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Under the supervision of the Nuclear Medicine Manager and/or Assistant Chief Technologist, performs a wide variety of technical and professional duties utilizing complex imaging equipment to produce quality images as requested for subsequent interpretation by the nuclear physician. All duties are performed according to departmental and organizational policies and procedures. Promotes service excellence in all interactions as outlined in the Key Behaviors in the YNHH Core Success Factors.
Responsibilities: 1. Performs high quality dynamic, static, and gated SPECT and PET imaging procedures utilizing appropriate age specific standards to obtain the desired diagnostic patient information for the referring physician. 1.1. Performs the daily operation of a variety of SPECT and PET/CT cameras and computers in accordance with prescribed departmental procedures to produce images of high diagnostic quality as observed by the nuclear physician or supervisor. 1.2. Checks the quality of images in general and is responsible to make technical adjustments or changes in acquisition parameters to produce high quality diagnostic images as observed by supervisor or nuclear physician. 1.3. Performs quantitative computer analysis on images according to departmental procedures and guidelines. Judges acceptability of results and consults with supervisor or nuclear physician on necessity of repetition as observed by physician and supervisor. 1.4. Recognizes abnormal images and performs special positioning or additional views when necessary, or as requested by nuclear physician as observed by supervisor or nuclear physician. 1.5. Receives and positively identifies patients by ID bracelet, examines requisition, and explains procedure to them in order to obtain cooperation and allay anxieties during performance of procedure as observed by peers and supervisor. 1.6. Always obtains data from patient's chart and/or the patient in order to record any findings that may contribute additional information in the evaluation of test results e.g., pregnancy, surgery, prosthesis, medications, etc. as observed by supervisor or nuclear physician. 1.7. Continually assesses needs and condition of assigned patients and follows prescribed procedures if a change is observed. 1.8. Performs research studies according to prescribed protocols to evaluate and standardize new imaging methods, radiopharmaceuticals, computer software and equipment. Completes all paperwork required for research procedure as observed by supervisor, nuclear physician or peers. 2. Performs various radiopharmacy duties including receipt, preparation, administration and storage of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals to ensure safety and integrity of the agents used. Properly recording all duties according to departmental policy. 2.1. Obtains radionuclides by eluting generator systems or from bulk shipments maintaining sterile technique and shielding. All radioactive materials received are checked for leakage and activity according to departmental procedure as observed by supervisor or radiation safety officer. 2.2. Prepares the correct type of radiopharmaceutical for the desired scan recording this information in the appropriate log book or Radiopharmaceutical Computer System, according to departmental policy as observed by supervisor, radiation safety officer or peers. 2.3. Performs quality control of radiopharmaceuticals to ensure radionuclidic purity, radiochemical purity and radiopharmaceutical integrity of agents before administration to patients according to departmental procedure as observed by supervisor, radiation safety officer or as evidenced by the quality of tag on scans. 2.4. Administers correct radiopharmaceutical and dose to patient via the prescribed route either intravenously, orally, or by inhalation as observed by supervisor, nuclear physician or as evidenced by the scan quality. 2.5. Performs daily surveys of all radiation areas and decontaminates if necessary according to departmental procedure. Notifies supervisor of any contaminations and records all findings according to departmental policy as observed by supervisor, radiation safety officer or peers. 2.6. Stores and disposes of radioactive materials in accordance with departmental, hospital and federal regulations as observed by supervisor, radiation safety officer and other hospital personnel. Properly recording the disposal of radioactive materials according to departmental policy. 2.7. Records all information regarding receipt, quality control, administration, and disposal of radioactive materials in the appropriate log books or Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmaceutical Computer System, according to departmental protocol as observed by supervisor, radiation safety officer and peers. 3. Performs Quality Control procedures according to departmental protocol to obtain the desired result or information needed. 3.1. Technologist demonstrates knowledge of all departmental QC procedures for general and PET nuclear medicine. 3.2. Performs QC on all radiopharmacy equipment daily and quarterly. 3.3. Proficient in all POCT as observed by manager/ supervisor. 