The incumbent performs both CT and MRI exams as a Dual Specialty Modality Technologist on a routine daily basis (50% each). This individual must be expert in performing both modalities and be able to prioritize the urgency of their work to maintain optimum patient care in both areas. This position is a Temporary hire to NTE04/01/2022 due to COVID. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Supervisor of Radiologic Technologists in the Imaging Service. Works independently on most exams but confers with Radiologists and Supervisor on more difficult problems. Work is spot-checked for achievement of objectives. Duties include but not limited to: 1. The incumbent is an expert performing all CT examinations. 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. The incumbent works independently in performing CT examinations, confers with radiologists only to establish the requirements of nonstandard examinations, and determines technical requirements of the CT examination. The Technologist 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. 2. The Technologist performs daily pre-procedure calibrations on the scanner. The Technologist interprets this information to determine if the scanner is within diagnostic specification. If needed, the Technologist will take corrective action, and redo the calibration to bring the scanner values to acceptable levels. 3. The Technologist is proficient in venipuncture for those exams requiring the administration of IV contrast. 4. The Technologist will make an 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 his independent assessment of the viability of the patient's vein. 5. The Technologist must use a wide variety of computerized equipment specific to CT, as well as be proficient with the use of power injector systems, patient monitoring devices, colon insufflators, 3D workstations and the PACS, IMPAX computer viewing station software. The Technologist must also be proficient with the hospital computer systems such as VISTA and CPRS as well as be proficient in exam selection. 6. The Technologist maintains the CT area with proper medical and Emergency supplies needed for optimal patient care, safety and efficiency. 7. The Technologist maintains all CT record keeping that is required and takes an active role in the hospital and Radiology QM and Safety Programs. 8. The Technologist independently reviews each requisition to assure that the patient history and area of complaint is consistent with the exam requested. In addition, the MRI Technologist will determine which protocol and sequences will be scanned based on the patient's clinical history and diagnosis. 9. 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 a different processing algorhythm 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. 10. The Technologist is proficient in venipuncture for those exams requiring the administration of IV contrast. 11. The MRI technologist performs daily pre-procedure quality control on the scanner. The Technologist interprets this information to determine if the scanner is within diagnostic specification. If needed, the Technologist will take corrective action, and redo the calibration to bring the scanner values to acceptable levels. 12. The Technologist will 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 his images and if he determines the diagnostic goal was not 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. Work Schedule: Weekdays 3:00pm - 11:30pm and/or Weekends 8:00am - 4:30pm - Irregular tours Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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