The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR), is assigned to the Alexandria VAHCS (AVAHCS), Radiology Service; Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Diagnostic Radiology section within the AVAHCS system. This specialty modality requires additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of superconducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical imaging. The technologist must be educated in the safety factors governing a magnetic environment that patients, visitors, and equipment enter. The practitioner must have specific specialized knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy and how it relates to the soft tissues and vessels of the human body. The technologist must also have a specialized knowledge of the radiofrequency surface coils required for each specific anatomical area to be imaged. The technologist requires knowledge of image acquisition in Computerized/Digital Radiography (CR/DR) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Incumbent will also support the diagnostic radiology section, with special emphasis on CT (Computed Tomography), by providing coverage in these areas as needed, including Call. He/she works independently on most exams but confers with Radiologists and/or the Chief Technologist on more difficult problems. Duties include, but are not limited to: Accurately operates a wide variety of imaging equipment to obtain examinations of acceptable quality utilizing the standardized amount of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) to obtain quality imaging for diagnosis and localization purposes. This includes but is not limited to: Mobile MRI, Modular MRI, and 1.5 T magnets and all other duties assigned. Performs all aspects of MRI imaging of the spine, head, neck, chest, studies including but not limited to Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis, and Extremities, utilizing specialized sequences to visualize the anatomy and pathology necessary for diagnosis. Performs MRI imaging of the cerebral, peripheral and visceral vessels through MR Angiography of the brain, abdominal systems and extremities. These MR angiographic studies include renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral, etc. The exams involve the use of highly sophisticated equipment, such as pressure injectors and 3D Reconstruction Software. Maintains competence in Venipuncture and refers to the Radiology Service procedure manual for guidelines on Administration of Contrast Media, Guidelines for Power Injection of Contrast Media, Use of Gadolinium within the MRI Section and policy for use of Contrast Media. Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist that are used in MRI, to include MR Angiography and other exams. Technologist is competent and educated in all aspects of MRI Safety, including any policy regarding MRI Safety. Maintains knowledge of all safety policies, practices and all records regarding MRI Safety. Properly identifies patients using the "two unique identifiers" set forth by hospital policy. Is responsible for properly educating the Veteran on the examination ordered, including all hazards, so they can make informed decisions regarding their treatment plans. Technologist receives and interprets all radiology requests for accuracy, appropriateness; date desired and maintains a thorough knowledge of the ordering process in CPRS. Thoroughly reviews the MRI orders screening information for accuracy, noting and researching all questionable information prior to contacting the patient or performing the exam. Documents appropriately, in the patient record, the accurate events regarding treatment of the Veteran during MRI procedures. Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, with possible modifications consistent with agency or department needs. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement#:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI)/PD000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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