Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT/MRI)

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Incumbent performs both Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams as a Dual Specialty Modality on a routine daily basis.
  • This individual must be expert in performing both modalities, and be able to prioritize the urgency of their work to maintain optimum patient care in both areas.
  • Performs CT and MRI examinations in multiple planes, including axial, coronals, sagittals and dynamic blood flow studies of the head and/or body.
  • Works independently in performing CT and MRI examinations, confers with radiologists only to establish the requirements of nonstandard examinations, and determines technical requirements of the CT and MRI examinations.
  • Independently reviews each requisition to assure that the patient history and area of complaint is consistent with the exam requested.
  • May interview the patient to obtain additional clinical information, and if needed will contact the clinician and/or clinic that made the request for clarification and may recommend a more appropriate exam to order.
  • Performs daily pre-procedure calibrations on the scanner and interprets the information to determine if the scanner is within diagnostic specification.
  • Reviews patient's lab results prior to performing the exam to verify that the patient can safely receive IV contrast.
  • Uses a wide variety of computerized equipment specific to CT, as well as be proficient with the use of power injector systems, patient monitoring devices, colon insufflators, 3D workstations and the PACS, WEBPACS computer viewing station software.
  • Assures that the MRI Patient Safety Data questionnaire is completely answered, and if there are any areas of concern, is responsible for resolving the issues before moving forward.
  • May make an independent judgment to obtain additional images, perform post processing functions such as MIPs, vascular isolation, e-Dimensional reconstructions, or use a different processing algorhythm to better achieve the diagnostic objective.
Work Schedule: Full-Time, Multiple Schedules (Incumbent will be required to work either an AM/PM/Night shift, on-call, weekends and holidays)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
This announcement is open continuous and qualified applicants will be referred for consideration on a weekly basis.
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.
  • Certification. All applicants must be certified in general Radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). (Copy of Certification required)
  • Education. Completion of 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), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology. (Must submit transcripts)
  • Physical requirements: See below.
  • English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U. S. C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Grade Determinations:
GS-10: Advanced ARRT Required Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.
Experience required for GS-10: Completion of at least one (1) year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) that demonstrates the clinical competencies to function as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists. Specialized experience that is directly related to this position includes: Knowledge of Computerized Radiography (CR), Direct Radiology (DR), Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS); specific knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or multi-splice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations; additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of superconducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical imaging.
Must Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk ( ):
a. Thorough knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes.
b. Skill to recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures.
c. Knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, in order to understand the operation of the equipment.
d. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of difficult radiographic (CT, MRI, Special Procedures, Mammography, etc.) studies.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard GS-647
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is at the GS-10 grade level.
Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Technician must be on feet the full 8 hour work day. Must carry CT and MRI accessories such as coils, phantom, holders, box of contrast, cassettes, and other accessories weighing approx. 15 to 25 pounds; from the x-ray room to the x-ray dark room; Must be able to lift/assist a patient from a wheelchair or gurney to the x-ray tables/gantry. ; Must be able to work in a small dark room developing films; Must be able to push heavy portable x-ray machines to all wards throughout the hospital.

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