The Radiation Oncology Service Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist position is assigned to the Miami VA Healthcare System, Radiation Oncology Service within the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and limited research. Independently , scheduling of treatments in a manner as to optimize accelerator times while maintaining flexibility for emergent cases. Skilled to independently perform the quality control of the treatment machines, ability to take recorded readings every morning prior to patients treatments using the dosimetry verification and record system for each energy level. Obtaining machine check for rotational therapy and electronic dynamic wedge verification. Skilled to independently perform the fabrication of custom patient immobilization devices as instructed or departmental protocol. Identifies individual patient by the required identification methods set forth by hospital policy and departmental procedures before assisting in simulation and each daily radiation treatment is delivered. Verifies patient consent prior to assisting in CT simulation. Must be alert to patient's condition and other disorders. Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient. Knowledge of basic nursing procedures, examination preparation and contraindications. Validate/identify tattoos and or markings on patient's skin required for locating treatment area. Skilled to independently verify the correct multi-leaf collimation and electronic dynamic wedges. Independently operates CT Simulator and performs all basic and complex simulations. Follows directives, designs custom immobilizations for reproducible set-ups, obtains optimal imaging. Independently utilize a Linac's On Board Imaging system and interpret the images using in-depth knowledge of anatomy to implement changes. Provide guidance for more in-depth complex imaging. Utilizes advanced problem-solving skills to resolve difficult treatment set up issues, remaining within the limits of sound radiation therapy practices and within the scope of the therapist's training, experience and authority. Continually keeping current with new developments in the field of radiation therapy and being able to utilize the newest technologies available after being properly trained. Maintain adequate supplies in the department, treatment vault and work stations. Knowledge of radioactive packaging ,different types of radioactive sources that can be used in brachytherapy treatments. Adheres to all safety and health standards, regulations, work practices and uses proper protective equipment as required. Knowledge of Nuclear regulatory Commission (NCR) regulations. Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am- 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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