Radiation therapists administer treatment by exposing specific areas of a patient’s body to ionizing radiation. They assist radiation oncologists (physicians who use radiation to treat cancer).
Radiation therapy technologists:
• assist oncologists in planning treatment procedures, including tumor localization
and dosimetry (dose determination).
• help patients assume the correct position for treatment and monitor patients
during the treatment.
• administer radiation therapy according to the prescription and instructions
of the oncologist using a variety of therapeutic equipment.
• protect themselves and their patients from unwanted radiation.
• note and report unusual or adverse reactions to therapy.
• accurately record patients’ treatments.
Average Salary Range
$40,000 – $50,000
Students intending to pursue a career as a
radiation therapist should prepare by taking the most challenging high school courses available in science, math and English. High school graduation (or a GED) is required for entry into a two-year or fouryear radiation therapy program. For oneyear programs, graduation from an accredited radiography program is necessary. Most radiation therapists work in hospitals. Some work in private offices, public health and government facilities or cancer treatment centers.
American Society of Radiologic
15000 Central Ave., S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87123-3917