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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.

To become a Medical Radiation Therapist

Skills employers are looking for

  • Radiation Therapy

  • Planning

  • Oncology

  • Communication Skills

  • Cancer knowledge

  • Radiation Oncology

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