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    The Eastern Colorado Veterans Health Care System, Imaging Service is currently recruiting for one (1) Lead Nuclear Medical Technologist at the Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center, in Aurora, Colorado.

    The NM/PET CT department provides 24/7 nuclear medicine coverage to includes on call, weekend and holidays. Nuclear Medicine/PET CT service provides care to our veterans to support services such as the Emergency Department, Medical Oncology, and Cardiology in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

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    Responsibilities

    LNMT shall be fully functional as an advanced NMT and carry out assigned tasks independently. Must be proficient in all studies performed by Nuclear Medicine Service. Provides a full range of nuclear medicine and PET/CT procedures, has a broad knowledge of the different modalities within the diagnostic radiologic area, and accountable to the next higher-level supervisor.

    Duties include:
    -Operate nuclear medicine equipment such as NM gamma cameras and PET/CT scanner, well counters, GM survey meters, thyroid uptake system, and dose calibrators. Lead NMT independently trouble-shoots and fixes minor issues with nuclear medicine equipment and software and enters work orders appropriately.
    -Lead NMT shall specialize within the areas of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) CT as well as nuclear cardiology, oncology, neuroimaging, endocrinology, musculoskeletal and infectious diseases. Lead NMT shall specialize in the operation, development and improvement of current and future PET/CT protocols as well as applications.
    -Perform complex PET CT exams and transmission scans after consultation with radiologist for appropriate PET CT procedure. Monitor patients' conditions and reactions during scans, report abnormal signs to physician.
    -Understand and perform exposure rate calculations.
    -Knowledgeable in three-dimensional anatomy and can explain cross-sectional images to staff technologists and providers.
    -Proficient in the introduction of peripheral IV sites for the administration of radiopharmaceuticals, inspection of IV site for signs of infiltration, monitor images for appropriate distribution of radiopharmaceutical. Lead NMT assists staff NMT with insertion of PIV lines for patients with difficult veins.
    Properly apply safety measures to protect patients while performing scans. Perform daily and weekly QC and evaluate results to ensure compliance as mandated by manufacturer, NHPP, and NRC. Lead NMT will assure that appropriate quality control is performed during all phases of imaging including gamma cameras, PET/CT scanner, thyroid uptake system and hot lab equipment. Lead NMT will monitor results and ensure compliance by staff NMTs.
    -Analyze procedure images for quality.
    - Complies with radiation safety procedures. Updates the Nuclear Medicine technical procedure manual and protocol book and develops new nuclear medicine imaging protocols as required. Sends all updates to RSO and Imaging Chief for input, concurrence and approval.
    Knowledgeable regarding possible side effects of radiopharmaceuticals and other adjunctive medications such as Lasix, kinevac, lexiscan, dipyridamole, and captopril. Administer medications and document appropriately in PACS for dictation by radiologist. Immediately notify radiologist of any adverse events or reactions after administration of the above medications.
    -Schedule and coordinate I-131 thyroid therapies with the veteran and ordering endocrinologist.
    -Perform radionuclide therapy in collaboration with Authorized User (AU) and RSO. Receive and
    assay prescribed therapeutic doses. Complete appropriate forms and administer dose with AU. Assist AU
    in relaying post-therapy instructions for outpatient, I-131 therapies. Inpatient therapies require instruction
    to patient and nursing staff regarding radiation safety precautions. Perform radiation surveys, post
    appropriate caution signs and distribute personnel monitoring devices as required. Properly monitor
    and store any radioactive waste for disposal. Lead NMT will liaise between RSO and nursing staff to
    disseminate "just-in-time" nurse training for each inpatient therapy. Lead NMT will advise ordering
    endocrinology provider with regarding admission consult, low iodine diet, lab orders, and fill out NHPP mandated documentation.
    -Assure that all Nuclear Medicine, Medical Center, VISN and Radiation Safety policies are effectively followed. Able to properly document excessive radiation exposure. Lead NMT will
    analyze dosimetry reports and institute or recommend additional radiation safety precautions as
    necessary to reduce exposure levels.
    -Recognize potential radiation contamination by visual and mechanical methods. Take
    necessary actions to minimize contamination and exposure to self, public and coworkers. Suggest
    and/or implement changes to decrease high exposure rates. Contact radio pharmacy and radiation safety
    officer in cases of contaminated packages or unit dose discrepancies.
    -Participate in research projects involving Nuclear Medicine studies, products, equipment
    and/or radiopharmaceuticals as required. Lead NMT interacts with manufacturer's representatives
    regarding technical capabilities of computing hardware/software to ensure compliance with research
    specifications.
    -Instruct staff, new technologists, residents and others on proper techniques, procedures, equipment use, and limiting radiation exposure.

    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

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