Computed Tomography Technologist -25039
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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/11/2016
West Virginia University Hospital
JOB DESCRIPTIONPOSITION DESCRIPTION
JOB TITLE &CODE:
Computed Tomography Technologist (25039)
Performs imaging / therapeutic services and associated patient care with support the Radiology Department mission to provide diagnostic information for the subsequent treatment of patients at WVU Medicine.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
Completion of an Accredited Radiography School
ARRT certification / eligible in Radiography (must become ARRT Certified within 6 months of hire)
West Virginia State Licensure
Certification in Basic Life Support within 30 days of hire
CT Certification must be obtained within 2 years of hire
2 years of Radiology experience preferred.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Performs as a Computed Tomography Technologist producing images of optimal quality on all versions of CT Scanners, Vital Imaging Software, Post Processing tools, and the PACS System for image delivery and archiving.
Performs imaging procedures based on assessment of the status of the patient, request of the ordering service, and established imaging protocols. This is monitored by periodic image evaluations and supervision.
Establishes and evaluates required IV access for procedures.
Maintains competency with I-Stat Point of Care testing proficiency.
Demonstrates proficiency utilizing advanced work station for image manipulation.
Prepares contract agents, specific pharmaceuticals, and sterile trays, which are utilized for the imaging procedure according to procedural guidelines and protocols.
Assess patient needs and provides imaging related to comfort, hygiene, range of motion and provides support accordingly.
Performs image procedures based on assessment of the status of the patient, request of the service, and imaging protocols. Monitored by periodic image evaluations and supervision.
Produces images of optimal quality by using imaging equipment and systems in the provision of image delivery and archiving.
Select exposure factors based on patient s size, condition, and pathology resulting in optimal image quality, utilizing minimal radiation exposure.
Minimizes radiation exposure to self, patients and other staff by the use of shielding, collimation, application of the inverse square law, and minimizing repeat exposures.
Maintains an expertise in anatomy, physiology, and pathology relative to imaging in order to optimize the procedure and ensure patient care / safety.
Educates patients regarding radiographic procedures by explaining the procedure and answering questions accordingly.
Promotes the team approach to providing Radiology services by positively interacting with the technical, support, nursing, and medical staff.
Engages in problem solving, crisis management, systems implementation, and performance improvements throughout the hospital to promote and support efficient, high quality, and cost effective patient care.
Displays imaging techniques, patient care, and guest relation behaviors in accordance with the ARRT Code of Ethics, WVUH Administrative Policies and Procedures, Radiology Department Policies and Procedures, State and Federal Regulation, and The Joint Commission guidelines.
Reports equipment failures immediately upon identification.
Completes all in-services and competencies by the required date and applies knowledge gained.
Position patients accurately in accordance with established protocols.
Participates in coordination of daily work flow.
Minimal instruction of radiology students in the clinical setting with regard to patient positioning, technique selection, manipulation of equipment and the use of accessory devices to obtain Radiographic images. Provides clinical supervision and instruction within the policies of the Radiology program and its respective accrediting bodies.
Ensures that all vital components of the imaging process are completed in their entirety.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Differentiate various shades of gray as depicted on a black and white television monitor or photograph.
Stand and walk for prolonged periods of time.
Wear a lead apron weighing approximately 8to 15pounds for extended periods of time.
Lift, push, and pull up to 50 pounds of weight.
Carry items of up to 20 pounds.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Exposure to minimal radiation within the national standards of occupational guidelines. Monitored by Radiation Safety and use of dosimeter.
Exposure to airborne particles and bodily fluids.
Operation of imaging equipment with automated moving parts.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to interact positively with patients, families, and members of the Health Care Team.
Ability to prioritize and deal with a variety of situations simultaneously.
Ability to improvise with altered positioning techniques, manipulation of the equipment, and accessory devices when routine positioning is compromised due to patient s condition, age, or ability.
Date Reviewed/Revised: June 2016