Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologists and other medical officers. The objective of the examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies which are used in medical diagnosis and interpreted by medical officers to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions or lesions within the body. Ability to utilize a variety of devices to assist with the transferring of patients to/from stretcher or wheelchair to radiographic table. Prepare and stock procedure/imaging rooms, operate imaging equipment and materials needed for a large variety of diagnostic and therapeutic patient procedures Receiving requests and/or instructions for radiologic procedures Interpreting requests and/or instructions of physicians for procedures. Follow prescribed imaging protocols required to accurately perform diagnostic and therapeutic patient procedures Observe patients during procedures and react correctly during complications, or unusual events and report the same to supervising physician Correctly identifying patient per MED VA Medical Center policy by using two identifiers prior to performing appropriate procedure and/or examination. The patient's full name (first and last name) and date of birth will be verified. The two-identifier system (full name and date of birth [DOB]) will be utilized to minimize the likelihood of potentially harmful errors before beginning examination. Perform computer work and complete required documents associated with patient exams, scheduling and documentation of patient procedures, complications and /or quality improvement activities of the x-ray Department. Maintain the skill-set to recognize changes in equipment functionality and performance that might result in increased radiation exposures and the ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures. Maximize patient throughput by contact/communication with escort, Nursing Unit program support staff, nursing personnel, physicians and other medical staff Maintain a clean work area and adequate level of supplies within assigned areas at all times. Performs technical operation and general technical maintenance of the computer, disk drives, console, imaging devices, etc. The incumbent assists manufacturer's representative and biomedical engineers in the calibration and trouble-shooting of malfunctions in the equipment used, notifying responsible personnel of any failure or required service. The incumbent uses computer programs with competence and establishes and monitors quality control programs. Maintains Quality Assurance log, maintenance and service reports. Maintains computed files on patient, computer data, and technical parameters of each examination Maintains archives of recording media and image files. May be assigned to coordinate daily schedule and consult with hospital physicians, clinical and administrative personnel pertaining to the next day and future day's availability for patient examinations. Maintains inventory of medical and computer supplies and initiates procedures to replenish stock and to receive and stock supplies. May assist in preparation of imaging protocol manuals, and in developing and modifying imaging procedures or protocols as necessary. Provides training to student radiographer technologists and trainees from affiliated educational programs and facilities to obtain established program objectives. Practices hospital safety, radiation safety, infection control and universal precautions at all times in accordance with specific facility/departmental guidelines. The incumbent is responsible for completing and documenting accurately daily quality assurance of all imaging equipment within the diagnostic imaging department. Provides education about Imaging procedures to patients and their families Work Schedule: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM; additional hours as patient care needs dictate Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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