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DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Functional Statement Title/#:
DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Work Schedule:
Monday through Friday, 7:
30am to 4:
00pm.
Major Duties:
The incumbent performs magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations, including magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and, if necessary, magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Required to acquire diagnostic quality MRI and MRA examinations based on established protocols and modify pulse sequences, if necessary, to obtain the highest quality exam possible.
The technologist will maintain a log book of established examination protocols (which includes patient positioning, coil selection, and acquisition parameters) and will be required to keep these protocols up-to-date based on input from staff radiologists; Interviews each MRI patient prior to their examination to determine if the patient has any contraindication for an MRI procedure (claustrophobia, cardiac pacemaker, ferrous implants, metallic clips, cochlear implants, cardiac prosthetic valves, metallic foreign bodies, etc); Completes a MRI contrast worksheet for all patients (to include known allergies and recent renal functions studies) and will obtain written radiologist directions regarding contrast administration; Reviews the MRI checklist with the patient and subsequently scans the patient for ferromagnetic materials with a hand held metal detector before the patient enters the scan room; Maintains visual and vocal contact with the patient during the scan and recognizes patient distress and intervenes or contacts a physician as needed; Prepares gadolinium based contrast media and administers this contrast media intravenously to patients within the MRI suite prior to performing their scan according to either modified or approved standard protocols under a radiologist's directive; Inserts appropriate intravenous (IV) lines into patients prior to IV contrast administration when necessary; Recognizes the signs and symptoms of a contrast reaction and knows what steps to take in the event of a contrast reaction; Places ("cases") the examination into an "examined" status in the hospital information system (VistA) after each exam; Responsible for correctly initiating transfer of obtained MRI images to the organization's Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS); Enters a detailed Imaging Procedure Note in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) after each exam; Obtains emergent (STAT) serum creatinine and eGFR measurements on patients when necessary using an iSTAT or similar device; Notifies a radiologist of any recognized significant abnormality that may require immediate attention while patient is undergoing an examination.


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