State of Washington Classified Job Specification
RADIATION THERAPY SPECIALIST
Provide specialty radiation therapy services to patients.
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.
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.
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.
Registered as a radiation therapy technologist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or equivalent organization
Six months of experience in one or more specialized radiation therapy areas
Class Specification History
New Class: 11-9-2001
Revised new class code: (formerly 6438) effective July 1, 2007