Medical Radiology / Radiation Technician / Technologist (MRT)

A medical radiology/radiation technologist performs X-rays, fluoroscopy, CT scanning, interventional radiography, bone density, mammography and operating room scans. They are responsible for ensuring the quality of the images are produced during the scan to be sent out to for radiologist’s interpretation and followed the request the type of scan sent by the physicians. They may lead the team of radiation technologists, fellow imaging staff, and guide radiology students.

Medical radiation technologists work at hospitals, diagnostic centers, clinics etc. They usually work alone with the patients but sometimes they may be a part of interprofessional team in a hospital setting.

Salary Range

$44,000 – $60,000

Minimum Education

2 Year Diploma

ACSAP
Medical radiation technologists (3215)
  1. High school diploma with at least 75% in Math, English, and Physics
  2. IELTS and prior learning assessments for International students
  3. MRTs are regulated by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists and by provincial registering/licensing bodies
$44,000 to $60,000
Lower Employment outlook is Good to Fair in most provinces. More information is available here.
MRTs can move forward to teaching, information systems and administration with further experience and training. Specialization are possible with further education such as bone densitometry, MRI, CT scan etc.
None. Requires a 2-year diploma program certificate from an accredited institution such as SAIT or NAIT
Programs available at across countries. List of accredited programs can be found here.
Excellent communication skills; teamwork; leadership; time management; medical terminology knowledge; Interest to engage with patients/people and help them; ability to work in stressful situations; emotional resilience; compassion, empathy; detail oriented; reasonable physical strength and stamina
Individuals may continue to postgraduate education into mammography and angiography fields. Medical radiation technologists may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, night and weekend shifts, as well as on-call duty. These jobs may be physically demanding to some extent as most of the time they may have to be on their feet and help patients onto and off the procedure tables sometimes. They can also be exposed to radiation and biohazardous materials during the job. At times, they may work in emergency conditions. These jobs may not be regulated in some provinces like British Columbia, but still a certification and registration with CAMRT/provincial certification/registration is required. Usually following the 2-years diploma in MRT a graduate can do X-ray and fluoroscopy. To be become a CT scan technologist one needs further training and/or certificate on top of MRT degree. Same procedure may apply to mammography (Breast Imaging- Screening [CBIS]) as well. There is a risk of radiation exposure in this job.
  1. Get admitted into diploma program for medical radiologic technology in an accredited college in Canada. The admission into some colleges maybe competitive and require admission tests.
  2. Complete a two to three-year program in medical radiologic technology with practicum
  3. Write and pass the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) examination
  4. Register with an appropriate association or college according to your province, such as Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT), College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO), etc.