Under the direction of the Leader of Imaging Services, Radiologist and Supervisor, the Technologist performs radiographic procedures at a technical level not requiring constant supervision of technical detail. The Radiology Technologist performs a variety of technical procedures that will require independent judgment, with ingenuity and initiative to apply prescribed ionizing radiation for radiologic diagnosis. The Staff Radiology Technologist assumes responsibility for designated area or procedures as required.
Essential Job Functions:
- The Technologist selects and operates all radiology equipment as directed and provides protection in accordance with prescribed safety standards.
- Explains procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain patient cooperation.
- Checks patient’s chart to confirm order and checks arm bands to confirm identity.
- Moves X-ray equipment into specified position and adjusts equipment controls to set exposure factors such as time and distance.
- Practices sterile techniques and prevents cross-contamination.
- Operates mobile X-ray equipment in Operating Room, Emergency Room, or at patient’s bedside.
- Assists in performing CPR.
- Questions female patients regarding the possibility of pregnancy.
- Transfers patients safely to X-ray table, wheelchairs, stretchers, etc. with use of slider board as needed for difficult or trauma patients.
- Responds promptly when work is to be done, transports patients, schedules procedures, processes films to eliminate patient wait.
- Completes radiographic exams in acceptable time (routine procedures six (6) minutes).
- Films are of good technical quality and repeat rate is below 5%.
- Able to determine when to use immobilization devices as required (use of compression bands, Pigg-O-Stat, papoose board, etc.)
- Ability to determine use of slider board to move patients of all ages when needed; the use of heel and elbow protectors for geriatric patients as needed; use of table pads as needed and consideration of pathology such as emphysema, osteoporosis, etc. in techniques used.
- Able to evaluate patients condition and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
- May be required to perform other assignments from time to time as requested by the Department Leader.