This specialty modality requires specific knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy and its application in computed tomography, inclusive of post processing applications and including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations combined with Cardiovascular-interventional (CV) which uses specialized equipment to perform diagnostic angiographic procedures and complex vascular and nonvascular interventional and therapeutic procedures. This specialty requires additional knowledge of vascular systems and major vessel anatomy. The technologist must be knowledgeable in the specialized equipment employed for digital subtraction systems and interventional procedures. The technologist administers contrast media under the supervision of the staff radiologist and confers with the radiologist to establish requirements with reference to contrast agents, vital signs, medications, and physiologic monitoring to perform procedures. ARRT, CT required for this position at GS-9, when ARRT,VI is obtained in additional to CT, Incumbent will be promoted to GS-10. Functions: CT Duties a. Confers with radiologists/residents to determine requirements 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. b. Utilizes highly sophisticated equipment such as computerized tomography scanners, pressure injectors, patient monitors, etc. taking education, training, and available resources into account for appropriate usage. c. Performs all studies presented in the CT Department. This includes but is not limited to routine and specialty neuro, chest, body, musculoskeletal, and CTA imaging as well as interventional/specialty procedures (i.e. biopsies, aspirations, injections, bladder and rectal contrast administration, etc.). d. Works with the radiologist/resident as a member of the radiology team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists in the performance of exams, to include recommending appropriate contrast materials to achieve optimal diagnostic results. Must be continuously on alert for the patient's condition, the sterile field, and the supplies needed for each specific examination. The alertness of the technologist is essential to prevent contamination, recognize patient reactions, anticipate technical factor corrections, etc. e. Performs exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques for biopsies or aspiration of fluid of the anatomical region indicated. Adheres to hospital and department 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. f. Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials runs the risk of patient mortality. Therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it. In addition, the technologist must be continuously on 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. g. Additional duties as assigned within the scope of practice for Interventional Radiography. ADVANCED IR TECHNOLOGIST FUNCTIONS: a) Liaison between radiologists and requesting providers to ensure more complicated exams are correctly completed. b) Teaches and supervises radiology students rotating through IR. c) Rotates on call and is the subject matter expert in obtaining appropriate information and imaging of emergent exams after hours when limited staff is available. d) Leads the training of new IR techs, and provide less experienced technologists the training and guidance necessary for their development in becoming a more proficient and expert IR technologist. e) Supports research protocols. f) Participates in the development and improvement of new advanced exam protocols g) Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients Work Schedule: Monday - Friday Day shift, Requires Call Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiology Technician CT/IR/PD000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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