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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
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for continued employment:
Current Certification by ARRT or NMTCB and ARRT-CT
Basic Life Support (BLS for Healthcare Providers)
One (1)-3 years of previous CT Technologist work experience
Previous work experience in an academic medical center environment
3 + years of CT experience
Graduation from a JRC Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology that is recognized by the ARRT or by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board (NMTCB)
Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Technology or closely related field from an accredited program
Independent action(s) required:
CT technologists independently performs or assists the licensed independent practitioner in the completion of all CT imaging exams, interventional CT procedures, and therapeutic CT procedures utilizing all CT scanners and associated technology on site at VCUHS.
CT technologists independently complete imaging exams based on physicians written order, department protocols, and institutional safety standards.
CT technologists evaluate and react to information contained on the CT contrast checklist.
CT technologist prioritizes workload based on ordered patient priority.
CT 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. Initiates equipment service calls.
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:
Age Specific groups served: All
Physical Requirements (includes use of assistance devices as appropriate):
Physical: Lifting 20-50 lbs.
Other: describe exposure to potentially hazardous and infectious substances
Individuals cannot designate a specific lunch break time. Lunch breaks are assigned by supervisory staff.
Activities: Prolonged standing, Prolonged sitting, Walking (distance), Reaching (overhead, extensive, repetitive), Repetitive motion, Other: Vision
Mental/Sensory: Strong recall, Reasoning, Problem solving, Hearing, Speak clearly, Write legibly, Reading, Logical thinking, Other:
Emotional: Fast pace environment, Able to handle multiple priorities, Frequent and intense customer interactions, Noisy environment, Able to adapt to frequent change
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