The incumbent performs computerized tomography of the head, neck, spine, chest, and body. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies to bring about proper diagnosis and treatment. The incumbent will also perform general diagnostic exams including fluoroscopic, general x-ray and surgical procedures. The position is in Diagnostic Imaging Service at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA FUNCTIONS: Identifies scheduled procedures for the day, prepares and coordinates activities around the radiologists' availability to maximize room effectiveness. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc. Confers with Radiologists to determine requirement of non-standard exams. Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans, etc., to produce and satisfy requirements of CT scanning. The technologist schedules patients for examinations and. notifies Radiologists of scans requiring their immediate attention. Performs neuroangiography, including spine, head, and neck studies utilizing highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, patient monitors, etc. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies of the spinal canal and neurological anatomy. Performs peripheral and visceral angiography of the abdominal systems and extremities. These angiographic studies include renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral, etc. The exams involve the use of highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, patient monitors, etc.. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic or therapeutic studies of the vascular systems. Works with the radiologist as a member of the procedural/radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam. The technologist must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition, sterile field, catheter and guide wire sizes and configurations, etc. 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 X-Ray/CT/angiography and other 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 and administer 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. The technologist is certified to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material when necessary. Assists in protocoling exams in a manner to optimize scanner times and scheduling while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. Identifies scheduled procedures for the day, prepares and coordinates activities around the radiologists' availability to maximize room effectiveness. The technologist has accountability for department supplies and equipment in his/her area. He/she anticipates needs for supplies and provides them well in advance. This person checks equipment for proper function prior to performing procedures. Finally, the incumbent is responsible for the state of equipment in this area at all times and must report equipment malfunction in a timely manner. Properly identifies patient to ensure images are labeled with the correct information and uses appropriate markers to include right and left markers. This is essential so that the correct patient and exam are selected to ensure incorrect patient imaging does not occur during acquisition. The technologist must be certain that the patient ID and the request match. Responsible for explaining exams to patients so that the patient understands what is to be done as well as potential hazards, if any, are possible. Patient's condition may require the need to monitor vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate emergency protocols including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with indirect supervision. Performs general fluoroscopy procedures including BE's, UGI's, Arthrograms, Modified Barium Swallows, Minor interventional procedures and other exams using fluoroscopy. Performs routine diagnostic x-ray procedures when required. Operates the digital fluoro and portable units in surgery and other patient procedure and care areas when assigned. Will notify the lead technologist and the radiologists of scans that require their immediate attention. Incumbent must be professional, cooperative and be able to work with other employees. Work Schedule: Variable Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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