Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
Related job titles:
Radiation Therapist, Staff Radiation Therapist, Radiation Therapy Technologist (RTT), Registered Radiation Therapist, Computed Tomography Simulation Therapist (CT Simulation Therapist)
Annual Median Wage: $76,630
Projected growth: Faster than average (20% to 28%)
Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
Position patients for treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.
Review prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.
Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
Maintain records, reports, or files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings, or patients' reactions.
Conduct most treatment sessions independently, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan and under the general direction of the patient's physician.
Enter data into computer and set controls to operate or adjust equipment or regulate dosage.
Observe and reassure patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physician or turn equipment off if unexpected adverse reactions occur.
Calculate actual treatment dosages delivered during each session.
Check for side effects, such as skin irritation, nausea, or hair loss to assess patients' reaction to treatment.
Educate, prepare, and reassure patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance, and reinforcing physicians' advice regarding treatment reactions or post-treatment care.
Prepare or construct equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, or protection devices.
Provide assistance to other healthcare personnel during dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
Help physicians, radiation oncologists, or clinical physicists to prepare physical or technical aspects of radiation treatment plans, using information about patient condition and anatomy.
Photograph treated area of patient and process film.
Act as liaison with physicist and supportive care personnel.
Train or supervise student or subordinate radiotherapy technologists.
Implement appropriate follow-up care plans.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Radiation Therapists.