EB85 - Radiation Therapy Technologist I
General Nature of Work:
Conducts the treatment of patients using radiation therapy equipment; applies ionizing radiation to patients according to prescriptions and instructions; may provide direction to nursing and radiation therapy staff.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
Employees perform professional radiation therapy duties. Some employees function as lead workers.
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Checks prescription, diagnosis, chart and patient identification; administers prescribed radiation therapy.
Develops procedures for scheduling patients receiving radiation therapy including coordination with adjacent hospitals, patient boarding facilities and ambulance services.
Designs distribution plans for the delivery of radiation doses; produces contours and measurements of patients from areas to be treated; calculates tumor dose, skin dose, adjacent tissue dose and doses of radioactive material delivered by mold and interstitial application.
Sets up radiation computer coding sheet for dosimetry designs for complex plans.
Explains therapy procedures and treatment reactions to patients.
Prepares the room and equipment for patients according to prescriptions regarding immobilization devices, field size, treatment distance and lead shielding devices; ensures that machines are properly operating and proper calibrations and maintenance are carried out on the treatment units.
Transfers patients safely to the treatment couch, giving special care to catheters, intravenous drips and other devices.
Observes patients for unusual reactions, events or problems and reports such to the supervisor or director; assists in emergency treatment; follows up on initial evaluation and daily treatment.
Performs tumor localization procedures, the preparation of molds and dosimetry procedures.
Confers with physicians and staff concerning patients' conditions.
Instructs staff in radiation therapy methods and in the use and care of equipment.
Maintains records of daily treatment and port and verification films.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of modern radiation therapy equipment and treatment procedures.
Knowledge of human anatomy for proper positioning of patients receiving therapy treatments.
Knowledge of the physiological effects of therapeutic radiation on patients and of the problems encountered in the use of radiation.
Knowledge of modern methods of calculating radiation dosage and measurements.
Skill in the operation of radiation therapy equipment.
Ability to perform complex arithmetic calculations.
Ability to develop proper rapport with patients.
Ability to respond to emergency situations.
Ability to effectively direct and train professional and technical personnel.
Ability to present clear and concise reports.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
Graduation from an American Medical Association-approved program in radiation therapy technology; or graduation from an approved two-year course in radiology technology and experience in radiation therapy; or graduation from a approved registered nursing program and experience in radiation therapy.
MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
Graduation from an American Medical Association-approved program for radiation therapy technology; or graduation from an approved two-year course in radiology technology and experience in radiation therapy.
MUSC Physical Requirements:
This classification is not currently used at MUSC. Please contact the Department of Human Resources for more information.