Summary Report for:
29-2036.00 - Medical Dosimetrists
Generate radiation treatment plans, develop radiation dose calculations, communicate and supervise the treatment plan implementation, and consult with members of radiation oncology team.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Advise oncology team members how beam modifying or immobilization devices should be used in radiation treatment plans.
- Calculate or verify calculations of prescribed radiation doses.
- Calculate the delivery of radiation treatment, such as the amount or extent of radiation per session, based on the prescribed course of radiation therapy.
- Conduct radiation oncology related research, such as improving computer treatment planning systems or developing new treatment devices.
- Create and transfer reference images and localization markers for treatment delivery using image guided radiation therapy.
- Design the arrangement of radiation fields to reduce exposure to critical patient structures, such as organs, using computers, manuals, and guides.
- Develop radiation treatment plans in consultation with members of the radiation oncology team.
- Develop requirements for the use of patient immobilization devices and positioning aides, such as molds or casts, as part of treatment plans to ensure accurate delivery of radiation and comfort of patient.
- Develop treatment plans and calculate doses for brachytherapy procedures.
- Educate patients regarding treatment plans, physiological reactions to treatment, or post-treatment care.
- Fabricate beam modifying devices, such as compensators, shields, and wedge filters.
- Fabricate patient immobilization devices, such as molds or casts, for radiation delivery.
- Identify and outline bodily structures using imaging procedures, such as x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or positron emission tomography.
- Load, receive, or ship radioactive materials.
- Measure the amount of radioactivity in patients or equipment, using radiation monitoring devices.
- Perform quality assurance system checks, such as calibrations, on treatment planning computers.
- Plan the use of beam modifying devices, such as compensators, shields, and wedge filters to ensure safe and effective delivery of radiation treatment.
- Record patient information, such as radiation doses administered, in patient records.
- Supervise or perform simulations for tumor localizations using imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or positron emission tomography scans.
- Teach medical dosimetry, including its application, to students, radiation therapists, or residents.
Detailed Work Activities
- Develop treatment plans for patients or clients.
- Analyze health-related data.
- Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
- Create advanced digital images of patients using computer imaging systems.
- Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Fabricate medical devices.
- Recommend types of assistive devices.
- Teach medical procedures to healthcare personnel.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
- Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
- Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
- Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments.
- Calibrate equipment to specifications.
- Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
- Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
- Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
- Load materials or equipment.
- Load shipments, belongings, or materials.
- Maintain medical records.
- Make patient-assistive devices or device models.
- Monitor operational quality or safety.
- Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments.
- Process x-rays or other medical images.
- Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
- Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
- Receive shipments.
- Record vital statistics or other health information.
- Research new technologies.
- Supervise technical medical personnel.
- Train medical providers.
Wages & Employment Trends
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|Median wages (2019)||$20.50 hourly, $42,630 annual|
|Employment (2019)||341,600 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Much faster than average (8% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||27,800|
|Top industries (2019)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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