The Eastern Colorado Veterans Health Care System, Imaging Service is currently recruiting for one (1) dual certified MRI and CT Technologist, at the Colorado Springs Outpatient Clinic, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Advanced DRT (CT/MRI) will work under the supervision of the Supervisory DRT, Chief Technologist in the Imaging Service. The DRT works independently on most exams but confers with Radiologists and Supervisor on more difficult studies. Work is spot-checked for achievement of objectives. Duties include but not limited to: - Performing all CT and MRI examinations on a rotational basis and general radiology examinations upon supervisory request as needed. -He/she is an expert in performing CT examinations in multiple planes, including axial, coronal, sagittal and dynamic blood flow studies of the head and/or body. These studies include the ability to reformat CT images as directed by the Radiologist. Works independently in performing examinations, reviews radiologists' protocol and urgency indicators, confers with radiologists to establish the requirements of nonstandard examinations, and determines technical requirements of the exam to be performed. Independently reviews each requisition to assure that the patient history and area of complaint is consistent with the exam requested. If a discrepancy exists, the technologist will make an independent determination and take the appropriate corrective action or consult with the supervisor or radiologist. - Performs daily imaging suite preparation with pre-procedure calibrations on the scanner and interprets this information to determine if the scanner is within diagnostic specification. If needed, corrective action shall be taken, and a recalibration accomplished to bring the scanner values to acceptable levels. - Is proficient in venipuncture for those exams requiring the administration of IV contrast and to obtain labs required pre-procedure utilizing iSTAT. - Makes independent decision on the injection flow rate and the delay time of imaging of the automated power injector based on the knowledge of the suspected pathology, and an independent assessment of the viability of the patient's vein. - Utilizes a wide variety of computerized equipment specific to CT, as well as be proficient with the use of power injector systems, patient monitoring devices, various additional accessory equipment, 3D workstations and the PACS, (IMPAX) computer viewing station software. Is proficient with the hospital computer systems such as VISTA and CPRS as well as be proficient in exam selection. - Maintains the work area with proper medical and Emergency supplies needed for optimal patient care, safety and efficiency. - Maintains all CT/MRI record keeping that is required and takes an active role in the facility and Imaging QM and Safety Programs. - The MRI Technologist will determine which protocol and sequences will be scanned based on the patient's clinical history and diagnosis. The technologist independently reviews each requisition to assure that the patient history and area of complaint is consistent with the exam requested. - The MRI technologist may also make an independent judgment to obtain additional images, perform post processing functions such as MIPs, vascular isolation, 3-Dimensional reconstructions, or perform additional post processing to achieve effectively thinner slices, or use an alternate processing algorithm to better achieve the diagnostic objective. The technologist may need to perform additional 3-Dimensional reconstructions on the 3D workstation post procedure, to further isolate vascular or other structures of interest to enhance the diagnostic effectiveness of the exam. - Determine what anatomical areas and scanner techniques will be used based on the information obtained in the patient's clinical history and interview with the patient for maximum diagnostic effectiveness. The Technologist will review the images obtained and determine if the diagnostic goal was met initially, the technologist will make an independent judgment to redo the sequence, take addition slices or alter the technique to achieve the clinical goal before the exam is terminated. - Monitors patients during and after injection to see if there is any reaction and informing Radiologist and/or Radiology nurse, or appropriate practitioners. -The incumbent will utilize appropriate Imaging SOPs, contrast administration policies, MRI / radiation safety, and additional policies and procedures. - The technologist will utilize and completely fill out with the patients or authorized signatory person required modality specific screening forms (contrast, MRI Screening) as appropriate. The incumbent must be able to discern implantable devices and compatibility for MRI procedures. Must be able to check with approved sites or policies to ensure such devices are authorized to continue with exams. -The incumbent will perform administrative duties as assigned, to include but not limited to, orders management, image upload, creation of discs, reception desk, and the retrieval of lab results. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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