The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, Computerized Tomography (CT), works within the Imaging Service at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a Complexity 1a Facility is a multi-site medical system that includes a major medical facility in Portland, Oregon, outpatient and residential facilities in Vancouver, Washington, and 10 CBOCs. The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, Computerized Tomography (CT) requires specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems to be imaged; to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and relationship of various organs; to utilize the methods and techniques which will identify organs appearing on the digital display monitor; to understand the various stages of the examination in order to judge the acceptability of the image and/or scan for diagnostic use; to emphasize important aspects of the exams of particular interest to the physician.Duties include, but are not limited to the following: 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. Works with the radiologist/resident as a member of the radiology team. Performs exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques for biopsies or aspiration of fluid of the anatomical region indicated. Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT. Performs venipuncture for administration of contrast material when necessary, adhering to hospital and department policies and procedures related to this task. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff, and self. Performs reconstructions of CT studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure. MPR, MIP, and 3D reconstructions are utilized to achieve optimal information for a proper diagnosis. Stocks all CT supplies and related materials. Performs and records quality assurance results performed per the Equipment Quality Control and Preventive Maintenance SOP. Trains new hires, students, and contractors in the safe and effective use of radiographic technique in acquiring suitable images for the radiologist. Reviews new developments in the field of computerized tomography and is continuously on the alert to improve quality of exams utilizing the new technologies available. Performs routine housekeeping duties to ensure that the surfaces in the CT control area and CT rooms are free of blood, bodily fluids, and contrast material. Ensures proper and complete review of available resources. Performs routine administrative procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate patient records. Schedules appointments, processes exam requests, and registers, cancels, and case edits exams in the Radiology Information System (RIS). Performs additional duties as assigned within the scope of practice for CT. Diagnostic & Fluoroscopic: Performs routine radiographs, portable exams, fluoroscopy, and operating room imaging. Performs routine administrative procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate imaging records. Receives and interprets all radiology requests. Inputs pertinent radiology information into computer. Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring injectable solutions and for the purpose of performing oral and rectal exams of the GI tract. Utilizes PACS for acquisition, transmission, storage, and review of images, performs QC of all completed studies to ensure timely and accurate interpretation by the radiologist. Performs Quality Control procedures, which may include (but not limited to) the following: reject/repeat image analysis, lead apron and glove radiation verification. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operation of the section. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff, and self. Interviews patient to obtain pertinent medical history and precise medication usage as it pertains to the examination being performed. Varies tests or treatment procedures as needed to compensate for patient's individual medical conditions and body habitus. Explains examinations to be performed to patients so they understand the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients so they are thoroughly understood. Participates in the training of rotating x-ray students and technologists. Identifies system errors and work with the Supervisor, Assistant Chief Technologist, and Biomedical Engineering department to facilitate the effective and timely service of radiographic equipment. Work Schedule: to be determine by Service/Supervisor. This may include nights and or/weekends. Compressed/Flexible: May be available for a highly qualified candidate. This is coordinated by the Supervisor. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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