Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT/MRI)

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    The incumbent performs both CT and MRI exams as a Dual Specialty Modality Technologist on a routine daily basis (50% each). 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.
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    FUNCTIONS: Computerized Tomography (CT) Examinations (50%):
    • The incumbent is an expert performing all CT examinations. He/she is an expert in performing CT examinations in multiple planes, including axial, coronal, sagittal and dynamic blood flow studies of the head and/or body. These studies include the ability to reformat CT images as directed by the Radiologist.
    • The incumbent works independently in performing CT examinations, confers with radiologists only to establish the requirements of nonstandard examinations, and determines technical requirements of the CT examination.
    • The Technologist independently reviews each requisition to assure that the patient history and area of complaint is consistent with the exam requested. If a discrepancy exists, the Technologist will make an independent determination and take the appropriate corrective action.
    • The Technologist verifies the patient's identity following VHA directives and policies.
    • The Technologist may need to interview the patient to obtain additional clinical information, and if needed will contact the clinician and /or clinic that made the request for clarification.
    • The Technologist will determine what views and technique to use based on this information for maximum diagnostic effectiveness. If the diagnostic goal is not met initially, the technologist will make an independent decision to take addition views or alter the technique to achieve the goal, keeping in mind the ALARA principles, before the patient leaves the department.
    • The Technologist performs daily pre-procedure calibrations on the scanner.
    • The Technologist interprets this information to determine if the scanner is within diagnostic specification.
    • If needed, the Technologist will take corrective action, and redo the calibration to bring the scanner values to acceptable levels.
    • The Technologist reviews the patient's lab results in VISTA/ CPRS prior to performing the exam to verify that the patient can safely receive IV contrast.
    • If the Technologist determines that the patient is at risk for an allergic reaction, or if the patient's renal function is impaired, the Technologist will closely consult with the Radiologist and/or Clinician to determine the best course of action.
    • If the patient's renal function is moderately impaired, at the request of the Radiologist, the Technologist will arrange for the patient to receive IV hydration prior to performing the CT exam with IV contrast.
    • If the patient's renal function is significantly impaired, the Technologist will consult the Radiologist to consider doing the CT exam without IV contrast.
    • If the patient is at risk for allergic reaction, the Technologist will closely consult the Radiologist prior to the start of the exam.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Examinations (50%):
    • The incumbent is an expert performing all MRI examinations. He/she is an expert in performing MRI examinations in multiple planes, including axial, coronal, sagittal and dynamic blood flow studies of the head and/or body. These studies include the ability to reformat MRI images as directed by the Radiologist.
    • The incumbent works independently in performing MRI examinations, confers with radiologists only to establish the requirements of nonstandard examinations, and determines technical requirements of the MRI examinations.
    • The Technologist independently reviews each requisition to assure that the patient history and area of complaint is consistent with the exam requested. If a discrepancy exists, the technologist will make an independent determination and take the appropriate corrective action.
    • The MRI Technologist is responsible for the safety of the patient entering the magnet room (Zone IV), and for the safety of the personnel, visitors and ancillary staff in the MRI area (Zones III and IV).
    • The MRI Technologist must assure that the MRI Patient Safety Data questionnaire is completely answered, and if there are any areas of concern, the MRI Technologist is responsible for resolving the issues before moving forward.
    • For patients who are unable to give a valid history, the questionnaire must be completed by a knowledgeable family member.
    • If there is any further doubt about a patient being able to safely enter the magnetic field, X-­rays may need to be ordered and obtained to screen for metal.
    • If there are any unresolved issues, the Technologist will consult with the Radiologist and/or the Chief of Service for clarification
    • In some cases, the exam will not be performed, and it will be canceled.
    • The Technologist independently reviews each requisition to assure that the patient history and area of complaint is consistent with the exam requested.
    • In addition, the MRI Technologist will determine which protocol and sequences will be scanned based on the patient's clinical history and diagnosis.
    Other duties as assigned.

    Work Schedule: Weekdays 3:00pm - 11:30pm and / or Weekends 8:00am - 4:30pm - Irregular tour
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

    Basic Requirements:
    • 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.)
    • 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). 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.
    • In addition to the basic requirements, the applicant must have Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) certifications.
    • 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.
    Creditable Experience
    • Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade of a GS-9 level directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.
      • Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, GS-9 level experience includes:
      • 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 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 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.
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR). This specialty modality requires additional knowledge of superconducting magnets, the physics of superconducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical imaging. The technologist must be educated in the safety factors governing a magnetic environment that patients, visitors, and equipment enter. The practitioner must have specialized knowledge of cross sectional anatomy and how it relates to the soft tissues and vessels of the human body. The technologist must also have specialized knowledge in the radio-frequency surface coils required for each specific anatomical area to be imaged. This assignment may also perform basic magnetic resonance safety program duties. Technologists must be knowledgeable in contrast media, power injectors, and PACS. DRT assignments that include performance of independent duties in this subspecialty require advanced ARRT (MR) certification.
    • Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist. Employees are trained to work in one or more difficult and complex modalities performing procedures related to these modalities as well as performing general diagnostic procedures. At this grade level, any assignment in a single modality must demonstrate significant complexity. Such assignments are unique, perhaps with expert specialization in complex areas of radiologic technology, Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) regulations, and intermediate QM type duties within the program. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs:
      • i. Knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques, including concepts of accumulated dosage, dose monitoring, and genetic changes.
      • ii. Ability to utilize advanced imaging software that supports complex imaging programs and recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures.
      • iii. Knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, to understand the operation of the equipment.
      • iv. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of highly complex imaging (CT, MRI, IR, ultrasound, mammography) studies.
    Preferred Experience:
    • Applicant proffered to have no less than three (3) years of Computed Tomography (CT) and
    • Three (3) years of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) experiences for the past 10 years.

    References: VA Handbook 5005/119 PART II APPENDIX G25

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10.

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    Note: 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: . 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: .

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    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.

    Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); straight pulling (1-2 hours); pushing (3-4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands required; walking (6-7 hours); standing (3-4 hours); kneeling (1-2 hours); repeated bending (3-4 hours); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; and hearing (aid permitted).

    Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Human Resources Management Letter (HRML) 05-19-12, updated 10/08/2020 by OCHCO Bulletin is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Although hybrid title 38 occupations follow title 5 Veterans' preference rules, as required by the Merit Systems Protection Board (Graves v. VA, 117 M.S.P.R. 697 (2012)), 38 U.S.C. § 7412 waives the requirement to apply Veterans' preference to external applicants for appointments made during the fiscal year to hybrid title 38 occupations reported among the occupations with the largest staffing shortages. Appointments made to any other hybrid title 38 occupations not approved by the Secretary remain subject to the application of Veterans' preference in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part I, Chapter 4, Preference to Veterans in Making Hybrid Title 38 Appointments.

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    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

  • Required Documents
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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Professional Certification
    • Resume

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Other (1)
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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  • How to Apply
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    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/27/2021 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click .
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    Agency contact information James Marron



    Jerry L Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital
    11201 Benton Street
    Loma Linda, CA 92357

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Full time
Salary Range
$60,000.00 - 90,000.00
per Year
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Loma Linda, CA, US