Job Title: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI) Open Continuous
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Fort Wayne, IN
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Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI) Open Continuous
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. Must be certified in general radiology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology ARRT (R) (MR). English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in both written and spoken English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d), and 7407 (d). Education: Completion 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 (JCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in Radiology. Grade Determinations: Must have completed 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled and fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level (GS-8).As outline in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25. General Radiologic Technology (R). Diagnostic Radiologic technologists 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 diagnostic Radiologic technologists must be knowledgeable in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR). This specialty modality requires additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of superconducting 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 technologist 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). In addition, you must demonstrate in your resume that you possess the following technical KSAs *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; d. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of difficult radiographic ( MRI, Special Procedures, Mammography, etc.) studies. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.