The Technologist's primary duty is in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), where he/she operates a 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner with an associated automatic injector system, and 3-D Workstation. As a secondary duty, the Technologist performs a variety of diagnostic radiographic and fluoroscopic examinations, which range in complexity from routine to moderately complex.
The Technologist operates a wide range of equipment including fixed and mobile radiographic and fluoroscopic machines, computed radiography plate readers, IMPAX, and a variety of complex computational equipment. The Technologist will be actively involved in all phases of work flow within the Imaging Service, from the receipt of requests for service through the final generation of imaging reports.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00a-4:30p, On-Call
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP ): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position, you are encouraged to apply for this award program and must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VA Policy 1021. Employees must apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services team. Maximum award is total amount of qualifying loans up to $200,000. If selected, the local HR POC will provide the EDRP contact information for application materials and procedures.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/30/2019.
Basic Requirements :
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Completed a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT.
Certificate or an Associate's Degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT. (Attach Transcripts)
Advanced ARRT certification is required for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). (Attach Certificate)
Technologist will be a member of the MRI Safety Committee, and will participate in the education of those employees with a high probability of encountering the MRI environment.
Responsible to safeguard the MRI Scanning environment so as to maintain a safe condition at all times. No patient will be left unattended in the MRI scanning environment, and no entry will be permitted to the area without assessment by the technologist of the ferromagnetic or other risks of the entry.
Use existing systems to assist in the ordering, approval, scheduling, performance, interpretation, and long term archival of MRI examinations, based on the established features of VISTA architecture.
Use established examination protocols to standardize examination appearance, to tailor the images obtained to the pathologic condition being investigated, and to optimize the benefit to the patient being examined.
Interpret requests and instructions from medical providers, under the guidance of the Radiologist.
Assign appointments and communicate necessary preparation instructions to the patient.
Verify in at least two separate ways that the patient they are working with is the correct patient.
Inform the patient about the examination, securing their trust, confidence, and cooperation for the examination.
Fully screen each patient for contra-indications or risk factors for any of the techniques that are to be used in the examination. Collaboration with the Radiologist will take place in the presence of any of the above, and the examination and/or the patient's post procedural care will be adjusted accordingly.
Be fully competent in the art of placing stable, high flow intravenous catheters, and will insure that all injection sites that are to be used for contrast material are first verified with a high flow saline injection.
Insure that the contrast injection and the scanning sequences are timed appropriately so that the desired vascular phase images are obtained.
Use their specialized knowledge of anatomy to correctly visualize the desired features of the patient.
Relay relevant information to the Radiologist as needed, so that the images performed are appropriate to the patient's needs, and so that the information gained through the images is maximized. This process is especially important in MRI conferencing with the Radiologist in the last moments pre-procedure to consider additional information that has come to light is expected to happen frequently.
Grade Determinations : At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-8) directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. The next lower grade level is GS-8 DRT (Full performance level). Employees at this grade level (GS-8) serve as staff DRTs at the full performance level. Candidates at this grade level are to be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/77, PART II, APPENDIX G25
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.
Physical Requirements: Work regularly involves extended periods of sitting. There is a considerable amount of moving, bending, and carrying moderately heavy articles. The transfer and positioning of patients who are disabled, unconscious or traumatized can require considerable effort of reaching, stretching and lifting in awkward positions due to respirators, suction machines and monitors. Assistance from special devices and other employees is recommended for heavy lifting.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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