UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

RADIATION THERAPY SPECIALIST

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8438 (SEIU LOCAL 925 Medical/Laboratory Tech)

BASIC FUNCTION

Provide specialty radiation therapy services to patients.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under general direction, perform specialized radiation therapy procedures such as cyclotron-based neutron radiotherapy, fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy, dose-intensive conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and the treatment of pediatric patients under general anesthesia. Enter treatment planning field data into treatment machines under the general supervision of dosimetry and medical physicists.

TYPICAL WORK

Deliver a planned course of specialized radiotherapy using equipment and techniques such as cyclotron-based neutron radiotherapy, fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy, dose-intensive conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and the treatment of pediatric patients under general anesthesia;

Observe the patient s general condition; recognize the need for and deliver emotional and psychological support to patients; refer patients to departmental staff and other health care professionals as needed; reinforce the radiation oncology physicians recommendations regarding general activities, diet, prevention and treatment of reactions to radiotherapy;

Enter treatment planning field data into treatment machines under the general supervision of dosimetry and medical physicists; maintain accurate and daily records of technical, legal, and statistical aspects of treatment which will include both hard copy and electronic file format;

Assist radiation oncology physicians in tumor localization, simulation and dosimetry procedures using CT scanners, simulators, computer dosimetric calculations and/or other equipment and techniques;

Check patient s prescription and treatment record for errors and work with radiation oncology physicians in delivering the prescribed course of therapy;

Participate in training radiation therapy technologists, other assigned staff, and student technologists;

Participate in departmental conferences relating to patients being treated on the equipment to which they are assigned;

May perform daily quality assurance tests on radiation therapy equipment;

Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS - Classified Non-Union

Registered as a radiation therapy technologist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or equivalent organization AND six months of experience in one or more specialized radiation therapy areas

OR

equivalent education/experience.

New Class: 11-9-2001

CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05