Responsibilities & Standards
- Pre-exam responsibilities:
Greet patient courteously, within 5 minutes.
Introduce self to patient and instruct the patient regarding your role, the exam the patient is having and answer any questions relevant to that exam; establishing and maintaining patient confidence, with less than two legitimate complaints in a six month period.
Interview patient reviewing all MRI safety questions prior to screening.
Review patients' requisition and/or history determining the appropriate supplies needed and/or direction given to patient for appropriate undressing.
Prepare room and/or equipment per departmental procedure per exam.
- Performance of exam: Provides care to patients ranging in age from childhood, through adolescence, adulthood and geriatrics. The technologist must possess the ability to assess the requirements of the patients as they pertain to age, and must perform examinations as defined in Department Policies, in a manner consistent with the patient's age.
Assist patient on or off MRI table, pursuant to departmental safety guidelines and/or the correct utilization of body mechanics.
Position patient appropriately for adequate imaging utilizing appropriate imobilization devices if required.
Select proper technical factors on an individual patient basis.
Operates the equipment as directed with proper care to minimize equipment breakdown, and/or the delivery of proper protection in accordance with prescribed safety standards.
In the performance of exams requiring contrast media, intervenously, the preparation of these materials must be by departmental prescribed standards and/or safety standards and 100% accurate.
Practice sterile technique and/or be cognizant of infection control practices at all times as instructed by departmental and hospital infection control precaution guidelines.
During examination, observe patient's condition and if unusual, report to attending physician, radiologist or other appropriate personnel. In the event that the patient experiences crisis, summon the nearest available help or initiate emergency medical procedures.
- Quality control:
Image - store and prepare MRI images for transferal to PACS.
Perform reconstruction/enhancement of images for the radiologists.
Burn CD’s as needed.
Digitize and store all documentation to PACS.
Check all images for quality and completeness of requested exam as specified by department procedure manual.
Check all exams with radiologist as specified by departmental procedure.
- Post-exam requirements:
Obtain and call out wet readings as specified by request and/or departmental procedure.
Dismiss patient upon completion of exam with attention paid to explanations to the patient on an as needed basis.
Arrange for transportation of patient to the appropriate location.
- Perform all related data collection and entry functions as directed by departmental policy.
Scan requisition for completeness and accuracy and complete or correct if necessary per departmental guidelines.
Assess patient's status regarding pregnancies, mobility, and/or cooperative factors as determined with notification given to radiologist for interpretation.
It is the responsibility of all technologists to sign or initial their name on each requisition or case they have completed 100% of the time.
- Equipment maintenance surveillance:
Maintain and utilize MRI equipment as instructed or for its intended purpose, per departmental guidelines, manufacturers' instructions and departmental procedure manual.
Perform cleaning procedures on MRI equipment between patient exams as required per departmental and/or hospital infection control guidelines.
Inform Director of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging of any malfunctions in the equipment to minimize any potential accidents, as required by the departmental safety procedures.
- Maintain an adequate stock of pertinent supplies. (Per room assigned and personal supply requirements):
Establish needs for daily assignments in assigned room per departmental procedure guidelines.
Notify Director of Imaging of impending supply shortages.
Maintain adequate supplies within the MRI .
8.0 Licensure and Continuing Education
Maintains current copies of both ARRT and Massachusetts Licenses in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging.
Maintains copies of all continuing education for the 2 most recent licensing periods. (4 years total)
- Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
1. Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).
2. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned