MEDICAL RADIOGRAPHER SERIES

 

 

                                                                                                    Occ.   Work   Prob.      Effective

Code No.           Class Title                                                        Area  Area    Period    Date          

4008                    Medical Radiographer I                                       02       447       6 mo.       01/03/03

4009                    Medical Radiographer II                                     02       447       6 mo.       01/03/03

4587                    Medical Radiography Specialist                           02       447       6 mo.       01/03/03

4014                    Medical Radiography Coordinator                        02       447       6 mo.       01/03/03

 

 

 

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Series Narrative

Employees in positions assigned to this series operate medical radiographic equipment in a hospital or clinic environment as part of the diagnostic and/or treatment plan for human patients. The equipment operated includes station­ary and portable x-ray machine units (used to produce diagnostic radiographic films, referred to as x-rays); fluoroscopes (used to study organ and body functions); and auxiliary equipment. The Medical Radiographer may be responsible for taking, processing, and evaluating the technical images produced on radiographic and fluorographic films.

 

The Medical Radiographer may also be responsible for training, scheduling, directing, and evaluating students and other Medical Radiographers; main­taining accurate and complete records; maintaining x-ray equipment; and making minor repairs to equipment when necessary. In addition to the more common methods used in radiology (such as chest x-rays), the radiographer may specialize in performing x-rays in the area of the head and neck, intestines, limbs, or dental area.

 

Medical Radiographers provide patient protection in accordance with standards and assist in performing first aid as necessary. They also practice sterile techniques to prevent cross-contamination.

 

DESCRIPTION OF LEVELS OF WORK

 

Level I: Medical Radiographer I                                                                        4008

Employees in positions at this level take and process radiographic images that are used in medical diagnoses. These images are interpreted by medical officers to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions, or lesions within the body. The employees work under direct supervision of higher level personnel.

 

A Medical Radiographer I typically –

 

1.      instructs patients regarding specific examinations to be taken and may assist patients in preparing for the examination (such as helping the patients remove their clothes)

 

2.      positions the patient and x-ray equipment to obtain the radiographic view requested by the medical officer (e.g., immobilizes or supports the patient with weights, sandbags, binders, and/or angle boards)

 

3.      adjusts x-rays equipment to correct setting for each examination and determines the proper voltage, current, and desired exposure time for each radiograph, following the technical charts where indicated or stan­dardized; adjusts lead protection and collimates the beam to protect unaffected parts of the body from exposure to x-rays

 

4.      participates in the evaluation of students, in in-service educational programs, and in emergency drills; and responds to disaster requests

 

5.      administers, under direct supervision, barium salts or other chemical mixtures (contrast media) to assure that organs show clearly in the x-­ray picture

 

6.      develops exposed x-ray film to produce radiographs, using either an auto­matic developing machine or a series of standard solutions and water baths as needed

 

7.      takes bedside x-ray films in hospital wards or operating room using a mobile x-ray unit; responds to emergency situations as requested

 

8.      keeps confidential records; and fills out film folders for x-ray films

 

9.      maintains orderliness and cleanliness in assigned area; reports the mal­functioning of equipment to the supervisor; reports shortage of supplies and/or equipment

 

10.    performs other related duties as assigned

 

 

Level II: Medical Radiographer II                                                                     4009

Employees at this level take, process, and critique radiographic images in a health care facility. They work under general supervision of higher level personnel.

 

A Medical Radiographer II typically –

 

1.      interprets requests and/or instructions from the medical officer

 

2.      selects the radiographic image according to the radiographic procedure; sets the technical factors on equipment (such as the Kilovoltage, milliamperage, and the tube distance from the body)

 

3.      prepares and administers contrast media orally; takes and may develop the x-ray films (making copies, using a duplicating machine, as needed)

 

4.      operates additional pieces of specialized equipment (such as a fluoroscope, image intensifier, rapid cassette changer, or automatic syringe used to inject contrast media)

 

5.      participates in evaluating the work of students

 

6.      maintains such records as daily log sheets that include a record of the patient's name, nature of examination, area examined, number of exposures, and type of protective devices used

 

7.      participates in various activities (such as emergency drills and in-service educational programs); responds to disaster requests

 

8.      performs minor maintenance on x-ray equipment

 

9.      assigns and directs the work of lower level Medical Radiographers and may be designated as acting supervisor in the absence of the supervisor

 

10.    performs other related duties as assigned

  

 

Level III: Medical Radiography Specialist                                                         4587

Employees at this level may be responsible for a delegated area of authority (such as a section within a medical radiology department) and/or perform complex or specialized procedures involving the taking, processing, and exam­ining of medical radiographic films. They may supervise and direct the activities of staff, students, and auxiliary personnel of various sections. They work under direction from higher level personnel.

 

A Medical Radiography Specialist typically –

 

1.       operates complex medical radiographic units (such as units that combine bi-plane seriography and cineradiography, units for tomography, and units with automatic syringes that inject contrast media and expose the medical radiographic film simultaneously)

 

2.       produces highly specialized radiographic studies (such as angiograms, arteriograms, and laminograms)

 

3.       upon authorization, administers contrast media that the patient cannot take orally, i.e., injects compounds into patients (such as enemas) to render internal structures and organs visible to diagnostic x-rays

 

4.       studies developed x-rays and evaluates technical findings, correlating them with other examinations and tests; forwards completed tests to attending medical officer

 

5.       critiques radiographic images processed by lower-level medical radiographers or students for diagnostic value; spot-checks the medical radiographers' methods of performing radiological examinations and schedules, directs, and evaluates the work of lower-level radiographers

 

6.       directs classes and demonstration sessions in technical aspects of medical radiography such as performance of unusual, difficult, or new examinations, special procedures and related theory; observes, evaluates, and records per­formance of students/staff and renders supplemental training as required

 

7.       recommends and prepares trainee curriculums; prepares instructor lesson plans, visual aids, instruction handouts, and summary materials as assigned

 

8.       assumes responsibility for the technical aspects of radiologic safety, i.e., recommends monitoring and location warning signs; assists with the development of disaster programs; and coordinates manpower efforts in emergency situations

 

9.       recommends equipment modification, new equipment, and essential construction within the department; assumes responsibility for existing equipment and contractual services as may be required; and assumes responsibility for inventory level, storage, and utilization of stock.

