Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a special modality that utilizes computer technology in conjunction with magnetic fields and radiofrequency signals to obtain sectional images in any body plane. An MRI has the ability to distinguish differences in tissue composition and is the modality of choice in imaging the central nervous system and a variety of soft tissue structures.
This one-semester program prepares radiographers to perform MRI procedures in hospitals and imaging centers. The curriculum covers all subject areas listed in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ Content Specifications for the Post Primary Examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Technologists employed in MRI may seek enrollment in the online classroom-only portions of the program, if desired.
Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited and is determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) include: Blackhawk, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois Valley, John Wood, Lincoln Land, Parkland, Richland, Sauk Valley, Scott (IA), Southeastern (IA), and Spoon River.
Applications will be accepted from June 1 through October 1 for a January semester start. If necessary, additional review dates may be scheduled. Applicants will be notified by letter by mid-November whether or not they have been accepted in the program.