This position is located in the Diagnostics & Therapeutics (D&T) Service Line at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. This position functions as a diagnostic radiologic technologist for the Radiology Department. The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist at this grade level are to be qualified to provide diagnostic radiologic services, including x-ray radiology and computerized tomography (CT). This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2021. Eligible applications received will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. This position is located in the Diagnostics & Therapeutics (D&T) Service Line at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. This position functions as a diagnostic radiologic technologist for the Radiology Department. Duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Schedules exams when needed to optimize use of all of the radiographic equipment including CTscanner while maintaining flexibility to allow for emergency cases. Receives, interprets and carries out requests or instructions for procedures from radiologist or medical officers. Performs as technologist in charge on less demanding shifts or when functioning outside the department with mobile units in the ED, ICU, OR or at bedside. Receives assignments for a variety of difficult examinations including care of trauma cases, critically ill patients, isolation patients and other emotionally and physically impaired individuals. Performs all required information support tasks including exam registration, tracking, etc. Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients. Secures the confidence and cooperation of patients during procedures. Explains procedures, positions patients for desired results, and cushions and shields patients as appropriate. Administers contrast materials orally, by enema, under supervision. Prepares exam rooms with sterile supplies, local anesthetics and any supplies required for given exams. Knowledgeable and proficient in sterile techniques, isolation and reverse isolation procedures. Prepares contrast materials under the supervision of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring injectable solutions such as CT scans, IVP, cystogram, cholangiograms fistulagrams, and arthrography and for the purpose of performing oral and rectal exams of the GI tract. Must continuously monitor the patient's condition; must be knowledgeable in the procedures for handling adverse reactions including CPR certification, and preparing incident reports. Interviews patients to obtain pertinent medical history and medication usage as it pertains to safe administration of contrast administration. Proficient in venipuncture procedures to obtain IV access for administration of contrast materials. Determines technical factors, sets controls and operates general radiology equipment and the CAT scanner. Independently makes routine radiographic examinations and CAT scans of head, trunk, and extremities for diagnosis of illness or injuries. Works with the radiologist as a member of the surgical/radiographic team during biopsies, drainage or any procedure requiring CT guidance. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. Properly identifies patient films using flash identifiers, and L & R markers. Troubleshoots equipment for error or malfunction. Performs all required routine maintenance as per policy. Participates in training affiliated diagnostic radiology tech students and new employees. Performs irregular hour emergency scans on standby, 24hours per day, coverage. Work Schedule: Intermittent work schedule - work is performed on an as-needed/unscheduled basis. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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