Performs breast-imaging procedures to include screening and diagnostic mammography. Must have working knowledge of the Radiology Information System and PACS. This position requires full range body motion, including handling and lifting patients when necessary. Able to work evenings and Saturdays as required.
Ability to demonstrate and apply knowledge, principles and practices of radiological, mammography techniques, breast structures, anatomy, composition and pathology.
Demonstrated ability to perform Quality control/Assurance functions required for mammography as specified by State of Illinois and Mammography Quality Standards Act.
Demonstrates autonomy for interpretation and/or intervention per the request of a licensed practitioner. Exercises professional judgment in performance of services and maintains a demeanor complimentary to medical ethics. Provides appropriate patient care and recognizes patient's conditions essential for successful completion of procedures.
Correlates patient's clinical history with procedure, assuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed practitioner. Performs breast imaging procedures to include screening, push-back views, and diagnostic mammography.
Able to perform Bone Mass Densitometry (BMD).
Selects and operates breast imaging equipment and associated devices to achieve desired results. Positions patient and equipment to best demonstrated anatomic area of interest respecting patient's ability and comfort.
Evaluates mammograms (or other breast images) for technical quality. Assures proper identification is recorded on film and x-ray jacket.
Ensures room and supplies are ready. Establishes and ensures aseptic technique as necessary.
Provides patient education per VNA protocols. Understands methods and is capable of assisting with breast inspection or palpation. Encourages and instructs patients on monthly self-breast exams. Provides patient teaching regarding osteoporosis during BMD study. Prepares patient for procedure providing instructions/education to obtain desired results. Gains cooperation of and minimizes anxiety of patient.
Assists in maintaining medical and departmental records respecting confidentiality and departmental protocol.
Participates in the departmental Q.I. program including all daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual requirements of the American College of Radiology and federal standards as required by the Mammography Quality standards Act.
Works effectively with the Population Health team and other providers to coordinate patient care.
Obtains all CEUs required for ARRT licensure.
Maintains current CPR certification.
AMA Approved program in Radiological Technology.
Digital mammography and bone densitometry skills required.
ARRT and iEMA licensure required.
BLS certification and MRT license preferred.
Two (2) years experience as a staff technologist preferred.
Mammography certification preferred.
Computer skills required.
Bi-lingual in Spanish/English as follows: Reading - Preferred. Written – Preferred. Speaking – Preferred.
Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to maintain and respect confidentiality.
Ability to self-direct duties and responsibilities.
Ability to deal effectively in stressful situations.
Tactile, visual, auditory and olfactory senses intact, including ability to distinguish colors.
Manual dexterity sufficient to perform nursing procedures and operate a computer.
Ability to wear a particulate mask.
Must be able to sit and stand for prolonged periods.
Ability to frequently lift up to 50 lbs.
About VNA Health Care
VNA has been at the forefront of health services in area since 1918, bringing exceptional healthcare delivered in homes, VNA clinics and community settings with extensive programs and services. VNA clinics are located in seven large suburban communities: Aurora, Elgin, Carol Stream, Bensenville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, and Joliet . With a staff of over 400 we serve 90,000 annually, providing primary care at our Federally Qualified Health Center. In 2012 VNA Health Care was voted Top 50 Best Places to Work in Illinois. As a Joint Commission accredited organization we offer a strengths based culture where you can put your talents into action. Here’s your opportunity to serve the greater good in a supportive team environment.