This represents above full performance level in performance of both general ultrasound and vascular ultrasound providing full coverage for all procedures including pelvic and transvaginal studies. The medical instrument technician (ultrasound technologist) functions as a senior technician. Diagnostic ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical purposes. If you are current VA and/or Federal employee please apply to announcement CBSU-11351434-22-GO Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: 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). Registered with ARRT(R) and (S) and/or ARDMS 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 Education (DOE).] English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Grade Determinations for GS-10: Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience listed above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques, including concepts of accumulated dosage, dose monitoring, and genetic changes. 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. Knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, to understand the operation of the equipment. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of highly complex imaging (CT, MRI, IR, ultrasound, mammography) studies. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS10. Physical Requirements: See VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-25. Must have knowledge of the Picture Archive Communication System (PACS). Must have knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography. ["Performs Ultrasound examinations in the application of non-ionizing, high frequency waves to patients for diagnosis of disease and other abnormalities. Performs specialized exams of major and minor organ systems and of vascular systems utilizing the mathematical concept of color flow and doppler. Abdomen - liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, abdominal aorta, vena cava and femoral arteries using 2D and doppler techniques to evaluate these structures for size, abnormal contour, cysts, tumors and various pathological disorders. Retroperitoneum - kidneys, nodes, and urinary bladder using 2D and Doppler techniques. Pelvis - urinary bladder, testicular, prostate. Vascular- carotid, upper and lower extremities. S/he performs studies for thyroid and non vascular soft tissue scans. performs quality assurance testing on the ultrasound unit using phantom and test checklists for the purpose of assuring peak performance of the ultrasound equipment. Maintain records of the quality assurance testing so that easy reference is available should servicing be necessary. obtains pertinent diagnostic examinations for the physician, which may be necessary for correlation between the ultrasound scan and the clinical history. differentiates artifacts from normal or pathological processes and recognizes electronic equipment limitation. Make multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to ensure accurate results. On basis of radiologic findings, determines necessary ultrasonic procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings. recognizes a diagnostic scan and consults with the Staff Radiologist to determine the proper diagnosis. performs computerized digital radiography as a team member of the Imaging Service, such as general radiology, DEXA, barium studies of the gastrointestinal tract, intravenous pyelograms, venograms, and other procedures requiring intravenous injection of diagnostic procedures. Perform radiographic exams at the bedside providing diagnostic x-rays to the professional staff on patients that are unable to be x-rayed in the Radiology Service due to incapacity or surgical procedures. performs all others duties as assigned by the supervisor. Work Schedule: Loveland location: Monday to Friday, 0800 to 1630\nCheyenne location: Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1730\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - Ultrasound/PD53475A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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