Oct 20, 2020

CT Tech II - Radiology-CT Main

  • VCU Health System
  • Quinton, VA, USA

Job Description

  • JOB SUMMARY
    • The chief objective of this position:

      • The practice of computed tomography (CT) is performed by radiologic technologists responsible for the administration of ionizing radiation to humans of all ages (newborn to geriatric) for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes. A CT technologist performs CT procedures utilizing CT scanners and power injectors producing cross sectional and 3D images at the request of and for interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner. CT technologists may also assist with interventional and therapeutic procedures and perform complex imaging reformatting.
      • CT integrates scientific knowledge, technical skills, patient interaction and compassionate care resulting in diagnostic information. A CT technologist recognizes patient conditions, assesses and monitors patient vital signs, and takes appropriate actions in emergency situations essential for successful completion of a procedure and to maintain quality patient care.
      • CT Technologists must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, computer technology, basic patient care and assessment techniques, radiation physics, radiation biology, radiation protection, and medical terminology. CT technologists must maintain a high degree of accuracy in positioning and exposure technique. They must possess, utilize, and maintain knowledge of radiation protection and safety and current complex scanning protocols.
      • CT Technologists are the primary liaison between patients, licensed independent practitioners and other members of the support team. CT technologists must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through good communication, assessment, monitoring, and care skills.
      • CT Technologists prepare, administer, and document activities related to medications and radiation exposure in accordance with federal and state law as well as institutional policy. Participation in quality improvement processes and continuous assessment of performance is expected.
      • CT Technologists think critically and use independent, professional, and ethical judgment in all aspects of work.
      • Engagement in continuing education to enhance patient care, public education, knowledge, and technical competence is expected in this role.
      • The scope of practice for the CT Technologist includes:
        • Performing CT procedures.
        • Determining and/or following appropriate imaging protocols. Documenting pertinent exam information in the medical record.
        • Maintaining archival storage of imaging exams and associated documents.
        • Assisting LIP with specialized interventional computed tomography procedures and applies appropriate aseptic surgical technique as needed.
        • Maintaining records, respecting confidentiality and established policy.
        • Applying the principles of patient safety during all aspects of CT procedures, including assisting and transporting patients.
        • Receiving, relaying, and documenting verbal, written, and electronic imaging orders in the patient’s medical record.
        • Corroborating patient’s clinical history with the ordered procedure while ensuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed independent practitioner (LIP).
        • Verifying informed consent.
        • Assuming responsibility for patient needs before, during, and after procedures. Preparing patients for procedures.
        • Applying principles of ALARA to minimize exposure to patient, self, and others.
        • Performing venipuncture per procedural protocol based on imaging order from a licensed independent practitioner.
        • Starting and maintaining intravenous access per procedural protocol based on an imaging order for a LIP.
        • Identifying, preparing, and /or administering medications generally associated with diagnostic imaging procedures as prescribed by a LIP. Labels all medications per institutional protocol.
        • Evaluating images for technical quality, ensuring proper identification is recorded.
        • Identifying and escalating emergency situations and managing until appropriate LIP, EMS, MERT, RRT, or Code Team arrives to assume control.
        • Providing patient education related to imaging procedure.
        • Educating, mentoring, and general oversight of students and other learners in the Radiology environment.
        • Participating and/or performing ongoing quality assurance activities.
    • Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire:

      • Registry by the American Registry of Radiology Technologist (ARRT-R) or by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board (NMTCB) and
      • ARRT-CT
    • Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for continued employment:

      • Current Certification by ARRT or NMTCB and
      • ARRT-CT
      • Basic Life Support (BLS for Healthcare Providers)
    • Experience REQUIRED:

      • One (1)-3 years of previous CT Technologist work experience
    • Experience PREFERRED

      • Previous work experience in an academic medical center environment
      • 3 + years of CT experience
    • Education/training REQUIRED:

      • Graduation from a JRC Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology that is recognized by the ARRT or by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board (NMTCB)
    • Education/training PREFERRED:

      • Bachelor's Degree in Radiologic Technology or closely related field from an accredited program
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