Medical dosimetrists are vital members of the radiation therapy team. Medical dosimetry is the measurement and calculation of dosage for the treatment of cancer patients. After a tumor is located in a patient, dosimetrists use the physician’s instructions to calculate the radiation dosage. Dosimetrists explain procedures to patients and then fit patients with devices to keep them comfortable and immobile during treatment. They may also be involved in research and the development of new therapy techniques.
Medical dosimetrists work in hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and medical research labs.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) classifies medical dosimetrists under the career title radiation therapists, and
Projects growth from 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for radiation therapists may stem from the aging population and advances in radiation therapies.
Training varies depending on previous experience. Radiation therapists may train on the job for 12 months under the supervision of a medical dosimetrist, medical physicist, or radiation oncologist, followed by a year of practical, supervised experience.
College graduates train for two years under the supervision of a medical dosimetrist, medical physicist, or radiation oncologist.
Radiographer licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Successful completion of a course of study in radiologic technology in an accredited program; successful completion of the examination in Radiographer or Radiation Therapy Technology of the AART.
American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
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