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Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Temple
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Job Description:

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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.If you are an internal applicant please apply under vacancy #CBAW-10626925-20-RO.

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 for examination
  • 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.

    Basic Requirements:


    • 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 substitutions.

      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 examination.


      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 call.

      Grade Determinations: GS-09 Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound):

      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 ultrasonography.
      • 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 training.


        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, 2012.

        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 for exams.

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Temple , Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound), Professions , Temple, Texas

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