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We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a CAT Scan Technician/IV Cert.
In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for performing medically prescribed radiographic and CT procedures. Utilizes computerized tomography (CT) scanners to produce cross-section images of patients internal organs and tissues for the diagnosis of medical issues. Accurately interpret a physicians scanning instructions, administer contrast materials, prepare and operate the CT scan equipment and position the patient to capture the appropriate images.
- Demonstrates knowledge of the hospital and radiology information systems as they relate to radiology. Correctly chooses appropriate patient information from HIS/RIS system in accordance with HIPPA regulations. Demonstrates ability to access patient information such as appointment times, type of exam, and patient reports. Is knowledgeable of the total cycle of RIS patient tracking. Follows departmental policy of documenting begin, complete and departure times, when appropriate, in the RIS. Has working knowledge of film library functions. Demonstrates knowledge of the HIS and is able to access patient data for verification of orders. Competent in scheduling exams in RIS from the order entry queue and/or demonstrates the ability to modify exams when necessary.
- Effectively assesses patients information and status, and follows appropriate procedure(s) accordingly. Uses standard procedures to identify the correct patient. Checks patients wristband by name, unit, and room number to ensure patients ID matches examination requisition. OR Calls patient by last name, asking patient to confirm their identity by stating their first name. Introduces self to the patient. Reviews patients requisition and understands the type of exam required by each requisition and confers with medical staff regarding clarification when necessary. Seeks information or asks for assistance from supervisor regarding difficult or questionable results. Follows accepted radiologic procedures and uses medical information to determine type of protocol required for radiographic examination. Consults policy and procedure manuals and/or other reference materials as necessary to ensure actions conform to established protocols. Follows special instructions indicated on radiographic requisition. Recognizes need for and follows isolation precautions.
- Independently implements patient procedures in accordance with departmental protocols and standards. Explains the procedure and equipment to the patient clearly. Provides for patient comfort before, during and after procedure, and maintains an ongoing rapport with the patient throughout the procedure to ease any anxiety the patient may have. Provides for patient privacy at all times. Positions patient and radiographic equipment appropriate to the body part(s) to be radiographed and adjust equipment settings accordingly to insure maximum information is obtained. Scouts the patient and is able to determine what images of a cross-sectional nature are to be taken. Demonstrates knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy to include solid understanding of slices and the relationship between the images produced by these slices and the parts of the body. Is able to determine, based on knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy, when he/she has taken enough slices to complete the procedure. Is able to recognize pathology or abnormalities in images produced from the CT scan (i.e.-tumors, masses, and lesions) in their cross-sectional aspects. Images this area above and below the mass; measures the abnormality as determined by protocol. Solves problems that arise during patient examinations using both technical knowledge and innovation. Alters examination to maximize information in response to patients condition. Confers with other technologists concerning previous approaches utilized. Assists physicians as needed during the course of radiographic CT procedures, as needed. Determines how to display and re-format data as needed.
- Performs filming of optimum quality and archives the data. Uses efficient methods and completes examinations assigned in reasonable amount of time. Performs transmission and/or segmentation for transmission to PACS in a complete and proper anatomic display. Generates high quality hard copies of images when necessary. Maintains cleanliness of radiographic area. Prepares equipment and supplies in advance for future exams. Makes alterations in work schedule for STAT and emergency cases. Is able to alter work patterns to satisfy the needs of the patient and medical staff. Is able to recognize a medical emergency and notifies nurse, PA and/or MD immediately. Demonstrates knowledge of proper radiation safety procedures and incorporates them into the performance of all radiographic procedures. Uses gonadal shielding on all patients whenever possible. Restricts beam to the smallest possible area, ensuring the least possible exposure to the patient without compromising quality. Eliminates the possibility of accidental exposures to x-ray by all persons. Maintains radiation detection badges and rings appropriately and returns them as required. Assist in the technical orientation of cross-trained technologist and instructs them in complex or difficult procedures.
- Demonstrates skill in equipment set-up, utilization and proper maintenance procedure. Performs visual and manual quality control checks of CT/IR equipment including monitors used for routine dictation/reading of clinical images.Demonstrates effective computer skills in his/her ability to use the CT scanner. Is familiar with the separate programs and variables for each machine in order to operate it properly. Utilizes CT computer skills and techniques to correct software errors that may cause computer malfunctions. Performs various test procedures to evaluate operation of CT equipment such as: phantom images, air calibrations etc. Uses imaging and peripheral equipment, in a safe and productive manner in accordance with prescribed hospital, departmental and manufacturers procedures. Observes and reports any malfunctioning of the equipment and notifies appropriate persons in case of missing or damaged equipment.
- Demonstrates skill in setup and administration of IV contrast media. Explains CT or IR procedure and process of administration of contrast to patient and engages radiologist and/or LIP as appropriate per policy. Makes sure contrast media questionnaire has been filled out by patient. Assesses any existing intravenous line or selects appropriate venipuncture site and attaches injector tubing to patients intravenous line. Loads and programs contrast media power injector according to established departmental procedures and assigns appropriate injection rates based on access and protocol. Ensures that all emergency equipment is readily available. Injects intravenous contrast using the power injector and monitors patient for signs of contrast media reaction and/or evidence of extravasation. Notifies radiologist or LIP in case of reaction or extravasation.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
To qualify you must have a High School Diploma/GED and a Certificate from accredited School of Radiologic Technology New York State license Registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) and with IV Contrast Certification within 3 months of employmentAdvance Certification in Computerized Tomography.
Minimum Two years experience in CT.
Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
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Responsible for performing medically prescribed radiographic and CT procedures. Utilizes computerized tomography (CT) scanners to produce cross-section images of patients internal organs and tissues for the diagnosis of medical issues. Accurately interpret a physicians scanning instructions, administer contrast materials, prepare and operate the CT scan equipment and position the patient to capture the appropriate images.
High School Diploma/GED and Certificate from accredited School of Radiologic Technology New York State license Registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) and with IV Contrast Certification within 3 months of employmentAdvance Certification in Computerized Tomography.