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Become A Cat Scan Technologist

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Working As A Cat Scan Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $67,720

    Average Salary

What Does A Cat Scan Technologist Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Operates equipment to make radiographs of designated portions of the body.
* Positions patients utilizing immobilization devices.
* Moves equipment into specified positions and adjusts equipment controls to set exposure factors such as time and distance.
* Explains procedures to patients and addresses their concerns.
* Assists physicians with invasive procedures.
* Exposes and develops film.
* Operates mobile equipment in operating room, emergency department or at patient's bedside.
* Monitors, records and communicates as appropriate utilizing computerized documentation systems.
* Utilizes knowledge of age specific needs of patient in performance of duties and responsibilities.
* Orients and mentors new staff members.
* Practices radiation protection techniques to minimize radiation to patient and staff.
* Provides a safe environment for administering contrast material.
* Assists with transporting patients.
* Follows Standard Precautions using personal protective equipment as required

What Does A Cat Scan Technologist Do At Ascension Health

* Prepares and positions patients and selects anatomic and technical parameters accurately.
* Prepares and administers contrast media and/or medications within the accepted scope of practice and applicable state and federal regulations.
* Observes patient during procedure and reports abnormal activity.
* Monitors protocols and recommends updates or refinements as warranted.
* Follows radiation safety procedures and guidelines

What Does A Cat Scan Technologist Do At NYU Medical Center

* Provides direction to the technical staff, facilitates patient flow through the department, and provides support to management.
* Ensures management is apprised of work situations and the performance of each employee, on an ongoing basis, giving clear and accurate information.
* Utilizes advanced expertise and problem-solving skills to assist staff in the performance of difficult cases and troubleshooting technical problems.
* Offers continuing guidance on work activities and procedures.
* Orients employees to new procedures and changes in existing procedures.
* Trains newly hired technical staff in the procedures of the department and pertinent medical center policies.
* Initiates technical orientation and training of new/cross-trained Radiologic technologists.
* Adheres to quality control procedures, identifies problems and implements solutions to include inspecting finished radiographs for quality and completion prior to submission for reading.
* Reports malfunctioning, damaged, or missing equipment to management and appropriate service personnel.
* Trouble shoots to clarify problems with equipment and develops solutions to minor equipment malfunctions.
* Monitors the work of the staff in order to provide clear and accurate feedback to the chief technologist regarding their performance.
* Assist chief technologist in the scheduling of staff ensures proper documentation of all incidents/accidents and keeps an accurate log of all problems per departmental policies and protocols.
* Demonstrates knowledge of the hospital and radiology information systems as they relate to radiology.
* Selects appropriate patient information from HIS/RIS system in accordance with HIPPA regulations.
* Accesses patient information; schedules exams; appointment times; type of exam, patient reports, etc Follows departmental HIS/RIS system procedures and protocol to ensure orders are verified and processed to correctly.
* Effectively assesses patients information and status, and follows appropriate procedure(s) accordingly.
* Uses standard procedures to identify the correct patient.
* Reviews patients requisition and understands the type of exam required by each requisition and confers with medical staff regarding clarification when necessary.
* Follows accepted radiologic procedures and uses medical information to determine type of protocol required for radiographic examination.
* Consults policy and procedure manuals and/or other reference materials as necessary to ensure actions conform to established protocols.
* Follows special instructions indicated on radiographic requisition.
* Recognizes need for and follows isolation precautions.
* Independently implements patient procedures in accordance with departmental protocols and standards.
* Explains the procedure and equipment to the patient clearly.
* Solves problems that arise during patient examinations using both technical knowledge and innovation.
* Alters examination to maximize information in response to patients condition.
* Confers with other technologists concerning previous approaches utilized.
* Demonstrates skill in equipment set-up, utilization and proper maintenance procedure.
* Performs visual and manual quality control checks of radiograhic equipment.
* Uses imaging and peripheral equipment, in a safe and productive manner in accordance with prescribed hospital, departmental and manufacturers procedures.
* Observes and reports any malfunctioning of the equipment and notifies appropriate persons in case of missing or damaged equipment.
* Provides direction to the technical staff, facilitates patient flow through the department, and provides support to management.
* Ensures management is apprised of work situations and the performance of each employee, on an ongoing basis, giving clear and accurate information.
* Utilizes advanced expertise and problem-solving skills to assist staff in the performance of difficult cases and troubleshooting technical problems.
* Offers continuing guidance on work activities and procedures.
* Orients employees to new procedures and changes in existing procedures.
* Trains newly hired technical staff in the procedures of the department and pertinent medical center policies
* Participates in special projects and performs other related duties.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Cat Scan Technologist Do At Boulder Community Hospital

