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PTI Radiology Technologist
Job Code:2021-05-012
Department:Radiology
FT/PT Status:Part Time Intermittent
Salary Minimum17.89
Salary Midpoint21.02
  
Position Closes:
Open until filled

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Primary Function

The technologist specializes in using medical imaging equipment to produce images of tissues, organs, bones, and vessels; including head, spine, trunk and extremities in both X-Ray and CT. The purpose of this position is to perform Radiology and CT examinations and apply advanced skills appropriate for the position within assigned functional area to meet the more complex requirements of the position.   They will produce high quality images for interpretation by Radiologists that meet the standards established by the CIHA Radiology Department.  This requires competence, as determined by competency assessments, in a variety of imaging equipment and technology.  Performance of other functional duties and tasks as assigned will vary and be somewhat complex to assure efficient and optimal patient care.  They will practices proper safety guidelines for themselves, support personnel and patients. The promotion of teamwork will be implemented through effective communication. This will ensure high levels of service and quality care are given for a positive experience for every patient. Technologist will resolve most questions and problems and refers only the most complex issues to higher level. Works under minimal supervision. May assist in training and checking the work of lower level employees.  Maintaining the flexibility to be open to various shift times, holidays, and weekends is important.

 

Job Description

  • Make sure equipment is operating properly; following the manufactures instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
  • Greets patients by confirming patient identification, reviewing imaging request; checking for special instructions; reviewing patient’s history and worksheets; confirming anticipated service with patients.
  • Perform mandatory daily quality control on all equipment as necessary (CT).
  • Gains patient cooperation by reducing anxieties; providing explanations of imaging procedures; explaining equipment; answering patient’s questions.
  • Review and follow physician’s orders.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology and medical terminology.
  • Independently perform radiographic and CT examinations of the head, spine, trunk and extremities, which may include contrast (see CT description for further details).
  • Perform procedures with the Radiologist and independently such as, IVP’s, Upper GI Series, Barium Swallow studies, Small Bowel follow through studies, Barium Enemas and Arthrograms.Sets up the room for appropriate procedure and assures the sterile supplies, local anesthetics, contrast materials, catheters and other required equipment are present and ready.Prepares contrast material for all exams.
  • Maintain a high degree of accuracy in X-ray and CT positioning exposure techniques.
  • Minimizes radiation to patients and staff by practicing radiation protection techniques (ALARA).
  • Keeps all rooms stocked with necessary supplies.
  • Maintains safe, secure and health work environment by following and enforcing standards and procedures; including proper cleaning techniques.
  • Provide support to the clerical staff when needed by assisting with checking in patients for exams, scheduling patients for procedures, answering phone calls, directing patients to desired locations and following HIPPA protocol for releasing imaging studies and/or faxing reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Education/Experience/Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates of Science in Radiological Sciences or currently enrolled in a Radiology Accredited Program as a second year student.
  • Must be Registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiology or students must be registry eligible and register for exam within 3 months of graduation.
  • Must maintain required continuing education credits to maintain registry (24 CE/2years).
  • Must have a minimum of one year experience in a clinical care setting.
  • Must be able to operate new technical computer and imaging equipment.
  • Experience in CT preferred but not required.
  • Must have experience in working with Adults, adolescents, children, and infants.
  • Must possess critical thinking skills and work efficiently in traumatic situations.
  • Must possess a personality to work with and welcome diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Must be flexible to work any day during the week, weekends, and/or holidays for any shift.
  • Must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with the critically sick (physically or mentally) or traumatically injured.
  • Must possess effective communication skills.
  • Must be able to perform well as a team and independently.
  • Must possess excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Must possess and maintain certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for CPR.
  • Must possess a Valid North Carolina Driver’s License.

 

Job Knowledge

  • Knowledge of 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 techniques on patients and operator exposure in order to assure that adequate safeguards are maintained.
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, the locations, appearance and function of various major systems. Skill in using this knowledge to interpret accurately the examination request and understand the functioning and relationship of the various organs of the system; to select the best Imaging views of particular interest to the doctor; and to identify the organs appearing on the images and the various stages of the examination in order to judge the acceptability of the images for diagnostic use.
  • Knowledge of the physics, function and operations of various types of X-ray and CT equipment.
  • Knowledge of radiographic exposure techniques including how to use formulas for determining technical factors, how to control density, contrast and distortion and how to use intensifying screens, buckys, collimator, filters, grids and other accessories to produce radiographs of high diagnostic quality with a minimum of repeats.
  • Knowledge of CT positions and how to get the accurate images for the highest quality exam with the least amount of radiation exposure.
  • Skill in positioning of patients for a number of difficult radiographic examinations in order to obtain a diagnostic radiographic image.
  • Knowledge of first aid practices including emergency cardiac arrest procedures in order to assist patients until a medical or nursing team can arrive.
  • Communicate with Radiologists and convey information effectively to and from the ordering provider for quality care for patients in primary care clinic and emergency department.
  • Must be skilled in tactfully working with people in coordination with exams and provider appointments.
  • Communicates effectively with management, within the healthcare community, with medical professionals and with other medical staff in the Cherokee Indian Hospital.
  • Must be able to work with diversity among internal and external customers and staff.
  • Must promote a positive working environment and maintain a positive attitude.
  • This department works mostly in a team environment and with shared knowledge.

