Incumbent works under the supervision of the supervisory CT technologist. Works independently on the great majority of exams but confers with radiologists on more difficult problems. Competencies signed off by the supervisory CT technologist. Prioritizes exams in a manner so as to optimize scanner times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc. Coordinates patient-prep and transportation, if needed, for the emergent and scheduled patients. Confers with radiologists/residents to determine requirement of non-standard exams. Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans, etc., to produce and satisfy requirements of CT scanning. Advises radiologists/residents or referring physicians of examination completion. Notifies them of scans requiring their immediate attention. The exams involve the use of highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized tomography, pressure injectors, helical imaging, patient monitors, etc. Performs computerized tomography following a myelogram procedure of the spine. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies of the spinal canal. Performs most exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques for biopsies or aspiration of fluid of anatomical region indicated. 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 radiologist/resident as a member of the radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam. Must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition, sterile field and supplies needed for specific examination. The alertness of the individual is essential to prevent contamination, recognize patient reactions, anticipate technique factor difficulties, etc. Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it. In addition, must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient.ls qualified to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material when necessary. 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 technologists in compliance with radiation regulations. This is also achieved using lower doses to obtain adequate image quality. Performs reconstructions of CT studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure. Axial, coronal, sagittal, 3D reconstructions, and MPR reconstructions are utilized to achieve optimal information for a proper diagnosis. Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients, along with proper disk storage and retrieval system. This includes editing of patient exams in the computerized information system. Properly identifies patient images. This is essential so that mistaken identity of patient images does not occur. The technologist must be certain that the patient I.D. band and the request are identical. Confirms patient identity by verbally confirming patient name and date of birth, when an ID band is not available Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that patients understand what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, are possible. Clear explanation to the patient of the effects as the iodine contrast enters the venous system. Responsible for stocking of all CT supplies and related materials. Communicating with the Radiologist as to the best contrast materials to achieve optimal diagnostic results for the patient. Performs irregular hour emergency scans, 24hours per day, seven days a week, including holiday coverage. Maybe required to perform diagnostic radiographic examinations. Will be required to rotate in the on-call rotation. Work Schedule: Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 7am-5:30pm to include call nights, weekends and Holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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