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MRI/CT Technologist
Summary
Title:MRI/CT Technologist
ID:1187
Location:Richmond, VA
Country:US
Openings:3
Status:Full-Time
Description
**This position is contingent upon contract award.  Please call 703-822-8228 x2922 for more information.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Required Qualifications:
  • License: A current ARRT registered technologist with MRI/CT certification and current certification to operate magnetic resonance unit within the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Service at the Richmond VAMC. 
  • BLS shall be Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers as provided by the American Heart Associates or equivalent.
  • National Provider Identification (NPI):  health care practitioners and/or medical center providing service must obtains a NPI and provides it to the Contracting Officer, if applicable. 
Schedule: 
  • Normal working hours: The services are needed Sunday – Saturday for a variety of shift; 8, 10 and 12 hour shifts could be requested of the contractor.  The 8 hour shifts could range from beginning at 6:00am to ending at 12:30am.  The 10 hour shifts could range from beginning at 7:00am to ending at 10:30pm.  The 12 hour shifts will be either 7:00am – 7:00pm or 7:00pm – 7:00am; along with a four (4) hour shift to ensure 40 hours per week, per technologist
  • This position requires rotating on-call duties, weekend hours of work, various hours of work to include evenings and nights, and overtime for emergency coverage. Hours of work may be in 8, 10, or 12 hours increments. When in call-back position, if called or paged, the response time should be no more than 5 minutes to answer the call and not over 45 minutes to reach the medical center.  Hours of work may change at the last minute depending on needs of the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Service or medical center.
Duties:
  • Employee shall identify all patients by full name, full social security number, and date of birth in an area that provides privacy.
  • Employee operates independently and without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all diagnostic radiology examinations with and without the use of contrast material. Performs technical work in support of diagnostic radiology under the direction of a physician.
  • Operates radiology equipment both mobile and fixed. Assists radiologists and surgeons in fluoroscopic procedures as part of the diagnostic and or treatment plan for patients.
  • Employee performs Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and radiographic examinations of the head, neck spine, chest, body and extremities.  These exams are performed with and without use of contrast materials.
  • Supports radiologist or other medical officers to produce radiographic studies used to diagnose and treat medical conditions.
  • Employee receives and interprets requests or instructions for procedures from radiologist or medical officers.  Independently carries out the requests made by physicians, adjusting and utilizing appropriate CPT codes for exams.  Employee understands and carries out the requests made by physicians and only rarely seeks assistance of a higher graded technologist when a unique or new procedure is required.
  • Performs peripheral and visceral angiography of the abdominal systems and extremities. These angiographic studies include renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral, etc. The exams involve the use of highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, biplane imaging, patient monitors, etc. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic or therapeutic studies of the vascular systems.
  • Performs as technologist in charge on less demanding shifts or when functioning outside the department with mobile units in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Units, Operating Room or at bedside.
  • Employee receives assignments for a variety of difficult examinations including care of trauma cases, critically ill patients, isolation patients and other emotionally and physically impaired individuals.
  • Secures the confidence and cooperation of patients during procedures. Explains procedures, positions patients for desired results, and cushions and shields patients as appropriate.  Varies procedures or positions to compensate for and adjust to patients' medical conditions. Independently explains procedures and positions patients for very difficult procedures.  Administers contrast materials orally, by enema, under supervision.
  • Employee prepares exam rooms with sterile supplies, local anesthetics and any supplies required for given exams. Contractor shall be knowledgeable and proficient in sterile techniques, isolation and reverse isolation procedures.
  • Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring injectable solutions such as IVP, cystogram, cholangiograms fistulagrams, CT, MRI and arthrography and for the purpose of performing oral and rectal exams of the GI tract. (In the case of injected media, a patient consent form shall be obtained, when indicated.) These procedures require the use of needles, syringes, ionic and non-ionic contrast, barium, enema bags and gastrografin. The radiographer shall know the effects and adverse reactions associated with these agents. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of usage be possessed by those who prepare it. Contractor shall continuously monitor the patient's condition. Adverse reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient.  Employee shall be knowledgeable in the procedures for handling adverse reactions including CPR certification, and preparing incident reports in CPRS.
  • Determines technical factors, sets controls and operates equipment. Maintains supplies. Independently makes routine radiographic examinations of head, trunk, and extremities for diagnosis of illness or injuries.
  • Operates computerized radiography as well as conventional Radiology equipment.
  • Determines technical factors (i.e., calculates the correct exposure factors of time, distance, kilovoltage, and milliamperage), sets controls and operates equipment ensuring that the portion of the body specified receives the correct calculated exposure. Selects and sets technical factors for very difficult radiographic examinations. Sets up and adjusts accessory equipment required, and makes exposures necessary for requested procedures. Ensures ALARA principle is applied. (As Low As Reasonably Achievable). Shields all patients when possible. Assures safety of all potentially exposed patients, staff or family when using mobile units.
  • As a team member with a radiologist, contractor performs procedures such as IVP, cystograms, G.I. series, esophagrams, double contrast enemas, myelography, arthrography, fistula grams, tube placement and checks. Also, the technologist works with speech pathologists to perform and care for patient during video esophogram. Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans, etc., to produce and satisfy requirements of CT I MRI scanning.  Notifies radiologist of scans requiring their immediate attention.
