Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)
Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: October 29, 2019
The incumbent serves primarily as a Medical Instrument Technician
(Diagnostic Ultrasound) for the Ultrasound Section in Imaging
Service located in Temple, Texas. The Ultrasound Tech works
independently with very limited supervision of the assigned
supervisor of the US Section. Assignments are made in the form of
written work schedules and verbal instructions. The employee will
work closely with staff radiologists to ensure the proper exam is
performed for each patient.IMPORTANT: A transcript must be
submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of
your qualifications on education.
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. For
further information, visit:
you are an internal applicant please apply under vacancy
The purpose of the work is to perform diagnostic ultrasound studies
for theevaluation of various organ systems including the
gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, vascular,
lymphatic, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems.These highly
complex studies are performed independently. The technician'spast
experience, training and ability is such that the radiologist
accepts as factthe incumbent's ability and knowledge to perform the
very difficult, wide range (to include Doppler, vascular and
surgical) complex procedures. The technician's work is not limited
to simply scanning the patient; he/she must independentlyselect and
record images to make the diagnosis. The incumbent must
alsoevaluate images and record results for pathology, anatomy and
quality ofimages. Incumbent must assist in giving technical and
diagnostic consultations and instructions to referring physicians,
radiologist and other medical centerpersonnel. Many of the exams
done are the direct basis for surgical procedures.
Duties are but NOT limited to:
- Work independently and with limited supervision, performing 2-D
ultrasound examinations of the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis,
scrotum, and extremities by the proper selection and manipulation
of ultrasound transducers and appropriate adjustments of a variety
of ultrasound parameters
- Utilize pulse-wave, color-flow or power Doppler technique
during the evaluation of vascular structures, when appropriate
- Assist in the performance of ultrasound guided core needle
biopsy or fine needle aspiration procedures
- Select appropriate ultrasound machine setup parameters
depending on the specific organ system being interrogated
- Instruct and assist the patient in assuming the proper position
- Perform routine user preventive maintenance on equipment to
ensure proper operation
- Ensure assigned ultrasound room is clean and adequately stocked
with appropriate supplies
- Provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive and
emotional needs of the adult or geriatric patient.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; on-call
rotation for evenings and weekends
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this
position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date
of this announcement, 10/31/2019.
- A. Citizenship: Citizens of the United States.(Non-citizens may
only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified
citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
B. Certification: Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing
International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic
Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac
Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
certifications are also desirable.
C. Education: There are no specific educational requirements for
this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only
at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of
this standard for information regarding educational
D. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and
written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
E. Physical: Must pass a pre-placement/employment physical
Specialized Experience: You are able to perform a full range of
procedures including special complicated examinations for which
there are no standard instructions or procedures. Be able to
perform independent portable ultrasound examinations in the
intensive care units, emergency room, and throughout the Medical
Center when required. Have worked independently on evenings,
nights, and weekend tours of duty as scheduled and/or when on
Grade Determinations: GS-09 Medical Instrument Technician
Diagnostic Ultrasound Technicians operate diagnostic ultrasonic
scanning equipment to produce cross sectional and two-dimensional
pictures of internal organs and body structures used to diagnose
diseases and other medical conditions. Registration is offered by
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American
Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next
lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the
position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
This would be specialized experience which demonstrates possession
of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of
diagnostic ultrasonography services. In addition, the candidate
must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs).
- Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment
procedures and techniques in order to provide training and
supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate
performance improvement projects, and to write policies,
procedures, and protocols that pertain to diagnostic
- Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.
- Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with
employees at varying grade levels.
- Ability to manage and supervise employees.
- Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and
Assignment. 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27 dated June 7,
Physical Requirements: The work potentially requires moderately
long periods of standing and walking. Positioning of patients who
are unconscious or disabled may require considerable effort and
working in awkward positions. Heavy lifting of totally
incapacitated patients is done only with the help of other
employees or with patient moving equipment.
The incumbent must be aware of infection control protocols that
must be followed in those cases when patients with a variety of
contagious diseases requiring universal precautions are referred
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