The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for an Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - Angiography. The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - Angiography will function in Radiology Service. Employees at this grade level provide services in Diagnostic Radiology in areas of Angiography/Special Procedures/interventional Radiology and General Diagnostic Radiology. Duties/Functions Specialized, complex vascular and non-vascular procedure studies include but are not limited to: Upper Extremity Arterial and Venous Imaging Cerebral /Carotid Angiograms Superior and Inferior Vena Cava Imaging Vena Cava Filter Placement and Filter Retrieval Aortic and Peripheral Arterial Imaging including Run-offs Kyphoplasty Urological Imaging including nephrostomy tube placement Angioplasty and interventional therapy Biliary and Vascular Stent Placement Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) utilizing chemotherapy beads Therasphere Radioembolization utilizing radioactive Y90 glass beads Aneurysm coiling Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedure Drainage tube placement Bone and other biopsies Interpret requests, orders, consults and instructions from radiologist or ordering physicians. Verifies study ordered with radiologist. Explain and educate patients regarding procedures, equipment, radiation and patient positioning. Explain instructions and effects of catheter placement, medications, contrast, etc. Recognize changes in technique and procedure that may lead to increase radiation doses. Advises radiologist on alternative techniques to decrease the dosage. Recognize changes in equipment that might result in increased exposure and how to recommend methods to prevent such exposures. Transfer patients from stretcher or wheelchair to Angiography table using designated Safe Patient Handling (SPH) equipment. Properly identifies the patient and unilaterally to be imaged. Use of two patient identifiers. Participates in mandated Time-Out procedures Preps and drapes area of patient by shaving/cleaning site. Scrubs in with radiologist to assist in the procedure. Prepares, labels, and administers contrast during the course of procedure whether manually or via power injector. Checks and verifies renal panels, coagulation, and other pertinent lab values prior to start of procedure. Observes patients during procedures and reports complications or unusual events to physician. Recognizes signs and symptoms of an emergency and reacts accordingly. Performs daily quality assurance checklist for each angiography x-ray unit and records described values and findings on the checklist. Assists physicist in quarterly or annual testing as required. Assists in procedures using chemotherapy and radioactive substances. Responsible for radiation compliance control of the Angiography suite during the procedures. Demonstrates and assists with the instruction and training of new technologists and students in the operation of angiography equipment and procedures. Is responsible for the quality assurance of the image (positioning/labeling/technique/network information) to ensure the best study. Assists house staff in use of PACS viewing stations and system and can also digitize films for the network and/or transmission to offsite locations. Independently operates Angiography x-ray equipment. Properly identify vascular and interventional anatomy. Monitor vital signs such as; blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and pulse oximetry. Assists radiologist with fluoroscopic and specialized radiography procedures. This may include but is not limited too; diagnostic procedures, wire and catheter placement, PTA and stent placement. Able to function as assistant in the place of resident, or fellow. Performs manual hemostasis as prescribed by radiologist. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - Angiography/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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