JOB SUMMARY: Performs duties included with a variety of technical procedures in the application of radionuclides for diagnosis of disease. Schedules procedures and prepares patient(s) for procedures. Performs quality assurance and maintenance procedures as directed by chief nuclear medicine technologist.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for maintaining a day book, recording the proper charges and dosages to patient, retrieve prior films and reports; including reports and films from area health care facilities before consulting with radiologist on patient procedure. Assist with administration of radionuclides. Perform nuclear medicine exams, then do all necessary filming including prospective images that would assist Radiologist in actual diagnosis; develop, sort, and load film. Perform weekly QA testing on nuclear medicine camera and associated equipment.
Scheduling appointments; answering incoming phone calls; consulting with physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or other medical assistants concerning nuclear medicine procedures; greeting patients and checking the waiting area for arrivals; prepare patients for exams; give patients instructions about their exam and obtaining signature on radionuclides consent form; drawing up and mixing radiopharmaceuticals when necessary; clean, stock, and maintain nuclear medicine room, order supplies and other duties as needed with the Radiology Department. Utilizes RIS/PACS System to enter, retrieve, and maintain data. Attends OSHA initially at orientation and annually thereafter.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS: Communicating with vendors, placing orders, handling P.O. requisitions in the absence of the chief nuclear medicine technologist. Assisting Radiologist and chief technologist with teaching files; setting up protocols for nuclear medicine procedures.
KNOWLEDGE SKILL & ABILITY: Comprehensive understanding of related technology. The ability to work quickly and astutely in dealing with patients. The ability to generate a feeling of caring, consideration, accommodation and empathy in dealing with the patients. The ability to deal effectively with peers, associates, and medical staff. Ability to work closely with physicians and radiologists in dealing with Nuclear Medicine procedures. The ability to distinguish normal from abnormal nuclear medicine scans in order to assist the Radiologist.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE: Graduation from high school and graduation from an AMA approved school of Nuclear Medicine. AART/N or CNMT. Ability to inject radiopharmaceuticals. Excellent communication/ interpersonal skills.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires sitting, standing bending and reaching. May require lifting up to 20 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office equipment such as computer, fax, calculators and telephone. Requires normal hearing and vision
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