Performs routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures. These exams are achieved by using diagnostic x-ray equipment such as portable machines, c-arm and fixed fluoroscopic machines and general diagnostic machines. Diagnostic Radiologic Technician, GS-5 Assignment. DRTs at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under general supervision. The technician functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity. Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help. Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion to higher grades in a functional area. Such duties are performed under closer supervision. Diagnostic Radiologic Technician, GS-6 Assignment. Employees at this grade level serve as developmental DRTs, performing examinations which are routine and standardized in nature. They explain exams to patients in terms they can understand as well as potential hazards. They must also troubleshoot equipment used for diagnostic radiology and exercise extreme caution in the handling and safeguarding of all radiation producing equipment. DRTs must report major equipment malfunctions within a timely manner to service representatives and assist higher graded technologists in performing more complicated examinations. Diagnostic Radiologic Technician, GS-7 Assignment. DRTs at this level perform a full range of duties but receive guidance and directions regarding unfamiliar or unusual situations for more complex patient issues. Candidates at this grade level may be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services. Diagnostic Radiologic Technician, GS-8 Assignments. Employees at this grade level serve as staff DRTs at the full performance level. Candidates at this grade level must be qualified to independently provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services with only occasional oversight or direction for highly complex issues. Position also includes duties, but are not limited to: Assist radiologists in the less complex fluoroscopic examinations. Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring oral or injectable solutions. In the case of injected media, a patient consent form must be obtained. These procedures require the use of needles, syringes, contrast material, barium, enema bags and drinking cups. Responsible to the radiologists and supervisor for the quality and quantity of radiographic exams performed in order to assure a high level of acceptability of radiographs while minimizing patient dosage and reducing costs. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patient, staff and self. (Use lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead-lined walls and collimation. Wear film badges to assure compliance with radiation regulations.) The incumbent must also be aware of and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. Properly identifies the patient and the image. Uses left and right markers. This is essential so that mistaken identity does not occur. The technician must be certain that inpatient ID bands and the x-ray request are identical. Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that the patient understands what is to be done. Performs radiographic exams at the bedside and in the operating rooms providing diagnostic x-rays to the surgeons and professional staff on patients that are unable to be x-rayed in the Radiology Service due to incapacity or surgical procedures. Responsible for cleanliness and stocking adequate levels of supplies in assigned areas. Must report equipment malfunction in a timely manner to the supervisor. Incumbent must be professional, cooperative and be able to work with other employees. Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Friday to Monday, 12:00pm - 10:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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