This role provides an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual to join our multi-disciplinary team at the leading clinical PET centre in the UK. The Centre is part of both King's College London's Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. It includes a purpose designed scanning suite with a Siemens Biograph mMR PET-MRI scanner. St Thomas’ site also hosts two GE Discovery 710 PET-CT scanners. A third Siemens Biograph PET-CT scanner is located at the Cancer Centre at Guy's. Our work includes clinically related research with collaborators from the Hospital, the Medical School and other institutions, on top of providing a clinical PET service for >8,000 patients per year from across South East London as well as national referrals from other UK centres. Research and clinical imaging capabilities are greatly enhanced by our on-site cyclotrons and radiochemistry laboratories, with tracers produced to GMP standards.
Reporting to the PET-MR Superintendent, the post holder will mainly support the day to day operation of the PET-MR unit. The target is to ensure the provision of high quality, safe research and clinical PET-MR imaging services to patients, referrers, research subjects and researchers. In addition, they will work with the PET-CT team in delivering a busy clinical service and diverse research scanning projects. Working within both parts of the PET service, the post-holder will need to adhere to all relevant local and National regulatory and clinical governance guidelines.
The post holder will be required to assist the Radiation Protection Supervisor, Superintendent Radiographers and clinical and academic leads in all aspects of service provision, including working with new staff, trainees, students and visitors. The role will involve all aspects of PET-MRI imaging using standard and advanced techniques and a variety of different tracers (short and long lived). Tasks will involve functional PET-MR imaging techniques in oncology, cardiac and neuro applications. This may include multi-parametric MRI (DCE-MRI, BOLD-MRI, DW-MRI, MRS) and whole body MRI. MR-trained applicants who also have experience in radio-isotope imaging, CT imaging and in supporting imaging research studies, will be strongly preferred.
This is a unique opportunity for both junior and experienced MRI radiographers to elevate their technical skills by transitioning into PET-MR whilst acquiring the ability of handling and injecting radioactive pharmaceuticals as part of their PET-CT rotation. The job may also include cardiac MRI work for both research and clinical purposes and some occasional rotations on a 7T MRI scanner in the Faculty.
We welcome an ambitious qualified Radiographer with experience of working in MRI. PET experience is desirable but training will be provided for the right candidate. We are supportive of postgraduate education and career progression in candidates who have the right aptitude. An important criterion for selecting the successful post holder will be their commitment to ensure excellence in all examinations they undertake, and to be proactive in engaging with training opportunities. As part of the PET Centre, the post holder will have access to a diverse group of clinicians, researchers and scientists across the School and University.
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract. This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.
- Deputise to the PET-MR superintendent radiographer and ensure the smooth running of the unit in their absence.
- Train and supervise PET technologists/ radiographers in PET-MR/ MR-only studies as required.
- Must exemplify the notion of team work by collaborating closely with colleagues in PET-CT, CMR and the physics team.
- The post will include a regular rotation through both PET-MR and PET-CT as required for the smooth running of the services within the PET Centre. The percentage of PET-MR versus PET-CT rotation will be strongly dependent on the workload in both areas and therefore, having a flexible approach will be an important criterion for selecting the right candidate.
- To perform excellent quality imaging studies in PET-MRI and PET-CT and Cardiac MRI in accordance with departmental protocols in an efficient, safe and timely manner.
- To have analytic and interpretative skills to be able to contribute to improving PET-MRI acquisitions tailored to the pathology in question.
- To be aware of all implication of scanning for clinical research and be able to have an active role in implementing research protocols.
- To act as a point of advice for all PET-MR related queries
- To ensure that all clinical duties are carried out in such a manner as to ensure safety and compliance with any locally agreed protocols.
- To co-ordinate the PET-MRI schedule to make optimum use of available resources.
- To work as a member of a professional team, liaising closely with and supporting colleagues in the delivery of a high quality scanning service in all modalities
- To provide a high level of patient care before, during and after imaging procedures
- To be responsible for handling radioactive tracers in accordance with the local rules.
- After initial training, to be able to establish venous access and be responsible for drawing, measuring and injecting radiotracers into patients under the guidance of the ARSAC license holder as well as perform intravenous contrast injections manually or via a pump injector.
- To be aware of the potential hazards of working in an area of Ionising Radiation and strong magnetic field and to be familiar with the safety guidelines issued by the IRR99, IR(ME)R and Medical Devices Agency 2007.
- To be fully aware of the potential bio-effects of PET-MRI and to ensure that the scanner is operated within safe limits at all times.
- To be responsible for and ensure that relevant documentation e.g. referral forms, ARSAC, study consents are completed correctly prior to administering radioactivity
- To interview each patient and accurately record all relevant information on the scanning data sheet/CRIS, being aware of the risks and limitation for scanning for both PET-MRI and PET-CT modalities
- To provide a detailed explanation of PET-MRI and PET-CT scanning procedure to each patient and their carers prior to commencing the procedure
- To be prepared to answer queries relating to the procedure or the patient’s condition, requesting additional help from senior or clinical colleagues as appropriate, being sensitive and supportive of each patient’s needs whilst ensuring that optimum quality scanning is achieved
- To provide support for trainee radiographers/technologists, students and visitors.
- In the absence of Superintendent Radiographer or their deputies take clinical lead as per the assigned shift in conjunction with other senior staff.
- Assist the Radiation Protection Supervisor in the radiation safety aspects as required, including radioactive contamination monitoring as per the departmental local rules
- To actively support departmental research as required and instructed by the senior members within the centre.
- To perform and evaluate routine quality control checks on all relevant equipment, liaising with Physics team to timely resolve any possible issues arising
- Report any problems, malfunctions or failures of equipment to the Superintendent Radiographer or other senior members of the department, labelling and removing from circulation any unsafe equipment
- To utilise the imaging networks for both KCL & Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals in accordance with departmental protocols
- To liaise closely with the administrative staff to ensure efficient and timely patient throughput is achieved
- To assist the Superintendent Radiographer or senior member of the imaging staff in organising the workload in line with clinical priorities
- To participate in a flexible rota providing cover between 7:30am and 8pm depending on workload requirement. The rota may include weekend working.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
1. BSc / Diploma in Radiography
2. Registration with HCPC
3. Prior experience in MRI
4. Sound awareness of good patient care and confidentiality
5. Good knowledge of cross sectional anatomy
6. Up to date knowledge of imaging techniques used in MRI
7. IV cannulation skills
8. Excellent computing skills
9. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
10. Ability to act on own initiative and respond to non-standard situations
11. Experience in following protocols and complying with local rules
12. Willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
13. Knowledge of the principles of PET scanning
14. Postgraduate education in MRI or Research
15. Prior hands-on experience of radio-isotope imaging, including handling blood products and unsealed radiation sources
16. Demonstrates an understanding of current Research trials utilising PET-MRI or PET-CT for assessment.
17. Team working skills
- The role will require the post holder to work in PET-MRI and rotate for some shifts in PET-CT at St Thomas Hospital.
- The job tasks will be research, clinical and “hands-on” requiring daily attendance at workplace, with very limited opportunity of remote working.
- Participation in a rota that includes extended day and weekend working will be expected