The MRT profession

MRTs perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. They are key players on your healthcare team.

The MRT profession has evolved as technologies have advanced, starting in the late 19th century when Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen first produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range (now known as x-rays). Today, magnetic and nuclear medicine technologies, as well as powerful computer-based diagnostic tools, put MRTs on the leading edge of patient care.

MRTs play a critical role in Canada’s healthcare system, not only with high-tech diagnoses and treatments, but also by providing opportunities for medical research and innovations in caregiving that improve quality of life. You will find MRTs not only in hospitals and clinics from coast to coast; but wherever the Canadian Forces are deployed; in the dressing rooms of our professional sport teams; and in 2010, on the field of play at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The MRT profession today includes a diverse array of highly-trained professionals representing various technology-related disciplines in the healthcare field:

Magnetic resonance technologists produce diagnostic images using equipment that generates radio waves and a strong magnetic field. Extensive knowledge of physics, anatomy, pathology and physiology allows MRI technologists to obtain images, while monitoring and caring for patients during scans.

Nuclear medicine technologists have technical expertise in the use of radiopharmaceuticals and radiation physics, allowing them to perform diagnostic imaging procedures with sophisticated technology. Their use of exceptional quality assurance techniques provides for patient safety and comfort.

Radiation therapists are responsible for — and expert in — planning and administering radiation treatment using complex medical radiation equipment for cancer patients. They offer ongoing care and support to patients and their families during the course of treatment.

Radiological technologists produce images of body parts and systems by performing and assisting in exams in general x-ray, CT, breast imaging, operating room and other specialized procedures. They are expert in the operation of complex medical radiation equipment while providing comprehensive, compassionate care to each patient.