Role and key duties
Radiation therapists design treatment plans for patients and administer radiation therapy treatment in conjunction with radiation oncologists or other medical specialists.
Duties may include: following the prescriptions of radiation oncologists to work out a treatment plan that delivers the precise radiation dosage to the diseased area while minimising the dose to unaffected tissues; using simulators and/or CT scanners to identify the areas to be treated and those to be avoided; calculating the precise radiation dose sought and starting the process of distributing the dose on a planning computer system, and recording details of procedures to be utilised; giving detailed treatment plans to radiation oncologists for approval; explaining procedures to patients; positioning and stabilising patients in preparation for treatment delivery; monitoring the patient carefully during the treatment; and operating the treatment machines, associated equipment and computer verification systems to deliver the planned treatment accurately.
Minimum qualification required
Completion of a Degree in Applied Science with a major in Medical Radiations, specialising in Radiation Therapy.
Degree in Applied Science with a major in Medical Radiations, specialising in Radiation Therapy.