Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist-Computed Tomography (CT)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Full time Full day
Lexington, KY

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This employee is a fully functional DRT and performs computerized tomography (CT) axial and/or 3-D reconstruction scans utilizing both single and multi slice scanners Assures supplies, contrast media and other materials are set up and readily available prior to the scan. Prior to scanning incumbent selects and sets protocols for each individualized patient examination. Monitors, observes and assists patients.

The incumbent independently performs routine to moderately complex radiographic and computed tomography (CT) examinations that may require utilization of contrast materials and sterile techniques. CT procedural examinations include routine and advanced neurological and angiographic studies of the head, neck, spine, chest, abdominal systems and extremities. General radiographic examinations include routine x-rays of the skull, chest, pelvis, spine, abdomen, extremities and fluoroscopic procedures. The incumbent evaluates critical and emergency procedures and prioritizes them to accommodate the situation. The examinations are achieved by using x-ray equipment such as digital radiography (DR), computed radiography (CR), computed tomography (CT), general radiography (conventional/analog), fluoroscopy, portable radiographic and other devices for the purpose of producing high quality diagnostic images to provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment of identified abnormalities. The amount of time spent in each modality will be contingent upon the needs of the department. The incumbent will work a minimum of 30% in Computed Tomography and as much as 100%. The incumbent will work between 1-70% in General Radiography.

Work Schedule: Generally Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. May be required to work some evenings, weekends and/or holidays to provide coverage as needed for patient care.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

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Conditions of Employment

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

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be 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

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

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g..

  • 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 assignments that include computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), [or Mammography (M) duties performed independently, as applicable]. 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.

  • 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's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from [other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE).]

  • English Language Proficiency: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d) and in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II,Chapter 2, Section D, Paragraph 5a.

All employees must:

Show a commitment to VHA: Applicants should demonstrate interest in a rewarding career working for VHA.

Provide Excellent Customer Service: Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information per established policies and procedures- handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Must be able to accept criticism and maintain a calm demeanor in stressful situations.


Grade Determinations: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-9 LEVEL: Completion of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-8), that is directly related to the position to be filled and that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics needed to provide services as a diagnostic radiologic technologist.

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 interest to the physician. [DRT assignments that include performance of independent duties in this subspecialty require advanced ARRT certification.]

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 (*):

KSA 1 - *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures.

KSA 2 - Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers.

KSA 3 - *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.

KSA 4 - Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.

KSA 5 - Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions.

KSA 6 - Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

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 one year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic certification requirements.. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

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 one week of full- time credit for each two weeks of half-time work.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-25 DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualificationsxqttzadavcxcbszsqyautyfrbst.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.

Physical Requirements: All candidates must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Candidates must meet the physical requirements outlined in Section II and Section VI of the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Scale Positions and must possess emotional and mental stability.


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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