Employees at this level are fully functional as an Advanced DRT in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and are able to carry out tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures. The MRI technician operates and maintains a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner to obtain highest quality specialized images, which are used by physicians to diagnose the nature and extent of disease and other pathologies. Major Duties include but are not limited to the following: The technologist make recommendations to improve, maintain, and to update the MRI protocols for the radiologist; Performs all aspects of MRI imaging of the spine; head, neck, abdomen, pelvis and extremities utilizing specialized sequences to visualize the anatomy and pathology necessary for diagnosis; Properly identifies patient by full name, date of birth or full Social Security number, asking patient for an identification card, and/or checking the identification wristband; Technologist is required to maintain intravenous competence and prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist; Effectively coordinate with physicians, nurses, patients and other medical personnel of the Veterans Administration Hospital, to assure that the service is carried out in a prompt and effective manner; Technologist receives and interprets all radiology requests for accuracy, appropriateness; date desire and maintains a through knowledge of the order process of CPPRS. Thoroughly reviews the MRI orders screening information for accuracy, noting researching all questionable information prior to contacting the patient or performing the exam. Inputs pertinent information into the designated computer systems and has knowledge to register, complete, change and edit exams; Maintain highest quality patient supervision, monitoring patients' condition with specialized equipment keeping constant check on vital signs arid the patient's comfort; Facilitate the implementation of software updates, hardware updates, and services calls for repair, calibration, and maintenance of cryogens; Applies Infection Control practice and procedures for patients and staff as mandated by the Medical Center and Radiology service Infection Control policies; Maintain quality assurance programs for the laser imager and patient monitoring equipment; Prioritize and evaluates the nature/need of critical or emergency procedures; Will perform all other radiographic duties as assigned by the supervisor in order to maintain service efficiency; and Responsible for stocking and inventory of all supplies, notifying the supervisor when supplies are not available and monitoring expiration dates to ensure all supplies are within compliance. Work Schedule: Varies
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.