The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Interventional Radiology/Computerized Tomography) at San Francisco VA Health Care System works with complex modalities, Cardiovascular - Interventional Radiology. Responsible for clinical, research, and educational duties in these modalities. Works closely with radiologists, clinicians, radiology nurses, and trainee IR technologists to assure optimum quality control, coordination of activities, and high-quality diagnostic imaging results. Vascular-Interventional therapeutic treatments: Performs renal angiography research studies, in conjunction with Vascular Service, for the purpose of analyzing cardiovascular outcomes in renal atherosclerotic lesions. The aim of this study is to document the efficiency and safety of angioplasty for lowering blood pressure in patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis. Performs hybrid OR/IR procedures in conjunction with vascular surgery; the most commonly performed is carotid stenosis analysis and stent placement within the IR suite. In conjunction with Neuroradiologist, sets up and assists with discogram procedures. Performing this procedure in the IR suite (as opposed to CT) reduces the radiation exposure dose to the patient. Prepares for and performs CO2 contrast imaging. This method is used after determining through labs results that a patient is unable to receive a positive contrast agent (Visipaque, Omnipaque, etc) because of compromised renal function. This is utilized most often in a TIPS procedure and in vascular studies. Performs Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) procedures, which include, aortagrams and runoffs, visceral angiogram type procedures, cerebral angiogram type procedures, peripheral angiogram type procedures, venograms, and myelogram. Utilizes ancillary Siemens software to analyze images for measurement of anatomy and to increase image resolution to assist radiologists/neuroradiologists in optimal patient diagnosis, intervention and care. Neuro-Interventional therapeutic treatments. Perform cerebral angiography: angiography of the head is to determine areas of a pathology and to determine the course of treatment. Prepares patients for vital sign monitoring, connects the patient to the automatic electrocardiogram unit, automatic blood pressure unit, and checks the patient's creatinine level to ascertain if IV contrast media can be used. Responsible for verifying and executing physician orders for IR and A/G examinations, ensuring the proper preparation for the exam, and the safety and well-being of the patient, regulating patient flow, consulting with the radiologists to determine procedural protocols or variances in established procedures. Performs renal angiography research studies, in conjunction with Vascular Service, for the purpose of analyzing cardiovascular outcomes in renal atherosclerotic lesions. The aim of this study is to document the efficiency and safety of angioplasty for lowering blood pressure in patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis. Computerized Tomography (CT): Responsible for verifying and executing physician orders for diagnostic CT examinations, ensuring the proper preparation of the exams, and the safety and well-being of the patient during the procedures. Determines the best methods of obtaining optimal CT examinations while ensuring patient safety, regulates patient flow, consults with the radiologists to determine procedural protocols or variances in established procedures. Evaluates exam quality and makes necessary corrections to improve image quality. Performs quality radiographic images; positions patients in accordance the with established protocols and procedures in order to ensure the demonstration of the anatomy of clinical interest; ensures all studies and images are labeled correctly; ensures all studies are correctly registered prior to performing the procedure, ensures all patient data are correctly entered in the Picture Archive Computer System (PAC's); and ensures all post-procedural required data are entered into Vista upon completion of study. Complies with the JCAHO "Patient Safety Goals", such goals include: (1) effective communication among caregivers, (2) accuracy of patient identification, and (3) elimination of wrong procedural site, wrong patient, and wrong procedure Work Schedule: Weekdays with rotating holidays and weekends. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Interventional Radiology) (IR/CT)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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