Kaiser Permanente Lead MRI Technician in Wailuku, Hawaii

Under indirect and direct supervision, performs Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examinations; provides assistance to physician(s) during exam; recognizes and reports patient emergency situations and/or MRI specific adverse events. Orients and trains new personel regarding subsection operations as needed, and is responsible for operational, technical and patient care functions within MRI. Manages and coordinates all initiatives associated with American College of Radiology (ACR) MRI Accreditation with MRI Chief Technologist support as required.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Remains responsible for efficient daily operation and the quality of patient care in assigned area; anticipates and resolves schedule and operational difficulties; counteracts adverse circumstances including appointment variations (late arrivees or emergency add-on patients, equipment malfunctions, etc.), and examination complications by adjusting employee and patient schedules by more efficient operation and with physician involvement. Manages all site specific ACR accreditation initiatives.

  • Performs specialized MRI studies; positions patients and provides immobilization means and patient counseling as needed; instructs patient of exam requirements before and throughout procedure by using excellent communication skills; selects appropriate protocols by having knowledge to tailor scan of each patient while producing superior image quality. Maintains daily records of exams performed. Performs all the duties of MRI Technologist Senior.

  • Follows all National Patient Safety Goals. Receives and double identifies patients using appropriate criteria prior to performing the study ordered. Ensures information and data entry is accurate. Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality. Assists with development and evaluation of imaging protocols.

  • Post processes digital images as required, including specific reconstructions.Prepares images for Radiologist interpretation, and transmitts images to the Diagnostic Imaging PACS system. Assures correct patient identification information is captured on all recorded images. Captures required documentation in Radiology Information System (RIS). Prepares, loads, programs and operates the contrast injector. Assists with screening patients for contraindications.

  • Verifies preparation procedures are proper and in order; oversees intravenous (IV) management; prevents potentially fatal accidents for all patients and visitors by acknowledging extreme safety hazards involved with MRI; protects visitors and patients from accidents by following established pre-screening policy and procedures; documents pre-screening methods on MRI questionnaire.

  • Throughly screens all patients using an extensive MRI screening questionaire for contraindications prior to performing any MRI procedure. Contraindications that present are all cleared prior to proceeding with the exam.

  • Interprets unusual tissue contract patterns and alters or adds protocols as necessary to enhance diagnosis by using high level of judgment and clinical experience.

  • Maintains high level of knowledge of complex operational physics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Pursues ongoing continuing education.

  • Has a thorough understanding of MRI safety specific to the '4' MRI Zones; completes annual required MRI safety training specific to MRI Level II Personel. Has a thorough understanding of measures taken to prevent MRI injuries (ear plugs, burns, metal objects, etc.) Functions as part of resuscitation team during Code Blue and/or Rapid Response Team situations; after patient has been removed from the scan room (Zone 4). Provides assistance to physician(s) during exam; recognizes and reports patient emergency situations.

  • Identifies potential equipment crisis by troubleshooting including monitoring coil functionality (transmit and receive), cryogen levels, system temperatures and RF signal interference, etc. Exhausts all troubleshooting methods before contacting Chief MRI Technologist and/or service engineer; documents any errors or equipment malfunctions in service log when Chief Technologist is not available.

  • Assures all monitors used in MRI are in operating order; discharges and recharges for drop-off and return of oxygen tanks; reports all equipment malfunctions appropriately. Orders and stocks materials for MRI department; logs ordered supplies on inventory sheet; issues and completes forms for ordering as needed.

  • Under direction of Chief MRI Technologist, compiles statistical data for end of month MRI reports; computes information and logs all data and MRI EOM form.

  • Assumes responsibilities for the needs of patient during procedure. Provides service-oriented communications with patient; explaining procedure; answering questions. Emphasizes a personalized, individualized, compassionate patient care atmosphere at all times. Dismisses patients for transport and/or assists with patient transport at end of procedure.

  • In absence of Chief MRI Technologist, coordinates with patient accounting on billing procedures for MRI department; maintains pathology file and logs MRI exam reports as needed. Performs scheduling duties for MRI department in absence of MRI scheduler and MRI Chief Technologist.

  • In absence of Chief MRI Technologist, remains knowledgeable in work-up of pediatric/anesthesia cases; follows policy and procedures as written; coordinates with MRI schedulers, ordering physician, operating room staff and surgicenter as requested; obtains patient medical records chart and completes essential paperwork; verifies applicable consent forms are complete.

  • Reviews orders, prepares schedules and consults with attending Radiologists and Registered Nurses as necessary.

  • Accepts responsibilities of direct supervision of student technologists during their clinical assignments. Rotates and shares on call responsibilities for MRI procedures. Provides one-on-one mentoring to MRI Trainees. Communicates with referring physician and educates as necessary during site tours; trains others under direct supervision of Chief MRI Technologist.

  • Attends departmental meetings and/or inservice presentations as needed or required. Reads and initials minutes of such meetings when excused absence precludes attendance.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum one (1) year (2,080 hours) computer tomography experience as registered technologist, including experience or successful completion of training program (pre-hire, post-hire, or on-the-job) in area of specialty, if applicable.

  • Minimum three (3) years (6,240 hours) MRI experience as registered technologist.


  • Associate's degree in radiologic technology;OR two (2) years of directly related experience.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Valid Hawaii Radiologic Technologist license (must meet education requirement(s) for Hawaii State licensure).

  • Registered Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist (RT) (MR) with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT).

  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification.

  • MRI Advanced Registry Certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT).

  • MRI Certification from an accredited MRI program of technology.

Additional Requirements:

  • Knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with MRI ACR Accreditation.

  • Associate's degree in business management.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical data analysis techniques, industrial occupational operations, and Kaiser systems/organization.


TITLE: Lead MRI Technician

LOCATION: Wailuku, Hawaii


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.