The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist performance and coordination of all diagnostic, vascular, and interventional examinations and procedures at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic images so that proper diagnosis and treatment may be effectuated or to provide interventional treatment. Position serves the Medical Center as a multi-disciplined technologist with primary responsibilities for performing a full range of diagnostic radiological procedures including angiography, venography, operating room radiography, interventional procedures and fluoroscopic studies as the service workload dictates. Performs the technical functions related to all complex imaging procedures such as abdominal and thoracic angiograms, carotid, visceral and peripheral angiograms, all other angiographic procedures, venograms, angioplasties, atherectomies, embolizations, catheter thrombectomies, thrombolysis, intravascular ultrasound(IVUS),filter placement and retrieval, arterial/venous stents and stent graft placements and assists the Vascular Surgeon during interventional procedures, as well as the following types of responsibilities but not limited to the below: Schedules patients and adjusts patient examination priorities as needed to accommodate urgent, emergency, and maximum caseload in vascular radiographic procedures and accommodates and adjusts to the examination priorities as established by the concerned supervisor for all other radiological cases. Works in collaboration with Vascular Surgeons in obtaining written informed consent for special procedures. Prepares room for procedure and all necessary ancillary equipment needed for studies such vascular catheters, needles, contrast media and guide wires for use by the radiologist and selects proper technical factors for optimum exposure; as well as preparing any necessary setups such as biopsy trays and interventional trays, in conformance with strict sterile techniques. Operates computer to obtain best quality image when doing Digital Subtraction Angiography studies. Prepares sterile trays and items related to sterile tray for invasive procedures in conformance with strict sterile technique. Identifies and receives patients, explains procedure methods, positions patients, and looks after needs of patient while undergoing examination. Properly identifies patient prior to performing any exam or procedure by asking the patient full name and full social security number, by checking the patient's identification wrist band, and /or by checking the patient's photo veteran's identification card against the request of exam(s) to be performed. Identifies procedure to be performed to include right / left in case of extremity. Explains procedure to the patient and / or patient's family. Properly completes the patient checklist. Serves as a reference person in the educating of technologists, residents, nurses, and other allied health personnel in all areas of radiological technology expertise. Maintains adequate stock of supplies in work area as well as performing daily infection control cleaning of equipment as warranted. Establish and monitor quality control programs. Maintains current knowledge of new and developing vascular surgical and radiological techniques and works to adopt state-of-the-art procedures to new examination protocols for the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Program. Takes an active role in developing all necessary technical policy and procedure documentation as determined by service management. Maintains appropriate records on all patients examined. Assist in preparation of procedure manuals and assist in devising/modifying procedures as necessary. Assist and develop training programs for new vascular/diagnostic radiographic technologists, physicians in training, and general clinical employees. According to department's workload, performs routine radiographic procedures and related miscellaneous duties as assigned by supervisors. Prepares for administration of contrast media and a limited number of anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs, such as Lidocaine, under the supervision of the Vascular Surgeon. Prepares and operates contrast injector. Prepares all necessary ancillary equipment needed for studies such as physiologic monitors, injectors, needles, catheters and guide wires; as well as preparing any necessary setups such machines and interventional trays, in conformance with strict sterile techniques. Properly maintains all necessary patient radiographic records including technical factors, staff involvement procedures and imaging processing, archival and retrieval and imaging documentation. Specific instructions will be provided. Assists the physician in obtaining laboratory values needed prior to the injection of contrast media, such as BUN and creatinine. Assists the physician in obtaining laboratory values needed prior to performing interventional procedures, such as PT, PTT, and INR values. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30 to 3:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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