Under general supervision of a radiologist, performs computed tomography procedures to assist in the diagnosis of disease or injury.
1. Performs computed tomography (CT) procedures as prescribed by a physician. Follows established techniques and methods in operating equipment and processing images. Ensures technical quality of images and exercises judgment in processing assigned work load. May assist the radiologist in performing image-guided diagnostic and invasive procedures (e.g., CT-guided biopsy). Practices radiation safety by applying ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principles.
2. Prepares patients for CT procedures. In doing so, escorts patients to dressing rooms, provides verbal and written instructions and assists patients in positioning body parts to be radiographed. Ensures safety procedures and universal precautions are used at all times.
3. Assesses the patient’s previous exams/reports to include loading or digitizing outside studies, if available/applicable, prior to performing the CT procedure. Reviews the referral form for each procedure and ensures accuracy of the referral in the system; accurately communicates the referral to the radiologist. For certain procedures, may administer medication as prescribed by a physician.
4. Assesses the patient’s condition prior to administering a contrast media (or other prescribed medication) or performing the procedure. Prepares contrast media and administers to patients either intravenously or through other body cavities.
5. Performs related technical and/or administrative duties which include, but are not limited to:
? Completing necessary paperwork and labeling images.
? Reviewing scheduled patient appointments and contacting patient, via telephone, to confirm appointment date, time, location and any other pertinent information, such as copayment amount and forms of payment accepted. Advises the patient of any preparations required for the procedure.
? Ordering and reviewing labs.
? Coordinating the exam with other modalities.
? Communicating "stat" results to referring physicians.
? Performing all necessary functions relating to the RIS/PACS.
? Assisting patient at all times (including on and off the exam table and to and from a vehicle, if necessary).
? Assisting the front office and scheduling staff with technical questions regarding CT procedures.
? Communicating with the front office as to the status of the schedule.
6. Maintains adequate level of supplies in examination rooms and reorders as necessary. Ensures equipment is operating properly and contacts appropriate party for equipment repair in order to ensure safe and efficient examination of patients.
7. Actively participates in the quality-assurance monitoring and recording efforts of the department. Assists in duties related to ACR accreditation.
8. Continues to develop professionally; maintains registry and current knowledge of the radiology profession to ensure continued contributions to the patients, referring physicians, and the company.
1. Knowledge of basic radiologic methods and techniques such as chest, upper and lower gastrointestinal, fluoroscopic, and skeletal procedures normally acquired through completion of twenty-four month radiologic technology training program
2. Knowledge of quality care and radiation safety standards for CT (ALARA)
3. Knowledge applicable to CT scanning technology with specific reference to cross-sectional anatomy, medical and surgical disease and scientific principles as applied to CT scanning
4. Knowledge to perform radiation therapy planning scans, working with radiation therapist to properly position the patient
5. Skill and knowledge to identify disease abnormalities and physiological processes while performing the CT scans, with initiative to obtain additional scans, views or extremely technical factors as required to provide maximum information for the radiologist to make an accurate diagnosis
6. Knowledge and work experience necessary to independently conduct routine and specialized CT procedures, to assist physicians with special techniques or procedures, and to become familiar with physician and department work methods and facility policies and procedures
7. Knowledge of and experience in using office equipment including telephone, fax, computer and photocopier
8. Knowledge of and experience in using radiology-related computer systems (RIS/PACS)
9. Interpersonal skills necessary in order to effectively interact with physicians, other facility staff, patients and families when providing instructions or responding to questions or exchanging patient-related information
10. Ability to start and maintain an IV
11. Ability to maintain confidentiality of patient record information
12. Analytical skills necessary in order to conduct routine radiographic tests and review results for accuracy and quality, to verify patient information, to complete material for medical record, and to monitor supply levels
13. Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail when conducting or assisting with CT procedures
14. Ability to lift a minimum of 60 pounds when assisting and positioning body parts or handling and transporting supplies
1. Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) recognized by the American Heart Association
2. Current American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registration
About Desert Radiology
Our MissionProvide access to accurate diagnoses and treatment through medical imaging excellence.Our IntentDesert Radiology will be a premier diagnostic imaging company that is easy to partner with by offering industry leading technology, consistent market growth, and a high performance work culture.Our Core Values•Service Excellence•Collaboration•Compassion•Integrity•QualityOur HistoryOur story begins when Dr. Robert Taylor and his wife, Harriett, owned a hospital in Mojave, California where they both practiced general medicine. In the early 1950s, they sold the hospital and moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Dr. Taylor trained in radiology and radiation oncology.After moving to Las Vegas in the mid 1950s and working alone for many years, Dr. Taylor advertised for an additional physician. Dr. Harris Knudson answered the advertisement and was hired in 1964. Dr. Knudson knew of Dr. James Lum as they served together in the military. When the need for another physician arose, Dr. Lum accepted the offer and moved to Las Vegas. The three formed a professional corporation in the state of Nevada on January 6, 1966 under the name Taylor, Knudson & Lum. They covered UMC hospital as well as two ...small outpatient facilities on Maryland Parkway and Rancho Lane.In 1969 Dr. Francis Esposito became the fourth physician with the practice. Two years later in 1971 Dr. Richard Ellis joined the small practice and when Desert Springs opened he became the Chief of the Radiology Department. Later that same year, Dr. Paul Bandt joined the group to help ease the busy schedules. By the mid 1970s, the hospital contracts were keeping the practice busy and the outpatient business was continuing to grow. In 1977, the Rancho Lane location was expanded and renamed to Desert Radiology.As the group continued to expand they opened the first outpatient radiation therapy center in Nevada called Nevada Radiation Oncology Center (NROC) in 1980. They also began reading for Southwest Medical Associates that same year. The Rancho Lane office remained open until 1987 when they relocated to the current Palomino facility. The professional corporation was later renamed on September 11, 1996 to Ellis, Bandt, Birkin, Kollins & Wong.Since then, reading contracts have been secured with 12 hospitals in Nevada. Today the group continues to operate on the solid foundation set forth in 1966 and has grown to over 70 radiologists strong with over 400 support personnel providing technical and administrative support.