To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.
Under the supervision of the Radiology Manager and/or Assistant Chief Technologist, performs a wide variety of technical and professional duties utilizing complex imaging equipment to produce quality CT images as requested for subsequent interpretation by the radiologist. 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. To meet the staffing needs of the department, as necessary, Diagnostic Radiology staff may be assigned at any of the YNHH Diagnostic Radiology locations, regardless of your regularly assigned work location.
Responsibilities: 1. Operates CT scanners using age and dose appropriate protocols and related medical equipment necessary to produce quality CT images for diagnosis or treatment safely and efficiently. 1.1. Uses technical skill and knowledge of cross-section anatomy to perform CT exams using appropriate imaging protocols, independently and efficiently. 1.2. Reviews requisitions, contrast questionnaires and prescribed scan protocols to ensure that each patient is scanned appropriately, without need for repeat studies due to technologist error. 1.3. Performs IV insertion using aseptic technique and administers IV or Oral contrast media under the direction of a radiologist. 1.4. Ascertains CT image quality and transmission of all images to the Synapse patient folder upon completion of each patient scan for subsequent review and interpretation by the radiologist in accordance with departmental policy. 1.5. Has minimal inactive scanner time between patients in order to maximize the section's efficiency and minimize patient delays as observed by supervisor or physician. 1.6. Assists the physician/radiologist as needed with CT guided medical procedures. 1.7. Performs tube warm up and calibrations daily and when prompted as described in the department quality assurance program and documented in the quality assurance recording forms. 1.8. Demonstrates ability to use independent judgment during equipment difficulties to accurately log technical problems, contact service engineer, or call for technical support as appropriate. Troubleshoots equipment issues prior to calling service. 2. Performs quality and compassionate patient care in order to ensure patient cooperation, safety and satisfaction. 2.1. Identifies patients accurately 100% of the time using designated scripts for communication as directed according to departmental policy as observed by supervisor or other hospital staff. 2.2. Thoroughly explains the procedure and ensures patient physical and emotional comfort as observed by supervisor/manager or noted by patient comments or surveys. 2.3. Is attentive to patient care needs and expediently calls for nursing and/or physician medical support, as required, as evidenced by incident reports and employee, physician and nursing input. 2.4. Is attentive and responsive to the concerns of all patients and their families, as noted by supervisor/manager, and evidenced by PG patient survey comments. 2.5. Ensures a Clean & Safe environment through daily exam room and equipment
inspections. Recognizes and performs tasks needed to foster good patient care such as
room preparation, restocking supplies, and offering assistance to others when possible
on a daily basis. 3. Performs various record keeping, communication and customer service functions in order to ensure goals of the department are met and operations run efficiently. 3.1. Relays pertinent information to radiologists or other technical staff to minimize errors due to lack of communication, especially during change of shift, as noted by supervisor. 3.2. Performs designated Imagecast tasks, such as editing/completing exams appropriately, entering supply charges, scanning reqs/forms into Document Management, etc to ensure the accuracy of patient billing and medical record documentation in accordance with department policy. 3.3. Accurately retrieves and/or enters patient data into the CT Scanner, Imagecast, Synapse, SCM, and VIP as observed by supervisor or review of audit reports. 3.4. Assists CSA, schedulers, PFAS staff, physicians, secretaries, nursing, etc with scheduling, obtaining requisitions or pre-authorization, patient preparation instructions, and other exam-related communications. 3.5. Reports and documents designated quality assurance responsibilities such as:
o Patient contrast reactions or extravasations
o Patient injuries or complaints
o Equipment malfunctions
o Patient radiation dose
o Procedure time-out
o Missing or inappropriate exam requisitions
o Enters initials into scanner as per ACR guidelines 4. Participates in various teaching, learning, and research opportunities in order to further professional knowledge and expertise or to assist in expanding the knowledge of others. 4.1. Is receptive to teaching CT technologists, student technologists, radiology residents and fellows, as observed by supervisor or input from staff or students. 4.2. Keeps current with mandated hospital Healthstream training modules, CPR, and other department required training programs each year, as recorded by supervisor/manager 4.3. Maintains active professional registration/certification and state licensure and provides documentation as recorded by supervisor/manager. 4.4. Keeps current of technical field through reading reference journals and materials or in-services provided by department as observed by supervisor.
Satisfactory completion of an A.M.A. approved program in Radiologist Technology with A.R.R.T. certification.
Demonstrated technical skills to meet entry level standards of routine CT imaging., RT(R) certification by the American Registry of, Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), CT certification preferred (may not be on any type of probation). Connecticut State License and CPR Certification.
Proficient in routine CT imaging techniques, above average knowledge of cross section anatomy, computer/Pacs applications, and good organizational and communication/customer service skills.
Must meet the performance expectations as defined in the CT 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 CT scanners 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.