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Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Fargo
Posted on: June 13, 2021

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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 well-being.
  • 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 section.
  • 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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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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 12/31/1959
  • 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 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 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 ARRT

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

  1. 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.

  2. Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.

  3. Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled.

  4. Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations.

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 equipment, probes.

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 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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Fargo , Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound), Other , Fargo, North Dakota

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