I’m James Whittaker, an MRI Technologist living in Rotorua, New Zealand.
I’ve always had a keen interest in MRI safety and was taught early to have respect for the unique environment and risks we encounter as MRI Technologists. I originally trained in Diagnostic Radiography in the UK, graduating from Cardiff University in 1996.
I started working at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 1999, the NHS’s flagship Cancer treatment centre. It was there that I trained in MRI, taught not only by knowledgeable MRI Technologists but by physicists, biochemists and other scientists working at the Marsden for the Institute of Cancer Research.
From there I moved to a more senior role at the Royal Surrey Hospital performing cardiac and stroke imaging before taking a leap into the unknown and emigrating to New Zealand in 2007.
It was here that I undertook further study, receiving my Post-graduate diploma in MRI in 2009. I have since worked in a number of Imaging roles, public and private and received my MRSO qualification in Melbourne Australia in 2019.