3.4. Technologist will assist coordinator and physicist with annual and bi-annual ACR accreditation. 3.5. Properly performs IV placement using aseptic technique. 4. Performs quality control procedures to ensure optimal performance of gamma cameras, computers and other related auxiliary equipment (dose calibrators, well counters, etc.) 4.1. Performs daily, weekly, and monthly quality control on all instrumentation including uniformity checks, linearity, center of rotation and other indicated tests according to departmental procedure to ensure all equipment is in proper working order as observed by supervisor or peers. 4.2. Performs calibration procedures on dose calibrator, probes and well counters according to departmental procedure as observed by supervisor or radiation safety officer. 4.3. Reports all abnormal quality control tests to supervisor immediately. 5. Practices safe handling of radioactive materials according to departmental and federal regulations to ensure minimal radiation exposure to self and others. 5.1. Follows ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) guidelines for radiation exposure including use of syringe shields and lead carrying cases as observed by supervisor and peers and as evidenced by monthly film badge reports. 5.2. Always practices safe handling of radioactive materials to minimize exposure to self and coworkers as observed by supervisor and peers. 5.3. Wears film badges and lab coat at all times in radiation areas as observed by supervisor. 6. Performs job-related tasks in a timely manner as needed to ensure the goals of the department are met. 6.1. Schedules patients for procedures in Imagecast and tracks assigned patients' arrival and completion status as observed by supervisor. 6.2. As necessary correctly edits and completes exam codes in Imagecast to reflect the procedure performed for accurate billing and medical record documentation. 6.3. Checks requisitions, questionnaires, protocols, and medication reconciliation forms to make sure the information corresponds to the exam being performed and notifies physician or supervisor of any discrepancies. 6.4. Maintains a Clean and Safe work environment and checks daily that exam rooms are properly supplied, equipped and operational before each exam as observed by supervisor. 6.5. Notifies supervisor when supplies are low as observed by supervisor and peers. 6.6. Maintains accurate patient exam records (PACS and computer database) according to departmental procedures as observed by supervisor. 7. Demonstrates commitment to coworkers, department and hospital through general standards of professional conduct to facilitate the efficient and smooth operation of the department. 7.1. Employee recognizes and performs duties which need to be done such as offering assistance to 7.2. others when own assignments are completed or checking with supervisor for an assignment as 7.3. observed by supervisor. 7.4. When requested, employee is willing to work overtime or to adjust personal schedule to 7.5. accommodate the unanticipated needs of the department as noted by supervisor. 7.6. Accepts on?call responsibilities when scheduled and maintains availability as observed by 7.7. supervisor or other hospital personnel involved. 7.8. Enhances professional growth and development through educational programs, current 7.9. literature, workshops and conferences as evidenced by attendance to such and communication 7.10. of new job related information to staff. Attends in'service and staff meetings as observed by 7.11. supervisor. 7.12. Contributes to the clinical teaching of nuclear medicine students, residents, fellows and visiting 7.13. professionals as observed by supervisor. 7.14. Evaluates and oversees the work of student technologists as observed by supervisor or student 7.15. coordinator. 7.16. Wears hospital ID badge at all times
Graduation from an A.M.A. approved program in Nuclear Medicine. AS degree required, BS degree preferred.
Demonstrated technical skills to meet entry level standards of routine Nuclear Medicine imaging., NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification in Nuclear Medicine Technology required (may not be on any type of probation). CPR Certification perferred.
ARRT (N) or NMTCB
Must have a basic knowledge of radiopharmaceuticals, nuclear medicine equipment and nuclear medicine imaging procedures. Above average knowledge of anatomy, computer/Pacs applications, and good organizational and communication/customer service skills.
Must meet the performance expectations as defined in the Nuclear Medicine Technologist 1 position description. Performance and competency will be assessed continually and reviewed annually by supervisor/manager. Any areas that are determined to be unsatisfactory will require additional training and re-evaluation within 90 days.
Demonstrates planning and decision making skills necessary to manage a patient schedule with minimal assistance and utilize Nuclear Medicine cameras efficiently. Active participant in clinical research and teaching and training of new technical staff and students.
Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds to assist with patient transfers.