 

Complexity of Duties

The work involves operating of radiology and CT equipment, including independent performance of a variety of routine radiographic examinations and performance of a number of more complex examinations under the direction of a radiologist.  The examinations require coordination of the positioning of the patients and the operation of equipment.  The technologist occasionally must use basic formula to set up standard operating procedures or to accommodate patients who are substantially more robust or frail that normal.  The employee occasionally revises non-standard positioning and equipment set up to accommodate patients who are suffering from illnesses, deformities or injuries.

  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Maintenance and QA of diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Administer contrast intravenously and/or orally for imaging or CT examinations.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Communicate effectively with physician
  • Clearly explain procedure and exam to the patient and family.
  • Prepare and position patients for imaging tests
  • Protect patients from radiation exposure
  • Help physicians evaluate images
  • Transfer immobile patients onto exam table.
  • Work as a Team within department and cross departmental.

 

Contact with Others

Personal contacts are with patients, patient’s family, coworkers, Radiologists, students, vendors and other professional workers. Personal contacts are of the purpose of performing imaging studies on patients.  Contacts with coworkers are to exchange information to resolve problems with equipment, procedures and rescheduling patients and to coordinate work with other technologists when working on procedures, which require a team effort.  Contacts with patients are to explain the procedure to be performed, patients who are unfamiliar with imaging procedures and to direct patient’s on how to move to achieve correct positioning.  Some patients are seriously ill, injured or nervous.  This may require the incumbent to provide reassurance and comfort.  Contacts with professionals outside the department are to demonstrate and explain practical problems and procedures in taking imaging procedures.  Contacts with the Radiologist, in addition to receiving instructions, are to coordinate work efforts to resolve problems.  Interpersonal skills are required along with tact, decorum, and professional etiquette. Consistently demonstrates customer service skills to patients and internal/external customers by displaying Right Way behaviors and skills.

 

Confidential Data

The Privacy Act of 1974 mandates that the incumbent shall maintain complete confidentiality of all administrative medical and personnel records, and all other pertinent information that comes to his/her attention or knowledge.  All types of information must be kept confidential. Must adhere to HIPPA and to the non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement of the CIHA in performance of duties.  Must maintain HIPPA compliance at all times.  The Privacy Act carries both civil and criminal penalties for unlawful disclosure of records.  Violations of such confidentiality shall be cause for adverse action.

 

Mental/Visual/Physical

Close attention to detail and mental concentration for extended periods are required with systems problems and applications. This is a multi-tasking position, which is subject to frequent interruptions requiring varied responses. Must deal with multiple situations concurrently.  Must frequently use creative thinking to complete tasks or solve problems.  Must be able to stand for long periods with frequent squatting, twisting, bending, kneeling and reaching to prepare equipment, materials or objects in order to provide patient care or maintain patient environment.  Must be able carry moderately heavy items such as detectors and supplies.  Considerable physical effort is involved in positioning patients who are unable to assist cooperate, heavy lifting of totally incapacitated patients is done only with the help from other employees. May occasionally move more than 15 pounds.

 

Supervision Received

Incumbent will work with minimal supervision of the supervisory Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist.  The supervisor provides detailed instructions on new procedures and techniques, and advises on technical problems.  Work is spot checked for diagnostic value and for methods used in conducting the examination.  Textbooks, technical manuals and research/journals on radiology are available for additional guidance.  The incumbent must maintain up-to-date knowledge of developments in the field on radiology recommend new methods, examinations and guidelines for adoption.  Procedures change frequently due to new developments in the field.

 

Responsibility for Accuracy

The purpose of the work is to provide imaging studies for diagnosis and treatment to patients.  The effect of the incumbent performance of duties directly relates to the correct or incorrect physician diagnosis and treatment.  Clear and accurate studies are essential to enable the physician to evaluate and treat for patient’s conditions.

 

Customer Service

Consistently demonstrates superior customer service skills to patients/customers by demonstrating characteristics that align with CIHA’s guiding principles and core values. Ensure excellent customer service is provided to all patients/customers by seeking out opportunities to be of service.