The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist assists with procedures performed in the hybrid operating room using the fixed imaging equipment or portable fluoroscopy units such as digital radiography, peripheral angiography, visceral angiography, cerebral angiography, interventional & therapeutic procedures, Prepares special procedures room for exams. These exams are achieved by using diagnostic x-ray equipment such as fluoroscopic units. Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Position: Positions the patient within the hybrid operating room, monitors patient during all phases of appropriate examination(s) and removes patient from the respected system(s) upon completion of imaging acquisition(s). Ensures that adequate quantities of Endovascluar/"specials" supplies are available to meet workload demands through a systemized process of ordering, receipt and inventory. Assures that the hybrid operating room is stocked with necessary supplies at all times with special attention to emergent equipment and supplies. Trains new technologists, residents and fellows in digital angiography, venograms, spine guidance, and other special procedures. Participates in the evaluation of new employees. Performs neuroangiography, including spine, head and neck studies utilizing highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, patient monitors, etc. Performs cardiac, peripheral, and visceral angiography of the coronary arteries, ascending aorta, arch, descending thoracic aorta as well as abdominal systems and extremities i.e. renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral, endovascular, etc. Performs most exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques. This requires "scrub-in technique," preparation of surgical trays, preparation of contrast, supplying of catheters and guide wires, sterile assurance of the patient and equipment that may come in contact with the sterile field with the purpose of assuring that all preventive measures have been taken to prevent contamination of the patient. Adheres to hospital infection control and safety policies/techniques with emphasis on sterile technique; the storage of sterile supplies; the disposal of body fluids and 'sharps'; proper attire; hand washing practices; and continuing education. Works with the surgeons/interventional cardiologists as a member of the operating room team. Confers with the proceduralist(s) to establish requirements with reference to contrast agents, vital signs, medications, and physiological monitoring to perform the procedure(s). Registers patient and procedure(s) in the VISTA System, Radiology Package, and enters case number to case edit the patient's file and indicate that the procedure has been completed. Performs technical and general operation and maintenance of the computer, disk drives, console, imaging devices, etc. Assists manufacture and biomedical engineers in the calibration and troubleshooting of any malfunctions in all equipment associated with the hybrid room Imaging Devices CPR/BLS certification is required and recertification in according with American Heart Association guidelines. 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. Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients. This includes registration and editing of patient exams in the computerized information system, ensuring that appropriate films are annotated, copying of images (to PACS, CD or film), logging patients on the HIS-RIS work list. Performs irregular hour emergency procedures on-call, coverage and is required to participate in part of Call-Back, for the hybrid OR. While on call, communicates and cooperates with attending physician or surgery resident/fellow to provide accurate and efficient radiographic imaging (IR) to requesting clinical service. Reviews new developments in the field of angiography and computerized Radiology. Is continually on the alert to improve quality of exams utilizing the new technologies available. The purpose of this review is to provide the patients with the best possible scans for diagnostic purposes. Must be registered and current with ARRT. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 4:30 pm; Hours negotiable Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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