RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST I

8326F2

Pay Grade: 26

DEFINITION OF WORK

Summary

This is technical work performing a limited variety of prescribed diagnostic X-ray procedures.

Work involves performing a limited variety of standard diagnostic radiographic procedures used for organ, bone or tissue studies in accordance with a physician's referral. Work generally includes the maintenance of related records and supplies.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL B: "Under general supervision..." Employees working under general supervision usually receive some instructions with respect to the details of most assignments but are free to develop their own work sequences within established procedures, methods and policies. They are often physically removed from their supervisor and subject to only periodic checks.

Difficulty - LEVEL A: Routine... Where the work is usually repetitive and the employee works from detailed instructions, the difficulty is usually limited to accuracy and speed.

Complexity - LEVEL B: The purpose of the contact is to plan, coordinate and advise on work efforts, interpret guidelines or instructions, elicit opinions or give guidance on the basis of facts to resolve common issues or problems when the information is not sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are working toward mutual goals and have basically cooperative attitudes. Well developed communication skills are required.

Consequences of Actions and Decisions - LEVEL C: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are limited in scope and effect as the work is reviewed occasionally. Errors may cause moderate inefficiency. Costs due to errors may be significant.

Contacts - LEVEL C: The purpose of the contact is to influence, motivate, conduct interviews, make formal presentations or counsel to achieve common understanding or solutions to problems when the information is sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are skeptical or uncooperative. Communication techniques and well developed communication skills become an important requirement at this level.

Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL A: No supervisory or leadership responsibility; may explain work instructions or assist in training others.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Radiologic Technologist II class which performs a wider variety of diagnostic X-ray procedures.

Differs from the Radiologic Technologist III class which performs angiographic, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging procedures.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Administers prescribed ionizing radiation for the diagnosis of disease or injury by using appropriate equipment as requested by the attending physician and/or radiologist.

Checks prior to tests to see if a patient is properly prepared and instructed; positions and immobilizes patients; provides radiation protection to patients and personnel.

Assists with patients' participation, comfort and well-being, during tests; may administer first aid and/or CPR.

Where there is a limited amount of diagnostic X-ray equipment, performs all types of general diagnostic X-ray procedures.

Prepares opaque media for administration; assists physician or radiologist in administering opaque media and practices sterile techniques.

Develops X-ray films and maintains manual or automatic developing equipment or, where available, gives films to darkroom personnel.

May contact contract companies for equipment maintenance and repair.

Maintains X-ray dosimetry and patient records.

Schedules patients, orders supplies and maintains appropriate department records.

May operate electroencephalograph or electrocardiograph according to physician referral.

Maintains skills and updates knowledge through continuing study of developments in roentgenographic procedures and equipment; assists in developing new techniques and accessory equipment.

May perform basic audiologic screening.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

Knowledge

*Knowledge of standard radiographic procedures and basic roentgenographic equipment involved in general diagnostic X-ray work.

Knowledge of the physical and biological effects of ionizing radiation.

*Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, asepsis, sterile techniques and radiological positioning.

Abilities

Ability to instruct and aid patients.

*Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

*Ability to perform general X-ray procedures.

Ability to maintain accurate records.

*Ability to operate, control, calibrate and maintain equipment used in radiologic procedures.

*Necessary at Entry

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Graduation from an American Medical Association (Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation) approved program in radiologic technology.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Some positions require an approved drug test unless the incumbent is moving from one safety-sensitive position to another safety-sensitive position within the same agency performing substantially similar duties.

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