Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI) in Detroit, Michigan

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Detroit, MI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - MRI 2 Vacancies

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Diagnostic Radiologic Chief Technologist. Works independently on most exams but confers with radiologist and supervisor on more difficult problems Work is spot-checked for achievement of objectives. Routine procedures are accomplished independently. When assigned to new procedure or to assist the radiologist with more difficult procedures, duties and work methods are assigned specifically and in detail. Technologist carries out recurring assignments independently, but refers unusual or difficult cases to supervisor. Work is observed in progress and finished work is spot-checked for technical accuracy and compliance with established procedures.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1819471

OUR MISSION: 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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-25 This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Performs Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams of the head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities. MRIs with myocardial stress mapping, flow quantification, ejection fraction analysis, and viability analysis. Complex exams include and are not limited to: MRI Spectroscopy, Cardiac, Coronary MRAs and head, neck, extremity, chest, abdomen and pelvis MRAs. Performs complex 3-D post processing on specialized equipment that allow radiologists to analyze complicated anatomy. Performs complex MRI exams 30% of the time. These exams are performed with and without use of contrast materials. with and without use of contrast materials. Performs routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures. These exams are achieved by using diagnostic x-ray equipment such as fluoroscopic units, C-arm, chest unit, general diagnostic unit. MRI Scanners. The purpose of all of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies so that proper diagnosis and treatment may be given. Performs general routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures. These exams are achieved by using diagnostic x-ray equipment such as fluoroscopic units, the chest unit and general diagnostic units and portable units.



30% complex MRI exams - 50% routine MRI exams - 20% post processing - 10% general radiology procedures

*Establishes and manually updates state of the art departmental MRI/MRA protocols.

*Protocols all MRI (routine and advanced) exams and arranges the MRI schedule to optimize the MRI scanners while maintaining the flexibility to allow for emergency cases. This requires the prioritization of scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the extreme emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc.

*Performs complex 3-D post processing exams on advanced work stations and software applications for specialized reformatting of images.

*Responsible for performing and maintaining the Quality Assurance on all MRI Scanners. Responsible for maintaining MRI Safety standards, devices and techniques on all MRI Scanners.

*Confers with radiologist to determine requirements on non-standard exams. Determine technical factors, positioning , number and thickness of slices, etc., to produce and satisfy requirement of MRI scanning. performs MRI angiograph, including spine, head and neck studies utilizing highly sophisticate x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, patient monitors, etc. Schedule patient for examinations, advises radiologist or referring physicians of examination results, notifies them of scans requiring their immediate attention.

*Works with the radiologist as a member of the radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologist and the performance of the exam. Must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition (the alertness of the individual is essential to prevent contaminations, recognize patient reactions, anticipate technique factor difficulties, etc.) Performs most exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques.

*Prepares contrast materials that are used in MRI/Angiography and general exams. Improper use of administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it.

*Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, proper exposure factor and equipment, lead shields, lead lined walls and collimation.

*Uses the Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) for retrieval of images to be printed to a laser camera and Cd's.

*Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients. This includes patient electronic log books, requisition and editing of patient exams in the Radiology Information System (RIS), copying of films, etc.

*Properly identifies patent through the RIS interface identifiers and left/right markers.

*Assures that MRI patients are screened in advance for any contraindicating conditions per Radiology Service policy.

*Performs irregular hour emergency scans, MRI scans, on call 24 hours per day, on weekends and holiday coverage. Requires the technologist to be available within 1 hour from receipt of call.

*Responsible for stocking and inventory of all MRI and general imaging supplies and related material.

*Routinely performs conventional digital imaging radiographic examinations typically performed routinely by lower grade radiograph.

*Responsible for stocking and inventory of all MRI, and general imaging supplies and related material.

*Complex exams are expected to be performed at least 25% of the time, responsible to continuously review new developments in MRI imaging.

*Routinely performs conventional digital imaging radiographic examinations typically performed routinely by lower grade radiograph.

Work Schedule:*8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday with rotating weekends, holidays and on-call.*

Functional Statement Title/#: DRT (MRI)

Preferred Experience For the DRT (MRI), GS-10: years of general DRT and 1 year MRI specialized experience.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.

Preferred Experience: Preferred Experience For the DRT (MRI), GS-10: years of general DRT and 1 year MRI specialized experience.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS-CitizenshipCitizen 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.)

Certification.All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.

EducationCompletion 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) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology. 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 field.

Grandfathering Provision. All persons employed in VHA as a DRT on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series & grade held, including positive education and certification that are part of the basic requirements of the DRT occupation. Employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) DRTs that require a certification, may be reassigned, promoted up to & including the full performance (journeyman) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.(2) DRTs that require a certification only at higher grade levels must meet the certification requirement before they can be promoted to those higher grade levels.(3) DRTs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.(4) DRTs initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or certification that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. (5) Employees who are retained as a DRT under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry as a DRT. NOTE: Each uncertified VHA DRT who was permanently employed on June 21, 1986, and whose competence in the safe administration of ionizing radiation was affirmed, in writing, by a VA licensed physician not later than January 1, 1987, is considered fully qualified. These employees may be promoted, changed to lower grade or reassigned within the GS-647 occupational series. Any employee initially retained in this manner who leaves this job series loses protected status and must meet the full requirements in effect at the time of reentry.

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 clinical 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 certification requirements identified in paragraph 2b 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 the full-time work week. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. General Radiologic Technology (R). DRTs 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 DRTs must be knowledgeable in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR). This specialty modality requires additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of super conducting 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). This sub specialty requires advanced ARRT certification.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

Grade Determinations:** In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates

GS-10 (a) Experience.At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. (Including: Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures; Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers; Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure; 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; and Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.)

(b)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: DRT. Employees are trained to work in one or more difficult and complex modalities performing procedures related to these modalities as well as providing general diagnostic procedures in a therapeutic setting. At this grade

level, it is expected that such assignments be unique, perhaps with expert specialization in complex areas of radiologic technology.

The candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk ():a. Thorough knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes; *b. Skill to recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures; *c. Knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, in order to understand the operation of the equipment; and d. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of difficult radiographic (CT, MRI, Special Procedures, Mammography, etc.) studies.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements:

Heavy lifting and carrying (45+ lbs.); Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.); Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); Heavy carrying (45+ lbs.); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.); light carrying (under 15 lbs.); straight pulling (.5 hours); pulling hand over hand (1 hour); pushing (1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (7 hours); standing (7 hours); repeated bending (2 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously;

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

Salary Range: $58,665.00 to $76,265.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-10/10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452643500

Job Announcement Number: VHA-17-1819471-MAJ-bu