Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Mammography)
Department Of Veterans Affairs 4.01,691 reviews - Austin, TX
Full-time, Part-time

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 865432

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:


The technologist performs screening as well as diagnostic mammography examinations at the VA Austin Outpatient Clinic (AOPC) area. Receives patients, explains methods of procedures, positions patient, selects, sets up, and adjusts accessory equipment if required, and makes exposure necessary for the procedure. Performs all QC of equipment and as required to set up all inspections. In addition to performing the duties of a mammography technologist, the incumbent serves as an alternate Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist when the mammography schedule is not fully booked. Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Interviews patients for history of previous mammograms, pregnancy potential, and reschedules examinations as necessary.
  • Interviews patients regarding medical history pertinent to exam and annotates on mammography questionnaire.
  • Places patient in appropriate positions, adjusts equipment, places film cassette in proper position, and exposures for determined length.
  • Examines patient's breasts for skin lesions and scars, annotates mammography questionnaire and places skin markers if required.
  • Prepares reports/ interpretations for filing in patient's film file. Independently makes standard examinations.
  • Prepares patients, i.e., procedure instructions, expectations, preparations of the breast for injection of contrast materials, harvesting of tissues under sterile conditions, and prepares sterile tray to anticipate arrival of the staff radiologist.
  • Based on a thorough knowledge of common radiographically demonstrated breast pathology and those examinations necessary for optimal visualization, suggests additional views of the breast to radiologist to enhance standard protocols.
  • Consults with the radiologist on difficult diagnostic cases regarding prior demonstrated breast disease and the best diagnostic approach to pursue.
  • Screens all consultations received for breast imaging procedures to include screen film mammography, ultrasonography, ductulgrams, and cyst aspirations for criteria of established departmental examination requirements.
  • Screens and accepts requests from outside facilities for technologist attendance for instruction and clinical training in mammography and other breast imaging practices.
  • When relieving technologist, will perform same quality control duties as the full-time technologist.
  • Reviews new developments in the field of mammography and recommends to supervisor those developments which would improve the operation of the section.
  • Maintains inventories of instruments, drugs, supplies and emergency equipment and operating supplies.
  • As work load dictates, the incumbent will perform less demanding, routine, general radiographic examinations to include fluoro and portable examinations.
  • As an active user, incumbent will maintain the integrity of the Imaging Service Decentralized Hospital Computer Program by assuring all automated data processing equipment devices, data and software used or employed by them will be protected from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction, theft or misuse.
  • Performs a variety of routine Radiologic exams and procedures located at VA facilities throughout Central Texas.
  • Coordinates closely with the radiologist and referring physician on all procedures ensuring that optimum quality films are obtained for diagnosis, using the least amount of radiation exposure to the patient.
  • Performs quality control duties that involve ensuring step wedges are exposed at prescribed intervals and processed to see that the x-ray units are in proper calibration. If calibration drifts, incumbent is responsible for notifying appropriate personnel.
  • Employee is responsible for developing and maintaining accurate technique charts for all x-ray rooms.
  • Performs a variety of routine to moderately complex radiographic procedures.
  • Positions patients, explains procedures, selects and sets voltage, time and other technical factors, and makes exposure necessary for the requested procedure.
  • Performs various daily operational functions with digital informational - radiographic equipment. Operates Computerized Readers, Digitizers, Lasers and Direct Capture equipment.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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.


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).

Mammography (M). The complex nature of breast disease involves multiple imaging modalities. This specialty involves the specific knowledge and abilities to perform complex imaging of the breast. They must be able to employ specialized mammographic image techniques such as magnification views and implant views of the breast. The mammographer is required to be completely familiar with, and adhere to, all U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines regulating the practice of mammography, radiation safety, and quality assurance requirements. Mammographers are subject to the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA) and regulated by the FDA.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

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


  • (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.


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 .

The work requires standing, bending, walking, and the ability to move patients for the period during radiographic examination.
Work Environment

Exams are performed in the mammography examination suite. The area is located within the main Imaging Service. Engineering controls are provided to reduce potential exposure to ionizing radiation. Controls include operating the equipment from behind safety barriers and wearing a personal dosimeter. Personnel are potentially subjected to minimum levels of ionizing radiation.

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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