This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more DRTs perform procedures/examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologists and other medical officers. Objective of the examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies that are used in medical diagnosis and interpreted by medical officers to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions, or lesions within the body. Must be knowledgeable in computerized [and digital radiography (CR/DR),] and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS). Major duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Performs the full spectrum of radiographic and fluoroscopic examinations in a tertiary care facility with an active spinal cord, nursing home, hospice, polytrauma unit, heart and liver transplant services. Performs specialized procedures and operates specialized fluoroscopic and radiographic equipment and computers that communicate with the equipment. Receives patients, explains method of procedure and is responsible for proper positioning of patients. Prior to exposure, selects and sets technical factors. Sets up and adjust accessory equipment required and makes exposures necessary for the requested procedures. Performs fluoroscopies, gastrointestinal examinations, conventional plain film radiography, myelography, fluoroscopy guided, Dobhoff tube placement, fistula gram, fluoroscopic guided diaphragmatic paralysis, interventional procedures, portable radiography, digital radiography, and operating room radiography. Support radiologists and clinician in the performance of these exams, anticipates imaging, and equipment needs before and during the procedure, follows the progress of the procedure and facilitates an efficient flow. Performs radiograph procedures using the proper exposure techniques, including manual and photo timed exposures Exams are performed using exposure tables, intensifying screens, buckies, collimators, filters, grids, and other technical aids to produce radiographs of diagnostic quality with the minimum of retakes. Adjusts as needed. Monitors the examination by checking the computation, performance, and results of the selected parameters to obtain the best diagnostic computer-generated data and images. Monitors the patient's physical condition, physiologic changes during the procedure and keeps the radiologist informed. Reviews labs, medical history of patient for indications of his/her ability to tolerate the exam and for possible side effects. Film badge must be worn when on duty and left in the department when off duty or on leave and must be changed once a month. Adheres to the medical center protective equipment policy for fluoroscopic and other ionizing radiation exposure. Wears lead apron when helping radiologist in fluoroscopy, holding patients or doing any exams involving x-rays that the technologist cannot be six feet away from source. Provides radiation shielding for patients whenever possible. Reviews requests for appropriateness before performing exams. Incumbent uses appropriateness criteria, the clinical history provided on the request, interviews the patient, reviews the patient chart or contacts the ordering clinician as needed for clarification. Presents discrepant or deficient indications to the supervisory technologist or radiologist as appropriate. Sets up the x-ray room assuring sterile supplies, contrast materials, catheters, and other required equipment are present and laid out. Prepares and administers contrast material orally, by enema, or intravenously under radiologist supervision. Monitors patient's vital signs during these examinations and initiates the appropriate response for varying levels of adverse contrast reactions. Positions patient according to type of study, considering patient's physical characteristics, as well as patient's comfort and or ability. Identifies trauma patients and uses appropriate modifications in imaging techniques and employs proper precautions to assure patient safety and comfort. Properly labels, secures, prepares, and administers radiographic contrast material orally, intravenously, or by enema under the supervision of a physician. Review labels, medical history of patient for indications of his/her ability to tolerate the exam and for possible side effect. Complies with all safety/fire prevention rules/regulations, using protective equipment when required and provided. Maintains electronic records and files of exams performed on patients, This includes the maintenance of electronically secured spreadsheets, registration and editing of patient exams in the computerized information system and ensuring all images and required paperwork is properly filled out and scanned in the PACS system, in the correct orientation and on the correct patient. Work Schedule: Various tours to include weekend and holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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