Graduate of a JRCERT (Joint Review Committee in Radiological Technology) medical dosimetry program OR a Registered Radiation Therapy Technologist with completion of two or more years on-the-job training in medical dosimetry under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist or Medical Physicist
A registered member of the MDCB (or board eligible)
Current certification by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) or board eligible as defined by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) within 18 months of employment. All candidates must become certified within 18 months of employment
- Associate of Science, a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree
- AAMD member
- ARRT member licensed in the State of Montana
- Three years clinical experience
Provides primary radiation therapy treatment plans and dosimetric calculations for patients undergoing radiation therapy in accordance with the prescription of the Radiation Oncologist.
- Designs a treatment pla n by means of computer and/or manual computation that will deliver a prescribed dose and field placement technique in accordance with the defined tumor volume prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist.
- Perform or assist in simulations and simulation radiography (i.e. CT, MRI, U/S and PET) to localize treatment area while confirming treatment plan with the Radiation Oncologist.
- Assist therapist staff with treating patients on machine should the need arise (staffing issues, difficult patient positioning, etc.)
- Assist (as requested) radiation Oncologist, Medical Physicist, Supervisor and/or Cancer Center Manager with development of new treatment techniques and protocols as needed.
- Design a treatment plan by means of computer and/or manual computation that will deliver a prescribed radiation dose and field placement technique in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist’s prescription to a defined tumor volume.
- Consider dose-limiting structures in the design of treatment plans and document dose in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist’s prescription.
- Assist the therapist staff when asked in the implementation of the treatment plan including the correct use and production of immobilization devices, wedged field arrangement, compensation filters, custom shields, other beam modifying devices, and other treatment variables.
- Coordinate treatment simulations and tumor localization on dedicated devices, including CT, MRI, and PET when indicated, for radiation oncology treatment planning.
- Perform calculations for the accurate delivery of the Radiation Oncologist’s prescribed dose, document all pertinent information in the patient record, and verify the mathematical accuracy of all calculations using a system established by the Medical Physicist.
- Provide physics and technical support when requested by the Medical Physicist for radiation protection, qualitative machine calibrations, and quality assurance of the radiation oncology equipment.
- Perform or assist in the application of specific methods of dosimetry including ion chamber, TLD, or film measurement as directed by Medical Physicist.
- Teach applied aspects of medical dosimetry as assigned by radiation oncologist or medical physicist.
- Participates in continuing education in the area of current treatment planning techniques and advances in medical dosimetry.
- Observes all safety regulations concerning ionizing radiation both for self and patients, and reporting any incidence outside of normal operating parameters to the Medical Physicist.
- Attends weekly chart rounds and monthly department meetings.
- Performs tasks as requested by the Cancer Center Manager, Radiation Oncologist, and Medical Physicist.