and specialized medical imaging departments, applying what you have learned within these clinical settings.

What truly sets Anderson College apart?

  • We have 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 those three clinical placements, simultaneously with your educational instruction.
  • Our programs are 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.
  • Anderson’s MRT program has been “registered” for accreditation status with Accreditation Canada/EQual™.
  • Anderson has a team dedicated to guiding you through program selection, supporting you during your studies and ensuring you are prepared to apply for, interview and ace the process of getting a position after graduation.


With the critical need for MRTs in Canada, this healthcare career path is second to none. Enrolling in a college with a 139-year track record for empowering students from program selection to graduation and career launch, gives you that competitive edge; we’d be honoured to help you too in achieving your career and life goals.

Start your medical radiography technology career today by contacting our Admissions team to join the next class!

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