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MRI and Spectroscopy
  • Eight and one-half month advanced diploma
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Clinical education practicum
  • Submission of evidence of current and completed immunizations and testing is normally due within 30 days of applying. However, due to the current shortage of the Hepatitis B vaccine, the deadline for this year only has been extended to May 31, 2019. Some immunizations and tests may take up to seven months to complete.
  • If you have one of the conditions listed on the Safety Checklist you may not be able to enter the clinical segment of the program or work in the MRI profession. 
  • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete this program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete this program. See Program Progression Requirements for more info. 
  • International applicants contact RRC's International Education Office at or 204-632-2143 for information on this program and space availability

Magnetic resonance uses magnetism, radio waves and computers to acquire medical images. Although still a young technology, it has become firmly rooted in medical practice, particularly for:

  • Studying the cardiovascular system
  • Detecting tumours, especially in the brain and spinal column
  • Studying body chemistry and functions
  • Imaging soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons or arteries

The unique nature of this technology presents special imaging, patient care, and safety requirements. Since magnetic resonance does not involve the use of ionizing radiation, radiation protection is unnecessary.

Magnetic resonance scans require sliding patients into a body-length tunnel - the core of the magnetic field.  The image obtained from magnetic resonance scan generally appears on a computer monitor, or as a photograph or computer printouts.

As part of your professional duty as a magnetic resonance technologist, you will:

  • Explain the procedure to patients
  • Answer questions as fully as possible
  • Operate the scanner
  • Monitor patients during the scan
  • Comfort patients and provide emotional support
  • Ensure the safety of patients and staff around the magnetic field
  • Contribute to patient education

The above information is an excerpt from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists' website at

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