The incumbent of this position works in the General Radiology section of Imaging Services at VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS), a level 1A facility and reports to the Assistant Chief Technologist. The Lead Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) has the overall responsibility for the coordination and performance of the x-ray area which consists of 22 Technologists and 1 peer Lead Technologist. The areas included are x-ray, surgery, DEXA, and Fluoroscopy. The Lead DRT works closely with the technologists, radiologists, clinicians, administrative staff and management to assure optimum quality control, efficient coordination of activities, high quality diagnostic/therapeutic exam results, and patient satisfaction. In addition to Lead DRT duties, the incumbents will coordinate with other modality Lead DRT's in Imaging Services, without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all diagnostic radiology examinations. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies so that proper diagnosis and treatment may be effectuated. Duties may include, but are not limited to: Inventory Control: Ensures that adequate quantities of supplies are available to meet workload demands through a systemized process of ordering, receipt and inventory control. Assures that X-ray procedure rooms are stocked with necessary supplies at all times with special attention to emergent equipment and supplies. Assists in determining costs for specific exams, and projecting costs for budgetary purposes. Technologist Staff Scheduling: Develops and maintains monthly staffing plan under the direction of the Assistant Chief Technologist. Determines staffing requirements based on past, present, and future workload patterns and develops the weekly/monthly schedules. Organizes staff work assignments in different specialties of the general x-ray department to ensure equitable rotations. Maintains effective control of the Radiology area by coordinating, planning, organizing and executing the work potential to expedite workflow patterns within the department. Staff Training: Trains new technologists in diagnostic x-ray, fluoroscopy, and operative procedures. Develops formal orientation, training, and evaluation programs. Recommends, coordinates and evaluates new or modified procedures/protocols. Instructs other technologists on specialized tasks and new/modified procedures and policies. Participates in the education of x-ray technologists as well as other technologists through departmental in-services. Participates in the evaluation of new employees. Equipment Maintenance/Repair: Coordinates the repair and installation of x-ray equipment. Serves as the liaison between Imaging and Biomedical Engineering and repair contractors. Recommends equipment improvements, repairs, upgrades, etc. Participates in developing specifications for new equipment requests. Participates in developing service contract specifications. Works with department QC tech to develop and maintain quality control programs. Performs QC and maintains logs to ensure equipment problems are identified as they arise. Confers with Bio Med to resolve problems. Provides training and in-service programs to aid in the instruction of nurses and physicians on procedures, operation and/or maintenance of new and existing x-ray equipment. Establishes written procedures and protocol for use with new x-ray equipment. Incumbent will act as liaison between other modalities, management, outside department entities, etc… for purposes of quality/process improvement, patient/customer satisfaction, and effective and timely inter/intra departmental communication Performs routine administrative procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate imaging records. Receives and interprets all radiology requests. Inputs pertinent radiology information into computer. Schedules appointments, processes exam requests, and registers patient exams, cancels and case edits exams in the Radiology Information System (RIS). Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring injectable solutions and for the purpose of performing oral and rectal exams of the GI tract. The radiographer is qualified to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material when necessary. The radiographer must know the effects and adverse reactions of the contrast materials. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of usage be possessed by those who prepare it. Must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Adverse reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient or equipment Work Schedule: Wed-Sat, 7:00AM-5:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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