Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Austin, TX

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 866149

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX. Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station. NO STATE TAXES!!!

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required DUTIES:
IF PATIENT NEEDS ARISE, THE INCUMBENT OF THE ABOVE POSITION MAY BE REASSIGNED WITHIN THE CENTRAL TEXAS VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION.

The incumbent perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations, including magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and, if necessary, magnetic resonance spectroscopy at the VA Austin Outpatient Clinic (AOPC) area. As an expert in the software and hardware capabilities of MRI equipment, the technologist will be required to acquire diagnostic quality MRI and MRA examinations based on established protocols and modify pulse sequences, if necessary, to obtain the highest quality exam possible. The technologist will maintain a log book of established examination protocols (which includes patient positioning, coil selection, and acquisition parameters) and will be required to keep these protocols up-to-date based on input from staff radiologists. Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Receive scheduled and unscheduled patients and identify patients according to established organizational policy.
  • Interview each MRI patient prior to their examination.
  • Explains the examination procedure to all patients and determine which patients may require informed consent.
  • Works with the supervising radiologist to determine the disposition of patients.
  • Positions the patient, choose the proper scanning coil(s), and set the proper acquisition parameters according to established exam protocols.
  • Correctly initiates transfer of obtained MRI images to the organization’s Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS) and confirming successful transfer of these images following completion of each acquired MRI examination.
  • Orders and stocks all supplies needed to perform MRI exams.
  • Serves as a liaison between the Imaging Service and the Biomedical Service to facilitate software and hardware upgrades, service, and repair.
  • Maintains the MRI suites in a clean and sanitary condition.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Citizenship: Must be a citizen of U.S.
Certification : All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).
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. 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 Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.
Experience: Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled.
Must meet physical requirements mandated by VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

Definitions:
Creditable Experience

Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice. To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as “core competencies”) associated with current radiologic technology practice. This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

Specialized Assignment Definitions. Specialized areas of radiologic technology include general diagnostic radiologic technology (R), bone densitometry (BD), mammography (M), diagnostic ultrasound (S), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MR), cardiovascular-interventional technology (CV), and quality management (QM).

General Radiologic Technology (R). Diagnostic radiologic technologists perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologists 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 diagnostic radiologic technologists must be knowledgeable in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS).

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR). This specialty modality requires additional knowledge of super conducting 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 into. The practitioner must have specific 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. The technologist requires knowledge of image acquisition in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS).

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
GS-9

Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the GS-8 grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*)

  • (1) Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;
(2) Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care

providers;

  • (3) Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;
(4) Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography;

(5) Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions; and

(6) Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. DRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments:

Staff DRT. Employees at this level are fully functional as a DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures. 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/index-Standards.asp .

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The work requires potential long periods of work utilizing a computer monitor. Positioning patients who are unconscious or disabled may require considerable effort as well as working in temporary awkward positions. Heavy lifting of incapacitated patients is accomplished with the help of other employees.

Work Environment:
Examinations in the MRI suite are performed using an extremely powerful magnet. Under certain conditions, the presence of a strong magnetic field may result in injury or death to personnel in the scanning room. The incumbent must be able to recognize those situations that may pose a threat to the patient or the technologist.

The incumbent must be aware of infection control protocols that must be followed in those cases when patients with a variety of contagious diseases requiring universal precautions are referred for MRI scanning.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

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

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

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