If you’re responsible for hiring Medical Imaging Technologists and Technicians, you know what a challenging task that can be. Not only do you have to find qualified professionals with the right skills for the job, but you also have to get them up to speed on how things work at your facility and provide career advancement opportunities. This is further complicated by the nationwide healthcare staffing shortage. 

Fortunately, there’s a new way to approach MRI staffing. With MRI simulator software, you can simplify (and improve) MRI recruiting and cross-training at your facility. Here’s how.

What is MRI simulator software? 

First, let’s walk through a quick explanation of online MRI simulator software. With this cutting-edge technology, users can practice MRI scanning virtually, either from a laptop or a smart device. MRI software creates exact replicas of real-life scans, offering a safe learning environment and practical training experience.

It’s often used at universities and teaching hospitals so MRI students can practice their skills without putting patients at risk or taking up time in a clinic. However, it’s equally valuable for current technologists and technicians who use the software to improve their skills and cross-train to take on different roles within their facility.

Why it’s one of the best MRI staffing solutions

In terms of staffing, MRI simulator software (like ScanLabMR) serves many important purposes. Here are some of the best ways to use the technology for your MRI staffing needs.

Candidate skill assessment

Before hiring a new technologist, you can use MRI software to evaluate their knowledge. If they don’t have the skills or experience that you’re looking for, you’ll know right away – rather than find out after you’ve already onboarded and trained them. Not only will this help you make better and faster hiring decisions, but it will also save you thousands of dollars.

Standardized onboarding experience

MRI professionals often come from different professional backgrounds, with some having formal undergraduate MRI education and others having made the switch from other modalities. While these diverse perspectives are useful in many ways, they’ve also made it difficult to standardize MRI education – until now.

When your staff uses simulator software, they will get a standardized training experience that aligns with the latest industry guidelines. As a result, you’ll establish a base level of knowledge among your team members, creating more consistent patient experiences and better patient care.

Cross-training tools

To address staffing shortages, organizations are exploring strategies for cross-training technologists from other modalities and supplementing staff with travel MRI techs. It’s a win-win for everyone: You’ll get a team with diverse skills and can avoid the cost of external recruitment. In addition, your technologists will receive valuable education to help them advance in their careers and stay up-to-date on the newest developments in the industry.

Learn more about online simulation software for MRI staffing

At ScanLabMR, we’re on a mission to educate and train new generations of MRI professionals in a safe and convenient virtual environment. With our software, you can strengthen your MRI staffing processes, create a more knowledgeable workforce, and improve quality assurance at your facility.

Find out how Alliance and Akumin leveraged ScanLab to accelerate the training timeline for technologists by 63%, boosting productivity and recovering nearly $900k in facility revenue.

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