Job opening: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Mammography)
Salary: $95 605 - 124 281 per year
Published at: Sep 21 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
The San Diego VA Healthcare System is currently recruiting a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) - Mammography in the Radiology Service. The DRT Mammography performs a variety of both general diagnostic x-ray and mammography examinations. The diagnostic x-ray portion of the position includes all types of routine and specialized exams or portable exams in Mammography, this includes both initial screening mammograms to very difficult diagnostic and magnification views.
The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Mammography) GS-09 duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
The technologist will independently operate mammography equipment to obtain examination of high quality.
The technologist will independently perform screening, diagnostic, appropriate supplemental procedures, breast loci and biopsy exams.
The technologist will independently make routine radiographic examinations of head, trunk, and extremities for diagnosis of illness or injuries.
The technologist work closely with the lead technologist to perform quality control to record, track and maintain appropriate data. The technologist provides corrective actions and troubleshooting, and notifies the biomedical engineer as needed.
The technologist accurately operates a wide variety of imaging equipment to obtain high quality images. This includes, but is not limited to, general diagnostic exams, Dexa scans (bone densitometry), fluoroscopy procedures, portable radiographs, and C-arm procedures in the Operating Room and Pain Clinic settings. The technologist is responsible for performing and maximizing utilization of all exam rooms and radiologic equipment.
The technologist will determine technical factors (i.e., calculates the correct exposure factors of time, distance, kilovoltage, and milliamperage), set controls and operates equipment ensuring that the portion of the body specified receives the correct calculated exposure. The technologist adjusts technical factors for very difficult radiographic examinations. Sets up and adjusts accessory equipment required and makes exposures necessary for requested procedures in a safe manner.
The technologist receives the patient, explains the procedure, properly positions the patient for a wide variety of examinations( makes necessary exposures and processes images for the requested examination.
The technologist will case edits exams in a timely manner, and record any comments, fluoro time, patient dose, contrast media, time out procedures or any variations from protocol. The technologist ensures the successful transfer of images to Vista and PACS. If a failure occurs with image transfer the technologist contacts Supervisor and PACS administrator.
As a team member along with a Radiologist, the technologist performs procedures such ascholecystograms, cholangiogram, HSG, loopogram, VCU, GI series, and single and air contrast barium enemas. Sets up the X-ray room; assures that sterile supplies, local anesthetics, contrast materials, catheters and other required equipment are present and laid out.
Prepares and administers contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist, for the purpose of performing exams, such as, cystogram, exams of the GI tract, including UGI's, single and double BE's, and small bowel examinations.
Performs and completes imaging studies within the established guidelines for stat, pre-op, urgent and routine exams. Technologist provides timely and appropriate access to health care by implementing "Best Practices".
The technologist can set up and operate a variety of axillary equipment within the department including but not limited to, oxygen tanks and regulator, vital monitors, defibrillator and suction equipment.
Schedules patients for examinations. Registers patients for examinations and updates status as necessary. Performs clerical and file room duties as they relate to patient care within the section.
Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to the Mammography Technologist Supervisor adoption of those which would improve the operations of the radiology section.
Must be knowledgeable of all aspects of Diagnostic X-ray. The practice of Mammography is regulated by the VHA according to ACR standards and in compliance with the FDA's MQSA. Technologists involved in performing mammography are required by these regulations to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and must have advanced ARRT certification in Mammography.
The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of ACR standards, VHA requirements and policies and the FDA's MQSA regulations associated with radiographic quality control techniques.
Work Schedule: Friday - Monday, 7:30am-6:00pm
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 00000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
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.
United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and7407(d).
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).
Credentialing Standards. Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation and is accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and be certified as radiographers in their field.
Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain certification within two years, or who fails to maintain the required certification must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.
Grandfathering Provision. All persons employed in VHA as a DRT on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and certification that are part of the basic requirements of the DRT occupation.
Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, GS-9
Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, applicants must meet the grade requirements for 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level GS-8.
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.
Employees at this level are fully functional as an advanced DRT and carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex imaging procedures beyond the full performance level, clinical instruction, and basic QM type duties within the program. Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
*Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures.
Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers.
*Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.
Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.
Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions.
Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.
Mammography (M). The complex nature of breast disease involves multiple imaging modalities. This specialty involves the specific knowledge and abilities to perform complex imaging of the breast. Mammographers must be able to employ specialized mammographic image techniques such as magnification views and implant views of the breast. The mammographer is required to be completely familiar with, and adhere to, all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines regulating the practice of mammography, radiation safety, and quality assurance requirements. Mammographers are subject to the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA) and regulated by the FDA. [DRT assignments that include performance of independent duties in this subspecialty require advanced ARRT (M) certification.]
References: VA Handbook 5005/119, PART II, APPENDIX G25, December 13, 2019
Minimum of 3 years of experience with digital, 2D, and 3D Mammography highly preferred.
Mammography license in an active and current status.
Experience with weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual MQSA testing and requirements.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.
Physical Requirements: The work requires long periods of standing and walking. There is some bending, lifting, and carrying of light items such as DR plates. There is occasional moderate exertion such as lifting assisting other technicians in lifting and positioning patients. Heavy lifting of totally incapacitated patients is done only with the help of SPH approved devices.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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).]
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 San Diego VA Medical Center
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
- Name: Tonya Stewart
- Phone: 858-232-7825
- Email: [email protected]