This Lead Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT), Computed Tomography (CT), position is assigned to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Radiology Service; Computed Tomography / Interventional. Technologist will need to have both the knowledge and skills in both Interventional and Computed Tomography procedures. The incumbent is required/expected to rotate through both Interventional Radiology (50%) and Computed Tomography (50%) sections. This Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT), Computed Tomography (CT), position is assigned to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Radiology Service; Computed Tomography / Interventional. Technologist will need to have both the knowledge and skills in both Interventional and Computed Tomography procedures. The incumbent is required/expected to rotate through both Interventional Radiology (50%) and Computed Tomography (50%) sections. They perform diagnostic Computed Tomography (CT) and other complex radiographic procedures, including CT-guided biopsies and Interventional diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Performs all aspects of CT and Special procedure imaging to include but not limited to: Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis Extremities, 3D Reconstructions of CT, Multi-Planar Reformats CT and Angiographic studies when requested and/or when part of a standard procedure. Performs all aspects of CT and Interventional Radiography, including Biopsies, RF Ablations, Abscess drainages, cyst aspirations, etc. Performs a wide variety of difficult radiographic procedures (CT, Vascular and Interventional Procedures, Ultrasound, OR biplane, etc.). Prepare and position patients with the utilizations of immobilization devices. Performs CT Angiography of the Circle of Willis, Carotids, Abdominal Aortas, Run-Off's, including CT Cardiac Imaging (Cardiac trained technologists only) and CT Myelography utilizing specialized series to visualize the anatomy and pathology necessary for diagnosis. The radiographic goal of CT is to provide high quality axial imaging; generate the best possible images at the minimal radiation dose necessary to the patient. Performs Interventional CT biopsy exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques. This requires proper preparation of sterile trays, proper labeling of medications dispensed to sterile trays, knowledge of supplies and specific locations, and assuring measures have been taken to prevent contamination of the patient and equipment. Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist that are used in CT / Special procedures, to include CT Angiography / complex interventional procedures and other exams. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it. In addition, the technologist must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient. Technologist is certified to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material, when necessary. The technologist is trained in the proper use of power injectors. Technologist acquires and maintains knowledge in CT dose optimization and the factors that directly affect radiation dose from the CT scanner to the patient. Performs daily QC/QA on all equipment within the section, to include documentation. Ensure that all rooms are cleaned and ready to be used. Performs and completes imaging studies within the established guidelines for stat, pre-op, urgent, and routine exams. Applies Infection Control practices and procedures for patients and staff, as mandated by the Medical Center and Radiology Service Infection Control policies. Applies safety procedures for self, patients and others as mandated by Radiology Service Safety policies for all imaging modalities. Properly operates all electrical and mechanical equipment, is cognizant of basic safety practices related to the use of the assigned equipment. 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. Responsible for minor equipment adjustments, repairs and exercises care in the handling and safeguarding of all equipment. Technologist will check equipment for proper function prior to performing procedures. Technologist must report equipment malfunction in a timely manner to Bio-medical (maximo ticket) and the section supervisor both verbally and via email, so as proper attention is ensured to maintain the integrity of the equipment. Include details of the resolution to the problem. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800-1630 **The Lead Radiology Technologist are required to be placed in an on-call status for coverage of complex after-hours procedures in the Operating Room, Computed Tomography and Interventional Radiology by-weekly.** Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599985000
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