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The Dosimetrist develops and implements radiation therapy treatments to cancer patients, in consultation with a radiation oncologist. He/she assists in delivering radiation to a defined tumor site and avoids irradiating normal tissues in cancer patients. The Dosimetrist uses specialized computer software to design treatment plans that deliver the dose of radiation prescribed by the radiation oncologist.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities of the Job
Develops and performs a radiation therapy treatment plan under the supervision of the treating radiation oncologist. Collaborates with the radiation oncologist to discuss treatment options before obtaining approval from the radiation oncologist.
Possesses knowledge of radiographic anatomy, CT and MRI imaging in order to ensure an accurate treatment plan.
Familiar with handling of and calibration of radioactive materials used in radiation therapy. Is able to operate specially designed treatment planning software and other computer programs related to radiation therapy information management, such as Varis.
Actively collaborates with other members of the patient's multidisciplinary healthcare team regarding plan of care for treatment and measured outcomes. Makes recommendations for alternative care options as appropriate.
Accurately documents procedures for purposes of billing and quality assurance, utilizing Varis and other specialized software.
Participates in efforts to improve the performance of the radiation oncology service. Provides regular input to clinical leaders regarding issues pertaining to patient safety, as well as opportunities to improve patient care outcomes. Is always seeking to identify areas of improvement within departmental systems and processes.
Serves as a preceptor and educational resource for students and new hires. Ensures that departmental policies and procedures are being followed at all times.