On the Job
Radiation Therapists work under the direction of Radiologists. They review prescriptions and diagnoses. They prepare radiology equipment, communicate with both physicians and patients about treatment, and maintain records and files.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Administer cancer treatments.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
- Position patients for treatment or examination.
- Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
- Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
- Process x-rays or other medical images.
- Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
- Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
Typical Working Conditions
- Frequent contact with others.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Serious consequences if mistakes are made.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Working with a group or team.
- High levels of competition.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
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