This position serves as a Diagnostic Radiology Technologist at VA Butler Healthcare. The incumbent works closely with the technologists, clinicians, and clerical staff to assure optimum quality control, efficient coordination of activities, high quality diagnostic exams, and patient and provider satisfaction. S/he performs the full spectrum of general x-ray Radiology exams as well as DEXA (Dual Energy x-ray Absorptiometry) bone density examinations of the spine, extremities, and body. The Diagnostic Radiology Technologist performs general diagnostic radiology x-ray, bone density heel scans, DEXA, and mobile x-ray exams as ordered by the provider for the purpose of diagnosis of medical conditions. The following is a summary of the duties included in this role: Properly identifies patient images. This is essential so that mistaken identity of patient images does not occur. The technician must be certain that the patient's stated identify and/or I.D. band and the request are identical. Confirms patient identity by verbally confirming patient's full name and social security number (and/or date of birth). Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that patients understand what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, are possible. Responsible for stocking and inventory of all clinic supplies and related materials. Schedules exams in a manner so as to optimize equipment times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient. Scheduling includes all in-house exams, including ultrasound studies. Confers with providers, radiologists, and other specialists to determine requirement of non-standard exams and to troubleshoot difficult cases. Determines technical factors, positioning of scans, etc., to produce and satisfy requirements of x-ray and DEXA scanning. Imports on-sight and off-site exam data into the electronic medical record and data management systems. Ensures timely interpretation and reporting of results. Advises radiologists or referring physicians of examination results when appropriate. Notifies them of scans requiring their immediate attention. Selects and prepares proper imaging cameras, computers, and auxiliary equipment to perform procedures. Positions the patient and equipment to obtain desire images. Verifies regions of interest (ROI); evaluates quality of measurements for problems due to artifacts or pathology and recommends additional scan as necessary. Flags preliminary results that may require a physician's immediate attention. Adheres to hospital infection control and safety policies/techniques with emphasis on sterile technique; the storage of sterile supplies; the disposal of body fluids and 'sharps'; proper attire; hand washing practices; and continuing education. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead lined walls and collimation. Film badges are worn by the technicians in compliance with radiation regulations. Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients. This includes the maintenance and editing of patient exams in the computerized information system. Is proficient in using all the electronic health record computer systems necessary for the clinic's efficient operations, including VistA, VistA Imaging, CPRS, and PACs. The incumbent can trouble shoot problems in any of these systems and move seamlessly between them to ensure complete care, communication, and documentation. The incumbent is expected to be a subject matter expert on the VistA radiology package and keep abreast of changes. Prepares reports of workload, errors, efficiency, and quality for review with the radiology supervisor regularly and upon special request. Responsible for the upload of all images that goes out through CITC. The images are sent on a CD that must be imported into our system. This involves resolving the exception list. Performs irregular hour scans as required. Continually reviews new developments in the field of diagnostic radiology and DEXA examinations. Is continually on the alert to improve quality and efficiency of the clinic. The purpose of this review is to provide the patients with the best possible scans and customer service. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599221600
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