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This position is located at the Cheyenne VA Health Care System in Cheyenne, Wyoming in the Radiology Department operating under the direction of the Radiology Service Chief with responsibility for providing a wide range of specialized nuclear medicine procedures. Those wide range of specialized nuclear medicine procedures, include diagnostic imaging, radioassay, evaluating abnormal results; using and maintaining equipment; setting up and monitoring quality control; working within guidelines from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Department of Transportation (DOT), National Health Physics Program, Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) among others. Duties include but not limited to: Prepare, assay, and administer radiopharmaceutical doses by injection, inhalation or ingestion as prescribed. Proficient in introducing intravenous catheters in patients for administration of radiopharmaceuticals and/ or medications. Knowledgeable regarding possible side effects of radiopharmaceuticals and other medications, such as lasix and captopril, to be administered. Take immediate action to remedy any noted effects. Receive patients, explain procedure, answer questions relating to the procedure, position patient for all necessary views and tend to their comfort for the duration of the procedure. Obtain pertinent clinical data from the patient, electronic chart, requisition, and interviewing the patient and/or family. Operate nuclear medicine equipment such as gamma cameras, well counters, GM survey meters, thyroid uptake system, and dose calibrators for various patient procedures. Perform a full range of nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging, non-imaging, in-vitro and therapeutic procedures, including highly specialized computer assisted studies such as gated, tomographic, quantitative procedures. Analyze procedure images for quality. Obtain additional images when necessary. Knowledgeable in three-dimensional anatomy. Correctly administer radioactive pharmaceuticals to patients. Utilizes necessary quality management methods of patient identification such as using two unique identifiers and using active rather than passive identification. Fill out appropriate forms and administer dose with the nuclear medicine physician. Instruct patient, family and nursing staff in radiation safety precautions. Perform radiation surveys, post appropriate caution signs, and distribute personnel monitoring devices as required. Properly monitor and store any radioactive waste for disposal. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personnel requiring film badges. Read and understand the film badge exposure report. Determine exposure patterns and recommend actions to reduce exposure levels to public, radiation workers and self. Prepare studies for nuclear medicine physician's interpretation by insuring completeness of all forms involved in the procedure. Record appropriate data and related information on the proper patient worksheet and images. Ensure proper billing and workload information by using accurate CPT, codes for each patient study. Schedule patient procedures, taking into consideration camera availability, scan length, patient condition, the need for multiple nuclear medicine studies, other clinic appointments of the patient, contraindications for the test and urgency of the request. Inform patient of all pertinent preparations for his/her scan, i.e. NPO, follow certain diet, bowel prep, etc. Assure that all Nuclear Medicine, Medical Center, VISN and Radiation Safety policies are effectively followed. Participate in research projects involving Nuclear Medicine studies, products, equipment and/ or radiopharmaceuticals. Instruct Nuclear Medicine students, Radiology students, new technologists, residents and others on techniques, procedures, equipment use, etc. Maintain a neat and clean work area, including desks and countertops. Ensure that imaging, computer, hot lab and injection areas are properly supplied/stocked and operational before each use. Assist in maintaining inventory of supplies and notify supervisor of low level of supplies in a timely manner. Help other technologists when necessary, i.e. difficult or uncooperative patient, heavy workload, etc. Maintain and encourage an environment of teamwork and a positive workplace. Interact with representatives from outside agencies such as JCAHO, NRC, VISN and VHA when necessary. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600316000
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.