Medical Instrument Technician (Ultrasound) - Internal

Department Of Veterans Affairs Boston , MA 02298

Posted 4 weeks ago

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Summary

WHO MAY APPLY:

  • Current, permanent VA employees, including permanent employees of Canteen service

POSITION WILL COVER 3 CAMPUSES: BROCKTON, JAMAICA PLAIN AND WEST ROXBURY , Radiology Service Line

APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT: RESUME

Work Schedule: Intermittent Schedule: as needed

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

This is an intermittent position. This position will be required to work between the Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury campuses.

The Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) is responsible for using high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical purposes. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:Performs proper alignment and position of patient, set ups and adjusts equipment, and manually maneuver transducer. Performs a wide range of Diagnostic Abdominal Ultrasound examinations to include, but is not limited to, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, appendix, spleen, kidneys', bladder, aorta, portal vein, Doppler studies of blood flow to and from the major organs, this includes imaging of the scrotum and testicles.

Performs spectrum of examination which includes, but is not limited to, abdomen for tumors, stones, cysts, abscesses, hematomas, inflammatory lesions, such as pancreatitis, and sizes of organs and their location, etc. Performs ultrasound examinations of the female pelvis to include both transabdominal and transvaginal imaging of the vagina, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and surrounding anatomy, and imaging of the breast. Performs non-invasive vascular ultrasound examination with a Doppler interrogation, include but not limit to, carotids, venous imaging of upper and lower extremities, arterial imaging of upper and lower extremities, graft scanning for patency and stenosis, shunt scanning, vein mapping.

Controls technical factors on ultrasound unit, which will affect time, gain, amplitude, velocity, frequency, attenuation, absorption, reflection, scattering, refraction, and diffraction. Advises radiologist or referring physician of results of exams. Maintains effective control of the Ultrasound area by coordinating, planning, organizing, and executing the daily work potential to expedite workflow patterns within the departments.

Enters patients into the Computerized Patient Record System. Receives and identifies patients, explains methods of procedures, assists movement of patients to and from wheelchairs, carts and tables, positions the patient and performs examinations requested. Keeps abreast of technological advances in the field of Ultrasound and incorporates these advances into new examination procedures and in-service educational programs for the radiology technical staff.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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No

Promotion Potential

8

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated drug testing required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

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.

  • Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.

  • Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. Registration is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

  • English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience:

  • Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable

  • Extensive experience with Women's imaging including breast and pelvic.

  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.

Grade Determinations:

GS-4

Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields. The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: OR, Education. Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate's degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.Knowledge of basic medical terminology.

2.Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used.

3.Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress.

4.Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted.

5.Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

GS-5

Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

This would be experience in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made or in related functional areas. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited through this grade level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

OR, Education. Successful completion of [4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, or] a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to medical instrument technician functions.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions.

2.Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment.

3.Ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities.

4.Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures.

5.Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine.

GS-6

Experience.

At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy in order to receive and interpret physician requests for routine, standardized ultrasonography procedures.

2.Knowledge of tissue harmonics and soundwave propagation within the body to adjust TGC (Time Gain Compensation) for optimal image quality.

3.Knowledge of the physics of velocity, frequency of soundwaves, and their physical properties.

4.Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for standardized, routine procedures.

5.Ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure. Certification. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.

GS-7

Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled.

This would be experience which provided the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently conduct difficult but standardized diagnostic ultrasonography examinations. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for more complex, but standardized procedures.

2.Knowledge of zoom, expansion, prospectus, color Doppler, and pulsed echo Doppler.

3.Knowledge of the digital transmission of images.

4.Ability to alter standard, but complex procedures and protocols to meet patient needs and physical limitations.

GS-8

Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled.

This would be experience which provided the overall knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct diagnostic ultrasound examinations in complex and unusual cases. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum.

2.Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.

3.Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled.

4.Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations.

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).

References: Handbook 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G27 MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD. http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf.

Physical Requirements:

The work of this position requires a moderate amount of physical activity working with the equipment and maneuvering patients including eye/hand coordination; full use of arms, hands and wrists; transporting, lifting, lowering, moving, turning heavy objects and/or patients; standing, sitting, or reaching for extended periods of time. Requires color vision and depth perception: must be able to differentiate subtle shades of gray on a diagnostic image; must also respond to audio signals.

Education

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.



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Medical Instrument Technician (Ultrasound) - Internal

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