5 Essential MRI Study Tips 

Are you a student studying for your MRI registry exam?  Well if so, you should follow these MRI study tips to ensure that you spend your time studying wisely. Effective studying is one of the most important aspects of preparing for the MRI registry examination, and by following a few essential MRI study tips, you can reduce much of the time and effort necessary for you to achieve your goal of passing this difficult exam.

This article contains 5 essential MRI study tips that can be extremely helpful when attempting to study for the MRI registry exam. Stay positive, study hard, and as always... Happy scanning!

The MRI content specifications (provided by the ARRT) is an essential study tool that should be utilized when preparing for the MRI registry exam. The MRI content specifications specifically describe what content will be covered on the MRI registry examination. Make sure to keep the ARRT content specifications in hand while preparing for your upcoming MRI registry examination. Doing so will help you remove the "guess work" from studying, and help to make your studying experience more focused and efficient.

Practice questions not only give you a benchmark of how you would fair on the MRI registry exam, but they also provide a means of tailoring your study regimen towards your areas of weakness. After studying your notes, or our MRI study guide, you should take practice questions covering each section of the ARRT MRI content specifications.  Take extra time to focus on your weak areas, and strengthen your chances of passing the MRI registry exam on your first go-around. 

Organization is key when attempting to absorb large amounts of information in  a short amount of time. Take highlights, write notes in page margins, and keep a list of the information that will require more time when studying. By staying organized while studying, you are able to revisit your highlights/notes/lists, while giving your brain the ability to focus on information without feeling lost or confused.

You may have heard that memorization is not an effective tactic when attempting to learn information. This is often true when it is necessary for you to "understand" and "comprehend" the information that you are attempting to learn. However, there are some aspects of learning that do not require a deep "understanding", but instead, only require you to be able to recall bits of information quickly and with ease. This is where memorization comes in handy. There are two subjects where I believe effective memorization to be vital when preparing for your MRI registry exam; 1. Anatomy, 2. Numerics (Both of these types of information do not tend to rely on comprehension and your ability to understand complex thoughts).

  • 1. Anatomy - Memorization is essential when attempting to master anatomy. For instance you don't necessarily need to "understand" that the bone composing your jaw is called your "mandible", you just need to "know" that the word "mandible" is a name for the bone that forms your jaw.
  • 2. Numerics - Memorization is also essential when attempting to conquer the numerics of MRI, such as; parameter ranges, FDA limits and regulations, equations, etc. For instance you don't necessarily need to "understand" why 1 tesla equals 10,000 gauss, you just need to "know" that these two values are equal.

*** I recommend memorizing these two areas after you finish studying all of your MRI subject materials since they do not rely on a deep "understanding". Otherwise, they are more likely to be forgotten prior to your MRI registry exam ***

4. Memorize Certain Areas Prior to Your Exam

Once you are finished studying, consider this final MRI study tip and take a little time to test your knowledge .​​ Not only can this help you to identify areas of weakness that may require further studying, but this can also prevent you from wasting your time and hard earned money having to retake the MRI registry examination. Find yourself a reputable source, and complete some of their practice questions or mock exams (or try our infinite supply of mock exams). By doing this you will make yourself more prepared on exam day, and possibly prevent yourself from having to take the MRI registry exam multiple times.

5. Take Mock Exams

1. Study Using the MRI Content Specifications

2. Benchmark Your Progress Using Practice  Questions

3. Stay Organized