All individuals assigned to the Medical Instrument Technician occupation MUST have an approved parenthetical title. This Announcement is for the specialty title/area of Cardiovascular. Echocardiography Technicians operate diagnostic equipment to graphically record the position and motion of the heart walls or the internal structure of the heart and neighboring tissue by the echo obtained from beams of ultrasonic waves directed through the chest wall. Registration is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS). The incumbent works in the cardiology section of the VAMC. The sonographer has the intimate knowledge of cardio-thoracic anatomy and physiology as related to cardiovascular function. GS-8 represents the full performance level. Echocardiogram technicians at this level identify and record anomalies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant conditions from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recording of the doppler. They incorporate the causes and results of a variety of symptoms and conditions into a plan to 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 a prothesis or foreign objects, ad ultrasonic response of different body parts. They produce diagnostic quality images and doppler frequency recordings using M-mode, two dimensional, three dimensional, four dimensional and doppler ultrasound. The incumbent performs administrative functions, and teaching functions for the echocardiography laboratory. Work Schedule: Fulltime. Normal working hours are M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Virtual: No Telework: No Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: No
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