The Primary Purpose of the Position is: Incumbent primarily performs urgent and emergent radiographic examinations. Receives patients, explains method of procedure, positions patients, selects and sets technical factors, sets up and adjusts accessory equipment required, and makes exposures necessary for the requested procedures. Duties include, but are not limited to: Incumbent is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Imaging PACS System. Performance of daily QC check of system is required for imaging stability. Will report all changes and daily performance through PACS Coordinator. Sets up the x-ray room. Under the direction of a supervising radiologist, may administer barium or iodinated contrast media orally, intravenously, or rectally. As required by procedure or patient's condition, monitors vital signs, notifying radiologist of significant changes. Provides clinical instruction for radiology technician students which includes positioning patients, measuring patient thickness to determine technical factors needed. Instructs students in the handling of seriously ill patients, checks images to ensure they are of good diagnostic quality. Evaluates the students' clinical ability periodically and grades their ability to determine their overall grades at the school. Independently makes routine radiographic examinations of head, trunk, and extremities for diagnosis of illness or injury. Performs operator preventive maintenance on x-ray equipment. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to the head of the section adoption of those which would improve the operation of Imaging Service. If unable to contact Site Manager or Imaging Coordinator, incumbent is authorized to call in backup technologists, during off duty hours to perform emergency examinations they are unable to perform. Knowledge of radiation protection standards including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes, effects of radiation on living organisms, and the effects of x-ray technique on patient and operator exposure to assure that adequate safeguards are maintained and reassure patients who may be unfamiliar with x-ray safety procedures. Knowledge and use of digital informational - radiographic equipment in conjunction with VistA Rad PACS (CR or Digitizers). Knowledge and use of all Direct Capture X-Ray Units. Thorough knowledge or radiation protection standards, devices, and techniques including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes, effects of radiation on living organisms, and the effects of x-ray technique on patient and operator exposure to assure that adequate safeguards are maintained, to recognize when changes of equipment or procedures might result in increased exposure, and to recommend methods to prevent such exposure. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology such as the location, appearance and function of the various major systems including the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and interrelationship of the various organs appearing on the film and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the radiograph for diagnostic use. Knowledge of the effects of common medical and surgical diseases upon radiographic examinations, for example: the more common abnormalities of veins and arteries, results of respiratory conditions such as emphysema, pneumonia and sinusitis, or peptic ulcer to recognize the conditions, assure that the radiographic studies properly illustrate the condition, and adjust positioning, technical factors or other variables to better illustrate them if necessary. Work Schedule: Two 12 hour tours on Saturday/Sunday; 8:00am-8:00pm; Two 8 hour tours 8:00am -4:30pm Thursday/Friday. Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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