Members assigned to this position provide imaging services leadership in specialized and complex areas of radiologic technology and/or general diagnostic radiology services. The incumbent performs and leads magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations on all body regions, including complex procedures with multiplanar reformations, 3-dimensional reconstructions, dynamic contrast imaging, body MRI, and MRI angiography. The selected incumbent will perform general diagnostic radiography examinations and procedures to include, but not limited to, diagnostic x-rays of all body regions, bone-length examinations, bone surveys, general fluoroscopic examinations, both in an outpatient clinic setting and in the operating room environment (C-Arm). Functions and performs MRI examinations of various body systems. Maintains responsibility for ensuring all patients are thoroughly screened for contraindicated devices, medical conditions, or any other applicable hazard prior to entering the MRI environment. Explains exams to competent patients, their family members, or surrogate(s) as appropriate so they can understand what is to be done as well as which hazards, if any, are possible. Monitors vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Performs general and specialized diagnostic imaging exams and procedures in advanced levels of complex treatment situations. Prepares and administers contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring injectable solutions such as myelography, Urograms, cystograms, cholangiograms fistulagrams and arthrography and for the purpose of performing oral and rectal exams of the GI tract. Maintains responsibility to the radiologists and supervisor for the quality and quantity of imaging exams performed in order to assure a high level of acceptability of imaging exams while minimizing patient dosage and reducing costs. Checks pertinent labs values and medications for contraindication to the exam to be performed and documents this is reviewed in the patient's record and/or applicable logbooks, spreadsheets, etc. as required. Practices MRI and radiation safety, maintains As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) standards, and participates in radiation safety committee meetings, as required, in order to reduce exposure to patient, staff and self. Practices the safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. Performs cutting-edge image processing and post processing procedures on advanced workstations and software as directed by the radiologist or as part of a given study. Maintains proficiency in advanced reconstruction techniques. Performs additional image processing such as loading and unloading cassettes on CR digitizers, adjusting image quality, providing additional reformats, and/or advance 3-D reconstructions when necessary or upon request, and prints images when required in order to provide adequate and properly processed imaging examinations. Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients. Edits and when necessary registers patients in the computerized Radiology Information System (RIS) as well as the work list management portion of the HIS-RIS interface. Maintains National Patient Safety Goals by properly identifying appropriate patient(s) for the proper exam or imaging study. Confirms the identification of the patient prior to beginning any study by using two (2) identifiers such as last name, VA ID number, last four numbers of the patient's SS number, date of birth or, in the case of ER or inpatients, the patients ID band. Performs radiographic exams at the bedside and in the operating rooms providing diagnostic x-rays to the surgeons and professional staff on patients that are unable to be x-rayed in the Radiology Service due to incapacity or surgical procedures. Utilizes portable x-ray units and mobile intensifier units (C-Arms) that may be located in Surgery or other areas within the medical center. Assists radiologists in the less complex fluoroscopic examinations. Maintains responsibility for cleanliness and stocking adequate levels of supplies in assigned areas. Maintains responsibility for reporting equipment malfunctions or in a timely manner and placing equipment maintenance requests. Maintains professionalism, cooperative and be able to work with other employees. Performa diagnostic radiographic examinations during irregular emergency on-call hours, 24 hours per day, coverage. Completes all assigned training (TMS, BLS, HIPAA, etc.) as directed and in a timely manner. Maintains certifications, organizational affiliations and/or accreditations. Maintains responsibility for performing any other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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