The designated radiology technologist is responsible for the performance and coordination of all diagnostic radiology examinations and fluoroscopic x-ray procedures for the STVHCS. This may include the Kerrville Division, North Central Federal Clinic, and Frank Tejeda Outpatient Clinic, Northwest Healthcare Clinic as needed. Incumbent independently performs his/her assigned shift, coordinating workflow, determining priority of examinations and ensuring workload completion. Performs a variety of radiographic examinations such as routine, difficult, and complex studies in department as well as OR and on the wards/units. Receives the patient, explains the method of procedure, positions patients, selects and sets technical factors, sets up and adjusts accessory equipment required and makes exposures necessary for the requested procedure. In performing these duties, the incumbent is responsible for the following: Performs standard radiographic examinations of the head, trunk and extremities for diagnoses of illness and injuries with minimal to no assistance. Receives patients and explains examinations to be performed, ensuring patients are properly attired and prepared before positioning patient for requested examination. Performs procedures as defined by the equipment and scope of services, possibly including GI and small bowel series, cholecystograms, cholangiograms, urethorograms, barium and air contrast enemas, myelograms, arthrograms, venograms, DXA Scans, and contrast injections as it correlates to exam. Correlates clinical history, pertinent clinical data and other ancillary diagnostic examinations to obtain radiographic images of optimal value. Able to assist radiologist in fluoroscopic examinations which require incumbent to prepare and administer intravenous, oral, and/or rectal contrast media. Fluoroscopic studies such as upper GI's, barium enemas, esophagrams and small bowel follow through are performed on a digital fluoroscopy unit employing direct digital radiography. Assists in training employees and student technologist, coordinates radiation safety, receives patients and explains procedures, prepares x-ray room and equipment; performs portables, OR procedures, emergency room (Triage), and recovery room. Maintains records of patients examined, and studies performed in the VISTA hospital information system and CPRS. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures and rearranges patient priorities to accommodate these more urgent requirements. Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that the patient understands what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, is possible. Incumbent may be required by procedure or patient's condition to monitor vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Properly identifies patient images using left and right markers. This is essential so that mistaken identity of films to patients does not occur. The technologist must be certain that the patient ID band and the request are identical. Performs operator maintenance on equipment as required. 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. Performs quality control/assurance checks on studies performed to ensure that only optimally diagnostic images are forwarded to the radiologist(s) for interpretation. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead-lined walls and collimation. Film badges are worn by the technologists to assure compliance to radiation regulations. The incumbent must also be aware of and practice the safety policies and procedures of the ALM VA Hospital and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. Technologist is responsible to perform on call duties to include after hour tours, weekends, and holidays Is familiar with PACS, providing adequate and proper radiographs. Performs clerical duties to include, but not limited to, registering patients' examinations in VISTA, as well as file room duties such as making CD's for patients as requested and sending exams to NTP. Incumbent must be professional, cooperative and be able to work with other employees. Maintains current knowledge of the developments in the filed of allied health sciences as related to Radiologic technology and maintains current ARRT registration. Incumbent will perform other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 0800-1630 Mon-Fri subject to rotating shifts, Nights/Weekends/Holidays/ On Call Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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