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.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$31.90 – $47.30

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$62,203 – $92,235

Medical radiation technologists (3215)

Chief radiographer

Diagnostic imaging technologist

Diagnostic medical radiation technologist

Diagnostic radiography technologist

Diagnostic radiological technician

Diagnostic radiological technologist

Diagnostic radiology technologist

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologist

Magnetic resonance technologist

Mammography technician

Mammography technologist

Medical radiation technologist

Medical radiation technologists supervisor

Medical radiographer

Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI) technologist

Nuclear medicine chief technologist

Nuclear medicine clinical co-ordinator

Nuclear medicine clinical instructor

Nuclear medicine supervisor

Nuclear medicine technical co-ordinator

Nuclear medicine technical director

Nuclear medicine technician

Nuclear medicine technologist

Nuclear medicine technologists supervisor

Positron-emission tomography (PET) technologist

Radiographic technologist

Radiography chief technologist

Radiography clinical co-ordinator

Radiography clinical instructor

Radiography supervisor

Radiography technical co-ordinator

Radiography technical director

Radiography technologist

Radiography technologists supervisor

Radioisotope technician

Radioisotope technologist

Radiological technician

Radiological technologist

Radiology technologist

Registered radiology technologist

Registered technologist in nuclear medicine (RTNM)

Registered technologist in radiation therapy

Registered technologist in radiography (RTR)

X-ray (radiology) technician

X-ray machine operator - medical

X-ray technician

  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

Average hourly

Range hourly

Average yearly

Range yearly


$31.90 - $47.30


$62,203 - $92,235


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.