Medical Radiation Therapist readies the radiotherapy machine for her next patient

Medical Radiation Therapist

Medical Radiation Therapists operate high energy X-rays and other radiation and electron generating and monitoring equipment, to administer radiation treatment for medical purposes in conjunction with Radiation Oncologists or Other Specialist Medical Practitioners.

Overview

Medical Radiation Therapists operate high energy X-rays and other radiation and electron generating and monitoring equipment, to administer radiation treatment for medical purposes in conjunction with Radiation Oncologists or Other Specialist Medical Practitioners.

Day-to-day

  • receives referrals to perform radiation treatment of patients
  • determines appropriate equipment to use
  • calculates details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure to radiation, size and strength of dosage of isotopes and settings of recording equipment
  • explains procedures to patients and answers patients' queries about processes
  • ensures patients welfare during procedures
  • positions patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures
  • conveys findings of procedures to medical practitioners.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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