Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 13, 2021
The Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)
operates and performs a variety of complex, specialized,
noninvasive diagnostic vascular ultrasound examinations at the
Fargo VA Health Care System in the Medical Imaging Department.
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The incumbent operates and performs complex, specialized general
diagnostic ultrasound exams utilizing the application of
non-ionization high frequency waves and for diagnosis of diseases,
other pathology, including MSK pathology. Duties include, but
aren't limited to:
- Gathers relevant medical information: patient history, previous
x-rays, or previous exams related to diagnosis and recommendation
of treatment for medical disorders.
- Advises radiologist or referring physician of significant
abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and
visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Provides
coverage for surgeon in the operating room if necessary.
- Performs complex, specialized Duplex (B-scans, Doppler and ABI)
examinations of vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm,
portal-systemic shunts, portal-systemic shunts, carotid, abdominal
and other peripheral arteries and veins. Ability to perform
diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body,
including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal,
chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum.
- Performs complex musculoskeletal ultrasound of the wrist,
elbow, shoulder, knee and hips, ankle for pathology and
physiological effects of disease that impact the patient's
- Makes multiple gain, frequency settings and adjustments in
operation of equipment to ensure accurate results. Determines
necessary vascular ultrasound procedures to yield definitive
diagnostic findings based on clinical signs and symptoms.
- Completes all required education and maintains competencies
related to scheduling of patient appointments.
- Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures and
rearranges priorities to accommodate same day services.
- Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to
supervisor those that would improve the operation of the
- Develops and maintains patient preparation procedures so that
patients and wards understand the proper preparations for general
and vascular ultrasound examinations to prevent delays of
examinations. These preparations are disseminated either by written
preparation information or by telephone conversation.
Work Schedule: Intermittent shifts will typically cover a 7:00
AM - 4:30 PM work schedule, Monday - Friday, but may cover other
shifts as organizationally needed
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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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
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- Education. There are no specific educational requirements for
this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only
at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part for
information regarding educational substitutions.
- Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not
required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at
GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge,
skills, and abilities.
- English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians
must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with
chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a,
Preferred Experience: Advanced Certification from ARMDS or
Grade Requirement for GS-8:
Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next
lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills,
abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the
positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided the
overall knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct diagnostic
ultrasound examinations in complex and unusual cases. In addition,
the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple
areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen,
pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and
Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal
artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.
Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures
determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the
lesion to be sampled.
- Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid
Certification. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced
Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.
Assignment. This grade level represents the full performance
level for medical instrument technician (diagnostic ultrasound). At
this level the technician is required to perform a full range of
procedures including special complicated examinations for which
there are no standard instructions or procedures. They perform
independent portable ultrasound examinations in the intensive care
units, emergency room, surgery, and throughout the Medical Center
when required. They also work independently on evenings, nights,
and weekend tours of duty as scheduled and/or when on call.
References: VA Handbook 5005 /15, Part II, Appendix G27 and VA
Handbook 5005 /54, Part II, Appendix G27
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work include:
Heavy lifting, 45 pounds 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, sit and work with continuous use of hands and
arms for scanning purposes. Patient transfer using approved
hospital devices and methods. Standing, walking, pushing hospital
gurneys and wheelchairs. Bending, moving and positioning ultrasound
Work Environment: 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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