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Radiation Therapists

Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiation oncologist 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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
    • Position patients for treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.
    • Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
    • Review prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.
    • Enter data into computer and set controls to operate or adjust equipment or regulate dosage.
    • Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
    • Observe and reassure patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physician or turn equipment off if unexpected adverse reactions occur.
    • 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.
    • Maintain records, reports, or files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings, or patients' reactions.
    • Check for side effects, such as skin irritation, nausea, or hair loss to assess patients' reaction to treatment.
    • Prepare or construct equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, or protection devices.
    • Help physicians, radiation oncologists, or clinical physicists to prepare physical or technical aspects of radiation treatment plans, using information about patient condition and anatomy.
    • Calculate actual treatment dosages delivered during each session.
    • Photograph treated area of patient and process film.
    • Act as liaison with physicist and supportive care personnel.
    • Schedule patients for treatment times.
    • Provide assistance to other healthcare personnel during dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
    • Train or supervise student or subordinate radiotherapy technologists.
    • Store, sterilize, or prepare the special applicators containing the radioactive substance implanted by the physician.
    • Assist in the preparation of sealed radioactive materials, such as cobalt, radium, cesium, or isotopes, for use in radiation treatments.

    Skills

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 85000/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 40.86/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 550
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Radiation detectors
    • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
    • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
    • Medical radiation dosimeters
    • Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators

    Technology

    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Development environment software

    Tags

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