Medical Instrument Technician (Ultrasound and Vascular)

Veterans Health Administration | North Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 11/24/2021
Description 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 Medical Instrument Technologist (Ultrasound and Vascular) coordinates a variety of technical procedures that require independent judgment, ingenuity and initiative in the application of non-ionizing high frequency ultrasonic waves to humans for diagnosis of disease in the clinic or on the wards.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Performs general ultrasonography studies, records and processes images and prepares the processed media for interpretation by the Staff Radiologist.
  • Assures images are properly identified with patient demographics and verifies archiving on PACS.
  • Responsible for performing renal doppler, hepatic doppler, mesenteric, TIPS duplex evaluation, Renal Transplant duplex, AV fistula surveys/grafts and other vascular studies as deemed necessary by the Ultrasound Supervisor and Chief radiologist.
  • Works with the Supervisory Medical Instrument Technologist (Ultrasound Multiple Function) to develop and expand the vascular studies offered within the radiology department.
  • Assists the Supervisory Medical Instrument Technologist (Ultrasound Multiple Function) in collecting vascular correlative data from angiography and vascular surgery.
  • Performs percutaneous punctures as directed by the Radiologist.
  • Performs studies localizing fluid filled areas under ultrasound and employs sterile technique as indicated for punctures and biopsies.
  • Assists with schedules as required and prepares patients for exams and explains procedures to patients while performing the studies.
  • Obtains pertinent diagnostic examinations for the physician, which may be necessary for correlation between the ultrasound scan and the clinical history.
  • Differentiates artifacts from normal or pathological processes and recognizes electronic equipment limitations.
  • Consults with the Staff Radiologist to determine the proper diagnosis.
  • Maintains and stocks all supplies used in the ultrasound work area.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (Ultrasound and Vascular)/PDF50000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
EDRP Authorized: Contact Denise Harrison, denise.harrison4@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.
  • 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, this part
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). All persons employed in VHA in this occupation 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 licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: Such employees in an occupation that does not require a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted, or demoted within the occupation. Employees 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 the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

Grade Determinations:
GS-10. In addition to the core competencies defined at the GS-9 level, positions at this grade may be supervisory or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge and assignments.
(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs 1, 2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level.
  • 1. Advanced knowledge of complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques.
  • *2. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program.
  • *3. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations.
The above KSAs must be addressed in your resume to be found eligible for this grade level.

Preferred Experience: Proficiency with a broad array of general and vascular ultrasound exams, including Abdomen, gynecology, small parts, renal duplex, TIPS evaluation, and temporal arterial ultrasounds. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G27

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to stand or walk for extended periods of time. There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as equipment or records. The technologist must be able to help lift and move patients to difficult positions on the Ultrasound exam table. The incumbent will be using multiple computer systems, using both mouse and keyboard Input, stressing the hand wrist. The incumbent will be using multiple varieties of ultrasound probes, stressing the hand, wrist, and arm.
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