Baylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:
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The medical dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team who has knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology in the management of cancer or other disease processes, with special expertise in radiation therapy treatment planning.
1. Designs treatment plans by means of computer and/or manual computation with optimal beam geometry to deliver a prescribed radiation dose and spare critical structures in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist's prescription.
2. Identifies and contours normal and dose-limiting structures by utilizing images from one or more data sets. Assumes proficiency in image registration with various image data sets to include CT, MRI and PET.
3. Creates and transfers reference images and localization markers for portal verification and treatment delivery to include DRRs, CBCTs and other IGRT methods, as specified.
4. Supervises, perform, or assist in simulations and tumor localization using specified imaging devices including, but not limited to CT, MRI, and PET.
5. Supervises, perform, or assist in the planning and implementation of the fabrication of compensation filters, custom shields, wedges, and other beam modifying devices.
6. Supervises, perform, or assist in the planning and implementation of the production of moulds, casts, and other immobilization devices.
Additional Job Duties
7. Communicates with the radiation therapist(s) and assumes an advisory role in the implementation of the treatment plan including: the correct use of immobilization devices, compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment or imaging parameters.
8. Performs calculations for the accurate delivery of the prescribed dose, document all pertinent information in the patient record, and verify the mathematical accuracy of all calculations by an approved method.
9. Provides assistance and technical support to the Medical Physicist, in radiation safety and protection, qualitative machine calibrations, quality assurance of treatment plans and radiation oncology equipment.
10. Operates and performs quality assurance, under the direction of the Medical Physicist, on the treatment planning computer(s).
11. Supervises, performs, or assists in the application of specific methods of patient and/or beam dosimetry as directed by the Medical Physicist.
12. Assists in brachytherapy procedures by performing treatment planning and dose calculations. May perform or assist in the receiving, loading, and shipping of radioactive materials.
13. Utilize radiation monitoring devices to measure radioactivity and perform assays.
14. Teach applied aspects of medical dosimetry to students, radiation therapists and residents.
15. Participates in quality improvement processes.
It is expected that an individual will hold him/herself qualified to practice in medical dosimetry only when the knowledge and skills to perform dosimetric tasks has been established. An individual shall be considered eligible to practice if he/she is certified by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board. The MDCB will require a Baccalaureate Degree to sit for their exam by the year 2017 and the AAMD fully supports that educational level for new candidates.
Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.