* speech, vision, hearing, smell and touch.
* INTERRELATIONSHIPS
* Extensive: Technical personnel, patients, radiologists, and other physicians
* Moderate: Director, other managers, support staff
* Must maintain working relationships with radiologists, ER physicians and staff, as well as all referring physicians.
* SUPERVISORY DUTIES
* None
* ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
* Performs quality patient care.
* Orient new staff.
* Enforces policies and procedures.
* QA/QC activities.
* Works toward goal of quality improvement.
* Schedules patients.
* Coordinates clinical information and previous testing to determine if additional views need to be obtained.
* Monitors and cleans equipment, and reports equipment problems to the Supervisor.
* Miscellaneous duties as required.
* Coordinates daily shift activities/work flow for area.
* Fills in and functions effectively in area.
* Performs exams pertinent to CT/Diagnostic Imaging and use radiographic exposure technique that minimizes radiation exposure.
* Performs injection of contrast material.
* Oversees the handling of patient complaints and concerns.
* Must be able to work on-call hours as needed.
* Uses computer information system as required.
* Assists in the evaluation of new products and equipment.
* Provide for proper charging and credit as to services performed.
* Performs other duties as required.
* Keeps the department clean.
* Employees are expected to comply with all regulatory requirements, including Joint Commission Standards.
* Is familiar with organization, department and job specific Environment of Care areas, including Life Safety, Utilities Management, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Preparedness, Infection Control and Medical Equipment Failure.
* Adheres to Standard Precautions as appropriate
* a) The use of protective barriers as appropriate;
* gloves *masks
* gowns *pocket masks
* safety glasses
* b) Handling and disposing of infectious waste appropriately.
* c) Hand washing as appropriate.
* Shift Duties
* Must be able to work independently.
* Must be a problem-solving leader.
* Responsible for all CT exams ordered throughout the staffed shift.
* Responsible for all Diagnostic exams ordered throughout the staffed shift.
* Assuring all procedures done during staffed shift are processed for interpretation by the Radiologist.
* Required CT/DX room preparation for the next on-coming shift (scanner warm-up and calibrations, room schedules, and room stocking).
* Is responsible for regulatory requirements.
* Responsible for calling in additional staff only when there are multiple traumas or multiple strokes needing CT scan or a combination of both.
* OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
* PATIENT CARE/INTERACTION
* When applicable, employees must be able to adjust the essential functions they perform appropriately to the age of their patient/customer.
* Employees must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development and the knowledge and skills necessary to provide for the primary population of patients served in the department.
* Employees demonstrate the ability to alter care and patient/family education based on the age or developmental level of the patient.
* Primary patient population served. (Check all that apply)
* x__ Neonate/Infant (birth – 12 months) __x__ Adult (17 – 69 years)
* x__ Child (13 months – 12 years) __x__ Older Adult (70+ years)
* x__ Adolescent (13 – 17 years)
* This position does not have regular patient contact.
* EMPLOYEES ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL DUTIES OF THIS JOB
* A detailed list of all competencies is listed in the competency-based orientation

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How To Become A Cat Scan Technologist

Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Education

An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics. 

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

MRI technologists typically have less than 5 years of work experience as radiologic technologists.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.

Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiologic and MRI technologists must follow exact instructions to get the images needed for diagnoses.

Interpersonal skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or mentally stressed. Technologists must be able to put the patient at ease to get usable images.

Math skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists may need to calculate and mix the right doses of chemicals used in imaging procedures.

Physical stamina. Radiologic and MRI technologists often work on their feet for long periods during their shift and they must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists must understand how to operate complex machinery.

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Top Skills for A Cat Scan Technologist

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Top Cat Scan Technologist Skills

  1. Special Procedures
  2. Assist Radiologist
  3. IV
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed c.t., special procedures such as biopsies with physicians.
  • Assist radiologist with imaging procedures, starting IV's, and injecting contrast, if applicable.
  • Serve a diverse clientele that included children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
  • Worked independently as well as in a team environment, regarding all aspects of quality patient care.
  • Worked 3rd shift with high level II trauma and procedures.

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