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Radiology Technician

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Radiology Technician

Job Type

Full-Time

Classification

Non-Exempt

Grade

NE11 (17.95 - 25.13)

Department

Clinic Medical

Supervisor

Position Summary

Under direct supervision of Supervising Physician, the Radiology Technician oversees all operations and services for the Radiology services to all types of patients in accordance with the accepted standards of approved care. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Minimum Qualifications
  • • High School Diploma or GED and one year clerical experience or combination of education and experience.

  • Must be certified to operate by Nevada state law standards: 100 hours of training and display proficient use of x-ray equipment at time of hire.

  • Must possess a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen, and background investigation.

  • Indian preference will be given to all qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Maintains Radiology supplies and equipment and ensures quality control measures are followed.

  • Receives patients Radiology services politely; maintains professional communication and appearance with patients, co-workers and outside contacts. Receives calls and reviews voice mail in a timely manner; uses proper telephone etiquette and transfers calls as necessary.

  • Operates and maintains equipment used in acquisition of Radiological images and reports to have the clinical results entered into computer for storage, and schedules for periodic calibration as necessary

  • Sets up, cleans, and maintains Radiology equipment; performs quality control measures for Radiology equipment according to maintenance schedule.

  • Maintains thorough knowledge of and strict adherence to infection control measures including: personal protective equipment (gloves, gowns, eye protection, etc.), hand washing, needle-stick prevention, single-use vs. cleaned equipment, disposal of waste and reporting protocols.

  • Provides technical information about test results to physicians, patients, and other medical providers and staff.

  • Distributes Radiologic results to the appropriate provider in a timely manner, maintains Radiology requisitions and copies of results.

  • Logs Radiologic and Imaging date into RPMS as directed.

  • Provides training to new hires and in-services training for regular staff in areas of expertise.

  • Develops, evaluates, and modifies procedures, techniques and tests used in the acquisition of radiographs/imaging studies.

  • Assists in assuring laboratory Radiology policies and procedures are up to date and being followed. Assists in endeavors to obtain Accreditation.

  • Takes Radiographs of patients according to provider’s order; ensures patients have removed all articles through which x-rays cannot pass; assures patient is wearing x-ray protection coverings; positions patients in a lying, sitting, or standing posture to ensure that injuries are not aggravated and secures an x-ray of diagnostic quality.

  • Adjusts radiation equipment at the required angle and height; focuses on the appropriate area of patient's body; measures the thickness of the section to be x-rayed and sets machine controls accordingly to produce x-rays of the correct density, detail, and contrast; places properly identified x-ray equipment of the correct size and type under the body part to be examined to ensure that the complete area of the injury is x-rayed; checks digital image to determine need for repeats or additional views.

  • Prepares x-rays for reading; places proper identification on each digital image; and routes to provider for examination and interpretation. Maintains logs, computer files and back-up copies of imaging studies. Forwards images to radiology for report.

  • Maintains Radiologic supplies and equipment; orders chemicals and supplies to maintain sufficient inventory; cleans x-ray equipment and backs-up computer storage/files according to maintenance schedule; makes minor adjustments and repairs to x-ray unit in order to meet safety standards and ensure efficient operation; provides input as requested concerning the purchase of supplies and equipment.

  • Recognizes those patients who may require emergency or other specials need and notifies appropriate staff in a timely manner. Maintains current BLS certificate.

  • Provides laboratory functions, serving as a back-up to the lab manager on an as-needed basis.

  • Provides prompt assistance to providers, co-workers and patients as required. Provides back-up assistance for nursing/medical assistants and reception as directed. Attends meetings and collaborates with co-workers. Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.

  • Responsible for knowledge of and adherence to Policies and Procedures of the Washoe Tribal Health Center.

  • Performs other duties in summary as follows:

  • Use Medical Imaging Equipment

  • Radiology Technicians assist physicians or radiologists in using medical imaging equipment. They check that patients are positioned correctly then take high-quality images of bones, organs, tissues, or other parts of the human body. These images help doctors make accurate interpretations and diagnoses.

  • Educate Patients

  • A Radiology Technician is responsible for educating patients and their families about radiology procedures. Any questions or safety concerns that the patient might have should be thoroughly answered. Occasionally, they are also asked to help interpret and explain results.

  • Prep Exam Room

  • Before the patient arrives, the Radiology Technician checks that everything is in order for the appointment. Equipment should be prepped and ready to go, surfaces should be sterilized, and any data from the previous patient should be filed away.

  • Document Information

  • Radiology Technicians are responsible for keeping careful and detailed notes on each patient and appointment. They record test results and patient notes in a computer for the next visit.

  • Report to Physician

  • Radiology Technicians maintain close contact with the physician or radiologist they’re working with, which includes reporting test results or patient concerns to the physician in a timely and professional manner.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • • High School Diploma or GED and one year clerical experience or combination of education and experience.

  • Must be certified to operate by Nevada state law standards: 100 hours of training and display proficient use of x-ray equipment at time of hire.

  • Must possess a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen, and background investigation.

  • Indian preference will be given to all qualified Native American Indians.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit and stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee occasionally is required to operate a motor vehicle; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Ability to lift, stand, and assist patients when performing laboratory and x-ray procedures, or assist patients in wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility aids.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in a clinical setting with a moderate noise level. Must wear personal protective equipment when obtaining specimens, including, but not limited to clean gloves. Must wear radiation detector tag when performing x-rays. Employee will have exposure to radiation and body fluids with protective measures. Positions may require floating to another clinic.