This Medical Instrument Technician (US, Vascular US) functions as a Sr. Technician in the Salt Lake City VA Radiology Department, and works under the general direction of the Diagnostic US Radiologist and the Supervisory Technologist. The practitioner must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment. **If you are current VA and/or Federal employee please apply to announcement CBSU-11167561-21-GO** The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and patient care areas involved with the service. Duties of the position include and are not limited to: The ultrasound technologist sets up and adjusts all equipment and manually maneuvers the transducer to perform the exam while being cognizant of sound ergonomic practices. Maintains effective control of the ultrasound area by coordinating, planning, organizing and executing the daily workload potential to expedite workflow patterns within various facets of imaging service and various services in the hospital. Performs a variety of diagnostic ultrasound exams/procedures both in the department and in a portable setting. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patient schedules to accommodate such studies. Advises radiologists or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would requires the immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Protocols examinations for appropriateness, troubleshooting requests and closely interacting with referring physicians and radiologists. Performs ultrasound examinations of the abdomen, neck, chest and extremities, retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. On the basis of radiologic findings, determines necessary ultrasonic procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings. Follows established cleanliness and sterilization standard operating procedures (SOPs) for ultrasound transducers (probes), tables etc. May be required to perform complex diagnostic procedures for which there may be no specific guidelines. Assists the radiologist in the performance of cyst punctures, aspiration biopsies, and catheter placements for the purpose of diagnostic treatment using ultrasound techniques. Develops and maintains patient prep procedures so that patients and clinical in-patient wards and outpatient clinics understand the proper preparations of ultrasound examinations in an effort to minimize delays of examinations. Explains examinations to be performed to the patients so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients is thoroughly understood. Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies. Participates in the training of physicians, students and radiology technicians so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principals of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor and service chief those that would improve the operation of the section. Other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Full Time; Monday-Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm or 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.