Central Texas Veterans Health Care System-Temple is currently recruiting for a Medical Instrument Technician in the Echocardiography (Echo). Primary assignment will include 5 days per week at the Temple location. The echo technician will independently perform routine transthoracic echocardiograms. Assignment to CTVHCS -Austin will be at the discretion of the Chief of Cardiology and Echo Program Manager at CTVHCS in Temple and will be based on staff availability and patient volume in Austin. The CTVHCS is recruiting for a highly qualified MIT (Echo) for Medical Service located in Temple, Texas. Major Duties as Assigned, but not limited to: GS-04 - Assignments at this level assignments are trainee in nature. The medical instrument technician trainee in Echocardiography at this level performs limited routine assignments of a development nature under close supervision of a fully-qualified cardiac sonographer. The work involves generating adequate gray scale images to define cardiac borders and learning to perform Doppler integration of cardiac valves for determination of flow velocities. GS-05 - Medical Instrument Technicians (Trainee) at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision. The technician function somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity. Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help. Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion to higher grades in a functional area. Such duties would be performed under closer supervision. GS-06 - Echocardiography technicians at this level perform routine, standardized cardiac ultrasound examinations under the supervision of a fully-qualified cardiac sonographer. The work involves generating adequate gray scale images to define cardiac borders and learning to perform Doppler integration_ of cardiac valves for determination of flow velocities. They possess knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the heart and great vessels. They also possess basic knowledge of ultrasound physics and the acoustic mechanisms by which high quality images are obtained. They set up and adjust the echo machine to meet the conditions of the patient. They can operate the echo machine for routine, standardized tests. GS-07 - Echocardiography technicians at this level perform routine cardiac ultrasound studies independently. They can perform a range of standard, but complex echocardiographic examinations. They have the ability to obtain 2-D echo images in all views with color flow and some doppler. Through these images, they can determine the severity and variety of cardiac problems, such as valvular dysfunction, wall motion abnormalities, pericardia effusions, and endocardial lesions. They can set up and adjust the echo equipment to meet the condition of the patient. They are responsible for calibrating all instruments prior lo the procedure. In addition, they can assist in setting up the echo machine for transesophageal echocardiograms. GS-08 - This position represents the full performance level. Echocardiography technicians at this level identify and record anomalies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler. They incorporate the causes and results of a variety of symptoms and conditions into a plan of ultrasonic diagnostic examination. They change and develop sounding techniques to accommodate such variables as limited patient mobility, variation in physical condition or dimension of the patient, presence of prosthesis or foreign objects, and ultrasonic response of different body parts. They produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound. They perform measurements of cardiac structures and doppler flow velocities using the software on the ultrasound machine or image analysis workstation. They calculate aortic valve area, mitral valve area, cardiac output, diastolic filling parameters, right ventricular systolic pressure, ejection fraction, and other such variables as required by interpreting physician for report generation. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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