Perform CT Imaging, Magnetic Resonance and Angiography Imaging (MRI/MRA) of the head, neck, spine, chest and body. These exams are performed with and without use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies so that proper diagnosis and treatment may be effectuated. Major Duties include but are not limited to the following: Schedules exams in a manner so as to optimize all of the radiographic equipment including the MRI/CT scanner times while maintaining a flexibility to allow for emergency cases; Confers with radiologists to determine requirement of non-standard exams; Works with the radiologist as a member of the radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam. Must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition (the alertness of the individual is essential to prevent contamination, recognize patient reactions, anticipate technique factor difficulties, etc.; Prepares contrast materials that are used in MRI/CT and general 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, 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. Is competent to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material; Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, proper exposure factor and equipment, lead shields, lead lined walls and collimation. The radiographers to assure compliance to radiation regulations wear film badges. The incumbent must be aware of and practice the safety policies and procedures of the medical center, and participate in quality assurance activities as directed; Receives and interprets request, or instructions for procedures; 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; Works with the radiologist as a member of the radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam; Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT. 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; Performs reconstructions of CT studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure; Sends images to the PACs system for image interpretation; Responsible for stocking and inventory of all MRI and CT imaging supplies and related material; Responsible for assuming various rotating schedules as determined by the Chief, Radiology Service. The rotation includes CT and MRI; Routinely performs standard CT, CT Angiography and biopsy procedures. Performs quality control for CT imaging, as required. Records contrast warmer temperature daily. Checks crash cart at beginning of shift; Performs CT angiography; including run-offs and pulmonary embolus studies. These studies require the use of power injectors and reconstruction of images post image acquisition. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM OR As Needed by Clinic
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