Diag Rad Tech (Diag Ulsd)
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 13, 2021
The sonographer is regarded as the expert source of all
ultrasound images and the radiologist relies heavily on the skill,
knowledge, and abilities of the sonographers in providing the final
interpretation. Ultrasound imaging subspecialties include:
1.) diagnostic medical sonography - abdominal, retroperitoneal,
2.) vascular technology - vascular and related organs, carotid,
peripheral arterial and venous system doppler studies.
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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 duties are 50% ultrasound and 50% Radiology and
consist of the duties below, but are not limited to:
- Performs diagnostic ultrasound examinations on multiple body
areas including abdomen and pelvis for tumors, cysts, abscesses,
hematomas, inflammatory lesions such as but not exclusive to
pancreatitis, and sizes of organs and their locations.
- Performs independently in an outpatient setting all ultrasound
examinations ranging from routine to highly specialized.
- Performs evaluations of vertebral and renal artery, aortic
aneurysms, and portal-systemic shunts.
- Performs vascular examinations with full knowledge of cross
sectional and longitudinal anatomy of normal and abnormal vessels
such as carotid arteries, peripheral arterial and venous
- Knowledge of physiologic effects, signs and symptoms of acute
and chronic vascular disease.
- Recognizes aneurysms, pseudoaneurysms, thromboses, stenoses,
occlusions, AV fistulae, and plaque formation.
- Knowledge and experience of Doppler physics required to
recognize and properly generate true Doppler signals in the region
of the critical artery systems bilaterally and in the peripheral
arteries and veins and surgical grafts and arterial venous dialysis
- Demonstrates complete knowledge of appropriate use of
transducers and sequences required to obtain diagnostic study, as
well as ability to utilize, differentiate, and overcome physical
and technical entities relevant to various scans.
- Sets up and adjusts all equipment and manually maneuvers the
transducer to perform the exam.
- Performs infection control procedures for transducers and all
equipment, and maintains appropriate technique/ universal
precaution protocols in dealing with infectious patients.
- Controls critical technical factors on ultrasound unit that
will affect time, gain, amplitude, velocity, frequency,
attenuation, absorption, reflection, scattering, refraction, and
- Advises radiologist or ordering physician on preliminary
results of examination.
- Receives, identifies, explains methods of procedure to patient
- Evaluates nature of critical and emergency procedures and
arranges priorities to accommodate.
- Maintains quality assurance program of all ultrasound
equipment, monitors, videotape machines.
- Handles age- specific patients and has knowledge of age
specific standards ion regards to limitation of older persons and
- Possess knowledge of Joint Commission regulations and standards
as they apply to ultrasound field.
- Ability to evaluate products and equipment, making
recommendations for purchase and operational improvements.
- Maintains BCLS certification.
- Has functional/operational knowledge of PACS.
- Forecasts supply, equipment needs and associated
- Will be required to perform diagnostic radiographic
examinations approximately 50% of the time.
- Performs other duties as assigned
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Mri Technologists
- Sonographers, Diagnostic Medical
- Technologists, Mri
- Technologists, Ultrasound
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
- 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
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their
Ultrasound Sonography: 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, [musculoskeletal
(MSK), a breast; and 2) vascular sonography-arterial and venous
doppler, spectral analysis, and calculating ankle brachial index
Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of experience
equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-8) that demonstrates
the clinical competencies described at that level, which include:
Ability to check systems 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, volunteers,
knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy,
recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to
best demonstrate areas of interest.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must
demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still
performing complex scans and procedures.
Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from
the medical record, significant others, and health care
Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the
Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices
related to radiography.
Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques,
intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions.
- Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural
care of patients.
Assignments: 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25. Diagnostic
Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is
Physical Requirements: The individual must have the physical
ability to perform job-related duties which require heavy lifting,
45 pounds and over, standing up to 6 hours, wearing PPE (Lead
Apron) up to 6 hours, bending, transferring. stooping, stretching,
walking, pushing, or pulling without assistance from another
patient care provider or significant other. A health examination
must be successfully complete prior to this assignment and
periodically thereafter as required by the Employee Health Clinic
IMPORTANT: A legible transcript must be submitted with your
application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
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