  • Works with the radiologist as a member of the surgical/radiographic team during biopsies, drainage or any procedure requiring CT guidance. Shall assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam.
  • Shall be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition, sterile field, catheter and needle sizes, etc. The alertness of the individual is essential to prevent contamination, recognize patient reactions, anticipate technique factor difficulties, etc.
  • Interviews patient obtaining pertinent medical history and precise medication usage as it pertains to the cardiac system.
  • Assures that MRI patients are screened in advance for any contraindicating conditions per Radiology Service policy. Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that patients understand what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, are possible.
  • 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 reconstructions of MRI/CT studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure. Maintains proficiency on reconstruction techniques.
  • Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to the head of the unit adoption of those which would improve the operations of the radiology section.
  • Properly identifies patient films using flash identifiers, and L & R markers. This is essential so that mistaken identity of films to patients does not occur.  The radiographer shall be certain patient identification and the requests are identical.
  • Performs picture archival duties. The technologist captures computerized radiographs, applies an algorithm, configures the image and verifies patient information before transmitting them to the picture archive system. This procedure requires the technologist to have a general knowledge of computer operations. Image manipulation and transmission is critical in computerized radiography, lost data can only be recaptured by repeating the radiograph.
  • Technologist is expected to troubleshoot equipment for error or malfunction.
  • Performs irregular hour emergency scans on standby, 24 hours per day, coverage. Requires the technologist be available within 30 minutes from receipt of call so that proper and effective emergency care can be given to the patient, when technologist is providing on-call services. May be required to perform diagnostic radiographic examinations.
  • Assignments made by the supervisor cover operating policies, priorities and work schedules.  When working as a team member with a radiologist, the employee's knowledge of complex procedures is accepted.   Instructions are limited to such things as medical abnormalities to be expected or discussion of the suitability of available equipment for particular special techniques.  The Employee plans, lays out, and performs the work in accordance with previous training and accepted practices in the occupation.  Work is reviewed on the basis of accomplishing work schedules and overall acceptability of films produced.
  • The primary age of patients treated and cared for are normally at the geriatric level, i.e. 60 years of age or older, although occasionally there may be younger patients between the ages of 18-60 years of age that require care.  The position requires the incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the particular needs of these types of patients.  Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors shall be consistently achieved.
  • Take positive steps to comply with government-wide safety regulations, local station policy, and service shop rules as applicable. All patient incidents shall be reported immediately to a supervisor and the appropriate incident forms filled out.   Employees shall use personal protective equipment (PPE) as required and supplied by the medical center.  Employees shall show personal initiative in following safe work practices in the workplace, including the wearing of appropriate PPE, learning and following safety rules, and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Schedules exams in a manner so as to optimize all of the radiographic equipment including CT and MRI scanners times while maintaining a flexibility to allow for emergency cases. This requires the prioritization of scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the extreme emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc.
  • Employee performs all required information support tasks including exam registration, tracking, etc.   Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients.  This includes the completion of checklist and contrast I radiology notes in the CPRS package.
  • Contractor shall utilize service time clock to record arrival and departure from the facility.  The contractor shall have a 30 minute lunch break and shall use the time clock to record lunch break.
  • Registers patients and answers telephones when clerks are not available. Performs reception duties by greeting patients, visitors, and employees in person and by telephone, and gathers and relays information. Enters the correct information to register patients upon arrival for diagnostic and interventional radiographic procedures. Determine the need of the patients for escorts.
  • Relationships with management, co-workers, patients, and the general public are consistently courteous, respectful, and cooperative in nature.
  • Display a cooperative attitude and will effectively work together to implement the organization's mission and goals.
  • Ensure productivity is maintained at the established level for the program for which the contractor is responsible.
  • Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy.  Protects the data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion.  Follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc.
  • Uses the Veterans Health information and Technology Architecture (VistA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System.
  • Operator shall inform supervisory staff of any impending leave requirements in advance.  Coverage shall be available for any leave that will be in excess of 2 days
Professionals who take pride in their work and want to be appreciated for their efforts are encouraged to apply! In exchange for our staff members’ dedication and expertise, we are proud to offer a team environment and competitive compensation packages with an opportunity to establish rewarding careers. If you fit this description, take pride in your work and would like to be considered for this position, please apply online; visit us at www.TCMP.com and click on Careers. Feel free to give us a call at 703-822-8228 if you have any additional questions. We would love to hear from you!!

If you do not find interest in this opportunity but know of someone who may, we kindly ask that you refer the individual to TCMP by forwarding this job posting. 

 

TCMP is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business with its corporate office located in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. TCMP provides worldwide support to the Department of Defense as well as Commercial clientele with staffing of qualified professionals in the fields of Information Security, Technology, Administrative and Health Care Services.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


 
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