Under general supervision, evaluates and implements the care of adult and geriatric patients undergoing mammography and breast related invasive procedures. Assesses assigned patients needs by reviewing the radiology request, the patient's medical history, admitting diagnosis, and physician's orders. Assesses the patient's physical needs, evaluates diagnostic data, and interviews the patient and family. Prioritizes imaging needs for an assigned group of patients. Collaborates with other members of the health team to determine patient care priorities. Assists in identifying complex patient problems related to symptoms, behavioral changes, and abnormal diagnostic data. Evaluates patient's response of procedural care delivery. Practices radiation protection techniques. Takes precautions to minimize patient and staff exposure to x-radiation. Notifies supervisor of safety issues as they occur. Assures continuity and quality of care through effective decision-making and continuous patient assessment. Anticipates potential patient crisis through continual evaluation of patient care. Assists with appropriate care interventions for identified patient problems. Utilized standards of care and/or collaborative clinical pathways to guide the radiologic procedure. Involves the patient and or significant others in the radiologic process. Assists with teaching patient and family education. Provides teaching plans to patient and family based on identified needs. Communicates effectively with patient, family, and all members of the health care team. Documents procedural elements and all aspects of patient care as required by established departmental procedures. Formulates goals for professional growth. Identifies patient advocacy opportunities. Complies with established policies and procedures. Participates in continuous performance improvement data collection and research activities. Acts as a resource for less experienced staff. Teaches students or visiting technologists breast pathology, techniques, positioning and special views of the breast, and in the use of mammography equipment, etc. Provides clinical guidance to students and ancillary staff. Participates in unit orientation of new staff. Uses outcomes of research in practice. Collects data as delegated. May serve as a departmental representative. Participates as needed in the following: continuing performance improvement (P) committees, education committees, Fire Marshall, etc.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a graduate of an accredited school of Radiologic Technology and registered with the ARRT. They must have a minimum of two (2) years experience with one (1) year in Mammography. Advanced certification in Mammography is required. CPR certification.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
Experience in both 2D and 3D equipment, tomosynthesis training. Proficient in Stereotactic Core Biopsies, needle localizations. 3D certification preferred.
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