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Become A Dosimetrist

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Working As A Dosimetrist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $80,220

    Average Salary

What Does A Dosimetrist Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Works as part of a two-person dosimetry team, applying knowledge and skills in advanced treatment planning techniques using Aria Eclipse 13
* o IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, SRT, 3D, and electron planning.
* Responsible for documentation and billing related to treatment planning.
* Performs secondary calculation checks, hand calculations for electron plans, IMRT/VMAT verification plans.
* Performs intra-op planning for prostate brachytherapy.
* Simulates or supervises simulation of patients, using GE Lightspeed CT simulator.
* Provides supervision, guidance and education for dosimetry and therapy students.
* Schedules and notifies patients of simulation and treatment procedures.
* Communicates with physician, physicist and therapist to ensure accurate and achievable treatment plans.
* Performs mold room duties.
* Provides appropriate teaching to patients and family

What Does A Dosimetrist Do At NYU Medical Center

* Identifies and contours critical structures as needed.
* Follows established policies and procedures as they relate to each treatment site.
* Follows established dose constraints.
* Documentation: All paperwork and electronic forms are complete, signed and labeled accordingly.
* Procedure codes are complete, timely and accurate.
* Documents, dates, and approves all treatment setup parameters.
* Documentation for clinical trials and protocols is coordinated with appropriate parties.
* Demonstrates ability to multi-task.
* Planning and Time utilization: Work is thought out and planned in advance and successfully implemented.
* Coordinates own work to achieve efficiency and quality patient care.
* Work is completed in a timely manner, meeting deadlines.
* Initiative: Makes suggestions for positive changes.
* Demonstrates ability to understand tasks and creatively apply solutions.
* Demonstrates ability to adopt and help develop new physics initiatives and policies.
* Readily accepts new assignments and responsibilities.
* Recognizes when help is needed by others and offers guidance and assistance.
* Takes ownership of plans and associated tasks to prevent issues that may delayed patient treatment
* Participation in training of Residents and Students: Assists in the training of Medical and Physics Residents and RTT Students on use of Eclipse or ARIA, principles of treatment planning.
* Participates in research protocols.
* Participates in in-service programs and conferences: Attends all required department in-service meetings/ WebEx.
* Attends annual billing/documentation/safety classes/ WebEx.
* Attends annual Radiation Safety in-service.
* Maintains CMD certification.
* All other related duties as required.
* Keep physics supervisory staff informed of planning and linac issues.
* Reports Medical Events to the Director of Physics.
* Coverage: Willing and able to provide occasional coverage at satellite locations and evening coverage at primary campus

What Does A Dosimetrist Do At Highmark Health

* Calculates radiation treatment dose and enters data into the record and verify system. (80%)
* Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team to optimize patient care. (5%)
* Assists the physics staff with duties which may include, but are not limited to, chart checks, research and QA initiatives. (5%)
* Performs other duties which may include, but are not limited to, mentoring employees/students and participating in hospital initiatives. (5%)
* Maintains electronic medical records for treatment delivery, charge entry and quality assurance. (5%)
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does A Dosimetrist Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Assist in dose calculations using scientific calculator; enters results in patient's radiotherapy chart; prepares chart for treatment.
* For difficult or non-routine cases, assist radiation therapists with tumor localizations and treatments simulations using either a radiotherapy simulator and prior diagnostic information simulation films.
* Works with the radiation therapist in the implementation of treatment plan (correct use of immobilization devices, compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment parameters.
* Performs various quality assurance activities and maintains related documentation as defined by the department Quality Assurance Committee.
* Performs various quality assurance activities and maintains related documentation as defined by the department Quality Assurance Committee.
* Teaches applied aspects of dosimetry to radiation therapy students and other students rotating through the department.
* Assist with radiation protection program.
* Participates in intracavitary and interstitial sealed source procedure (manual and remote) and in the subsequent manual and orcomputer calculation of the dose distribution of these procedures.
* Following the dose prescription specified by the radiation oncologist, plans a treatment technique and isodose distribution by means of computer and/or manual computations that will deliver a prescribed dose to a defined tumor volume

What Does A Dosimetrist Do At BWX Technologies, Inc.

* Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
* Technical lead for WVDP internal dosimetry program, perform internal dose calculations, administer bioassay laboratory contract, review analytical data from the bioassay laboratory and recommend additional actions as required, develop and implement programmatic improvements for internal dosimetry program, calibrate and maintain whole body counter, act as back-up health physicist for external dosimetry program, and review internal dosimetry data against established criteria.
* Provide counseling to the work force regarding the human health impacts of external exposure to ionizing radiation and of the internal deposition of radioactive materials.
* It is absolutely essential to build and maintain trust within the work force.
* Ability to respond quickly to unexpected and emergency events involving radioactive materials.
* Provide rapid input to medical personnel in estimating dose from intakes of radioactive material.
* Provide health physics support to the Radiological Engineering department by performing complex calculations of concentrations and dose rates from radiation sources.
* Provide health physics support to Operations and Facility Disposition personnel to ensure the safe conduct of their missions.
* Ensure compliance with Department of Energy Laboratory Accreditation Program (DOELAP) requirements to ensure that the WVDP’s DOELAP accreditation is maintained.
* Improve activities and results within areas of expertise by developing, collecting, and analyzing data and designs; analyzing trends and identifying areas for improvement; and developing and recommending approaches to effect improvements.
* Provide support to major site activities involving multi-disciplinary resources, including both on-site personnel and subcontractors, as required, by providing recommendations on the proper course of action for tasks, activities, and projects.
* Recommend approaches and technical solutions to radiation safety and/or dosimetry program issues by developing methods and by writing proposals, policies, programs, plans, and procedures to implement those methods.
* Meet established budget, schedule objectives, and milestones by interacting with and coordinating multiple project interfaces.
* EEO Employer/Race/Gender/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation/Veterans/Disability

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How To Become A Dosimetrist

Most radiation therapists complete programs that lead to an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. Radiation therapists must be licensed or certified in most states. Requirements vary by state, but often include passing a national certification exam.

Education

Employers usually prefer to hire applicants who have an associate’s degree or a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy. However, candidates may qualify for some positions by completing a 12-month certificate program.

Radiation therapy programs include courses in radiation therapy procedures and the scientific theories behind them. These programs often include experience in a clinical setting and courses in human anatomy and physiology, physics, algebra, computer science, and research methodology. In 2014, there were about 120 accredited educational programs recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiation therapists must follow exact instructions and input exact measurements to make sure the patient is exposed to the correct amount of radiation.

Interpersonal skills. Radiation therapists work closely with patients. It is important that therapists be comfortable interacting with people who may be going through physical and emotional stress.

Physical stamina. Radiation therapists must be able to be on their feet for long periods and be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiation therapists work with computers and large pieces of technological equipment, so they must be comfortable operating those devices.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In most states, radiation therapists must be licensed or certified. Requirements vary by state, but typically include graduation from an accredited radiation therapy program and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification.

To become ARRT certified, an applicant must complete an accredited radiation therapy program, adhere to ARRT ethical standards, and pass the ARRT certification exam. The exam covers radiation protection and quality assurance, clinical concepts in radiation oncology, treatment planning, treatment delivery, and patient care and education. A list of accredited programs is available from ARRT.

Many jobs also require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic life support (BLS) certification.

Advancement

With additional education and certification, therapists can become medical dosimetrists. Dosimetrists are responsible for calculating the correct dose of radiation that is used in the treatment of cancer patients.

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Real Dosimetrist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dosimetrist Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA May 16, 2014 $124,363
Dosimetrist II Swedish Health Services Edmonds, WA Sep 08, 2011 $122,590
Dosimetrist St. Jude Yorba Linda Santa Rosa, CA Dec 14, 2015 $114,400
Dosimetrist University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA May 11, 2015 $106,288 -
$125,819
Dosimetrist II Vantage Oncology LLC Mokena, IL Mar 06, 2016 $101,000
Dosimetrist Vantage Oncology, LLC Mokena, IL Jun 03, 2013 $98,000
Dosimetrist Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA May 16, 2011 $93,619
Dosimetrist Cleveland Clinic Sandusky, OH Dec 19, 2011 $88,210
Dosimetrist Florida Proton Therapy Institute, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Apr 11, 2014 $85,500
Dosimetrist II Vantage Oncology LLC Mokena, IL Nov 19, 2015 $85,176 -
$98,000
Dosimetrist (Medical Radiation Dosimetrist) Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Hartford, CT Aug 18, 2010 $82,618 -
$140,462
Dosimetrist Uc Health Cincinnati, OH Sep 15, 2012 $77,991

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Top Skills for A Dosimetrist

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Top Dosimetrist Skills

  1. Design Treatment Plans
  2. 3D Treatment Planning
  3. Eclipse Treatment Planning System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participate in consultations with members of the Oncology team to problem solve and direct a radiation therapy plan.
  • Trained in the use and handling of brachytherapy sources.
  • Used AURIA and IMPAC record and verify systems.
  • Assist in the planning and treatment of HDR Brachytherapy along with the Physicist and Oncologist.
  • Perform weekly chart checks when needed.

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