Opening the debate on MRI practitioner education - Is there a need for change?

Radiography (Lond). 2017 Sep:23 Suppl 1:S70-S74. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2016.12.011. Epub 2017 Jan 12.


Rationale: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) practitioners are traditionally radiographers who learn MRI experientially. This review opens the debate on whether this is the best way of learning MRI. It was conducted as part of a study exploring the value of direct-entry into MRI via a specialized undergraduate degree without first qualifying as a radiographer.

Method: A narrative literature review using the search terms MRI, radiography education and specialist education (healthcare, radiography).

Findings: There is a lack of cohesive policy on how to educate imaging specialists. There is evidence that MRI practitioners lack knowledge and that current educational methods are failing. Direct entry via a specialized undergraduate degree is permitted in some countries, and research suggests that this is a beneficial way of learning MRI.

Keywords: Education; Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI); Radiography; Specialism; Specialist education.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Specialization
  • Technology, Radiologic / education*