Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography) in Eugene, Oregon

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Eugene, OR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/28/2016 (26 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 1/30/2017 (98 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1811513

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

The Roseburg VA Medical Center is seeking a highly motivated and energetic Computed Tomography Diagnostic Radiographic Technician to join the Imaging Department at the Eugene Health Care Center in Eugene Oregon.

Eugene is Oregon's second largest city and home to the University of Oregon. Eugene is a diverse and eclectic city offering an exciting mix of art, culture, education, and sports. Located at the south end of the lush Willamette Valley, Eugene is known for it's scenic beauty and passion for sports and recreation.

PLEASE NOTE: The duty station for this position will be the Eugene VA Health Care Center located in Eugene Oregon. The incumbent selected may be expected to travel to Roseburg for the requisite job related training and competency assessments. Reimbursement for mileage for any required or directed travel is approved in accordance with Fiscal Regulations and local policy.

*Qualified applicants shoes applications are received on or before October 11, 2016 will be forwarded for consideration in the initial referral of candidates. Subsequent referrals, if necessary, will be made on a recurring basis until the position is filled. *

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.

This announcement is for applicants who are NOT current VA employees. Applicants who are are current VA employees should apply under LW-16-ARG-1808218-BU.


The technologist primary duty is in the area of Computed Tomography, where the incumbent operates a multi-detector helical scanner (MDCT), with an associated automatic injector system, and a stand-alone 3D Workstation. As a secondary duty the technologist performs a variety of diagnostic radiographic and fluoroscopic examinations, which range in complexity from routine to moderately complex. The technologist operates a wide range of equipment including fixed and mobile radiographic and fluoroscopic machines, computed radiography plate readers, IMPAX, and a variety of complex computational equipment. The technologist will be actively involved in all phases of work flow within the Imaging Service, from the receipt of requests for service through the final generation of imaging reports.


  • Interpret requests and instructions from medical providers under the guidance of the Radiologist
  • Assign appointments and communicate necessary preparation instructions to the Veteran
  • Verify in at least two separate ways the Veteran they are working with is the correct Veteran
  • Inform the Veteran about the examination, securing their trust, confidence, and cooperation for the examination
  • Fully screen each Veteran for contraindications or risk factors for any of the techniques that are to be used in the examination. Collaborate with the Radiologist if any contraindications or risk factors, for the examination and/or post procedural care to be adjusted accordingly
  • Fully competent in the art of placing stable, high flow intravenous catheters, and will insure that all injection sites that are to be used for contrast material are first verified with a high flow saline injection
  • Insure that the contrast injection and the scanning sequences are timed appropriately for the desired vascular phase images are obtained
  • Position the Veteran correctly for high quality views and will vary the position as necessary to adjust for the Veteran medical condition and abilities.
  • Adjust all operator controllable parameters of the equipment, ensuring that the portion of the body specified receives the correct, calculated exposure. This consideration extends to include correct timing and image characteristics.
  • Use specialized knowledge of anatomy to correctly visualize the desired features of the Veteran
  • Use specialized knowledge of anatomy to discern abnormal or unusual image appearances and consult Radiologist immediately upon discovery
  • Relay relevant information to the Radiologist as needed so that the images performed are appropriate to the Veteran needs and so that the information gained through the images is maximized. Including conferencing with the Radiologist pre-procedure to consider any additional information
  • Insure every image produced is correctly identified to the Veteran, the date and time, the accession number and the correct orientation of the Veteran
  • Insure every image produced is optimized in appearance and is correctly transferred into the electronic stoage medium used by the facility
  • Observe all Veterans under their care for change in condition, reporting to medical authorities as necessary to insure the health and wellbeing of the Veteran.
  • Maintain up to date BLS Certification
  • Expedite the dissemination of information from the Imaging record, producing and distributing copies of requested data in various formats within the guidelines of facility and national policy
  • Follow good infection control practices; maintaining a clean and sanitized environment for the performance of imaging procedures. Regular cleansing of patient contact surfaces will be performed.
  • Maintain adequate stock of medical supplies, linens, and cleaning supplies as appropriate in their assigned work location.
  • Perform clerical tasks as needed in support of the department as a whole. This may include patient scheduling, reception, answering the telephone, processing requests for radiology exams. Downloading CD images into the PACS system or producing Images CD's from the PACS system
  • Operate computer terminals using various application software programs to accurately perform such tasks as storing, retrieving electronic documents and files, activating printers, inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda, and transmitting and receiving e-mail.
  • Familiar with the IMPAX system being used to store CT images for review by Imaging and the general staff

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800-1630 with the possibility of extended hours as the clinic becomes fully operational

Functional Statement Title/#: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, Computed Tomography /000000

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 in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT(R) with Advanced Certification in Computed Tomography (CT).
  • Completion of a full time training course of at least 24 months duration (or equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associates degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology
  • Meet the physical requirements for the position. Pre-employment physical will be required.
  • Proficient in Spoken and Written English

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:*

This position is above the full-performance level and employees at this level will be fully functional as an advanced DRT and able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. Candidates for this position must have at least one full year of experience equivalent to the GS-08 level that is directly related to the position being filed and must demonstrate the following technical skills and potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an Asterisk(*):

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

b. Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers;

*c. Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;

d. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography;

e. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions; and

f. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

References: VA Handbook 5005/77 Part II Appendix G25 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard GS-647. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: Physical requirements for this position include moderate lifting (14-44lbs.), light lifting (under 15lbs.), light carrying (under 15lbs.), use of fingers, both hands required, ability for raid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable to 13" to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4 depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted).

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

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: $55,666.00 to $68,509.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-09/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451769500

Job Announcement Number: LW-16-ARG-1811513-BU