The General Radiologic Technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all gastrointestinal and fluoroscopic x-ray procedures, joint and pain injections, surgical radiographs, barium enemas, Upper GI's and general radiographs. The objective of the examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies that are used in medical diagnosis and interpreted by Radiologists to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathologic conditions or lesions within the body. a. Responsible for maximizing utilization of fluoroscopic exam rooms. Identifies scheduled procedures for the following day and plans and coordinates activities around physician availability in order to maximize room effectiveness. b. Provides periodic written reports of accomplishments, statistical data for quality assurance, proposals for improved effectiveness, cost containment, state of equipment, and equipment needs to supervisor. He/she is expected to monitor and control wastage, maximize efficiency and the number of examinations performed without compromising quality standards. c. Assists the Radiology Supervisor in handling all complaints and requests from physicians and other hospital personnel for procedures included in this area. Works closely with other departmental personnel in coordinating and integrating departmental activities. d. Incumbent has administrative accountability for departmental supplies and equipment in his/her area. He/she anticipates needs for supplies and provides for them well in advance. This person makes minor equipment adjustments and repairs and exercises care in the handling and safeguarding of all equipment. He/she also 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. The technologist must report equipment malfunction in a timely manner, including putting in electronic work orders. The incumbent must have the ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines. e. Responsible for the clerk's checking with the nursing floors to ensure that patients scheduled for fluoroscopy are not delayed or cancelled for the following day because of lack of planning, preparation, or difficulty with patient delivery. f. Properly identifies patient images using computerized work list and left and right markers. This is essential so that mistaken identity of images to patients does not occur. The technologist must be certain that the patient ID band and the request are identical. Each pt. is identified by 2 identifiers (Full name, birthdate or VA identification card) g. Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that the patient understands what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, are possible. May be required by procedure or patient's condition to monitor vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The incumbent must have knowledge of the patients clinical record, diagnosis and laboratory results. The incumbent must have the ability to monitor the patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed. h. 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. i. 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 technologist to assure compliance to radiation regulations. The incumbent must also be aware of and practice the safety policies and procedures of the medical center, and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. The incumbent must have knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed. j. The incumbent must be knowledgeable in Computerized Radiography (CR), Digital Radiography (DR) and be familiar with local PACS (Picture Achieving Communications System) and tele radiography. k. Performs routine diagnostic x-ray procedures when required. Operates the digital fluoro unit in the endoscopy and surgical suite when assigned by supervisor. l. Incumbent must be professional, cooperative and be able to work with other employees. The incumbent must have skill in using tact, diplomacy and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors and volunteers. m. Will be required to be on call for General Radiography and be included in Holiday rotation schedule. n. May be required to schedule patients into desired clinics. o. The incumbent must have knowledge of anatomy and physiology recognizing unusual images and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest. p. The incumbent will be required to prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance to State and Federal regulations. q. May be required to assist with clerical duties of the Diagnostic Imaging Department in times of decreased patient volume. Work Schedule: Full-time Variable Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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