The practice of interventional radiography (cardiology and vascular) 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. An interventional technologist performs radiographic and other procedures and related techniques, producing images at the request of and for interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner. Interventional Radiography integrates scientific knowledge, technical skills, patient interaction and compassionate care resulting in diagnostic information and/or therapeutic outcomes. An interventional technologist recognizes patient conditions essential for successful completion of a procedure. An interventional technologist must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medical terminology. Interventional technologists must maintain a high degree of accuracy in radiographic positioning and exposure technique. They must possess, utilize, and maintain knowledge of radiation protection and safety. Interventional technologists are the primary liaison between patients, licensed independent practitioners and other members of the support team. Interventional technologists must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through good communication, assessment, monitoring, and care skills. Participation in quality improvement processes and continuous assessment of performance is expected. Interventional 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 Interventional Technologist includes: Determining radiographic exposure factors. Assisting LIP with fluoroscopic and specialized interventional radiographic procedures. Performing non-interpretive fluoroscopic procedures as prescribed by a LIP. Starting and maintaining intra-arterial access as prescribed by a LIP. Participating in physiologic monitoring of patients. Performing manual and mechanical hemostasis, including the use of closure devices while assisting the LIP. Applying the principles of patient safety during all aspects of radiographic 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. 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) ARRT –VI or ARRT CI
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for continued employment:
Current Certification by ARRT ARRT –VI or ARRT CI Basic Life Support (BLS for Healthcare Providers)
Experience REQUIRED: One 1 year of previous IR Technologist work experience
One (1)-3 years of previous IR Technologist work experience
Previous work experience in an academic medical center environment
Graduation from a JRC Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology that is recognized by the ARRT
Education/training PREFERRED: Bachelors Degree in Radiologic Technology or closely related field from an accredited program
Independent action(s) required:
Interventional Technologists independently perform s or assist the licensed independent practitioner in the completion of radiologic imaging exams.
Interventional Technologists independently complete imaging exams based on physicians written order, department protocols, and institutional safety standards.
Interventional Technologists represent the goals, values, and vision of VCU Health System.
Ensures adherence to regulatory standards, health system and department policies, procedures, processes, and guidelines applicable to role.
Resolves basic service delivery issues.
Lead technologists may perform “lead technologist” functions such as coordinating work assignments, workflow, and staffing for an assigned shift/area; serve as clinical or technical resource; provide training.
Supervisory responsibilities (if applicable): N/A
Additional position requirements:
Individual shift rotation and schedules will be established with your specific manager or supervisor.
Schedules, including requirements of shift rotations and hours of work may be adjusted as necessary to meet staffing needs of the health system.
On-call, weekend and other after hours coverage may be required based on workload demand and staffing needs of the health system.
Interventional Technologists are considered “Essential Employees” who may be required to report to work in accordance with the VCUHS Policy.
Age Specific groups served: All
Physical Requirements (includes use of assistance devices as appropriate):
Physical: Lifting 20-50 lbs.
Activities: Prolonged standing, Prolonged sitting, Walking (distance)
Mental/Sensory: Strong recall, Reasoning, Problem solving, Hearing, Speak clearly, Write legibly, Reading, Logical thinking
Emotional: Fast pace environment, Steady pace, Able to handle multiple priorities, Frequent and intense customer interactions, Able to adapt to frequent change
Varies by Need (United States of America)
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