Therapeutic Radiologic Technologists (TRT) deliver prescribed high doses of therapeutic radiation for the purpose of treatment of cancer and abnormal cell growths. TRT's assist in the localization of tumors, participate in treatment planning, and deliver high doses of ionizing radiation as prescribed by the radiation oncologists. These treatments are performed by utilizing a linear accelerator. Duties include, but are not limited to: Performs procedures for consultation, simulation, treatment planning, and treatment delivery. Keeps current of any changes. Maintains detailed and accurate daily records of technical, legal and statistical components of treatment. Delivers prescribed therapeutic radiation for the treatment of cancer and other abnormal growths. For the initial treatment/filming, sets up to tattoos provided by CT simulation team following all set-up instructions and using all prescribed devices. Takes SSD readings and obtains isocenter verification films. Documents all changes in patients' chart and observes patient's condition daily. Performs quality control measurements of all treatment machines by taking readings every morning prior to patient treatments using the physics quality assurance program for each energy level. Maintain detailed and accurate daily records of technical, legal and statistical components of treatment. Practices radiation safety protocols to limit exposure to patients, staff and self in compliance with department and VA radiation safety procedures in order to maintain the principles of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable). Wears film badges in compliance with radiation safety procedures in compliance with radiation regulations and guidelines of the state of Washington. Performs daylight film processor procedures and ensures the processor is operating optimally when being used, and contacts processor engineer if problems occur. Works with Radiation Oncologists, Dosimetrists, nursing and clerical staff plus fellow radiation therapists to develop teamwork to effectively and efficiently accomplish the goals of the radiation therapy department. Continually keeps current with new developments in the field of radiation therapy and keeps licensing and continuing education requirements up to date. Keeps current on treatment machine characteristics including various energy and output levels. Operates equipment to determine correct dose and field uniformity. Provides patient with accurate and compassionate treatment and acts as a supportive caregiver. Follows established safety practices and reports to facility director or administrative service manager as promptly as possible if issues arise as to unsafe conditions, unsafe practices, or any occupational illness or injury. Adheres to all safety and health standards regulations, work practices, and uses proper protective equipment as needed. Ability to operate and perform Quality Assurance on linear accelerators, XVI and iView. Uses iView and XVI equipment to monitor patients' positioning and make appropriate shifts if necessary. Informs physicians of any problems. Performs daily Quality Assurance on CT Simulation and properly operates CT simulation equipment. Once scanning is complete, accurately transfers radiographic images to treatment planning/dosimetry for use in development of computer-generated treatment plans. Consults with the physician and dosimetrist to develop standard and non-standard treatment/exam protocols. Verifies positioning and region of interest for CT simulation, plus any special needs. Fabricates custom devices to include immobilization, bolus to aid in treatment reproducibility, and keeps current on new positioning devices and the appropriate type for each patient situation. Uses knowledge of disease processes, co-morbid conditions and other factors relating to individual patients in selecting appropriate positioning devices for the procedure to be performed. Instructs patients and other hospital staff regarding exam preparations and special orders and performs examination preparation and watches for contraindications.. Advanced Treatment Delivery Modalities Consist of the most advanced techniques, the current state of the art, and standard care provided in the community. Brachytherapy Functions as a part of the physics team during Brachytherapy procedures. Trained and privileged as an authorized radioactive seed handler at VASHPCS and all that entails. Working knowledge of the procedure: art of lunchbox wrapping for pre-sterilization radioactive seeds. Working knowledge of VASHPCS Radiation Oncology Department Radioisotopes possession limits. Uses proper personal monitoring devices and is knowledgeable of the types and characteristics of each. Working knowledge of different types of radioactive sources. Preps the patient for the procedure including positioning the patient on the brachytherapy chair/table. Work Schedule: 7:30AM - 4PM, Monday - Friday Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Taia.Henderson@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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