Job opening: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist-Computed Tomography
Salary: $58 834 - 76 481 per year
Published at: Sep 21 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.
If you are current permanent federal employee, please apply under CBST-12130615-23-DW
Duties include but are not limited to:
Schedules exams in a manner to optimize scanner times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases.
Confers with radiologists to determine requirement of non-standard exams.
Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans, etc., to produce and satisfy requirements of CT scanning.
Performs neuroangiography, including spine, head and neck studies utilizing highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, parallelogram biplane imaging, patient monitors, etc.
Performs peripheral and visceral angiography of the abdominal systems and extremities.
Performs myelography of the complete spine utilizing conventional x-ray units, spot films, patient immobilizers, etc., when required.
Performs most exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques. This requires "scrub-in technique," preparation of surgical trays, preparation of contrast, supplying of catheters and guide wires, sterile assurance of the patient and equipment that may come in contact with the sterile field with the purpose of assuring that all preventive measures have been taken to prevent contamination of the patient.
Works with the radiologist as a member of the surgical/radiographic team.
Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT/angiography and other exams. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it.
Practices radiation safety to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self.
Performs 3D reconstructions of CT and angiographic studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure.
Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients.
Properly identifies patient images.
Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that patients understand what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, are possible.
Responsible for stocking and inventory of all CT and angiography supplies and related materials.
Performs irregular hour emergency scans on standby, 24hours per day, coverage.
Continually reviews new developments in the field of angiography and computerized tomography.
Perform IV therapy and blood collection for a handheld blood analysis called i-STAT on patients being administered IV contrast with his or her CT examinations.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm/8:00am-4:30pm/subject to change based on facility needs
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
EDRP Authorized: Contact [email protected]
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Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.)
Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for assignments that include computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or Mammography (M) duties performed independently, as applicable. Advanced certification indicates that the incumbent can operate independently] and has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. In modalities that require advanced certification, to support their continued development, technologists who do not possess an advanced certification may be provided on the job training with oversight from a certified radiologic technologist.
Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from [other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE).
NOTE: Assignment to the clinical program director requires meeting JRCERT minimum educational standards as noted in the assignment description.
English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, GS-9
Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.
The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
i. *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures.
ii. Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers.
iii. *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.
iv. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.
v. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions.
vi. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.
Computed Tomography (CT). This specialty modality requires specific knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or, multi-slice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations. The technologist requires specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems susceptible to radiological illumination; to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and interrelationship of the various organs; to use the methods and techniques which will identify organs appearing on the digital display monitor, or on film, and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the image and/or scan for diagnostic use and to emphasize the aspects of interest to the physician. DRT assignments that include performance of independent duties in this subspecialty require advanced ARRT certification.
Preferred Experience: 1 year of experience as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
References: VA Handbook 5005/119 PART II APPENDIX G25
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS9.
Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds Light lifting, under 15 pounds Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers Both hands required Walking Standing Crawling Kneeling Repeated bending Both legs required Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Both eyes required Ability to distinguish basic colors Hearing (aid permitted) Emotional stability Mental Stability
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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
- Address GV Sonny Montgomery VAMC
1500 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
- Name: Danielle Warren
- Phone: 479-443-4301 X65188
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