Diagnostic Radiology Technician (Ultrasonograpy)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Jackson, MS

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 845562

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?

On Call duty: Required

Work Schedule:
Monday thru Friday on call after normal business hours for urgent exams on a rotational basis.

Tour of Duty:
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM tour may vary with call coverage.


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

College must be accredited by the JRCERT in Radiology Technology

Diagnostic Radiology (Ultrasonography) will independently perform standard examinations.

Schedules add on and overbook patients.

Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patient schedules to accommodate them.

Maintain records and


film files of patients examined.

The incumbent will advise radiologists or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. The incumbent will performs ultrasound examinations of the abdomen, neck, chest and extremities, retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders.

Participates in the training of students and radiology technicians so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams. Also the incumbent will performs routine clerical procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate ultrasound records so that easy recall of patient examinations may be achieved.

This requires maintaining a

daily schedule

editing and when necessary registering patients in the Radiology Information System (RIS).

The incumbent will makes multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to insure accurate results.

On the basis of radiologic findings, determines necessary ultrasonic procedures to yield definitive diagnostic finding.




Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)




All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic

Technology (ARRT) (R).


Experience or 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.


English Language Proficiency.

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.




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 identified in paragraph 2.b. above. 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.

Diagnostic Ultrasound (S)

Diagnostic ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical purposes. The practitioner must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment. The sonographer is regarded as the expert source of all ultrasound imaging, and the interpreting radiologist relies heavily on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sonographers in providing a final interpretation. Within this specialization there is a diverse range of ultrasound imaging sub-specialties. These include: 1) diagnostic medical sonography - abdominal, neurologic, obstetrical/gynecologic, and ophthalmic; 2) cardiac sonography - adult and pediatric echocardiography; and 3) vascular technology - vascular and related organs.

Grade Determinations:



Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the Job Elements at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical Job Elements and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific.



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.

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.

1. Knowledge of positioning of patients for a variety of Ultrasound exams.

2. Knowledge of patient safety protection and understands and operate Ultrasound equipment.

3. Knowledge of protocol and imaging probes factors for ultrasound and digital ultrasound imaging and positioning.

4. Applicant has the ability to communicate effectively with others including patients unable or unwilling to accept or understand instructions. This includes the ability to instruct patients so that they will experience fewer anxieties during the examination.

5. Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures.

6. Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.



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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. *** 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. ***

See How to Apply and Qualifications

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.

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



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

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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