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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

RADIATION THERAPY SPECIALIST

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RADIATION THERAPY SPECIALIST
302F
Category: Health Care

Definition

Provide specialty radiation therapy services to patients.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, perform specialized radiation therapy procedures such as cyclotron-based neutron radiotherapy, fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy, dose-intensive conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and the treatment of pediatric patients under general anesthesia. Enter treatment planning field data into treatment machines under the general supervision of dosimetry and medical physicists.

Typical Work

Deliver a planned course of specialized radiotherapy using equipment and techniques such as cyclotron-based neutron radiotherapy, fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy, dose-intensive conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and the treatment of pediatric patients under general anesthesia;

Observe the patient’s general condition; recognize the need for and deliver emotional and psychological support to patients; refer patients to departmental staff and other health care professionals as needed; reinforce the radiation oncology physicians’ recommendations regarding general activities, diet, prevention and treatment of reactions to radiotherapy;

Enter treatment planning field data into treatment machines under the general supervision of dosimetry and medical physicists; maintain accurate and daily records of technical, legal, and statistical aspects of treatment which will include both hard copy and electronic file format;

Assist radiation oncology physicians in tumor localization, simulation and dosimetry procedures using CT scanners, simulators, computer dosimetric calculations and/or other equipment and techniques;

Check patient’s prescription and treatment record for errors and work with radiation oncology physicians in delivering the prescribed course of therapy;

Participate in training radiation therapy technologists, other assigned staff, and student technologists;

Participate in departmental conferences relating to patients being treated on the equipment to which they are assigned;

May perform daily quality assurance tests on radiation therapy equipment;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Registered as a radiation therapy technologist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or equivalent organization

AND

Six months of experience in one or more specialized radiation therapy areas

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 11-9-2001
Revised new class code: (formerly 6438) effective July 1, 2007

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