Medical Radiation Technologists

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Medical radiation technologists (MRTs) operate diagnostic-imaging and radiation-therapy equipment to determine function of organs and body systems by producing images of body structure and pathology and to administer radiation treatment. Medical radiation technology encompasses the four disciplines of magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, radiological technology and radiation therapy.

Please refer to Medical Radiation Technologist Database, 2009 Data Release for more detailed information.

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Practice Setting

MRTs may be employed in hospitals, cancer treatment centres, clinics, research and education facilities and in equipment sales and application.


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Regulatory Environment

The table below indicates the first year in which it became mandatory for MRTs to register with a provincial regulatory body as a condition of practice.


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Practice Criteria

To work/practise as a MRT, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a diploma in one of the four disciplines from an accredited program.
  • Pass the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam, except in Quebec, where one must pass the certification exam from the Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale et en radio-oncologie du Québec.
  • Some provinces without regulatory bodies may require membership and/or certification with both provincial associations and the CAMRT as a condition of practice.
  • Register with a provincial regulatory body as required.

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Education Requirements

A diploma is currently the entry-to-practice requirement for a MRT in Canada. A bachelor’s program is also offered by some universities. The following table provides a comprehensive list of programs accredited by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.

Internationally Educated MRTs

To practise in Canada, an internationally educated MRT must meet the following requirements:

  • Contact the provincial regulatory body in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta for assessment and recognition of credentials, including language proficiency for registration and other licensing requirements.
  • Contact the CAMRT for an assessment and recognition of credentials in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the northern territories for assessment and recognition of credentials.
  • Register with a provincial regulatory body as required.
  • Pass the CAMRT certification exam, except in Quebec, where one must pass the certification exam from the Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale et en radio-oncologie du Québec in Quebec.

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