Diagnostic radiologic technologists (DRTs) perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologists and other medical officers. The objective ofthe examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies that are used in medical diagnosis and interpreted by medical officers to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions, or lesions within the body. This announcement will remain open until filled and may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Applicants will be referred to the hiring manager as they are received and this announcement may close without advanced notice. Diagnostic radiologic technologists (DRTs) prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance with State and Federal regulations. All diagnostic radiologic technologists must be knowledgeable in Computerized Radiogaphy (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). Duties include but are not limited to: Serves as entry level through full performance level DRT. They explain exams to patients in terms they can understand as well as potential hazards. They also must troubleshoot equipment used for diagnostic radiology and exercise extreme caution in the handling and safeguarding ofall radiation producing equiprnent. Must report major equipment malfunctions within a timely manner to service representatives and assist higher graded technicians in performing more complicated examinations. It is expected that they receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patient issues and require direct supervision in any assignment area of general radiologic technology. Performs radiographic examinations ofthe skull torso and extremities lor routine physical examinations, and for diagnosis ofillness or injuries to accident victims. Often these procedures are performed on patients with severe injuries from accidents, patients who will not cooperate due to their mental status, paraplegic and quadriplegic patients who are almost helpless and patients with deformities, which make it impossible to use routine techniques and positioning. ln collaboration with higher-grade technologists or radiologists assists with more complex procedures such as carotid aneriography or other contrast studies ofthe venous or arterial system. Performs radiographic exams at the bedside and in the operating rooms providing diagnostic x-rays to the surgeons and professional staflon patients that are unable to be x-rayed in the Radiology Service due to incapacity or surgical procedures., using ponable x-ray units and mobile fluoroscopic units to achieve these exams. Upon request, operates the fluoroscopic unit in the cysto suite. Responsible to the radiologists and supervisor for the quality and quantity of radiographic exams performed in order to assure a high level ofacceptability ofradiographs while minimizing patient dosage and reducing costs. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patient, staff and self. This is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, leadlined walls and collimation. The technicians to assure compliance to radiation safety regulations wear film badges. The incumbent must also be aware ofand practice the safety policies/procedures ofthe medical center and panicipate in quality assurance activities as directed. Maintains records and files ofexams performed on patients. Edits and when necessary registers patients in the computerized Radiology Information System (RlS) as well as the work list management portion ofthe HIS-RIS interface. Properly identifies the patient and the image. Uses left and right markers. This is essential so that mistaken identity does not occur. The technician must be certain that the patient ID band and the request are identical. Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that the patient understands what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, are possible. May be required by procedure or patient's condition to monitor vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Monitors equipment for proper operation, makes minor adjustments and reports malfunctions to supervisor and/or Biomedical Engineer. Maintains required supplies in the radiographic room in a neat and orderly manner. Ensures that sterile supplies, contrast material, catheters or other required supplies are adequate and within the use by date. Incumbent must be professional, cooperative and be able to work with other employees. Incumbent Required to take call. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; Tour Variable. On call required. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized ???????This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.
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