The Radiology Angiography technologist is responsible for performing interventional, therapeutic and diagnostic angiography procedures such as selective abdominal and visceral angiography, peripheral angiography, cerebral and vertebral studies, interventional and or therapeutic imaging procedures with the majority of the workload focused around angiography and general diagnostic procedures including; tube changes, tunneled catheter procedures. Duties may include but are not limited to; Assists with scheduling exams in a manner so as to optimize procedural scan times and reduce wait time while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases Confers with radiologists or other healthcare professionals to determine requirement of nonstandard exams that do not conform to established standard protocols Determines technical factors, positioning, etc. to produce high quality diagnostic and/or therapeutic studies Advises radiologists or referring physicians of issues with a patient requiring their immediate attention Works closely with Radiology Nursing staff to achieve common objectives Performs radiographic procedures in various areas including but not limited to the angiography/vascular, operating/surgical, multipurpose and fluoroscopy suites. Performs neuro-angiography, including spine, head and neck studies utilizing highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, biplane imaging, patient monitors, etc. Performs peripheral and visceral angiography of the abdominal systems and extremities i.e. renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral, etc. Performs myelography of the complete or partial spine utilizing conventional x-ray units, patient immobilizers, etc., when required. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic/therapeutic studies of the spinal canal. Performs most exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques. This requires "scrub-in" technique," preparation of surgical trays, preparation of contrast, supplying of catheters and guide wires, sterile assurance of the patient and equipment that may come in contact with the sterile field with the purpose of assuring that all preventative measures have been taken to prevent contamination of the patient. Confers with radiologists to determine requirement of non-standard exams. Must anticipate and assist the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam. Must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition, sterile field, catheter and guide wire sizes and configurations, etc. Prepares contrast materials. These contrast materials are used in the exams performed in the special procedure area and the technician must know the effects and reactions to the contrast. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material use is possessed by those who prepare it. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead lined walls and collimation. Film badges are worn by the technicians in compliance with radiation regulations. Performs image reconstruction as directed by the radiologist or as part of a given study. Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients. This includes registration and editing of patient exams in the computerized information system, copying images (to CD or film), logging patients on the HIS-RIS work list, correctly identifying patient, assuring all necessary images required by the radiologist or physician care team are properly achieved and assuring images are of the highest quality achievable. Performa quality assurance and quality control procedures on a routine basis to ensure peak performance of the equipment and its output. Responsible for the intravenous injection of contrast media. Prepares and administers contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams that require injectable contrast solutions. Performs IR throughout the department as needed. Performs diagnostic XR, C-arm, FL throughout the department and hospital as needed Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM with rotating off-hours call including weekends/holidays. Hours may be extended or rotated based on the needs of our Veterans and Medical Center. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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