VCU Health System's Invasive Cardiology department is seeking a full time Rad Tech – IR. The practice of interventional radiography (cardiology and vascular) is performed by radiologic technologists responsible for the administration of ionizing radiation to humans of all ages (newborn to geriatric) for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes. An interventional technologist performs radiographic and other procedures and related techniques, producing images at the request of and for interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner. Interventional Radiography integrates scientific knowledge, technical skills, patient interaction and compassionate care resulting in diagnostic information and/or therapeutic outcomes. An interventional technologist recognizes patient conditions essential for successful completion of a procedure.
An interventional technologist must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medical terminology. Interventional technologists must maintain a high degree of accuracy in radiographic positioning and exposure technique. They must possess, utilize, and maintain knowledge of radiation protection and safety.
Interventional technologists are the primary liaison between patients, licensed independent practitioners and other members of the support team. Interventional technologists must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through good communication, assessment, monitoring, and care skills. Participation in quality improvement processes and continuous assessment of performance is expected.
Interventional technologists think critically and use independent, professional, and ethical judgment in all aspects of work Engagement in continuing education to enhance patient care, public education, knowledge, and technical competence is expected in this role.
Determining radiographic exposure factors.
Assisting LIP with fluoroscopic and specialized interventional radiographic procedures.
Performing non-interpretive fluoroscopic procedures as prescribed by a LIP.
Starting and maintaining intra-arterial access as prescribed by a LIP.
Participating in physiologic monitoring of patients.
Performing manual and mechanical hemostasis, including the use of closure devices while assisting the LIP.
Applying the principles of patient safety during all aspects of radiographic procedures, including assisting and transporting patients.
Receiving, relaying, and documenting verbal, written, and electronic imaging orders in the patient's medical record.
Corroborating patient's clinical history with the ordered procedure while ensuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed independent practitioner (LIP).
Verifying informed consent.
Assuming responsibility for patient needs before, during, and after procedures.
Preparing patients for procedures.
Applying principles of ALARA to minimize exposure to patient, self, and others.
Performing venipuncture per procedural protocol based on imaging order from a licensed independent practitioner.
Starting and maintaining intravenous access per procedural protocol based on an imaging order for a LIP.
Identifying, preparing, and /or administering medications generally associated with diagnostic imaging procedures as prescribed by a LIP.
Evaluating images for technical quality, ensuring proper identification is recorded.
Identifying and escalating emergency situations and managing until appropriate LIP,EMS, MERT, RRT, or Code Team arrives to assume control.
Providing patient education related to imaging procedure.
Educating, mentoring, and general oversight of students and other learners in the Radiology environment.
Participating and/or performing ongoing quality assurance activities.
Graduation from a JRC Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology
*For new graduates only, must obtain certification within 12 months of hire
Current Certification by ARRT
New graduates or individuals with less than 12 months of experience in a specialty modality will have 24 months from the date of hire to complete the specialty registry.
One (1) year of previous work experience.
Previous work experience in an academic medical center environment
*Selected candidates will be placed into appropriate levels for this position based on their experience and qualifications*
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disability status.