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Senior Cat Scan Technician

Company: Hackensack Meridian Health
Location: North Bergen
Posted on: January 19, 2023

Job Description:

Description: How have you impacted someone's life today? At Hackensack -Meridian Health our healthcare teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career all within New Jersey's premier healthcare system. -The Senior Cat Scan Technologist performs computed tomography procedures and related techniques, producing sectional and three-dimensional images for the interpretation and assists with interventional and therapeutic procedures.
Responsibilties: A day in the life of a Senior Cat Scan Technician at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • Assists in the coordination of staff schedule and coordinates patient flow.
  • Assists in teaching CT technology and technique to staff technologist and students.
  • Supervises technical aspects of the department of radiology.
  • Assists technologist, as needed.
  • Orders all supplies necessary for the functioning of the entire CT department.
  • Performs complex CT procedures.
  • Uses professional judgment when reviewing and obtaining patient's clinical history for procedures, ensuring information is documented and scanned into PACS.
  • Prepares and reviews the accuracy of the contrast questionnaire with patient and/or family member and scan into EPIC.
  • Identifies and/or administers oral contrast and contrast media as prescribed by a licensed practitioner.
  • Reviews the patient prescription to verify appropriateness of exam and if incorrect, communicates with the Radiologist and Referring Physician to obtain additional clinical information or a new prescription.
  • Responsible for calling physicians to clarify the prescription in accordance with the appropriate CT protocols.
  • Responsible for verifying insurance authorized exam script and send exam modification forms to Finance for insurance re-verification.
  • Responsible for obtaining outside studies (CD) then scheduling them in EPIC so the CD and reports are available in PACS in order to be compared by Radiologists.
  • Responsible for providing exam copies to the patient and requesting physician and/or family member.
  • Evaluates radiographs using view box and PACS System to ensure that radiographs contain proper identification and are of diagnostic value.
  • Administers emergency care including performing CPR, if necessary.
  • Uses consistent and appropriate techniques to gather relevant information form the medical record, significant others and health care providers to prepare protocols for scanning and patient safety. The collection of information is determined by the patient's needs or condition.
  • Determines whether the patient has been appropriately prepared for the procedure.
  • Preps patient for scanning: (i.e. shielding, immobilization devices).
  • Determines appropriate type and dose of contrast to be administered.
  • Provides accurate explanations and instructions at any appropriate time and at a level the patient can understand and addresses and documents patient questions and concerns regarding the procedure when appropriate.
  • Performs venipuncture, IV patency and maintenance procedures according to established guidelines.
  • Monitor the patient's physical condition during the procedure.
  • Reviews images to determine if additional scans will enhance the diagnostic value of the procedure.
  • Performs retrospective reconstruction on raw data.
  • Performs daily clerical duties, which includes the use of EPIC, Teletracking System, computer system, patient scheduling, and other computer systems as added by hospital.
  • Greets in/out patients when they arrive for their exam utilizing A.I.D.E.T. standards.
  • Oversees staff training to maintain the highest quality diagnostic images.
  • Revises scanning parameters accordingly with established protocol.
  • Reviews all diagnostic or therapeutic data for completeness and accuracy.
  • Documents diagnostic, treatment, and patient data in the appropriate record.
  • Archives images to data storage devices according to established guidelines.
  • Assesses equipments to determine acceptable performance based on established guidelines.
  • Maintains controlled access to restricted area during radiation exposure to ensure safety of patients, visitors and hospital personnel.
  • Monitors image production to determine variance from established quality standards.
  • Performs all tasks as required by CT Technologist demonstrating the knowledge and skill to provide patient care.
  • Responsible for scheduled shifts including holidays and weekends.
  • Overtime as needed to provide continual quality patients care.
  • On call assignments as needed per Department of Radiology policy.
  • Adheres to the policies of Employee ID, Standards of Behavior, Attendance, and Punctuality.
  • Identifies the needs of the patient population served and modifies and delivers care that is specific to those needs (i.e., age, culture, language, hearing and/or visually impaired, etc.). This process includes communicating with the patient, parent, and/or primary caregiver(s) at their level (developmental/age, educational, literacy, etc.).
  • Adheres to the standards identified in the Medical Center's Organizational Competencies.
    Qualifications: Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
    • High School diploma or equivalent.
    • Graduate of a Radiologic Technologist program.
    • Two years CT experience.
    • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology and radiological positioning of the human body.
    • Thorough knowledge of PACS system.
    • Understanding mechanical attributes of CT software and hardware.
    • Maintains CEU Credits.
    • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification within following three months of hire date. Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
      • Associate's degree or higher.
      • Knowledge of Epic and any HIS/RIS system added by the hospital. Licenses and Certifications Required:
        • Diagnostic Radiography License.
        • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Certification or American Registry of RT (CT) Technologist Certification.
        • AHA Basic Health Care Life Support HCP Certification. -

Keywords: Hackensack Meridian Health, North Bergen , Senior Cat Scan Technician, Accounting, Auditing , North Bergen, New Jersey

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