The Radiology Lead Technologist has the overall responsibility for the coordination and performance of the general radiology section. He/she works closely with the technologists, radiologists, clinicians and clerical staff to assure optimum quality control, efficient coordination of activities, high quality diagnostic exams, and patient and provider satisfaction. Functions: Workflow Control: Oversees the work of DRTs, including CBOC DRT staff. Ability to plan and project staffing needs daily by coordinating the clinical work assignments of the staff, and assigning work based on priority, consideration of difficulty, requirements of assignments, and capabilities of staff. Monitors and reports on the status and progress of work, and uses good judgment in adjusting the workload in accordance with established procedures. Follows-up to be sure that staff are covering where needed to ensure uninterrupted radiology service. Image Quality: Responsible to the radiologists and supervisor for the quality and quantity of radiographic exams performed to assure a high level of acceptability of radiographs while minimizing patient dosage. Evaluates technical imaging quality of staff to ensure quality and standards compliance, as well as providing feedback to supervisor on technical aspects of work. Brings problems with image quality to the attention of the General Radiology Supervisor. Image Processing & Flow: Ensures that images are successfully transmitted to PACS and monitors the corrections list for any documentation errors. Ensures the images are available for Radiologic interpretation which requires viewing images coming from the diagnostic modalities as needed prior to storage in the PACS archive. Works collaboratively with the PACS Administrators to ensure that Quality Assurance (QA) guidelines and protocols are followed to insure integrity, availability, authenticity and confidentiality of imaging data transmitted by the Radiology Service. Staff Training: Trains new employees and provides refresher training for current employees in use of hospital software, including but not limited to PACS, VistA and CPRS. Staff Safety: Ensures that technologists practice radiation safety to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This is achieved by the appropriate use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, collimation and distance. Monitors that film badges are worn by the technologists in compliance with radiation regulations. Reports any staff work injuries to the Radiology Supervisor/ Manager for proper documentation. Communication: Is professional, cooperative, and able to work collaboratively with other employees. The ability to handle competing issues simultaneously and with absolute discretion is necessary. Maintaining a calm presence, and encouraging staff to bring issues forward without any fear of reprisal is essential. Provides advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on minor clinical matters, however refers employees with more significant clinical or administrative matters to the Radiology Supervisor/ Manager. Inventory Control: Maintains adequate quantities of supplies to meet workload demands through a systemized process of ordering, receipt and inventory control. Ensures that rooms are stocked by the staff with necessary supplies always with special attention to emergent equipment and supplies. Verifies that the daily x-ray room checklists, daily OR X-Ray tech checklist, as well as the Off shift/Weekend Technologist checklists are completed consistently. Responsible for ensuring the cleanliness of all radiology equipment and perform periodic spot checks of equipment to verify that it is clean and sanitary. Equipment & Repair: Works collaboratively with the PACS Administrators and the Radiology Supervisor to report equipment malfunction in a timely manner. Enters work orders for equipment repair and maintains an electronic file of pending requests. Technical Competence: Independently performs general and specialized diagnostic radiologic procedures in advanced levels of complex treatment situations. Keeps abreast of technological advances in the fields of radiology and incorporates these advances into in-service educational programs for the technological staff. Time Management: Alerts the Radiology Manager when there are instances of tardiness, staff absences from the work station, or any other issues that impact the timekeeping of the service. Coordinates break times and meal breaks as necessary to ensure uninterrupted radiology service. Work Schedule: Tuesday through Friday, 6:00 am - 4:00 pm Financial Discloser Report: Not required
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