Medical Instrument Technician-Diagnostic Ultrasound
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Internal Number: 608581000
This position is located in the imaging section of the Clinical Support Service Line. Incumbent will independently performs routine and complex ultrasound examinations. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patients scheduled to accommodate them. Maintains records and electronic files of patients examined. Cross-indexes interesting cases for teaching purposes. CLINICAL RESPONSIBI LITIES A. Advises radiologists or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. B. Performs ultrasound examinations of the abdomen, neck, chest and extremities, retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. C. Participates in the training of physicians, students and radiology technicians so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams. D. Performs routine clerical procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate ultrasound records so that easy recall of patient examinations may be achieved . This requires maintaining a diagnostic log , patient schedule log , and procedure log, editing and when necessary registering patients in the Radiology Information System (RIS) E. Makes multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to insure accurate results. On the basis of radiologic findings, determines necessary ultrasonic procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings . F. Assists the radiologist in the performance of cyst punctures , aspiration biopsies (liver, kidneys, thyroid), and catheter placements for the purpose of diagnostic treatment using ultrasound techniques. This requires the use of surgical sterile techniques, syringes, needles, contrast, etc. G. Develops and maintains patient prep procedures so that patients and wards understand the proper preparations for ultrasound examinations in an effort to minimize delays of examinations. These preps are disseminated either by written preparation information or by telephone conversation . H. Explains examinations to be performed to the patients so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients are thoroughly understood. This is done so that an adequate ultrasound study may be obtained in an effort to get diagnostic examinations for the purpose of treatment and diagnosis of disorders. Obtains consent from the patient or authorized person to perform invasive procedures . I. Gathers related information such as patient chart, x-rays , CT's, and MR l's etc., so that correlation of examinations to other studies may be made by the radiologist in diagnosis and recommendation of treatment for medical disorders. J. Distributes ultrasound examinations and related information to the radiologist responsible for the interpretation of the exams . This is done so that treatment based on diagnosis may be effectuated in a timely manner. K. Performs quality assurance testing on the ultrasound unit using phantoms , test tools, test check lists, etc. for the purpose of assuring peak performance of the ultrasound equipment. Maintains the quarterly records of the quality assurance testing so that easy reference is available should servicing be necessary . L. The incumbent must be aware of and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center, and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. M. Performs irregular hour emergency scans on standby, 24 hours per day coverage. Requires the technologist be available within 45 minutes from receipt of call so that proper and effective emergency care can be given to the patient. N. The primary age of patients treated and cared for are normally at the geriatric level ,i.e. 60 years of age or older, although occasionally there may be younger patients between the ages of 18-60 years of age that require care. The position requires the incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the particular needs of these types of patients. Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors must be consistently achieved Work Schedule: Intermittent: Schedule will vary, including on-call rotations Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.