This position is located in Radiology at the Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center and is directly supervised by Radiology Supervisor. Incumbent performs technical work in support of Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI), Computed Axial Tomography (CAT or CT scan), and Diagnostic Radiography (DRT) under the direction of a physician PRINCIPLE DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES (FUNCTIONS/SCOPE) The technologist operates a super conductive MRI, a highly complex computerized imaging device which employs the use of strong magnetic fields and radio waves to acquire diagnostic images. Secondary equipment assigned is at least 25% of duties, is a CT scan, a highly complex computerized imaging device. Incumbent supports radiologists or other medical officers to produce diagnostic imaging studies used to diagnose medical conditions. Routine examinations include but are not limited to imaging studies of the skull/brain, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, spine, extremities and soft tissue studies; contrast studies of the digestive system, lower extremity circulatory system, spinal canal, joints and other internal organs and systems. The technologist will also utilize their skills as a DRT to perform routine and urgent care Xray studies. The incumbent will also MRI Functions - The incumbent's principal responsibilities are to perform MRI procedures for the patients of this ambulatory care center. - Maintain the cleanliness of his/her assigned work area, maintain necessary supplies in the work area; report shortages to supervisor, as well as equipment failure. In the absence of the supervisor, contact Biomedical Engineering or the service vendor to arrange for service. - Responsible for recognizing and exhibiting good safety practices; comply with published and communicated safety procedures; immediately report observed safety infractions and unsafe working conditions; to report in a timely fashion work related illnesses and injuries. - Interpret requests or instructions from radiologist or medical ordering providers. - Independently interpret and carry out the requests made by physicians. - Explain procedures, positions patients for desired results, and cushion and shield patients as appropriate. - Transfer patients from stretcher or wheelchair to radiographic table. - Prepare room, equipment and material needed for patient procedures Properly identifies the patient and the image; use left and right markers - essential so that mistaken identity does not occur. The technologist must follow local patient identifier procedures. - Prepare contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist. Follow prescribed protocols required to perform procedures. - Administer contrast material, under the direction of the radiologist, according to protocols. - Observe patients during procedures and report complications or unusual events. - Perform computer work and required forms associated with patient exams, credit of patient visits, complications and /or quality improvement activities of the Radiology Department. CT Functions - The incumbent's responsibilities are to perform Computerized Transaxial Tomography scan procedures for the patients of this ambulatory care center. - Examinations include, but are not limited to, CT examinations of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, head, extremities, neck, etc. The incumbent will also assist the radiologist in performing interventional procedures under CT guidance. - Interprets requests or instructions from radiologist or medical officers. - Independently interprets and carries out the requests made by physicians. - Explains procedures, positions patients for desired results, and cushions and shields patients as appropriate. - Transfer patients from stretcher or wheelchair to radiographic table. - Prepare room, equipment and materials needed for patient procedures. - Properly identifies the patient and the image. Uses left and right markers. This is essential so that mistaken identity does not occur. The technologist must be certain that the patient ID band and the request are identical. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm Position Description Title/PD#: ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST/PD000000 Physical Requirements: Positioning a variety of patients and maneuvering a variety of radiographic equipment requires heavy lifting (45lbs+) bending, and body alignment. Standing, walking and sitting for a variety of time is required Work Environment: Work is performed in an appropriately lighted and temperature controlled environment. Dimmed lights may be necessary for work with radiographic equipment. There is frequent exposure to radiation factors and infectious diseases. Observance of normal safety practices involve proper use of equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, and observance office regulations is required. Personal protective equipment is worn as required.
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