The Wilmington VA is recruiting for a Diagnostic Radiologic Technician in the Computed Tomography (CT) specialty. The incumbent will perform computerized tomography examinations, including tomographic scanning of heads, bodies and specialty areas utilizing CT equipment. Performs routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures. Performs technical work in support of Diagnostic Radiology under the direct supervision of a physician. 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. 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, 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). Physical Requirements. See below and VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). 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. For employees who do not meet all of the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, provisions may apply. GRADE REQUIREMENTS. Creditable Experience Specialized Assignments. Specialized areas of radiologic technology include general diagnostic radiologic technology (R), bone densitometry (BD), mammography (M), diagnostic ultrasound (S), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MR), interventional radiologic technology (IR), quality management (QM), [picture archival communication system (PACS) technologist, MRI safety officer (MRSO), imaging administrator, clinical program director, and clinical instructor. 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 inter-relationship 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. Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting 15-44 pounds, Moderate carrying, Straight pulling, Pulling hand over hand, Pushing, Reaching above shoulder, Both hands required, Walking, Standing, Repeated Bending, Both legs required Near vision, Far vision, Ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing. mental and emotional stability. ["Operates independently with minimal direct supervision in the performance of all diagnostic and enhanced radiology procedures (General, CT, Fluoroscopy, Mobile C-arm, and DEXA) for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of patients. Operates independently with minimal direct supervision for the purpose of coordinating and managing radiology information systems. Prepares and adequately explains radiology procedures to patients for both general and enhanced diagnostic radiology testing to include complex procedures. Prepares contrast material and consent for enhanced procedures under the direction of the radiologist. The technologist understands and is aware of the effects and reactions of contrast and radiation exposure. Is a first responder in the event of a reaction to contrast media. Performs routine QC measures independently and responsible for radiology quality assurance. Is responsible for any back-up analog film/screen processing systems and film libraries. Accountable for high quality radiographs consistent with staff/contract radiologist and ACR standards. Appropriate markers are used to adequately annotate images. Keeps abreast of technological advances in radiology through appropriate CE studies and/or VA approved studies. Practices-radiation-safety-measures-accepted-by national and-local VA policy and the radiologist. Radiation safety measures include measures-to reduce exposure to patients and staff when appropriate. Troubleshooting and reporting equipment malfunctions to the radiology supervisor. Must be current in iMed consent practices and train as necessary. Interprets radiology requests for procedures and performs· procedures as appropriate. Consults with the radiologist and alters tests as necessary to accommodate the patient's individual medical needs and body habitus as necessary. Coordinates patient throughput with other staff and providers utilizing suitable scheduling and record keeping mechanisms. Must be professional and courteous to all patients, staff, and other customers. This technologist is responsible for the operation and utilization of all radiology information systems to include DR systems, PACS, Vista/CPRS, Voice Recognition Technology, and modality information systems. Responsible to review images for quality, annotation, appropriate orientation, demographics and identification to ensure images are recorded in the correct medical record. No direct supervision is necessary except during the administration of contrast for enhancement procedures. The radiologist provides the guidance and direct supervision necessary for enhancement procedures. General supervision is made available by the supervisor and radiologist for technical and administrative radiology issues. Directs, supervises, trains, and reviews clinical and work performance of radiology students. Trains radiology staff on information system technologies. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 12:00pm- 08:00pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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