Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

US$61.4-79.9k (annually)

Healthcare / Hospital

Sep 12

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  • This Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI), position is assigned to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Radiology Service; MRI section. The ADRT has the overall responsibility for monitoring imaging and scheduling compliance. Position is that of a radiologic technologist operating the super conductive Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI), a highly complex computerized imaging device which employs the use of strong magnetic fields and radio waves to acquire images.
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  • Accurately operates a wide variety of imaging equipment to obtain examinations of acceptable quality utilizing the standardized amount of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) to obtain quality imaging for diagnosis and localization purposes.
  • This includes but is not limited to: GE 1.5T, GE 3T, Siemens 3T, Philips 1.0T, and GE Extremity magnet and all other duties assigned.
  • Knowledge of cross sectional anatomy and physiology including location, appearance, and functioning of the major and minor systems susceptible to radiographic illumination, and knowledge of changes to systems and organs caused by common medical and surgical diseases.
  • Performs all aspects of MRI imaging of the spine, head, neck, chest, studies including but not limited to Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis, and Extremities, utilizing specialized sequences to visualize the anatomy and pathology necessary for diagnosis.
  • Technologist is required to perform the following special studies such as MR Cardiac, and MR Functional Neuro, MR Prostates, MR Elastography, MR Enterography, and MR Arthrogram studies utilizing specialized sequences to visualize the anatomy and pathology necessary for diagnosis.
  • Performs MRI imaging of the peripheral and visceral vessels through MR Angiography of the abdominal systems and extremities. These MR angiographic studies include renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral, etc. The exams involve the use of highly sophisticated equipment, such as pressure injectors and 3D Reconstruction Software.
  • Technologist is required to maintain competence in Venipuncture and refer to the Radiology Service procedure manual for guidelines in DTCL Administration of Contrast Media, Guidelines for Power Injection of Contrast Media, Use of Gadolinium within the MRI Section and policy for use of Contrast Media (114-021).
  • Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist that are used in MRI, to include MR Angiography and other exams.
  • Technologist must be familiar with policies and procedures for practicing radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. This is achieved by optimizing technical factors and ensuring all policies and procedure are adhered to.
  • Technologist is competent and educated in all aspects of MRI Safety, including any policy regarding MRI Safety. Maintains knowledge of all safety policies, practices and all records in regard to MRI Safety including, but not limited to DTCL 114-013.
  • Technologist receives and interprets all radiology requests for accuracy, appropriateness; date desired and maintains a thorough knowledge of the ordering process in CPRS. Thoroughly reviews the MRI orders screening information for accuracy, noting and researching all questionable information prior to contacting the patient or performing the exam. Inputs pertinent information into the designated computer systems and has knowledge to register, complete, cancel and edit exams.
  • Performs and completes imaging studies within the established guidelines for stat, pre-op, urgent and routine exams.
  • Responsible for operating and maximizing utilization of all equipment.
  • Independently identifies, performs and completes active radiologic exams. Coordinates examinations that require radiologist direction around physician availability, maximizing exam room effectiveness.
  • Independently identifies, performs and completes inpatient radiology exams whenever possible, to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment for hospitalized patients.
  • Technologist works with staff and MRI schedule to assure timely accomplishment of assigned workload, making day-to-day adjustments in accordance with established priorities and additional assignments. Optimizes scan times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases.
  • Applies Infection Control practices and procedures for patients and staff, as mandated by Medical Center and Radiology service Infection Control policies.
  • Applies safety procedures for self, patients and others as mandated by Imaging Service Safety policies for all imaging modalities.
  • Properly operates all electrical and mechanical equipment, is cognizant of basic safety practices related to the use of the assigned equipment.
  • Adheres to hospital infection control and safety policies/techniques with emphasis on sterile technique; the storage of sterile supplies; the disposal of body fluids and 'sharps'; proper attire; hand washing practices; and continuing education.
  • Maintains adequate supplies and pharmaceuticals used in the department. Responsible for stocking and inventory of all supplies, notifying the lead technologist when supplies are not available and monitoring expiration dates to ensure all items are within compliance.
  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM; 7:30-4:00 PM; or 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Weekend hours as patient care needs dictate.
  • Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

  • Not required
Supervisory status
  • No
Promotion Potential
  • None

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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.Designated and/or random drug testing requiredSelective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959Must be proficient in written and spoken EnglishYou may be required to serve a probationary periodSubject to a background/security investigationSelected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding processMust pass pre-employment physical examination


  • 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.
  • English language Proficiency: DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and7407(d).
  • Certification: All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for assignments that include computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or Mammography (M) duties performed independently, as applicable.Advanced certification indicates that the incumbent can operate independently and has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. In modalities that require advanced certification, to support their continued development, technologists who do not possess an advanced certification may be provided on the job training with oversight from a certified radiologic technologist.
  • Education: Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from [other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education.
  • 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).

  • Grade Determinations, GS9:
  • Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
  • (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level).
  1. *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures. ii.
  2. Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers. iii.
  3. *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.
  4. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.
  5. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions.
  6. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.
  • References: VA Handbook 5005/119, Part II, Appendix G25.

  • This vacancy is announced at the GS-9 level, above the full performance level.

  • Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work include some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles. Patients sometimes are assisted to achieve proper positioning which may require reaching or work in strained positions. 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 and work while wearing a lead apron for possibly long periods of time.


  • 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.

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