Reporting to the Director of. Cancer Services with accountability to the Manager of Radiation Oncology, performs all functions within the role of a Medical Dosimetrist.
1. Following the dose prescription specified by the Radiation Oncologist, plans a treatment technique by means of computer and/or manual calculations that will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to a defined tumor volume.
2. Localizes tumor volume via radiographic films and C.T. based, 3-dimensional computerized treatment plans for both external beam and brachytherapy cases.
3. Assists physicist in 3-demensional stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatment plans for both intracranial and extracranial cases.
4. Performs treatment calculations to deliver the proper dose of radiation determined by the Radiation Oncologist and verifies the mathematical accuracy of the calculations.
5. Prepares treatment devices such as custom blocks, tissue compensators and custom bolus as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist.
6. Prepares immobilization devices such as aquaplast casts and alpha cradle/vac fix body moulds.
7. Utilizes the charge codes accurately and appropriately by following departmental guidelines.
8. Attends weekly and monthly quality assurance meetings including 3D CRT Peer Review, Chart Rounds and QA Committee Meetings.
9. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, treat and care for adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Implements assessment/treatment and care based on the developmental stages of the patient. Involves family/guardian in the plan of care and conducts patient and family education, as appropriate, considering the developmental needs of the patient.
10. Adheres to all Northwest Community Hospital standards, policies and procedures.
1. Bachelor of Science degree in Physics or Radiation Therapy Technology and a minimum of one year experience as a Medical Dosimetrist.
2. Certified or eligible for certification, by the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists.
3. Knowledge of and/or experience in the correct use of body mechanics.
4. Current CPR certification.
5. The analytical skills necessary to develop a patient's treatment plan based on the physicians assessment and the information obtained from radiographic films and C.T. data.
6. The communication skills necessary to confer with the Radiation Oncologist, Physicist and other medical staff regarding the patients treatment and progress.
7. The ability to monitor equipment for efficiency and safety.
8. The computer skills necessary to develop patient treatment plans.
Northwest Community Healthcare is an award-winning organization, with nationally recognized physicians, state-of-the-art technology, and inpatient and outpatient services in a full range of medical specialties. Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), this four-year designation is the highest level of recognition that nursing services can obtain. The American Nurses Credentialing Center awards Magnet status to hospitals that exhibit exemplary patient outcomes and satisfaction, have impressive nurse-to-patient ratios, and attract and retain the best nursing staff.
NCH staff consists of:
- Over 1,000 physicians with offices throughout the northwest suburbs
- NCH Medical Group, an employed physician group focusing on primary and specialty care
- 4,000 employees including nurses, allied health professionals, administrative and support personnel
- Approximately 800 volunteers providing more than 100,000 hours of service annually
Annually, we care for:
- 24,000 inpatients
- 337,000 outpatient visits, including visits to the Hospital Emergency Room and Immediate Care Centers
- 43,000 home care visits
- 3,100 newborn deliveries
- More than 18,000 inpatient and outpatient surgical cases, ranging from open heart surgery and joint replacement to neurosurgery and minimally invasive procedures