The primary purpose of the position is to provide sophisticated diagnostic radiology technologist services in the subspecialty area of computerized tomography (CT) utilizing helical/spiral or multi-detector CT technology. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Performs CT exams per organizational approved standard protocols or protocols determined by a staff radiologist. Determines the required technical factors and machine settings to safely satisfy specific exam requirements. Demonstrates familiarity with basic radiation protection principles. Prepares rectal or oral contrast media and administers this contrast media to patients within the Imaging Service prior to performing their scan per either modified or approved standard protocols under a radiologist's directive. Inserts appropriate intravenous (IV) lined into patients prior to IV contrast administration when necessary. Prepares an administers intravenous iodinated contrast media to patients during their scan per modified or approved standard protocols under a radiologist's directive. Balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex exams and procedures. Recognizes the signs and symptoms of a contrast reaction and knows what steps to take in the event of a contrast reaction. Checks system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines. Monitors patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed. Ensures that each "cased" exam accurately reflects the examination that was performed. Responsible for correctly initiating transfer of obtained CT images to the organization's Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS) and confirming successful transfer of these images following completion of each acquired CT examination. Rearranges the exam schedule under the guidance of the CT section supervisor to ensure that critical patients are scanned, or critical exams are performed in the most expeditious manner. Maintains records of patients treated, examinations performed, scans taken, etc. Advises radiologists or referring physician when a particular exam has been completed, when requested. Notifies radiologist of any recognized significant abnormality that may require immediate attention while patient is undergoing the examination. Performs operator preventive maintenance as required. Reviews new developments in the field and makes recommendations to the supervisor of the section that may improve patient safety or the operation of the section. Assists in performing specialized CT exams such as CT guided biopsies, drainage, or CT angiography exams. Orders and stocks all supplies needed to perform CT exams. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 4:00pm Telework: Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorizes Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
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