Description of Services:
The Radiation Oncology Physicist will provide support for technical questions regarding patient’s treatment, equipment planning, support, calibration (equipment and treatment units) and maintenance, quality control and quality assurance related activities, and physics chart reviews and consultations. Physicist shall also provide planning and support for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) delivery.
- Will support the radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, nurses and radiation therapists with regard to any technical questions relative to the treatment of any specific patient.
- Oversee data transfer and fusing of imaging data, tumor and normal structure volume definition, prescription goal and isodose distribution, plan development, review of dose histograms, dose calculation and accelerator data transfer, individual patient specific QA and associated documentation and weekly monitoring of all treatment delivery.
- As ordered and prescribed by the radiation oncologist, patients will be provided with special physicist consultations and special dosimetry with appropriate written reports, using diodes, ion chamber measurements, or film densitometry.
- Be available, when necessary, for consultation with the Radiation Oncologist and to provide advice or direction to technical staff when radiation treatments are being planned or when patients are being treated.
- When possible, the physicist should be present to observe and/or help supervise complicated simulations and/or treatment set-ups. Physicist must be present at the machine during patient set-up.
- Will provide specifications for the ongoing development of the VA’s treatment facility, including physics planning. These specifications will include equipment requirements and planning services.
- Shall participate in the specification, selection, and acceptance of radiation-producing machines, accessories, and computerized treatment planning systems.
- Shall calibrate each treatment unity annually in a manner consistent with state and national requirements.
- Will coordinate and complete thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) measurements and submit results annually for third party calibration analysis.
- Shall provide and establish a quality management program that monitors and evaluates critical radiation oncology equipment performance parameters to include: treatment units, simulator, treatment planning computer, record and verify computer and other ancillary equipment.
Educational and Skills Requirements:
Education and Licenses:
- Must have a Masters Degree in medical and health physics.
- Must be certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP).
- Thorough knowledge and experience complying with the most current version of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Technical Standard for the Performance of Radiation Oncology Physics for External Beam Therapy.