Employees operate independently and without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of diagnostic imaging procedures including routine x-ray imaging, portable xrays, intraoperative x-rays, DEXA exams, and C-arm imaging (90%}. Employees will also train under the direct supervision of an ARRT certified CT technologist to obtain competency to perform non-contrast CT exams of the brain (10%}. 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. English Language Proficiency: DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Certification: All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Exception for Non-Certified, Entry Level Candidates: Non-certified DRTs who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for ARRT (R) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate DRT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of certification for a period not to exceed two years for a DRT that provides care under the supervision of a certified DRT at or above the full performance level. This exception only applies at the GS-5 entry level technician. For grade levels above the entry level, the candidate must be certified. Temporary appointments of non-certified DRTs may not be extended beyond two years or converted to a new temporary appointment. 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. Grade Determinations: GS-5 Diagnostic Radiologic Technician: Experience or Education: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-6 Diagnostic Radiologic Technician: Experience or Education: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) or the successful completion of one full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure. Knowledge of anatomy and positioning. Knowledge of all patient safety procedures. Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment. Ability to learn basic computer functions. GS-7 Diagnostic Radiologic Technician: Experience or Education: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-6) that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level; or the successful completion of one full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging; or successful completion of an advanced registry program, with certification, in addition to a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging. Education may relate to the duties of a specific position or to the occupation but must be appropriate for the position being filled. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of the technical adequacy of the digital image, including the ability to adjust the image quality in the digital system. Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study. Knowledge of radiation protection standards, minimum radiographic exposure techniques, appropriate beam limitation to anatomical area, and employing lead shielding when performing standard radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures. Knowledge of computed radiography, CR readers and Digital Imaging systems. Knowledge of PACS and basic computer skills. GS-8 Diagnostic Radiologic Technician: Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7) that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines. Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed. Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results. Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed. Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest. All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-8 ["This announcement is open continuous. Certificates will be issued to the hiring manager on a weekly basis until all positions have been filled. Announcement will remain open until all vacancies are filled, and may close sooner than 9/29/2023. Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: General Radiologic Technology (R): DRTs perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologist and other medical officers. The objective of the examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies that are used in medical diagnosis and interpreted by medical officers to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions, or lesions within the body. They prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance with State and Federal regulations. All DRTs must be knowledgeable in digital radiology (DR) and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS). Examinations include but are not limited to: General radiographic procedures including portable, fluoroscopy, c-arm procedures and Dexa. Receive and interpret all radiology requests. Input pertinent radiology information into computer. Register exam requests and case edits them once complete, cancels and edits exams via VISTA system. Computed imaging including non-contrast heads. Properly identifies the correct patient using appropriate patient identifiers prior to exam. Properly identifies patient exams using appropriate markers (i.e. L, R, supine, standing, etc.). Performs all routine, urgent, and stat diagnostic x-ray exams proficiently on outpatients, inpatients, and ICU and ER patients using Digital Radiography (DR). Performs routine, urgent, and stat portable x-ray exams on inpatients, ICU and ER patients, surgical patients in the operating room, as well as post-op patients. Performs c-arm fluoroscopic guidance and imaging for bronchoscopies, pain clinic procedures and injections, exams performed in the GI lab, and surgical cases such as, but not limited to, joint replacements and repairs using implantable hardware, spinal surgeries, and line placements. Performs DEXA scans to JCHO and ARRT specifications ensuring diagnostic studies to be interpreted by the Radiologist. Provides training to student radiographers from affiliated programs and facilitates the attainment of established program objectives Prepares oral, rectal, and injectable contrast and other contrast materials as necessary. Follows prescribed protocols required to independently perform simple procedures. Observes patients during procedures and reports complications or unusual events. Film badges are worn by the radiographer to assure compliance with radiation regulations. Responsible for explaining exams to patients so that patients understand what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, are possible. Possesses the ability to vary tests or procedures as needed to compensate for patient's individual medical conditions and body habitus. Processes images with digital image acquisition and processing. Performs computer work and required forms associated with patient exams, credit of patient visits, complications and /or quality improvement activities of the Imaging Service Line. Provides excellent customer service to patient during all interactions. Works with escort, ward secretaries, nursing personnel, OR Staff, etc to ensure proper hand-off of patients between departments/units and unified coordination of care. Maintains a clean work area and adequate level of supplies within the assigned rooms. Practices hospital safety, radiation safety, infection control and universal precautions in accordance with age and/or gender specific departmental procedures. Responsible for the quality assurance of images (positions/label/technique/network information) prior to transmission to the PACS network. The incumbent assists in transmission of images to off-site locations. The incumbent maintains the equipment/workstations as directed by the manufacturer and reports equipment problems through the appropriate processes. Performs a variety of department quality assurance/quality control duties. Provides education to patients and their families on Imaging procedures. Work Schedule: 8:00am-8:00pm Thursday-Saturday and alternating 8:30am-5:00pm Wednesday Telework: Not Eligible Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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