Works under the direction of the Director of Radiation Safety of the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology and, administratively, the Clinic Manager of the Radiology Clinic; performs all radiographic duties associated with acquisition, processing, submission for interpretation, and archiving of all dental imaging modalities, as requested by referring clinician and consistent with practice guidelines.
Understands and checks radiographic prescriptions for appropriateness based on clinical information provided. All questionable prescriptions are communicated to the in-clinic radiologist for final approval.
Performs correctly all types of intraoral, extraoral, and advanced dental imaging, namely bitewing, periapical, panoramic, cephalometric, and CBCT imaging, after training by the Director of Radiation Safety of the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology.
Positions patients correctly and selects appropriate imaging settings to ensure best case imaging, based on the College's Standard Reference on Image Technique and Quality, and all current standard practice protocols of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology.
Offers concise explanation of imaging procedure to patients and answers their questions on x-ray risk, safety, procedures, and equipment clearly and correctly.
Places surgical guides and dental-related appliances correctly inside patients' mouths as needed for imaging.
Observes patient while in the imaging area for changes in status, and identifies and corrects problems as appropriate, with all critical occurrences reported to the in-clinic radiologist.
Images the prescribed anatomic region completely, correctly, and efficiently.
Mounts and processes all acquired imaging in electronic format correctly and efficiently.
Judges diagnostic quality of all acquired imaging and makes necessary corrections with consent from the in-clinic radiologist prior to submission for interpretation.
Ensures all documentation pre- and post- imaging are complete.
Assists students in image technique, image quality assessment, and associated documentation, as necessary to ensure patient workflow efficiency.
Performs clerical responsibilities associated with acquisition, processing, duplicating, and archiving of patient records and radiologist reports, including but not limited to import and export of imaging into and out of the clinical management system and electronic health record, and provision of any requested imaging-related material to faculty, residents, and students of the College of Dental Medicine for academic and research purposes, with approval from the in-clinic radiologist.
Operates and maintains x-ray equipment on a daily basis, such as checking and maintaining instrument inventory and distributing supplies.
Maintains logbooks with x-ray equipment performance data; performs quality assurance; maintains records for and participates in quality assurance inspection.
Conforms to all applicable HIPAA, OSHA, Infection Control, Safety, and Billing Compliance guidelines.
Other duties as assigned.
Requires a bachelors degree or equivalent in education and experience plus 3 years experience.
1 to 2 years direct Radiologic experience in a dental practice
Graduate of an American Medical Association approved School of Radiologic Technology
New York State Radiology Technology License
American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Certification
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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