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Job Title: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Mammography)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
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Job Description
Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Mammography)

The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) independently performs routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures. The incumbent's specialty, mammography, involves specific knowledge and abilities to perform complex imaging of the breast. The incumbent is required to be completely familiar with, and adhere to, all U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines regulating the practice of mammography, radiation safety, and quality assurance requirements. Mammographers are subject to the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA) and regulated by the FDA. The DRT (Mammography) is assigned to the Imaging Service of the Easter Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) and is stationed at the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Clinic, Colorado Springs, CO. Major duties and responsibilities of the DRT are, but not limited to the following:

  • Perform screening and diagnostic mammogram studies and assist the radiologist in the performance of special examinations and procedures such as stereotactic core biopsy, wire guided localization, and galactography.
  • Maintain effective control of the mammography area by coordinating, organizing, and executing the work, as well as keeping the rooms stocked and the area clean and neat in appearance.
  • Schedule patient for exams and maintain daily tracking of patients and procedures to be incorporated into statistical management workload profiles.
  • Responsible for creating, implementing, collecting, critiquing and preparing mammography documents and reports as required to maintain compliance with the American College of Radiology (ACR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) and VA prescribed standards.
  • Develop and present management briefing reports specific to the operation of the mammography section such as Quality Control (QC), repeat/reject image analysis, callback rates, Bi-Rads category tracking/reporting, etc.
  • Troubleshoot equipment used in mammography by monitoring the daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and semi-annual QC procedures and make suggestions about repairs and/or adjustments.
  • Manage all aspects of the mammography image loan program. Coordinate incoming and outgoing image movements. Dispatch breast imaging studies and reports to outside medical providers.
  • Process breast imaging studies/reports received from outside sources into the HIS/RIS/PACS systems. Monitor hard copy studies on loan to ensure they are returned in a timely manner.
  • Maintain all records of Radiologist and Technologist credentials to ensure that each staff is qualified and maintains the minimum requirements as set by the FDA/MQSA.
  • Perform routine x-ray imaging studies.
Functional Statement Title/#: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Mammography) GS-0647-09

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. May include alternate and/or weekend shifts.

Relocation: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic Requirements:
  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, Part II, VA Handbook 5005.)
  • English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
  • Physical Requirements. Applicants must undergo a pre-employment medical examination and be medically suitable to perform the essential duties of the position efficiently and without hazard to themselves and others.
  • Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.
  • Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.
  • FDA/MQSA requirements. Must be current with all MQSA requirements to independently perform mammograms.
  • Have prior to April 28, 1999, qualified as a radiologic technologist under the interim regulations; OR completed 40 contact hours of specific training in mammography in the topics specified in the regulations, including performance of a minimum of 25 examinations under direct supervision.
  • Current with breast continuing education (15 CEU's/36 months).
  • Current with continuing experience (200 examinations/24 months).
Grade Determinations:

For GS-9 Grade Level
At least 1 year of the following types of experience comparable to the next lower grade level GS-8 that fully meets the following KSAs:(a) Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines; (b) Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed; (c) Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results; (d) Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed; (e) Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers; and (f) Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Advanced DRT. Employees at this level are fully functional as an advanced DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures. Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. The candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
  • Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;
  • Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers;
  • Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;
  • Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography;
  • Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions; and
  • Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic TechnologistPhysical Requirements: Bending, pushing, pulling, reaching and occasional kneeling crawling and squatting; lifting, carrying, bending, and manipulation of equipment; patient assistance and positioning; walking and prolonged standing; the ability to read written orders, computer screens, patient records, and equipment controls; and the ability to communicate with patients, physicians, and coworkers. Near visual acuity to assess patient's physical condition when performing exams, and evaluating images for diagnostic quality. Must be able to speak and hear to communicate with patients. Ability to make critical decisions, interact with patients of different ages and health conditions, maintain patient confidentiality, work under stressful conditions, such as operating or emergency rooms.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Resume
  • Transcript


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • VA Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:
  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, Part II, VA Handbook 5005.)
  • English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
  • Physical Requirements. Applicants must undergo a pre-employment medical examination and be medically suitable to perform the essential duties of the position efficiently and without hazard to themselves and others.
  • Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.
  • Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.
  • FDA/MQSA requirements. Must be current with all MQSA requirements to independently perform mammograms.
  • Have prior to April 28, 1999, qualified as a radiologic technologist under the interim regulations; OR completed 40 contact hours of specific training in mammography in the topics specified in the regulations, including performance of a minimum of 25 examinations under direct supervision.
  • Current with breast continuing education (15 CEU's/36 months).
  • Current with continuing experience (200 examinations/24 months).
Grade Determinations:

For GS-9 Grade Level
At least 1 year of the following types of experience comparable to the next lower grade level GS-8 that fully meets the following KSAs:(a) Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines; (b) Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed; (c) Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results; (d) Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed; (e) Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers; and (f) Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Advanced DRT. Employees at this level are fully functional as an advanced DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures. Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. The candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
  • Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;
  • Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers;
  • Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;
  • Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography;
  • Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions; and
  • Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
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