Imaging Technologist III - Cat Scan-MRI
These employees function as a nuclear medicine technologist, MRI technologist, or diagnostic medical sonographer.
Ensures operation of imaging equipment by following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions, calling for repairs, maintaining equipment inventories, evaluating new equipment and techniques.
Transfers, positions, and instructs patients regarding the procedure in order to obtain and affect the desired imaging diagnostic results as specified by the physician.
Maintains production and quality of images by following established standards, guidelines, and/or procedures; developing images, observing results; making necessary adjustments.
Works as a member of the healthcare team including physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in diagnostic testing procedures.
Adheres to medical and surgical asepsis and standard precautions as required per procedure.
Practices radiation protection techniques, minimize radiation to patient and staff, following established safety protocols.
Maintains a safe and clean work environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations.
Prepares room and equipment for patient.
Prepares the patient and explains the procedure; observes the patient’s status before, during and after procedure.
Identifies patient service requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual patients and other persons in a position to understand service requirements.
Gains patient cooperation by reducing anxieties; providing explanations of examinations and procedures, answering questions.
Maintains inventory control; checks equipment, supplies and accessories on a regular basis; performs routine daily equipment maintenance and cleaning.
Performs clerical duties and transports patients as required.
Uses all department systems, including order entry, scheduling, patient location, and transport, and radiology information system.
Assists with quality control/performance improvement measures as required..
Assists in the clinical education of students and peers.
Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values, policies and standards.
Performs related duties as assigned.
MRI specific duties:
Performs MRI examinations/procedures according to established protocols. Prepares room and equipment for patient. Prepares the patient, explains the procedure, and ensures patient’s cooperation during the procedure. Arranges, attaches, or adjusts immobilization and support devices to obtain precise positions and prevent patient from moving. Ensures safety in the MRI environment; follows established MRI safety protocols, including patient and staff screening. Performs venipuncture for IV and contrast media administration. Uses automated technology to archive, copy, film and manipulate image data. Keeps a log of all patients scanned. Provides training to students, staff and physicians. Uses all department systems, including order entry, scheduling, patient location and transport, and radiology information system.
Nuclear medicine specific duties: Performs nuclear medicine procedures inclusive of organ imaging and function studies; assists physician in therapeutic use of radioisotopes. Administers isotope dosage accurately following established department procedures; accurately records dosage administered; observes patient during procedure and reports any unusual occurrences to appropriate personnel.
Ultrasound/diagnostic medical sonographer specific duties:
Utilizes high-frequency sound waves and uses special camera equipment to produce images of the inner human body for the identification and diagnosis of abnormalities. Assists physicians in such procedures as needle biopsies amniocentesis and renal biopsies; marks patients’ body; determines angle for puncture and assists as necessary while maintaining sterile techniques. Performs all ultrasound techniques and examinations, abdominal scans, retro-peritoneal scans, obstetric and gynecology scans and surgical ultrasound procedures.
EDUCATION: Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school.
EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of related CT/MRI or Nuclear Medicine experience.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION:
MRI: Arizona Certified Radiologic Technologist (CRT). American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Nuclear: Arizona Certified Nuclear Medicinec Technologist (CNMT) and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Competency Boards (NMTCB).
Ultrasound: Registry through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). Must take and retain ARDMS certification within six (6) months of hire.
All specialties must possess an active Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of magnetic resonance scanner use and application and the proper use to allow for accurate evaluation and reading by physicians.
Knowledge of how to transfer images from disk to magnetic media to produce transparencies.
Skill in placing the patient to ensure proper and most accurate scanning.
Skill in providing quality control for completeness of transparencies and scans, and monitoring and using equipment.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to complete routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to listen and accurately interpret others’ communication or instructions to take appropriate action.
Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to calculate figures and compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs; ability to apply basic algebraic concepts.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions; ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.