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Radiation Therapists
District Of Columbia

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Provide 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.

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Currently Employed: 150

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $32.87 - $45.92

Typical Annual Salary: $68,400 - $95,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Conduct most treatment sessions independently, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan and under the general direction of the patient's physician.
  • 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.

tools & technology

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

  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Internet browser software
  • Medical software

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