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? Incumbents at this level are fully functional as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. This is a hybrid multi-disciplined position combining the duties of Computed Tomography (CT) (50% of the time) and Routine Radiologic exams (50% of the time). Percentage may fluctuate with needs of the service. Performs computerized tomography of the head, neck spine, chest and body. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies to bring about proper diagnosis and treatment. This modality consumes 50% of the incumbents' time. Performs general diagnostic radiography of the entire body that includes radiographic examinations at the bedside (portable) along with portable fluoroscopy procedures. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies so that proper diagnosis and treatment may be effectuated. Employees at this grade level are to be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of routine, fluoroscopic and Radiologic technology of a diagnostic nature. Performs a variety of routine and very difficult radiographic examinations and makes exposures necessary for the requested procedure. This modality consumes 50% of the incumbents' time. Duties at this level include, but are not limited to: Confers with radiologist to determine requirement of non-standard exams. Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans to product and satisfy requirements of CT scanning. Schedules patients for examinations. Advises radiologist or referring physicians of examination results. Notifies radiologists or physicians of scans requiring their immediate attention. Performs peripheral and visceral angiography of the abdominal system and extremities. These angiographic studies include renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral. The exams involve the use of highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized tomography, pressure injectors, image reconstruction on various body planes as requested by specialty clinics. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies of the vascular systems. Works with the radiologist as a member of the radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam. Must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition. The alertness of the individual is essential to prevent contamination, recognize patient reactions, anticipate technique factor difficulties. Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT/angiography and other exams. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it. In addition, must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient, is certified to insert IV intravascular catheters via needles for administration of contrast material when necessary. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead lined walls and collimation. Film badges are worn by the technicians in compliance with radiation regulations. Performs reconstructions of advanced, complex CT applications (3D vessel analysis) and angiographic studies on the CT workstation when requested or when part of a standard procedure. Work Schedule: Intermittent work schedule (various as to the needs of the service) or may include irregular tours based on patient needs, meaning it requires incumbent to come in to perform work on an as needed/unscheduled basis to fill in when other technologist call in sick or need take leave. This position is not full-time or part-time and there is no guarantee of how may hours incumbent may work . Functional Statement/FS #: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography)(CT), GS-0647-9 (91209-A). Service Line: Imaging Service Telework: Not available Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized PCS/Relocation Allowances: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test. VA employees in drug testing designated positions are also subject to post appointment random drug testing. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.