Trinity Health Special Procedures Radiographer in Ann Arbor, Michigan
*GENERAL SUMMARY AND PURPOSE:*
The Special Procedures Radiographer performs a variety of specialized invasive and non-invasive diagnostic radiologic procedures in collaboration with the physician/APP and the IR Team. The Special Procedures Radiographer is responsible to review the Physician Order and reason for exam. Assist with/Set up the IR Procedure. The Special Procedures Radiographer works closely with the Radiology leadership and the IR Physicians/APP to produce the most diagnostic images possible in accordance with the department protocols. Operates diagnostic imaging equipment to obtain optimal quality radiographs for interpretation by physicians, with attention to As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALRAR) techniques. Assists the physician/APP with the administration of contrast media required in specific diagnostic/invasive procedures. May perform image post-processing. Performs a variety of technical procedures requiring independent judgment, with integrity and initiative.
*SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:*
- Completion of an accredited Radiologic Technologist program and registered as a Radiographer by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
- Maintain Continuing Education credits (24 CEU in two period) and other requirements to maintain ARRT certification.
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
- Two years as a Radiologic Technologist preferred
- Must have analytical skills necessary to acquire and effectively utilize knowledge of computerized tomography techniques and methods, and of cross sectional anatomy in order to obtain quality images
- Must know methods of exposure to obtain clearly defined films and to set up and operate equipment, with an emphasis on reduction in patient radiation dose (ALARA – As Low As Reasonably Achievable).
- Must have ability to recognize pathology and tailor examination to provide a complete diagnosis
- Must have ability to function with limited or no supervision in normal circumstances. Is able to assume leadership responsibilities in the absence of lead and/or manager
- Must be very conscientious and detail oriented person with excellent communication skills and demonstrate excellent customer service skills to deal effectively with patients, and various levels of hospital personnel, outside customers, and community groups
Reviews requests and schedules patients for specialized diagnostic procedures, arranging for patient transport to the procedure area and assisting patient in the completion of various radiology forms. Reviews requests for radiologic procedures, using reason for the procedures, department guidelines, physician's recommendations and patient condition and personal judgment. Determine region to be examined and radiologic projections to be obtained Ensures appropriate documentation by providing procedural and billing coding to all records Determines the proper radiographic technique parameters. Adjusts, manipulates and controls a variety of on-site equipment to provide optimal accurate images Provides and processes specialized radiographic images using duplication and subtraction techniques. Consults with radiologists, physicians and the Lead to determine the need for additional images for comprehensive radiographic interpretation Performs necessary reimaging, collects and forwards all completed images to the appropriate location(s) for interpretation. Scrubs and assists the radiologist or surgeons in the performance of special procedures such as fluoroscopes, and in minor surgical procedures required during specialized radiological procedures Prepares contrast media and other devices utilized in invasive diagnostic radiological procedures and assists radiologist in their use Assists in monitoring the patient's condition during invasive diagnostic procedures, recognizing changes in the patient's condition which may require emergency action and initiating the appropriate response Practices sterile, isolation, and infection control techniques to prevent contamination of the patient and staff Assists in maintaining the orderliness and cleanliness of the work area by monitoring and ordering supplies, reporting operational functional equipment problems to the Lead Clean and sterilizing consumable and continued-use supplies utilized in procedures Provides clinical demonstrations to radiologic technology students and participates in scheduled departmental in-service educational activities Provides functional supervision and training to Special Procedure Radiographer trainees, students or staff radiographers Demonstrates competency using a power injector for intravenous and intra-arterial contrast media injection Rotates on-call schedule with other special procedure technologists Assists in transporting patients when necessary Adapts and cooperates with schedule changes by maintaining excellent working relationships with team members Examines patient's charts to be aware of suspected pathologies while conducting exams Transfers patients to procedure tables, assists patients with positioning and applies immobilization devices as necessary. Explains procedures to patients to allay apprehensions and elicit cooperation Administers contrast media for examinations following established sterile techniques and methods. Monitors patient for adverse reactions to contrast media Operates radiology equipment (fluoroscopic, radiographic, and CT) computerized controls and, enters commands necessary to visualize manipulate screen images. Operates various peripheral equipment such as disc drive and magnetic tape unit Manipulates tomographic images by changing mean and window through computerized controls, and changes degree of angulation to obtain best possible image Evaluates indications and contradictions for the administration of contrast media Operates equipment to reproduce appropriate images on screen Maintains required files and records Notifies appropriate personnel of equipment malfunctions and needed repairs Ensures necessary maintenance and repairs are completed in efficient and timely manner Schedules IR examinations in order to ensure smooth flow and optimal utilization of equipment Works with radiologists and other physicians, nursing staff and other technologists to develop policies, protocols, and guidelines for special procedures area Instructs and demonstrates equipment operations, imaging and other technical aspects for Radiology students and peers Interprets cross-sectional images during procedures to successfully direct procedures to completion Uses a variety of venipuncture techniques to inject contrast Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships. Approaches conflict in a constructive manner. Helps to identify problems, offer solutions, and participate in their resolution Maintains the confidentiality of information acquired pertaining to patient, physicians, employees, and visitors to St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Discusses patient and hospital information only among appropriate personnel in appropriately private places Assumes responsibility for performance of job duties in the safest possible manner, to assure personal safety and that of coworkers, and to report all preventable hazards and unsafe practices immediately to management Provide quality patient care by considering the age specific, developmental and cultural needs through competent clinical practice. Demonstrates unit/area competencies Behaves in accordance with the Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Joseph Mercy Health System Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships. Approaches conflict in a constructive manner. Helps to identify problems, offer solutions, and participate in their resolution Maintains the confidentiality of information acquired pertaining to patient, physicians, associates, and visitors to St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Discusses patient and hospital information only among appropriate personnel in appropriately private places Assumes responsibility for performance of job duties in the safest possible manner, to assure personal safety and that of coworkers, and to report all preventable hazards and unsafe practices immediately to management
Job Number: 00094354
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Organization Name: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Facility: SJSEMI - SJMHS Hospital Ann Arbor
Employment Type: Part time