This specialty modality requires specific knowledge of cross-sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or, multi-slice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations. The technologist requires specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems susceptible to radiological illumination The technologist interprets the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and inter-relationship of the various organs; to use the methods and techniques which will identify organs appearing on the digital display monitor, and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the image and/or scan for diagnostic use and to emphasize the aspects of interest to the physician. GS-647-09 DRT performs duties in Diagnostic and CT Sections. Employees at this grade level serve as staff DRTs above the full performance level. Candidates at this grade level are to be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general and CT radiologic technology services. The duties and responsibilities of the irregular tour-of-duty CT/Diagnostic DRT include but are not limited to the following: Makes independent decisions during the exams and is responsible for Quality Control of the exams that could affect the diagnostic accuracy. Makes independent determinations of what exams will be performed, at what times, and must determine when to call in a Radiologist to answer questions for diagnosis. Is responsible for determining when equipment needs to be repaired, how urgent the need is, and who to report the problem to. Is responsible for maintaining safety regulations and reporting problems to the appropriate persons during the irregular shift. Employee is expected to prioritize the work, and to respond as quickly as possible to STAT requests in the department, on the units, in the Emergency Room, and in the Operating Room. Employee expedites and prioritizes requests as they come across the computer. Arranges with the Nursing Units and Emergency Room for patient transport to the department. Reviews the request for completeness and correlates medical history. If a discrepancy is noted, contacts the Nursing Unit and/or the Physician for clarification and resolution of the problem. Makes daily inspections of the rooms and equipment to be sure they are clean and ready for exams to be done on the evening shift in Diagnostic X-ray and CT, as well as for the next day's work. This includes availability of medications, contrast material and emergency supplies such as oxygen and suction equipment. Employee must be sure to enter data and close out exams necessary for the Radiologist to dictate the following day to assure close-out of exams for AMIS reports, daily statistics, and to assure proper reimbursement of billable exams. Employee must send all STAT exams that are completed after hour and on weekends to the National Teleradiology Program (NTP) for immediate interpretation. Employee must be able to operate, trouble-shoot problems and have a full understanding of the Digital Radiography systems and the CT scanners. Must have a full understanding of which imaging algorithms best apply to the image taken and be able to recognize and apply the appropriate additional post processing and distribution of electronic images as needed or requested. Must be able to take analog images and digitize them accurately including proper orientation of the image, contrast and brightness levels, and proper storage and archive of the image on the Digital Network (PACS). Must be able to query the archive library and recall previous images from both short-term storage and long-term archive. Employee is a key player with the hospital stroke program. Employee will ensure quick response to a Code Brain, perform a CT within 20 minutes of the code being called, and send to PACS and/or NTP for immediate interpretation and results for the Code Brain team. Work Schedule: Weekdays and weekends Irregular Tour (Midnight - 8:00am and 4:00 pm to midnight) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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