Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI)
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Bay Pines
Posted on: May 3, 2021
This Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT), Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MR), position is assigned to the Bay Pines VA
Healthcare System, Imaging Service; Magnetic Resonance section
within the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.
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The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT), Magnetic Resonance
Imaging Technologist, employee at this level is fully functional as
an Advanced DRT and is able to carry out the assigned tasks
independently. The team member will have a varying assignment
including special and complex Magnetic Resonance Imaging
examinations and procedures within the Magnetic Resonance section,
with and without the use of contrast materials, 100% of the time.
The objective of these exams and procedures is to produce Magnetic
Resonance Imaging and radiographic studies which are used in
medical diagnosis and interpreted by Radiologists to locate
injuries, foreign bodies, pathogical conditions or lesions within
the body so that proper diagnosis and treatment may be obtained.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Accurately operates a wide variety of imaging equipment to
obtain examinations of acceptable quality utilizing the
standardized amount of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) to obtain
quality imaging for diagnosis and localization purposes.
- Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the
radiologist that are used in MRI, to include MR Angiography and
- Performs and completes imaging studies within the established
guidelines for stat, pre-op, urgent and routine exams.
- Receives and interprets all radiology requests for accuracy,
appropriateness; date desired and maintains a thorough knowledge of
the ordering process in CPRS.
- Performs and completes imaging studies within the established
guidelines for stat, urgent and routine exams.
- Maintains electronic records and files of exams performed on
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 2:30pm - 11:00pm, rotating
on-call and including holidays
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
First consideration will be given to current permanent employees
of Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.
0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- 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
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all 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: All applicants must be certified in general
radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic
Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is
required for assignments that include magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the incumbent [can
operate independently] and has demonstrated specific clinical
competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the
designated examination. [In modalities that require advanced
certification, to support their continued development,
technologists who do not possess an advanced certification may be
provided on the job training with oversight from a certified
- Education: Completion of a full-time training course of at
least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high
school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a
certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review
Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from
[other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of
- Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA as a DRT
on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered
to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series
and grade held, including positive education and certification that
are part of the basic requirements of the DRT occupation. For
employees who do not meet all of the basic requirements in this
standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position
at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions
- DRTs that require a certification, may be reassigned, promoted
up to and including the full performance (journeyman) level, or
changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be
promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or
- DRTs that require a certification only at higher grade levels
must meet the certification requirement before they can be promoted
to those higher grade levels.
- DRTs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the
effective date of the qualification standard may not have their
temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or
permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of
- DRTs initially grandfathered into this occupation, who
subsequently obtain additional education and/or certification that
meet all of the basic requirements of this qualification standard
must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment
in the occupation.
- Employees who are retained as a DRT under this provision and
subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must
meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at
the time of reentry as a DRT.
NOTE: Each uncertified VHA DRT who was permanently employed on
June 21, 1986, and whose competence in the safe administration of
ionizing radiation was affirmed, in writing, by a VA licensed
physician not later than January 1, 1987, is considered fully
qualified. These employees may be promoted, changed to lower grade,
or reassigned within the GS-0647 occupational series. Any employee
initially retained in this manner who leaves this job series loses
protected status and must meet the full requirements in effect at
the time of reentry.
- Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
- English Language Proficiency: DRTs must be proficient in spoken
and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering
Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this
occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in
this occupation and meet the criteria).
Must have advanced ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR)
Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (GS-09)
- Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the
next lower grade level, directly related to the position being
filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at
- 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 one of the following assignments:
- [Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist]. Employees at this level
are fully functional as an advanced DRT and carry out their
assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying
assignments including special and complex imaging procedures beyond
the full performance level, clinical instruction, and basic QM type
duties within the program. Regardless of the nature of the specific
assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to
meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level.
The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs
and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific
KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
- i. *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while
still performing complex scans and procedures.
- ii. Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information
from the medical record, significant others, and health care
- iii. *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the
- iv. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support
practices related to radiography.
- v. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques,
intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions.
- vi. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and
post-procedural care of patients.
References: VA Handbook 5005/119, Part ll, Appendix G25, date
December 13, 2019. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists.
Qualification Standard GS-0647. http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf
this can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work include:
Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds;
pushing up to 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers,
good dexterity (both hands required); prolonged walking, prolonged
standing; repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular
coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to
20/20; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid
permitted); speed in working; and emotional stability. Must have
the ability to stand and work while wearing a lead apron for
possibly long periods of time.
Work is performed in a health care setting. Work may involve
exposure to infection and possible contagious diseases. Standard
precautions and isolation techniques will be employed as indicated.
There is occasion where response to physical and/or verbal abuse by
patients requires knowledge gained from ongoing violence in the
workplace training. Working conditions include: outside and inside
work, exposure to radiant energy, constant noise
(machinery/equipment), working around hazardous machinery with
moving parts, working closely with others.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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