NJ - Elizabeth (07202)
A radiation therapist primarily works with patients being treated for cancer. Will record a patient's medical information, locates tumors using x-rays and develops treatment plans within the guidelines set by a supervising radiologist and others on the cancer patient's oncologic team. Read on to learn more details about this profession. A radiation therapist uses beams of radiated light to locate and treat cancerous tumors according to the plan prescribed by a radiologist and oncologist. They are also responsible for the safety of their patients, for observing and documenting any reactions to treatment, updating charts and answering any radiology related questions a patient might have. It is also the duty of a radiation therapist to maintain equipment and follow all safety regulations regarding radiation exposure.
New Jersey State Radiation Therapy license, 2-4 year degree in ARRT approved radiation therapy program, computer skills and radiation safety expertise required. Ability to communicate well with patients and co-workers. Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in a high pace treatment environment. Trouble-shooting skills regarding treatment parameters - (problem solving). Knowledge of record and verify computer programs.