The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The Nuclear Medicine Research Technologist is actively involved in cancer research imaging, assists with trial design, statistical support, and analysis of research from cancer clinical research involving imaging. The incumbent uses independent judgment to accomplish the efficient completion of prescribed procedures utilizing good patient care and proper radiation protection standards. The technologist prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals according to protocol, maintains accounting of active protocols, trains and oversees research protocols across all modalities and works with Imaging department leadership to ensure the best in patient care for research protocols.
This position will perform all nuclear medicine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and PET-CT procedures according to department procedure manual and physician orders.
Performs duties of Nuclear Medicine PET-CT Technologist:
2anages electronic data, processes information (subtraction or other digital manipulation) for interpretation, reviews exam for proper positioning, technique, identification, and records required information
Transfer images to PACS and verifies the action. Reviews the case, patient medical history, protocol, and prior images, using clinical judgement to ensure a successful outcome
Instructs radiology students and/or new staff according to clinical and department requirements; assists in the orientation of department and hospital personnel with emphasis on radiation safety
Performs visual maintenance and quality controls checks, records and reports results to appropriate personnel, identifies problems and communicates them to immediate supervisor, takes appropriate corrective action when necessary, and offers solutions as appropriate
Responsible for ensuring an adequate inventory of supplies, linens, and accessories
Coordinates and schedules examination
Initiates intravenous access for the administration of contrast and/or radio pharmaceutical isotopes; accesses patency; understands emergency procedures in the event of extravasations and/or allergic response
Reviews all research protocols to determine if imaging/tumor measurements are part of the trial. Implements and tracks protocols and trains all Imaging SCCA technologists in translational protocols, as needed
Assists the onsite physicians in devising and refining new clinical procedures and collaborates with radiologists across all sections to maintain standardization in workflow and protocol development
Completes site survey forms. This includes but not limited to type of equipment for each modality being utilized, technologists contact information, on-site digital storage, preference for data transfer, and the imaging protocol specifics
Assists in directing imaging support for clinical trials, including research at the SCCA and participates in all related cross-organizational meetings (ex. CTI, HASRC, site initiation visits, etc.)
Assists SCCA physicians and research coordinators in trial design, statistical support, and analysis of results from clinical cancer imaging research
Maintains database for SCCA research studies. Assists in obtaining phantom data or de-identified scans if required by the study sponsor
Coordinates the scheduling of research exams; organizes, plans, and directs activities relating to patients and procedures and coordinates with other areas as needed
M.A. approved Nuclear Medicine Technology program or equivalent
Washington State Radiologic Technologist Licensure (Nuclear Medicine)
ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) registry or NMTCB (Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board) registry
ARRT CT certification or will acquire within 12 months of employment
Three years of technologist experience and one year of lead/supervisory experience
Must be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral form
Thorough knowledge of Nuclear Medicine and research study design and analysis
Works well with team members toward a common purpose; reinforces the efforts and goals of the work group; supports the team's decisions regardless of individual viewpoint
Demonstrates good customer relations skills
Demonstrates flexibility in schedules and assignments in order to meet the needs of the department
Utilizes, maintains, and allocates equipment and supplies in a cost effective manner. Improves productivity through proper time management
Seeks feedback from customers and team members in order to identify and improve processes and outcomes
Able to demonstrate flexibility in response to unexpected changes in work volumes or staffing needs (i.e., may include overtime, flexing, rotating shifts, weekends, holidays, and call)
Ability to communicate verbally in person, on the phone, and in writing in a clear, concise and professional manner
Ability to work independently, organize, and prioritize concurrent responsibilities and demands
Ability to assess patients' conditions and request assistance when necessary
Ability to assist in the movement of patient to and from wheelchairs, carts and radiographic tables
Master's degree in Clinical Research
CPI experience including: LEAN or Six Sigma
A NMTCB (PET) Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.