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The New Jersey VA HCS Imaging service is currently recruiting for three Intermittent Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist. The incumbent is responsible for multi-modality coverage across campuses and the incumbent performs: Multiple types of CT procedures dictated by service policy, utilizing current software upgrades, including cardiac, CTA, head, body, neck, chest, spine, extremity, CT guided biopsies, etc. The incumbent provides multi-modality coverage across all campuses for the NJ HCS. Special/ Interventional procedures dictated by service policy and software upgrades, such as peripheral, visceral, body, head, extremities, and Interventional studies, such as TIPS, Stent placements, Permcaths PICC's, PCN's etc. CT, Special Procedure/Interventional examinations are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The incumbent integrates specific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interaction to provide quality patient care with useful diagnostic information for proper diagnosis and treatment. All types of CT procedures dictated by service policy, utilizing current software upgrades, including cardiac, CTA, head, body, neck, chest, spine, extremity, CT guided biopsies, etc. All types of Special/ Interventional procedures dictated by service policy and software upgrades, such as peripheral, visceral, body, head, extremities, and Interventional studies, such as TIPS, Stent placements, Permcaths PICC's, PCN's etc. CT, Special Procedure/Interventional examinations are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The incumbent integrates specific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interaction to provide quality patient care with useful diagnostic information for proper diagnosis and treatment. The technologist must demonstrate an understanding of human cross-sectional anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and medical terminology. 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. Such procedures may be performed in the operating room. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic or therapeutic studies of the vascular systems. Performs most procedures utilizing a surgical sterile technique. This requires the incumbent to scrub-in to prepare, the surgical trays, prepares the contrast, makes sure the appropriate catheters and guide wires are available, prepares the patient's site and other equipment that may come in contact with the sterile field with the purpose of assuring that all preventive measures have been taken to prevent contamination of the patient. This is done to minimize hazards associated with invasive procedures that involve the use of sterile packs, gloves, syringes, guide wires, catheters, cleanup trays, etc., after exam is completed. Adheres to hospital infection control and safety policies/ techniques with emphasis on sterile technique; the storage of sterile supplies; the disposal of body fluids and 'sharps'; proper attire; hand washing practices; and continuing education. Works with the radiologist as a member of the surgical/radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists in the performance of the exam. For CT's the incumbent confers with radiologists to determine requirements/ protocols for nonstandard exams. Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT/angiography and other exams. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it. In addition, must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient. Performs reconstructions of CT and angiographic studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure. Properly identifies patient images. That is, all images must contain the initial; correct markers, and contrast dose and type of contrast used where applicable. The technologist must be certain that the patient I.D. band and the request are identical. Employs the TJC patient safety standards by accurately and completely identifying patients prior to the start of the procedure. Responsible for explaining the procedures to the patients so that patients understand what is to be performed that day. Practices radiation safety (ALARA) in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This is achieved using lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead lined walls and collimation. Film badges are worn by the technologist in compliance with radiation regulations. The incumbent never utilizes additional patient exposure to acquire/produce the required procedure images for interpretation by the radiologist. Work Schedule: (Intermittent) varied and/or as needed Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist-CT (Intermittent)/PD21J32A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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