Slidell Memorial Hospital
The radiologic technologist operates radiographic equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes under direction of a radiologist or physician. Positions patient on examining table and adjusts immobilization devices to obtain optimum views of specified area of body requested. Explains procedures to patients in order to reduce anxiety and obtain patient cooperation. Moves imaging equipment into specified position and adjusts equipment controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance, based on knowledge of radiographic exposure techniques and protocols. Practices radiation protection techniques, using beam restrictive devices, patient shielding skills, and knowledge of applicable exposure factors, to minimize radiation to self, patient and staff. Operates mobile equipment in operating room, emergency room, or at patient's bedside. Reviews and evaluates images to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes. Performs routine assessments to ensure equipment is well maintained, operating in a safe work environment. Provides appropriate clinical information about the patient to the radiologist. Ensures that studies are being sent upon completion from modalities to the archive and to reading stations. Updates the Imaging Supervisor of any abnormal occurrences with patient's procedures, scheduling, preparation, transport, transfer onto exam table and submits occurrences in Quantros when required. Utilizes patient transfer devices for patient transfer form bed to stretcher, stretcher to exam table, etc. for patient and staff safety. Has working knowledge of tubing, IV's, catheters in order appropriately mange patient and procedure in a safe manner. Works with SMH customers to provide access to images. Maintains up-to-date working knowledge of all radiology systems including those in the OR (C-arms and Cysto). Cooperatively educates and trains new staff technologists and/or student technologists. Effectively utilizes multiple computer-based technologies for order entry, document storage, charge entry, image storage, etc. Produces high quality radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures adhering to established procedure protocols and/or physician instructions. Selects proper technical factors on individual patient basis. Administers oral, IV and enteric contrast material and assist physicians with fluoroscopic procedures. Provides general nursing care to patients so that basic medical and comfort needs are satisfied. Properly screens patients for appropriate clinical information, completes pre-procedural questionnaire (contrast/history), consents and post-procedural education (metformin instructions or discharge instructions). Familiar with and properly utilizes protocols for National Patient Safety Goals and upholds those goals. (Patient identification, correct procedure/correct patient, site marking, timeout, etc.). Provides information to patient & family regarding radiologic procedures. Completes examination and documentation specific to that exam in a timely manner (Critiques images, marks exam as reviewed, performs added 3D or other processing). Maintains inventory of supplies and stocks area with appropriate supplies. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Required: Demonstrates skills sufficient to successfully function within the position as a radiologic technologist and can utilize multiple computer-based software applications including but not limited to McKesson PACS, Paragon Radiology Information System, Quantros, Paragon Orders Management and McKesson Materials Management. Hospital based clinical experience or training. Graduate of accredited school and licensed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or is registry eligible. Licensure/Certification: Licensed in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana State Radiologic Technologists Board of Examiners (LSRTBE) and certified in CPR (Healthcare Provider).