Technologist, Nuclear Medicine

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POST DATE 9/10/2016
END DATE 11/2/2016

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Boston, MA

Company
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
3024718
AJE Ref #
576134002
Location
Boston, MA
Experience
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
Bachelors Degree

JOB DESCRIPTION

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GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:



This position reports to the Unit Technical Manager/Operations Manager. Performs clinical diagnostic molecular imaging testing to include general, cardiac, and positron studies along with the computer interactions associated with these studies. In addition, the technologist will be required to perform Computed Tomography Imaging (attenuation correction only or diagnostic) as ordered in conjunction with SPECT/PET exams.



PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:



Prepares radiopharmaceutical from commercially available kits and/or recipes for use in patient studies. Prepares stock solutions of radiopharmaceuticals. Assures quality control of radiopharmaceuticals, including calibration, chemicals purity checks, radionuclide purity checks, percent yield and instant thin layer chromotography to guarantee integrity of solutions and to avoid radiation exposure.



Determines radiopharmaceutical to be utilized, consulting with physician when necessary. Calculates patient dosage.



Explains procedure, reassuring patient and securing his/her full cooperation during testing.



Administers radiopharmaceuticals to patient and completes testing to include general, cardiac, and positron studies. In addition, the technologist will be required to perform Computed Tomography Imaging (attenuation correction only or diagnostic) as ordered in conjunction with SPECT/PET exams.



Performs intra-venous peripheral catheter insertion and/or bladder straight catheter insertion as authorized by Nuclear Medicine physician.



Completes testing for both in and outpatients within various main campus hospital locations.



Acquires/processes/reconstructs images when appropriate. Labels patient images with such data as radiopharmaceutical amount, time of the injection, equipment utilized, and additional patient study related information etc., in accordance with ACR requirements. Archives patient data to PACS for long term storage. Retrieves appropriate patient studies for review and comparison with previous studies.





Observes radiation safety techniques, including use of protective shielding, handling and disposal of radiopharmaceuticals. Takes appropriate precautions to minimize exposure to infectious, radioactive or biohazard agents.



Ensures that correct protocol, radiation dose, and contrast is administered to patient for CT scanning, when ordered as such.



Lifts, moves, transports and positions patients for diagnostic studies.



Follows Institutional/ Departmental guidelines for patient safety and patient care.



Elutes radionuclide generator systems, maintaining sterile technique.



Duties include scheduling responsibilities through dedicated Radiology Information System.



Interfaces with appropriate computer systems related to duties of the position. Duties include scheduling responsibilities.



Alerts Unit Technical/Operations Manager regarding equipment problems, problems encountered during testing, etc.



Assists in on-the-job training of students as assigned.



On-call responsibilities as assigned.



Follows area policies/guidelines in order to perform imaging studies of superior technical quality.



SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:



Calculation of statistical data

Computer analysis of image data

Imaging systems including SPECT, SPECT/CT, Planar, PET, PET/CT, radiation monitoring equipment, Xenon ventilation systems, cardiac stress equipment

Excellent, effective communication and organizational skills.

Must be able to lift/carry up to 50lbs, be able to lift, position, push or transfer patients, have manual dexterity and mobility, be able to see clearly at 20 feet or more, be able to see clearly at 20 inches or less, be able to judge distance and space relationships, be able to see peripherally, and be able to distinguish and identify different colors.

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served (all age groups) on assigned unit.

Ability to foster and promote a positive image and a professional appearance.



LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, and/or REGISTRATIONS (if applicable):



Valid license to practice as a radiologic technologist in the state of Massachusetts required

* Must be certified by the ARRT or NMTCB

State of MA requires technologist to have additional training in CT by completing a DPH approved cross-trainer program in order to perform attenuation correction computed tomography imaging.





EDUCATION:



* BS degree in NM Technology preferred or BS in unrelated field with a certificate in NM Technology preferred





EXPERIENCE:



* 1-2 years experience. Recent graduates considered





WORKING CONDITIONS:.



* Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served (all age groups) on assigned unit. Must be able to work in a team environment. Ability to foster and promote a positive image and a professional appearance

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.