The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography - CT) at the GS-9 level serves at an advanced level. The incumbent performs in the role of a multimodality technologist with a substantially full range of duties in general radiology and computed tomography at the Syracuse, NY VAMC. Duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Perform radiographic duties in the Computed Tomography (CT) specialty modality 80% of the time. Requires the ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while performing complex scans and procedures. Requires knowledge of cross-sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or, multiple-slice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular and Cardiac CT examinations. Requires specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems susceptible to radiological illumination; to interpret the examination requests accurately; to understand the functioning and inter-relationship of the various organs; to use the methods and techniques that will identify organs appearing on the digital display monitor, or on film, and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the image and/or scan from diagnostic use and to emphasize the aspects of particular interest to the physician. Performs all the advanced CT procedures including complex patient examinations with little physician supervision. Performs veno-puncture for venous access for iodinated contrast exams. Performs general radiologic (R) procedures 20% of the time under the direction of the radiologist and other medical officers. May be called upon to assist in performing procedures in other specialty modalities. Prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Must be knowledgeable in the operation of Digital Radiography (DR) equipment and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers. Supervise in the scheduling exams to ensure maximum usage of equipment and ensures ability to accommodate emergencies exams, practice radiation safety, properly identifies patient images. Must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Performs general X-ray, fluoroscopic studies, pain blocks, DEXA scanning and CT duties as needed. Works multiple modalities simultaneously on off tours and confers with radiologists to determine requirement of non-standard exams. Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans to produce and satisfy requirements of CT scanning. Notifies the radiologists or referring physicians of possible contraindications or abnormalities that may require their attention for immediate assessment. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Variant with rotating holidays and weekends Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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