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Dosimetrist - Duke Hospital - Durham
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
General Description of the Job Class
A member of the radiation therapy treatment planning team who is thoroughly familiar with the physical and geometric characteristics of the radiation equipment and radioactive sources commonly employed, and has the training and expertise necessary to measure and generate radiation dose distributions and calculations for adult and pediatric patients under the direction of the Radiation Therapy Physicist and the Radiation Oncologist.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
- Assist in localization procedures, using CT or conventional radiographic techniques.
- Obtain patient contours and assist in outlining of anatomical structures and the target volume in three dimensions.
- Discuss with the physician the aim of the treatment, including planned tumor dose and maximum acceptable doses to normal tissue. Generate isodose distributions via computer and performs calculations for the accurate delivery of the prescribed dose. Presents these to the physician and discusses alternatives. Label plans with anatomical directions. Participate in continuing education in the area of current treatment planning techniques and advances in medical dosimetry.
- Calculate required treatment time or monitor setting for delivery of prescribed dose.
- Prepare treatment aids and beam modifying devices, including head holders, molds, shields, cradles, compensators, and others as needed.
- Assist in verification of treatment plans through treatment simulation using CT or conventional radiographic techniques. Assist the therapist staff in the implementation of treatment plans.
- Enter treatment parameters in record/verify system.
- Assist in routine quality control program to include weekly chart checks, chart rounds, etc.
- Participate in clinical research for the development and implementation of new treatment techniques.
- Provide treatment-planning instruction to staff, residents, and students as required.
- Assist in record keeping and documentation of treatment parameters for all patients undergoing radiation therapy. Maintain inventory of radioactive substances.
- Correctly load and unload radioactive substances into designated devices as prescribed by a physician.
- Assist in localization procedures of intracavitary or interstitial sources or seeds. Document and perform patient billing information accurately and in a timely manner.
- Incorporate compliance with department, hospital, and state policies and procedures into patient care and treatment planning.
Required Qualifications at this Level
A graduate of an accredited Medical Dosimetry program. Board eligible with certification by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) within two years of graduation from the program. Bachelor's degree preferred.
A Certified Medical Dosimetrist with two years of dosimetry experience. Bachelors degree preferred.
Must also have a minimum of 10 years of experience
Please see Education Qualifications above
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Certified as Medical Dosimetrist (C.M.D.)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
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