Produces treatment planning dosimetry calculations for conventional or IMRT external beam radiation using a computerized treatment planning system. Consults with the radiation oncologist regarding the appropriateness of each treatment plan. Participates in Brachytherapy procedures. Participates in Total Body Irradiation procedures. Enters irregular fields, patient contours and other vital beam data into a treatment planning computer in a timely and accurate manner. Enters approved treatment fields into the record and verify system, assuring that all patient data is correctly input and transferred to treatment machine for treatment patient Accurately computes radiation dose to individual ports, tumors, spine and other necessary body structures to ensure quality treatment to patients, and safety to tissue tolerance Drafts one or several isocentric plans, as required with emphasis on quality of dose distribution using dosimetric knowledge and often creativity Submits plan choices to appropriate physician to aid in determining best treatment method for specific patient tumors on an individual basis Maintains record of upcoming oblique boost, so that they may be readied within prescribed practice and professional competency Accurately prepares treatment charts prior to first treatment, and with method of treatment to be used Indicates vital factors necessary for correct patient treatment; such as boosts, cord block, wedges, and other various treatment aids Accurately diagrams patient set-up when necessary to assure treatment method may be easily understood by the therapists administering the· treatments Records final dose of all treatment areas with accuracy Assist in the clinical education of radiation oncology residents, radiation therapy students or medical dosimetry students Interpret and execute treatment plans as defined in relevant treatment protocols Continually keeping current with new developments in the field of radiation therapy and being able to utilize the new technologies available. Providing the patients with the best possible treatment. Follows established safety practices and reports to supervisor as promptly as possible, unsafe conditions, unsafe practices or any occupational illness or injury sustained. Adheres to all safety and health standards, regulations, work practices and uses proper protective equipment as required. Assists oncologist in brachytherapy procedures and maintains sterile techniques. Design a treatment plan by means of computer and/or manual computation to determine a treatment field technique that will deliver the radiation dose prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist. Takes into consideration dose-limiting structures when designing treatment plans. These structures could include the eye when treating the brain, the heart when treating the lung, or the spinal cord when it is included in the area of treatment. Executes planning for intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy procedures. Supervise, perform, or assist in the process of producing moulds, casts, and other immobilization devices for accurate treatment delivery. Work with the radiation therapists in the implementation of the patient treatment plans including: the correct application of immobilization devices, beam modification devices, approved field arrangements, and other treatment variables. Using imaging modalities such as CT scans, alone or in combination with MRI or PET scans, create conventional or IMRT treatment plans that enable us to give higher doses of radiation to a tumor while lowering the doses to the sensitive structures around it. Perform calculations for the accurate delivery of the Radiation Oncologist's prescribed dose, documents pertinent information in the patient record, and verifies the mathematical accuracy of all calculations using a system established by the Medical Physicist. Perform, or assist in, the application of specific methods of radiation measurement as directed by the Medical Physicist. Provide technical and physics support to the Medical Physicist; this support could be in radiation protection, qualitative machine calibrations, and quality assurance of the radiation oncology equipment. Assist in the clinical education of radiation oncology residents, radiation therapy students or medical dosimetry students. Understand the technical aspects of radiation oncology and medical physics to meticulously derive computerized treatment plans and then communicate these aspects to the Radiation Oncologist for plan approval and to the Radiation Therapist for plan implementation. Perform routine duties independent of supervision consulting with the Radiation Oncologist and Medical Physicist as required. Operate and perform quality assurance, under the direction of the Medical Physicist, on the treatment planning system. Provide a working knowledge of radiation safety and current rules and regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Interpret and execute treatment plans as defined in relevant treatment protocols. Work Schedule: Seattle Division, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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