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 Ultrasound Technologist performs technical work in support of diagnostic radiology under the direction of a physician and/or supervisory technologist. The sonographer is regarded as an expert source for all ultrasound imaging and the interpreting radiologist relies heavily on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sonographers providing final interpretation. The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - Ultrasound duties include, but are not limited to: Perform picture archival duties, captures, configures, verifies images before transfer to PACS system. Perform Quality Assurance of ultrasound scanning equipment, TV, and video monitor, videotape machines, and cameras. Perform preventative maintenance as required. Performs in a hospital setting all ultrasound examinations ranging from the routine to the highly specialized. Sets up and adjusts all equipment and manually maneuvers the transducer to perform the exam. Perform examinations to include; abdomen for tumors, cysts, abscesses, hematomas, inflammatory lesions, such as pancreatitis, and sizes of organs and their location, evaluations of abdominal aorta for aneurysm and/or dissection. Obtain pertinent diagnostic examination through knowledge of both normal and abnormal human anatomy. Perform the ultrasound scanning portion of percutaneous punctures and biopsies, as well as localizing fluid levels. Knows and understands the principles of ultrasound and the highly specialized equipment well enough to essentially approve the acceptability or rejectability of each scan. This includes: preparation and supplies, scanning motions, TCG (Time Compensated Gain), zoom or expansion, hard copy, picture-oriented examination, organ-oriented examination and initial interpretation the examination. Identify normal and pathologic appearances. Pathologic appearance includes: intraluminal echoes that shadow, polyp, carcinoma, thick wall, size, obstructing lesions, common duct stone, tumor, benign strictures, texture, solid mass, cystic mass, to name just a few. Forward initial interpretation to Radiology before final interpretation is made. Control technical factors on ultrasound unit, which will affect time, gain, amplitude, velocity, frequency, attenuation, absorption, reflection, scattering, refraction, and diffraction. Advise radiologist or referring physician of results of exams. Receive and identify patients, explains methods of procedures, assists movement of patients to and from wheelchairs, carts and tables, positions the patient and performs examinations requested. Coordinate and perform all examination scheduling. Evaluate the nature of critical and emergency procedures. Maintain records of patients treated, exams performed, scans taken, and technical data used. Provide performance-related information to Supervisory Radiologic Technologist relating to work and workload data of the Ultrasound section. Perform other related duties as deemed necessary, such as, but not limited to, answering telephones, scheduling patients, inventories, film filing, film retrieval, room utilization, processor and equipment maintenance records, reject analysis, and productivity studies. Review textbooks, medical and technical journals, and attends continuing education seminars to improve and develop new methodologies and technologies. May be required to participate in clinical training of new students and radiological technologists. Prepare room, equipment and material needed for patient procedures. Follow prescribed protocols required to perform procedures. Maintains data logs of material used by entering information into GIP computer. Observe patients during procedures and reports complications or unusual events. Transfers images to PACS for interpretation. Perform computer work and required forms associated with patient exams, credit of patient visits, complications and/or quality improvement activities of the Radiology Department. Maximize patient throughput by contacts with escort, ward secretaries, nursing personnel, etc. Provide orientation and training employees within his/her section. Provide guidance to employees in the ultrasound section. Coordinate quality improvement activities within the ultrasound section. Recommends areas for review or improvement. Practice hospital safety, radiation safety, infection control and universal precautions at all times within age and/or gender specific departmental guidelines. All other duties as assigned, pertaining to this occupation, to meet the needs of the Agency, Department, Facility, and/or Service. Work Schedule: This is a part time position for the weekends. Hours will be flexible and based on the needs of the Service, Facility, or Department. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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