Technical StandardsA performance of the duties of the CT Technologist encompasses the following:
1. Technical skills
- The ability to use Computerized Tomography equipment to perform diagnostic procedures in a safe manner consistent with minimal radiation exposure and maximum image quality.
- The ability to evaluate and interpret requests for CT procedures and determine the best method of achieving optimal results.
- Select exposure factors and accessory devices for all procedures with consideration of patient size, age, and extent of disease.
- Evaluate images to ascertain that they contain proper identification and are of diagnostic value.
2. Physical requirements
Sufficient strength and fine motor coordination to:
- Be able to push, pull, and lift 25 pounds.
- Push a stretcher, wheelchair or other transportation device without injury to self, patient, or others.
- Assist all patients, according to individual needs and abilities, in moving, turning and transferring from transportation devices to the CT couch, etc.
- Accurately draw up sterile contrast media and other solutions without contaminating the syringe and/or needle, etc.
- Observe the patient in order to assess the patient’s condition and/or needs from a distance of, at least, 20 feet.
- Can see numbers, letters, calibrations, etc. of varying sizes located on equipment utilized by a CT technologist.
- Respond to patient’s verbal inquiries
- Communicate with other personnel involved in the care of the patient
- Initiate timely response to audible alarms and signals
3. Interpersonal skills
- Work in a professional manner with patients of all ages, races, creeds, and physical conditions while maintaining and respecting patient confidentiality.
- Work with newborns, children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in a safe and helping manner.
- Communicate and receive written and verbal instructions and carry them out using proper channels of communication.
- Use accurate verbal and written communications in English to:
- Interpret clinical data
- Read the patient’s medical chart and/or physician’s orders
- Comprehend and carry out physician requests
- Provide patient/public education related to CT procedures and radiation
- Legibly write patient history
4. Intellectual ability and emotional stability
- Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of CT imaging procedures
- Perform mathematical problems quickly and accurately
- Work efficiently in stressful situations
- Complete program requirement
- Works in an air-conditioned environment with minimal exposure to noise and humidity
- Has frequent exposure to blood and body fluids from patients
- Has minimal exposure to x-ray radiation