Radiation Oncology Professions
The field of radiation oncology, also known as radiation therapy, involves using radiation to treat cancer in patients. In addition to the Radiation Oncologist, a physician overseeing the treatment of each cancer patient, there other allied health disciplines that typically compose the team, such as Medical Physicists, Dosimetrists, and Radiation Therapists. A brief summary of each profession is provide below, along with a link to more information and current opportunities.
As the name implies, Medical Physicists use the principles of physics to ensure complex radiation treatments are tailored to each patient and that finely tuned medical equipment works correctly. To learn more, click here to view current Medical Physicist jobs.
Dosimetrists develop treatment plans for cancer patients using a combination of math, physics, anatomy, radiobiology, and medical equipment. Dosimetrists often employ software to help calculate and keep track of the factors involved in the treatment plan. If you would like to learn more, click here to view current Dosimetrist jobs.
Radiation Therapists administer the daily radiation treatments to patients under the prescription and general supervision of the Radiation Oncologist. Therapists work one-on-one with cancer patients to explain procedures, locate treatment areas, and protect them from radiation overexposure, and locate treatment areas. Learn more and click here to view current Radiation Therapist jobs.