Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Internal Number: 621090100
The Fayetteville NC Coastal VA Heath Care System has an immediate opening for one (1) Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) to work within the Imaging Service. The Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) performs a wide variety of complex ultrasound (US) imaging examinations for Fayetteville and Wilmington VAMC patients to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury. Operates diagnostic ultrasonic scanning equipment to produce cross sectional and two dimensional pictures of internal organs and body structures to include abdomen, breast, small parts, retroperitoneal, transvaginal, carotid and venous vascular exams. These images will be used to diagnose disease and other medical conditions. Both B-mode and real time scans will be obtained to evaluate size, contour, and tissue composition on the basis of sound transmission characteristics. Functions: Receives and reviews requests from physicians and other health care providers for US examinations of patients. Determines the condition(s) at issue and the best way to meet the needs of the individual case. Receives and positions patient for examination. Explains procedures and actions to allay fears and secure maximum cooperation. Sets up, adjusts and operates sonography equipment. Selects the appropriate protocol(s), and conducts examination, adjusting technique and equipment to best present the medically significant aspects found. Incumbent will perform US exams to include, but not limited to: AAA screen, abdomen, aorta, bladder, breast, carotid, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), gallbladder, kidney, liver, pelvis, scrotum, spleen, thyroid, venous Doppler, renal and liver biopsy exams. If unanticipated conditions or anomalies are discovered, extends and modifies procedure to ensure full and accurate information as to findings and patient condition. Monitors patient condition during examination and, if necessary, renders emergency aid and summons assistance. Assists radiologist or physician in evaluating results. Trains other personnel in US principles, procedures, capabilities, techniques, and equipment. Explains concepts and principles of the methodology and its use and limitations as a diagnostic tool. Develops ultrasound imaging training plans for incorporation in other programs of instruction. Conducts hands-on training and technical oversight of other technologists. Develops or adapts and documents new or changed procedures to accommodate equipment changes or new techniques in ultrasound imaging. Possesses the willingness and ability to train in the performance of different radiographic modalities and various other departmental procedures. Performs operator level maintenance and care of equipment. Assists in calibration and troubleshooting of malfunctions of all equipment associated with the US unit. Identifies need for and initiates action to obtain higher-level support. Prepares and replaces imaging material (film packs).Establishes and monitors quality control program. Establishes and maintains a variety of files and records relating to ultrasound activities and functions. Prepares reports of examinations, equipment status and utilization, workload, supply status and consumption, and related matters. Assures migration of images from the US unit to the Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) is correct and complete. ALL OTHER DUTIES ASSIGNED. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; Hours 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m. 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.