Operates independently and without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all MRI examinations and procedures at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. These exams are performed without and with contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies for proper diagnosis and treatment to be effectuated. Position is an operator of a super conductive magnetic resonance unit within the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and serves the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as a multi-disciplined technologist with primary responsibilities for performing a full range of diagnostic radiological procedures including MR, MR angiography (MRA/MRV), myelograms, arthrograms, digital reconstruction of MR images, venography, operating room radiography, portable, interventional procedures, bone, chest, spine, extremities, abdominal, and fluoroscopic studies, as well as the following types of responsibilities but not limited to the below: Position patient within the examining unit, monitor patient during all phases of the examination, and remove patient from the influence of the magnetic field upon completion of the data acquisition. Receives requests from requesting physicians. Schedules patients. Adjusts patient examination priorities as needed to accommodate urgent, emergency, and maximum caseload in MRI. Accommodates and adjusts to the examination priorities as established by the concerned supervisor for all other radiologic cases. Prepares all necessary ancillary equipment needed for studies such as physiologic monitors, injectors, needles, and IV catheters. Prepares for administration of contrast media .Prepares and operates contrast injector. Independently performs standard examinations in all areas of expertise using radiographic study guidelines with radiologist clinical orders or protocols. Properly identifies patient by asking patient full name and full Social security number, asking patient for Identification card, and / or checking identification wristband. Receives patients, and explains procedure methods. Secures the confidence and cooperation of patients during procedures. Positions patients for procedure and looks after needs of patient while undergoing examination. Coordinate with radiologist to determine the most ideal parameters to pulse the magnet for each individualized patient examination. Program technical factors by manipulating computer console and responding with inputs that will result in the parameters of pulse form, pulse sequence, slice profile, etc. as was determined in step two above. Monitor the examination by checking computations, performances and results of the selected parameters to obtain the best diagnostic computer generated data and images. Repeat sequence when motion is detected. Properly maintains all necessary patient radiographic records including technical factors, logbooks, VISTA, Stentor, DHCP, core data, archive material documentation (tape or disc), film identification, and technologist identification. Perform and record clinical analysis of data recorded by the computer. Perform technical operation and general technical maintenance of the computer, disc drivers, console, imaging devices, etc. Assist manufacturer representative and biomedical engineers in the calibration and trouble-shooting of malfunctions in all equipment associated with the MRI unit. Perform computer (protocol) programming with competency. Placement and insertion of intravenous lines for delivery of contrast media. Perform radiographs to assess presence of any metal object, etc prior to MRI studies if such object is suspected to be present. Establish and monitor quality control programs. Maintain operations log, maintenance and service reports. Maintain archive of images on optical disc and film file. Coordinate daily schedule and consult with other hospital physicians, clinical and administrative personnel pertaining to next day and future day's availability for patient examinations. Maintain inventory of lab, medical, and computer supplies and initiate procedures to replenish stock and to receive stock supplies. Perform or monitor safety checks on all patients, employees and visitors to comply with the FDA standards regarding ferrous objects, cardiac pacemakers, and any other contraindicating factor prior to those persons entering the environment of the five (5) gauss magnetic field. Assist in preparation of procedure manuals and assist in devising/modifying procedures as necessary. Assist physicians and other employees in the development and execution of research protocols and maintaining the records as necessary to validate the research or training project or funding grant. Assist and develop training programs for new MRI technologists, physicians in training, and general clinical employees. Participate in lectures and demonstrations relating to the technical and clinical operation of a MRI facility. Will perform all other radiographic duties as assigned by the supervisor in order to maintain service efficiency, including necessary ancillary testing. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, rotating tours, rotating weekends, and holidays. On-call assignments for tour coverage section. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599225200
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