Under the direction of the Administrative Director of Diagnostic Imaging and the Diagnostic Imaging Manager, responsible for supervising the MRI Department daily operations and directing patient care activities to provide quality service delivery. Responsible for providing leadership, role modeling, mentoring and direction to staff. Provides direct patient care that ensures quality, efficiency and well-being of each. Performs magnetic resonance imaging procedures of patients in accordance with departmental protocols. Optimize computer images to enhance diagnostic information for Radiologist interpretation. Performs all procedures which are offered by the department following exam protocols on neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Acts as the MRI Safety Officer. Provides direct patient care that ensures quality, efficiency and well-being of each patient. Collaborates with members of the health care team to promote total patient care, demonstrating commitment to the mission, vision and values of St. John's Medical Center.
1. Consistently demonstrates competence in performing all MRI procedures offered by the department. Demonstrates skill and knowledge in the use of all MRI equipment. Demonstrates competency in venipuncture and IV starts. Questions each patient to ensure MRI safety & performs visual preventive safety inspections prior to any person entering the MRI exam room. Thoroughly explains the procedure in order to facilitate cooperation and alleviate patient anxiety.
2. Obtains and examines order requisition to ensure an adequate indication for procedure is documented and correlates with the MRI exam to be performed. Regularly consults with others as necessary to verify appropriate procedure to be completed. Assure patient's questions are answered prior to beginning exam. Correctly prepares examination for interpretation by the Radiologist. Charges exam, supplies and medications accurately at the time of use.
3. Organizes and prioritizes care of multiple patients with varying level of acuity in a timely and efficient manner. Demonstrates the ability to perform work in an accurate and timely manner in periods of crisis and emergency situations. Transports patients safely to and from the Diagnostic Imaging department. Properly performs hand-off communications when a patient has left or returned to the unit. Reports any changes in a patient's condition or behavior to the appropriate physician or nursing personnel.
4. Member of the Diagnostic Imaging leadership team. Assumes responsibility of the daily operations of the MRI dept. Provide leadership, role modeling and mentoring to staff. Provide feedback and coaching to staff as appropriate. Communicate a professional image, practice excellent customer relation skills, demonstrating courtesy and respect in interactions with all. Responsible for MRI Performance Improvement initiatives. Keeps all exam protocols updated via Radiologist preference.
5. The MRI Safety Officer is the penultimate authority on safe practices within the MRI department and, in the absence of the Medical Director, has authority over all practices within the MRI department as they relate to safety. In collaboration with the Medical Director, develops, implements, and manages the MRI safety program, policies, and procedures, including screening, access controls, and staff training. Responsible for annual MRI technologist safety competency assessments.
6. MSO directs the organization's MRI safety program - including ancillary staff education and record maintenance of such education, in accordance with the established continuous safety training recommendations of the latest ACR Guidance document or appropriate alternative. Works collaboratively with MRI physicist (s) to maintain optimal image quality, perform medical device testing for safety and maintain organizational appropriate QA/ QC standards.
7. Must be aware of MRI safety laws, accreditation standards, and standards of practice to ensure maintenance of organizational compliance. Stay abreast of the current industry safety trends and routinely communicate such trends to the Medical Director and the front line MRI technologists. Maintains Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents (GBCA) policy per organizational standards and, along with the Medical Director, educates all MRI personnel of latest industry standards for GBCA usage.
8. Must demonstrate an extensive understanding of static and gradient magnetic fields, SAR, burn hazards, optimal patient positioning, acoustic noise hazards, and other MRI Safety concerns. Must be aware of Indications for use and restrictions on use of the MRI system (s) and of the equipment intended for use in the MRI environment. Responsible for evaluation and compliance testing of any equipment to be used in the MRI department, including Zone 4.