I was very interested in the principles of MRI even though MRI is mysterious! After my experience with X-ray, CT, and IVR, I was able to get involved in MRI when I wanted to study it with passion.
In Japan, X-ray, CT, IVR, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy can all be done by someone with a single qualification as “Radiological Technologist.” To obtain it, one needs about four years of education. (Incidentally, in Japan, MR physicists do not exist in hospitals, and the current situation is that a radiological technologist concurrently serves as both MR physicist and MR tech.) After attaining my qualification, I got my Ph.D. in medicine to study the principles and clinical practices of MRI. MRI requires a number of parameters to be adjusted to obtain the correct image. Although this is the most difficult, I am happy when I get a good image.
I have been in the MR field for 11 years and a member of SMRT for almost 3 years. I am a member of the Abstracts, Membership, and Global Relations Committee, and in the past have been part of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. I really enjoy the active discussions and the expanding of knowledge that I find within these committees.
For fun, I enjoy playing video games, exercise, watching movies, exploring, and researching.