Position is an operator of a superconductive magnet resonance unit. This technology is undergoing constant development and its application to clinical patient examinations has been and will be undergoing significant development. The MRI Technologist will be performing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) of the head, neck, spine, chest and body. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. Incumbent schedules exams in a manner that optimizes all of the MRI equipment capabilities while maintaining the flexibility to allow for emergency cases. This requires the prioritization of scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the extreme emergent patient who may need immediate attention. Additional duties includes: Determines best scanning parameters to optimize imaging technique. Coordinates with the Radiologist and Physicist to determine ideal parameters to pulse the magnet for each individualized patient procedure. Positions the patient within the examining unit, monitors the patient during all phases of the MRI examination and removes the patient from the magnetic field upon completion of the acquisitions. Certified in starting IV's and administering MRI contrast to patients requiring such monitoring for allergic reactions. Understands thoroughly the use and administration of MRI contrast material. Works with Anesthesia personnel to assure proper assessment of sedated patients which involves starting the IV, positioning of the monitoring equipment and post MRI procedures. The images are obtained in the most efficient manner possible while remaining diagnostic. Coordinates with Anesthesia, MRI and patient to determine appropriate time to sedate or anesthetize patients for MRI if they are claustrophobic. Monitors MRI examinations by checking computations, performance and results of the selected parameters to obtain the best diagnostic data and images. Performs clinical analysis of data recorded by the computer. Checks on works-in-progress or spot checks work not requiring review (e.g. filing or direct services) and reviews completed work to see that supervisor's or staff Radiologists' instructions of work sequence, procedures, methods and deadlines have been met. Programs technical factors to ensure the above have been met. Uses PACS system for transmission of images to the Radiologist. Maintains records and files of exam performed on patients. This includes editing of patient exams in the Radiology Information System (RIS). Properly identifies patient through the RIS interface identifier and assures the marking of proper laterality. The technologist must be certain that the patient's information and request are identical by check with the patient. Assures that MRI patients are screened in advance for any contraindicating conditions per Radiology Service policy. Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so the patient understands what is to be done. The technologist should explain potential hazards that may exist while undergoing their MRI exam. Responsible for stocking and inventory of all MRI and general imaging supplies and related material(s). Continually reviews new developments in MRI. The DRT/MRI improves quality of MRI examinations by utilizing new techniques that are available. The purpose of this is to provide the physicians and patients with the best possible MRI images for diagnostic purposes. Amends or rejects work not meeting established standards. Refers to supervisor or staff Radiologist regarding questions or matters not covered by normal standards. Informs the same of problems in meeting performance standards. Assists physicians and other employees in the development and execution of research protocols and maintaining the records as necessary to validate the research project or funded grant. Assists in training for new MRI technologists, physicians in training and general clinical employees. Administers on-the-job training to new employees in accordance with established procedures and practices in compliance with ACR guidelines. Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques and makes available written instructions, reference materials and supplies. Employs proper use of hospital computers for patient reference and information. Troubleshoots computer problems and reports them to the VA IT helpdesk. Assures the scheduling of patients in a proper time frame. Monitors the status and progress of work and makes day-to-day adjustments in accordance with the established priorities, obtains assistance from the supervisor on problems that may arise such as backlogs which cannot be disposed of promptly. Checks on work in progress or spot check work not requiring review. Reviews completed work to see that the Supervisor or staff Radiologist's instructions on work sequence procedures methods and deadlines have been met. Establishes interdepartmental partnership with vascular department in the procurement of vascular studies including abdominal and runoff exams. Performs technical operation and general maintenance of the computer, disk drivers, console, imaging devices, etc. Performs daily quality assurance tests. Other duties assigned. Work Schedule: Variable days and hours: Sunday thru Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600169300
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