Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 10/11/2019
Description Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist is assigned to the Imaging Department in the VA Healthcare System University Drive Campus. Incumbent will be expected to deliver the prescribed therapeutic radiation for the purpose of cancer therapy treatments performed by operating a Treatment Machine.
Some of the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

Schedules treatments in a manner as to optimize treatment machine times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate simulation and treatment.

Performs quality control of the treatment machines by taking recorded readings every morning prior to patient treatments using the dosimetry verification and record system for each energy level used for treatment. Performs machine check for rotational therapy and electronic dynamic wedge verification. Performs daily imaging procedures to ensure correct operations. Alerts appropriate staff as necessary if parameters fall outside the recommendations.

Identifies individual patient by the required identification methods set forth by hospital policy and departmental procedures before simulation and each daily radiation treatment is delivered.

Monitors consultations, simulation, and treatment planning and treatment procedures.

Determines the appropriate timely sequence for patient studies and any special orders required.

Verifies patient consent prior to initiating treatments.

Work Schedule: Full Time 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and once every 5 weeks 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/28/2019.

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.
  • Certification: All applicants must be certified in therapeutic radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (T).
  • Experience or Education: Completion of a program in therapeutic radiologic technology, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiology, and the subsequent completion of a 12-month JRCERT approved program in therapeutic radiologic technology. JRCERT is the accrediting agency for the radiation therapy programs recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • English Language Proficiency: TRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
Preferred Experience: Minimum of four (4) years clinical TRT experience. Employees at this level must be able to carry out their assigned tasks independently in all areas of radiation therapy.

Grade Determinations: GS 10

Experience: At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment as describe below. At the GS 9 level staff TRTs and are able to carry out their assigned tasks with minimal supervisory controls. Apply full knowledge in compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations in handling and storage of radioactive materials and the education of patient, family, and staff of procedures to follow after the administration of ionizing radiation. Inspect equipment for safety and operability and troubleshoots for problems. Schedule patient treatments and needed studies, ensuring appropriate sequence of multiple procedures and interacts with staff regarding examination preparation.

A. Ability to confer with radiation oncologist regarding simulation/CT procedure needed to yield the most optimal images needed for treatment planning procedures to be performed.

B. Knowledge of disease process, co-morbid conditions, and other factors relating to individual patients in selecting appropriate positioning devices for procedure to be performed.

C. Knowledge of radiographic fluoroscopic, CT, and combinations of modalities and ability to obtain the images for review by the radiation oncologist for localization of tumors, their extent, and ancillary areas needing treatment.

D. Ability to accurately transfer radiographic images to treatment planning and dosimetry for use in development of computer generated treatment plans.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART 11 APPENDIX G26

Physical Requirements: The work requires long periods of standing and walking. There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as film cassettes, treatment devices, and molds with heavier lifting of wedges and specially designed shielding blocks. Patients often are assisted to achieve proper positioning, which may require reaching, lifting, or working in strained positions. The deterioration of the patient due to disease progression often requires lifting of the patient from stretchers or wheelchairs to treatment and examination tables utilizing special techniques designed to minimize the discomfort of the patient. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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