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    Summary

    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.

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    Responsibilities

    FUNCTIONS:
    Computerized Tomography (CT) Examinations (50%):

    • 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.
    • The Technologist verifies the patient's identity following VHA directives and policies.
    • The Technologist may need to interview the patient to obtain additional clinical information, and if needed will contact the clinician and /or clinic that made the request for clarification.
    • The Technologist will determine what views and technique to use based on this information for maximum diagnostic effectiveness. If the diagnostic goal is not met initially, the technologist will make an independent decision to take addition views or alter the technique to achieve the goal, keeping in mind the ALARA principles, before the patient leaves the department.
    • 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.
    • The Technologist reviews the patient's lab results in VISTA/ CPRS prior to performing the exam to verify that the patient can safely receive IV contrast.
    • If the Technologist determines that the patient is at risk for an allergic reaction, or if the patient's renal function is impaired, the Technologist will closely consult with the Radiologist and/or Clinician to determine the best course of action.
    • If the patient's renal function is moderately impaired, at the request of the Radiologist, the Technologist will arrange for the patient to receive IV hydration prior to performing the CT exam with IV contrast.
    • If the patient's renal function is significantly impaired, the Technologist will consult the Radiologist to consider doing the CT exam without IV contrast.
    • If the patient is at risk for allergic reaction, the Technologist will closely consult the Radiologist prior to the start of the exam.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Examinations (50%):
    • The incumbent is an expert performing all MRI examinations. He/she is an expert in performing MRI 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 MRI images as directed by the Radiologist.
    • The incumbent works independently in performing MRI examinations, confers with radiologists only to establish the requirements of nonstandard examinations, and determines technical requirements of the MRI examinations.
    • 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.
    • The MRI Technologist is responsible for the safety of the patient entering the magnet room (Zone IV), and for the safety of the personnel, visitors and ancillary staff in the MRI area (Zones III and IV).
    • The MRI Technologist must assure that the MRI Patient Safety Data questionnaire is completely answered, and if there are any areas of concern, the MRI Technologist is responsible for resolving the issues before moving forward.
    • For patients who are unable to give a valid history, the questionnaire must be completed by a knowledgeable family member.
    • If there is any further doubt about a patient being able to safely enter the magnetic field, X-­rays may need to be ordered and obtained to screen for metal.
    • If there are any unresolved issues, the Technologist will consult with the Radiologist and/or the Chief of Service for clarification
    • In some cases, the exam will not be performed, and it will be canceled.
    • 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.
    Other duties as assigned.

    Work Schedule: Weekdays 3:00pm - 11:30pm and / or Weekends 8:00am - 4:30pm - Irregular tour
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

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