Dec 02, 2021

Lead MRI Technologist

  • Children's National Hospital
  • Washington, DC, USA

Job Description

Lead MRI Technologist - (21000323)


The Lead MRI Technologist will perform a wide variety of high quality Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) exams while providing excellent patient care. Will assist the Manager to manage the daily operations and workflow of all MRI modalities.


Minimum Education
Associate's Degree Graduate of a formal education program accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) (Required)

Minimum Work Experience
3 years Clinical MR imaging experience in a hospital or out-patient environment (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Demonstrate appropriate patient care, technical, procedural and evaluation skills.
Demonstrates proficiency to perform a variety of procedures independently , consistently and effectively .
Demonstrates skillful operation of imaging equipment and related components.
Demonstrates good judgment when correlating patient history with scanning protocols.
Knowledge of pediatric imaging protocols to perform quality clinical and research exams.
Possesses adequate knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy.
Adequate professional communication skills both oral and written.
Familiarity with contrast medications used for MR exams.
Some knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel Programs.

Required Licenses and Certifications
Registered Radiography Technologist (ARRT) R.T .(R) (MR) (ARRT) certification and registration (Required)

Functional Accountabilities
Clinical and Research Imaging Procedures
  • Perform all exams in an efficient manner , with the ability to recognize when to make scan sequence adjustments to enhance images.
  • Orient new technologists to attain proficiency of pediatric imaging protocols.
  • Provide technical expertise, support and training to MRI Technologists.
  • Liaison to American College of Radiology (ACR) for MRI accreditation.
  • In conjunction with MR Faculty Directors develop, implement and maintain imaging protocol.
  • Liaison to Department IT team to support and address RIS issues.
Quality Control
  • Verify exam requests with patient information (the right exam with the correct patient); ensure exam images have the correct patient data; check exam orders and exam charges for accuracy; complete RIS assignments accurately and in a timely manner; verify exams are loaded onto Picture Archival Communication System (P ACS).
  • Follow correct procedure regarding warm-up, phantom scanning and shut-down of equipment; troubleshoot and recognize equipment malfunctions.
  • Acknowledge and respond to performance improvement feedback from Radiology Faculty.
  • Be an active participant with Radiology Faculty and MRI Manager to ensure consistent quality exams.
  • Monitor and assess imaging quality and competency of MRI Technologists, in conjunction with MRI Faculty Directors and MRI Manager.
  • Ensure department and ACR Quality Control/Quality Assurance tests for scanners, coils, etc. are performed and tracked as required.
  • Track and record scanner data to meet American College Radiology (ACR) requirements.
Patient Care
  • Ensure the cleanliness of scanners and exam rooms; patient exam related items are stocked and prepared in advance to facilitate efficiency .
  • Greet patients/parents, introduce self and role to patient and treat all patients/families in a kind, courteous and professional manner.
  • Communicate and explain exam procedures to patients/parents in a clear and concise manner; communicate with patient/parent throughout the exam and visit to MR Department; discharge patient/parent with appropriate follow-up information.
  • Make every attempt to meet scheduled appointment times and accommodate stat and add-on exam requests.
  • Report patient/family customer service issues to MR Manager in a timely manner.
  • Share on-call responsibilities, equally , with all MR Technologists.
Clinic Safety
  • Adhere to all OSHA regulations, including no eating or drinking in designated patient care areas; adhere to ACR MR Safety guidelines relating to all MR Safety Zones.
  • Research implant devices to determine MR safety designation; perform implant, ferrous metal and clinical safety checks for every patient.
  • Ensure Time Outs are conducted for patient, staff and equipment before advancing to Zone Three (3).
  • Inquire about menstrual status and possibility of pregnancy for female adolescents and teens.
  • Perform implant, ferrous metal and clinical safety checks for every patient.
  • Immediately report scanner or room equipment malfunctions to MR Physicist, scanner Field Engineers and/or CN Engineering Department.
  • Complete annual MR Safety course and mandatory annual reviews in CHEX.
  • Conduct daily huddles with staff to discuss patient flow and other issues.
  • Confer with faculty and colleagues when confronted with an unfamiliar problem.
  • Consistent email review for department and hospital operations updates.
  • Communicate with colleagues in a collaborative manner to promote a positive work environment.
  • Immediately report personnel issues to MR Manager and/or radiology on-call administrator to ensure continuous staffing and safe environment.
  • Monitor exam orders to identify opportunities to perform exams; develop area assignment schedule/rotation for MRI Technologists; be part of MRI team to prioritize and coordinate patient throughput; review exam schedule to verify orders, protocol and exams are accurately assigned; assist MRI Manager as needed with staffing and other day to day operations.
  • Review future MRI patient exam schedule to ensure exams are scheduled appropriately.
  • Perform weekly supply inventory and report volumes to MRI Manager.
  • Perform weekly MRI Department sweeps to identify, report and correct any areas not in compliance with hospital, JC and DOH regulations and standards.
  • Conduct daily huddles with staff to discuss patient flow and other issues.
  • Confer with faculty and colleagues when confronted with an unfamiliar problem.

  • Consistent email review for department and hospital operations updates.
  • Immediately report personnel issues to MRI Manager and/or radiology on-call administrator to ensure continuous staffing and safe environment.
  • Maintain Primary R.T .(R) (ARRT) and Post-Primary (MR) Certification; biennially update CPR certification as required.
  • Attend seminars and in-services sponsored by Radiology Department or Children’s National.
  • Provide leadership to the modality with regard to patient care, customer service and new technology.
  • Participate in performance initiatives to enhance level of competency.
  • Participate in performance improvement projects.
  • Complete mandatory annual reviews on CHEX .

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification
  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met

  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  • Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  • Contribute to a positive work environment
  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  • Use resources efficiently
  • Search for less costly ways of doing things

  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Primary Location

: District of Columbia-WASHINGTON

Work Locations

: Sheikh Zayed Campus 111 Michigan Avenue Washington 20010


: Allied Health


: COE Hospital-Based SpecliatiesRegular / Temporary: R (Regular)Position Status: FT - Full-TimeShift: VariableWork Schedule: As assigned

Job Posting

: Oct 18, 2021, 10:00:00 PM