 

  1. supervises staff and assists in the preparation of reports, documents, payroll records, statistical surveys, and other data as required; submits departmental statistics showing the number of tests given.

 

11.   represents the department at administrative conferences and, as delegated, may be instructed to act on the behalf of superior

 

12.   performs other related duties as assigned

 

 

Level IV: Medical Radiography Coordinator                                                     4014

Employees at this level develop, direct, and coordinate medical radiology programs and departmental activities in a health care facility.  They direct, coordinate, and evaluate the work of lower level medical radio­graphers. They may also initiate and conduct research studies involving diagnostic medical radiological services.

 

A Medical Radiography Coordinator typically –

 

1.      plans the scope, emphasis, and objectives of medical radiology technical programs of a large department

 

          (a)   confers with administrators and medical staff to ascertain their needs and recommends methods to meet those needs

 

          (b)   coordinates the department's technical operations with those of other departments to ensure prompt, efficient, and complete patient care

 

          (c)   establishes procedures to incorporate hospital regulations and professional standards; directs the technical activities of depart­mental staff and students to ensure compliance with established procedures; ensures that technical personnel are aware of current policies and procedures regarding patient exposure and protective regulations

 

(d)   researches and studies trends and developments in medical radiologic practices and techniques; develops operational manuals (such as developing emergency procedures); and provides manpower in disaster situations

 

          (e)   initiates specific research projects, determining the nature of research to be performed, and assigns specific projects to staff members

 

2.      participates in personnel actions (such as hiring, transfers, promotions, and training)

 

          (a)   assumes responsibility for performance evaluation of all radiographers

 

          (b)   resolves problems and outlines policies, procedure, and methods for resolving departmental problems

 

          (c)   designs in-service training programs and keeps abreast of new pro­cedures and equipment

 

3.      serves as technical consultant and advisor to the department head in regards to budget and equipment

 

          (a)   assists in the preparation of budget estimates of personnel, supplies and equipment, contractual services, and upgrading of facilities; prepares bid specifications for technical items; reviews bids; prepares statistical reports of activities and expenditures

 

          (b)   initiates and participates in testing of new types of equipment, film, and/or radiology chemicals; evaluates test results and makes recommendations for the purchase of new equipment; interviews sales and technical representatives from x-ray and pharmaceutical companies

 

5.      performs other related duties as assigned

 

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO:

 

Level I: Medical Radiographer I                                                                        4008

 

CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER

 

1.      eligibility for accreditation in medical radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

 

2.      licensure in medical radiography by the State of Illinois

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO UNDERTAKE JOB

 

1.      knowledge of conventional diagnostic medical x-ray equipment

 

2.      knowledge of photographic and darkroom procedures

 

3.      manual dexterity

 

4.      ability to get along with people in order to reassure patients

 

5.      ability to maintain records

 

6.      ability to follow oral and written instructions

 

 

Level II: Medical Radiographer II                                                                     4009

 

CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER

 

1.      one year of work experience in medical radiography

 

2.      accreditation in medical radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

 

3.      licensure in medical radiography by the State of Illinois

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO UNDERTAKE JOB

 

1.      knowledge of medical radiographic film and darkroom procedures

 

2.      ability to examine and evaluate technical aspects of medical radio­graphic films

 

3.      ability to interpret request and instructions from the medical officer

 

4.      ability to operate specialized medical equipment (such as a fluoroscope, image intensifiers, rapid cassette changes, and automatic syringes)

 

5.      ability to prepare, and administer orally, contrast media

 

 

Level III: Medical Radiography Specialist                                                         4587

 

CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER

 

1.      three years of progressively more responsible work experience in medical radiography

 

2.      accreditation in medical radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

 

3.      licensure in medical radiography by the State of Illinois

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO UNDERTAKE JOB

 

1.      knowledge of complex coordinated medical radiographic units (such as a rapid cassette changer)

 

2.      ability to examine and evaluate technical aspects of medical radio­graphic films

 

3.      ability to instruct lower-level technologists and students

 

4.      ability to manage a section of the department

 

5.      ability to produce specialized medical radiographic studies (such as angiograms)

 

6.      ability to mediate employee relation problems

 

 

Level IV: Medical Radiography Coordinator                                                     4014

 

CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER

 

1.      five years of progressively more responsible work experience in medical radiography

 

2.      active status accreditation in medical radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

 

3.      licensure in medical radiography by the State of Illinois

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO UNDERTAKE JOB

 

1.      ability to plan the objectives of medical radiology programs

 

2.      ability to develop medical radiology operation manuals

 

3.      ability to organize, direct, and evaluate the activities of students and departmental staff members

 

4.      ability to conduct cost analysis and studies medical radiographic equipment

 

5.      ability to act as consultant to medical personnel

 

6.      ability to conduct research studies and devise new methods for medical radiographic examinations

 

7.      ability to prepare technical reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Radiographer I............................................................................................................ Revised

Medical Radiographer II.......................................................................................................... Revised

Medical Radiography Specialist..................................................................................................... New

Medical Radiography Coordinator............................................................................................. Revised