Allen, TX US
Area of Interest:
Texas Health Allen
Minimum Education Required: Graduate of an AMA approved Radiology Technology Program.
Minimum Licensure/Certifications Required: Registered by ARRT and licensed by the state, MRI registry required. BCLS current upon hire.
Minimum Experience Required: One year experience in a hospital setting preferred.
Minimum Skills Required: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Able to think and act using independent and sound clinical judgement. Ability to effectively operate MRI equipment and maintain consistent high quality imaging standards. Ability to follow established departmental protocols and procedures. Must be able to read, write, and speak English.
Work Hours/Schedule: Variable shifts as needed.
- Checks accuracy of patients orders prior to exam day for outpatients as applicable.
- Contacts physician office to acquire correct orders.
- Performs exam in strict compliance with physician order.
- Ensures proper supply par levels/inventory for exams.
- Provides patient history to radiologist for proper exam protocols.
- Ensures completion of patient forms for pregnancy/medication list/MRI screening.
- Knowledge of magnetic effect/radio frequency interaction to ensure patient safety.
- Ensures all personnel/equipment is screened before entrance into MRI suite.
- Adheres to appropriate standards regarding patient safety including taking appropriate falls precautions, utilizing proper hand washing, verification of two patient identifiers, utilizing proper sterile technique and standard precautions, as well as conducting time outs as appropriate.
- Provides proper patient education on exam, outcome, and follow up with primary care physician.
- Collaborate with other modalities regarding shared patients, ensuring efficiency in patient exam workflow.
- Responds appropriately to age/culture/sex/emotional development appropriate for patients.
- Educates patients on their appropriate level of understanding regarding their exams.
- Utilizes ticket to ride.
- Ensures proper body mechanics/equipment utilization when transporting patients.
- Follows up with patient/radiologist regarding critical results and documents in EMR.
- Utilizes SALT (safety, action, learning, tool) to document unexpected outcomes including near miss.
- Ability to recognize patient distress and call for appropriate help.
- Ability to comfort patient’s emotional/physical/cognitive/ mental needs.
- Service recovery: ability to provide patients with choices when there will be a delay in service.
- Ability to start/monitor IV lines and document procedure in EMR.
- Follows appropriate protocol regarding the administration of contrast agent.
- Follows appropriate protocol regarding adverse reactions to contrast agent.
MRI Imaging Procedures
- Adheres to Radiologists expectations regarding MRI image quality.
- Follow appropriate ACR guidelines for MRI exams.
- Maintains ACR accreditation requirements.
- Ability to provide explanations regarding limited studies and provides alternatives as available when study is limited due to patient inability to cooperate.
- Processes images to provide appropriate sequences for MRI exam being performed.
- Uses proper annotations regarding body part/pathology.
- Modifies or adjustments protocols for patients to accomodate age/body part/disease process.
- Utilization of quality controls and regulatory standards to ensure optimal image quality/patient safety.
- Ensures completed exams are finalized in PACS and reports are sent to ordering physician.
- Reformats and manipulates digital images for reconstruction purposes.
- Reviews MRI images before submittal to radiologist for corrections or repeats.
- Working knowledge of quality control and regulatory standards to maintain diagnostic image quality and patient safety.
- Utilizes downtime forms and procedures as appropriate.
- Ensures accuracy of exam charging.
- Accesses HELP desk regarding PACS issues in a timely manner and communicates deficiencies to supervisor.
Equipment Operation and Maintenance
- Maintains sanitary work environment that promotes safe care and routinely cleans imaging equipment.
- Appropriately handles disposal of hazardous materials and utilizes chemicals per manufacturer guidelines.
- Uses first in first out for proper rotation of stock and supplies.
- Records preventive maintenance (PM’s) to ensure equipment maintains longer life.
- Protocol guidelines match ACR accreditations on patient exams.
- Crash cart and patient safety equipment checked daily in your area as applicable.
- Calls for service and reports equipment issues to biomedical engineering in a timely manner and follows up with staff regarding status.
- Uses proper MRI coils for anatomy of interest.
- Demonstrates proper use and operation of power injector (as applicable).
- Ensures MRI calibrations and quality control checks are performed daily.
- Demonstrates knowledge of emergency procedures including steps necessary to quench the magnet and location/use of the escape hatch.
- Displays appropriate phone etiquette.
- Reviews and addresses email information in a timely manner.
- Displays professional conduct with customers/co-workers/administration/physicians.
- Completes employee health requirements by established deadline.
- Compliant with THR on-line education modules/annual skills fair requirements.
- Maintains licensure, certification, and/or registry as required by job description.
- Reviews and updates radiology annual competencies in a timely manner per supervisor instructions.
- Routinely attends monthly department meetings and reviews department minutes.
- Maintain confidentiality at all times. Safeguards PHI and provides patient information only on a need to know basis.
- Flexible with scheduling in order to provide appropriate coverage for patient exams.
- Demonstrates ability to trouble shoot problems and be an active part of solutions.
- Active knowledge of patient satisfaction scores and familiar with department areas of ongoing process improvement.
- Exhibits appropriate customer service recovery skills.
- Consistently follows chain of command with unresolved issues.
- Attends continuing education seminars in modality to keep up with new advancements.
- Involved in hospital/department initiatives, committees, and focus groups, as applicable.
- Working knowledge of emergency preparedness plans and familiar with role responsibilities.
- Consistently adheres to system, hospital and department policies & procedures.
- Recognizes and communicates ethical and legal concerns through established channels of communication.
- Attends town halls and brown bag meetings.
- Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations.
- Demonstrates accountability and responsibility by independently completing projects/assignments on time and providing timely responses to requests for information.
- Maintains confidentiality at all times.
- Performs other work as requested that is reasonably related to the employee's position, qualifications, and competencies.
Process and Performance Improvement
- Identifies and troubleshoots workflow processes while providing solutions for process improvement.
- Serves on and contributes to department and/or hospital process improvement committees.
- Provides valuable feedback and participates in performance improvement project data gathering and reporting requirements.
- Provides feedback and solutions regarding workflow challenges that restrict throughput and/or decrease safety.
- Readily and effectively adapts to workflow modifications required by department to improve customer satisfaction.
- Promotes sound financial stewardship by utilizing cost effective measures aimed at minimizing expense related to supply use and resource allocation.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed, acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. Hospital services include women’s care, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, a Pathway to Excellence® designated hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. Texas Health Allen is a World Health Organization-designated "Baby-Friendly Hospital" and was the first hospital in Texas to receive the distinction. The hospital is a Level IV trauma center and an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, which makes our facility intensely qualified to serve our community and your professional aspirations.