This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) independently perform diagnostic radiography and CT procedures in order to achieve proper diagnosis and treatment. The selectee will be responsible for scheduling patients for examinations, evaluating the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranging patient schedules to accommodate these procedures. This is a dual-modality position that is subject to on-call, rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays in order to meet clinic needs. 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 interrelationship 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 interest to the physician. [DRT assignments that include performance of independent duties in this subspecialty require advanced ARRT certification.] Major duties and responsibilities of the DRT include, but not limited to the following: Perform diagnostic radiography examinations of head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine, and extremities. These exams are performed with and/or without the use of IV or oral contrast materials. Perform technical work in support of diagnostic radiography under the direction of a physician, including complex radiographic examinations such as UGI, BE, and Arthrograms. The examinations involve several different processes and methods and require performance of a variety of duties. Operate radiology equipment to determine technical factors (i.e. calculates the correct exposure factors of time, distance, kilovoltage, and milliamperage), set controls and operate equipment ensuring that the portion of the body specified receives the correct calculated exposure. Set up and adjust accessary equipment required and makes exposures necessary for requested procedures. Set up the x-ray room, assure sterile supplies, local anesthetics, contrast materials, catheters, and other required equipment are present. Properly identify patient images. The technologist must ensure that the patient I.D. band and the request are identical. Confirm patient identity by two (2) identifiers (i.e., full name, full social security number and/or date of birth). Have knowledge of anatomy and physiology including location, appearance, and functioning of the major and minor systems and changes to organs caused by common diseases. Perform CT examinations of head, chest, abdomen, spine, pelvis, and extremities. These exams are performed with and/or without the use of IV or oral contrast materials. Perform CT angiography of head, neck, chest abdomen, pelvis, and extremities with IV contrast utilizing pressure injector. Prepare IV contrast materials for CT exams. The technologist must understand contraindications for IV contrast (i.e. lab values and medications). Monitor patient after IV injection and be able to respond appropriately to contrast reaction. Independently explains procedures and positions patients for difficult procedures. Administers contrast materials orally, rectally, or intravenously. Perform CT reconstructions when requested or when part of a standard protocol. The technologist must possess the ability to operate 3D workstation to obtain 3D reformats. Operates radiology equipment including pressure injectors and patient monitors. Work Schedule: Saturday Midnight - 8:00AM; Saturday 8:00PM - Sunday 8:00AM; Sunday 8:00PM - Monday 8:00AM; one additional 8 hour shift during the week. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography)/PD000000 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Toya Hayes, Toya.Hayes@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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