Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST (Computed Tomography/MRI) in Austin, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Austin, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1805644

*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?

As a professional at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

The VA needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

The Department of Veterans Affairs - Central Texas Health Care System is located in Temple, Texas, which is centrally located between Austin and Dallas. It is one of the VA’s largest integrated health care systems with facilities in Austin, Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, Bryan-College Station and Waco. Texas has no State Income Tax.

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VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

* Current Facility, VA and/or Federal permanent employees should apply under announcement #AG-38-16-667-ROu-1805449-BU. *


Computerized Tomography (CT) 50% of time- Incumbent provides sophisticated diagnostic radiology technologist services in the subspecialty area of Computerized Tomography (CT) utilizing helical/spiral or multi-detector CT technology. Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Receives routine, urgent, or emergency patients and explains the CT procedure to the patient, positions the patient on CT table, and acquires the appropriate radiologist approved CT examination;

  • Prepares and administers rectal or oral contrast media to patients prior to performing their scan according to either modified or approved standard protocols under a radiologist's directive;

  • Prepares and administers intravenous iodinated contrast media to patients during their scan according to modified or approved standard protocols under a radiologist's directive;

  • Demonstrates familiarity with radiation protection standards, devices and techniques including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes;

  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of a contrast reaction and knows what steps to take in the event of a contrast reaction;

  • Places ("cases") the examination into an "examined" status in the hospital information system (VistA) after each exam;

  • Responsible for correctly initiating transfer of obtained CT images to the organization's Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS);

  • Enters a detailed Imaging Procedure Note in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) after each exam;

  • Obtains emergent (STAT) serum creatinine and eGFR measurements on patients when necessary using an iSTAT or similar device;

  • Knowledgeable of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed;

  • Notifies a radiologist of any recognized significant abnormality that may require immediate attention while patient is undergoing the examination;

  • Knowledgeable of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determined proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest;

  • May be required to perform specialized image post processing such as 3D reconstructions or vessel analysis;

  • Knowledgeable of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills and universal protocols;

  • Performs specialized CT exams such as CT guided biopsies, drainage, or CT angiography exams.

MRI 50% of duties

  • Perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations, including magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and, if necessary, magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

  • Expert in the software and hardware capabilities of MRI equipment.

  • Maintain a log book of established examination protocols.

  • Receives scheduled and unscheduled patients and identify patients according to established organizational policy.

  • Thoroughly explain the examination procedure to all patients.

  • Completes a MRI contrast worksheet for all patients.

Functional Statement Title/#:*DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST (Computed Tomography/MRI)/000000*

Work Schedule: *Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

* If patient needs arise, the incumbent of the above position may be reassigned within Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. *

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

A. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

B. Certification: All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.

C. 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 (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.

Credentialing Standards. Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.

D. English Language Proficiency: DRTs 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.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations:

a. Creditable Experience (1) Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice. To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as clinical competencies) associated with current radiologic technology practice. This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT. (2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic certification requirements identified in paragraph 2b above. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination. (3) Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. b. Specialized Assignments. Specialized areas of radiologic technology include general diagnostic Radiologic Technology (R), Computed Tomography (CT), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

(1) General Radiologic Technology (R). DRTs 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 DRTs must be knowledgeable in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). (2) Computed Tomography (CT). This specialty modality requires specific knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or, multi-slice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations. The technologist requires specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems susceptible to radiological illumination; to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and inter-relationship of the various organs; to use the methods and techniques which will identify organs appearing on the digital display monitor, or on film, and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the image and/or scan for diagnostic use and to emphasize the aspects of particular interest to the physician. This subspecialty requires advanced ARRT certification.

(3) 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 practitioner 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). This subspecialty requires advanced ARRT certification.


(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

(b) Assignments.

For all assignments above the full performance level, the 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. DRTs at this grade level may be appointed to the following assignment.

DRT. Employees are trained to work in one or more difficult and complex modalities performing procedures related to these modalities as well as providing general diagnostic procedures in a therapeutic setting. At this grade level, it is expected that such assignments be unique, perhaps with expert specialization in complex areas of radiologic technology.* The candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk ():**

*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; and

d. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of difficult radiographic (CT, MRI, Special Procedures, Mammography, etc.) studies.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25 dated June 26, 2014.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements:

The work requires long periods of standing and walking. There is some bending and carrying moderately heavy articles such as cassettes or accessory equipment. Heavy lifting of totally incapacitated patients is done only with the help of other employees.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $54,001.00 to $70,202.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-10/10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450982500

Job Announcement Number: AG-38-16-668-ROu-1805644-BU