Provides 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.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Administers prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
- Positions patients for treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.
- Follows principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
- Reviews prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.
- Conducts most treatment sessions independently, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan and under the general direction of the patient's physician.
- Enters data into computer and sets controls to operate or adjust equipment or regulate dosage.
- Checks radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
- Observes and reassures patients during treatment and reports unusual reactions to physician or turns equipment off if unexpected adverse reactions occur.
- Educates, prepares, and reassures patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance, and reinforcing physicians' advice regarding treatment reactions or post-treatment care.
- Maintains records, reports, or files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings, or patients' reactions.