Radiology Technologist

Radiology Technologist

Reports to: Lead Technologist, Radiology Services

Position Overview: 

The Technologist performs radiologic imaging for diagnostic purposes. This role works independently using extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, and radiation physics, and radiation dosage to ensure high-quality diagnostic images. The Technologist performs diagnostic general radiology procedures on infant, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients on designated areas of the body as requested by a physician. In order to do so, this position must confirm appropriate clinical data, obtain patient history, and use the lowest possible dose to provide high-quality images for the interpreting radiologist. By communicating effectively with patients as well as other members of the health care team, the technologist provides for the emotional and physical well-being and safety of the patient while maintaining strict standards of patient confidentiality.  

Principal Duties and Responsibilities*:   

  • Performs services in the Imaging service area according to the policies, procedures, philosophy, and objectives of the department. Works cooperatively within department and other services to create a system of quality health care.  
  • Ensures that proper attire is always worn and protective equipment is utilized as dictated by federal, state, and credentialing regulatory bodies as well as stated in MIT Health Policies.  
  • Operates radiologic equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.  Positions radiologic equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance according to specification of examination. Takes X-rays following established radiologic requirements and regulations to ensure patient care and safety. 
  • Operates radiographic equipment used in the performance of all standard radiologic procedures as outlined in the equipment manual.
  • Demonstrates anatomical structures based upon knowledge of patient positioning (radiographic) and the principles of radiographic exposure, radiation physics, and principles of x-ray generation. Provides optimum quality radiographs through proper selection of imaging techniques.
  • Verifies proper exam in radiology information system (RIS).  Updates information, as necessary, to maintain accurate information.  
  • Adheres to the safety principle ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) by keeping repeat imaging to a minimum.
  • Prepares exams by providing prior images and/or sufficient information regarding outside images to be obtained quickly and efficiently and decrease delay in radiologic interpretation. 
  • Makes every effort to protect all patients and staff from unnecessary radiation using protective devices with strict adherence to guidelines and regulations of State and federal bureaus of radiation control.  
  • Works closely with the Radiologist to determine whether further tests are required. 
  • Prepares patients for radiologic procedures. Escort patients to dressing and x-ray rooms, provide verbal and/or written instructions, and assist patients in positioning body parts to be radiographed. Explains procedures and observes patients to ensure patient care, safety, and comfort during scan. 
  • Gains patient cooperation by reducing anxieties, providing explanations of exam, and answering questions. 
  • Disinfects exam room daily and after contamination of communicable disease exposure with appropriate cleaning agent.  
  • Demonstrates safe and effective use of equipment. Promptly advises manager of observed equipment malfunction or imaging accessories needing repair or removal from service. 
  • Ensures operation of radiology equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements, following manufacturer’s instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, calling for repairs, and maintaining equipment inventories. 
  • Performs quality control tests as required by regulations put forth by DPH and ACR. Ensures proper documentation on all forms necessary in preparation for annual inspection.  
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Minimum Required Education and Experience:

  • Registered or registry eligible by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) from a recognized accredited institution. Massachusetts license with no constraints. Certification from a recognized agency is required. 
  • BLS/CPR required 
  • Frequent standing, walking, grasping, carrying, reaching, bending, stooping and speaking 
  • Must be able to push, pull, or lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds  
  • May need to lift or turn patients who are disabled, with assistance if needed 
  • Proficiency in tasks employing arm/hand steadiness is required.  
  • Long periods of standing or walking are often required. May have to remain in uncomfortable positions such as bending for prolonged periods  
  • Must be able to multitask and maintain concentration on fine details with the ability to prioritize and return to functions performed before interruption  
  • Comfortable with potential exposure to body fluids, hazardous waste materials, poisonous substances, dust, chemicals, bodily injuries, loud or unpleasant noises, electrical hazards, and electromagnetic radiation as in CRTs (VDTs)  

* To comply with regulations by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.  

Job number: 23610 
Grade level: 8

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