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Job Description

Under the direction of the Radiation Oncology Manager, the Radiation Therapist for the Radiation Oncology Department (“Department”) in the Hoag Family Cancer Institute of Hoag Hospital (Organization”) performs localizing tumors, participate in treatment planning and deliver high doses of ionizing radiation treatment to patients in accordance with prescription and instructions from Radiation Oncologists. The Radiation Therapist displays and practice a work-style that reflects the mission, vision and values of the Department as well as the Organization. Participate in the continuous quality improvement process. Maintain a working knowledge of departmental standard operating procedures, including the use of specialized instrumentation, Quality Control requirements, and preventive maintenance.  


Essential Functions:


• Ensures a professional and responsive atmosphere by greeting patients, visitors, staff, and physicians promptly and courteously. Refers to each individual by name when appropriate. Screens individuals by requesting to see identification or visitor pass.

Treatment Delivery

• Reviews daily treatment record prior to treatment.

• Assesses daily the patient’s need for information and reassurance.

• Verifies the accuracy of the patient setup prior to treatment delivery.

• Verifies treatment console readouts and settings prior to initiating treatment and upon termination of treatment.

• Ensures that only the patient is in the treatment room prior to initiating treatment.

• Evaluates the patient daily for any untoward effects, reactions and therapeutic responses.

• Knowledgeable of patient self-care techniques for management of radiation side effects.


• Follows imaging protocols.

• Develops and labels films appropriately.

• Takes treatment portal and localization CT simulation images of usable quality.

• Reviews portal films and initiates change as necessary.

• Adjusts imaging techniques for optimal viewing results.

Radiation Safety

• Adheres to radiation safety rules and standards at all time.

• Monitors patient in treatment vault using CCTV and voice activated intercom

• Observes the environment for any potential radiation hazards.

• Wears radiation film badge at all times in the treatment area.

• Minimizes patient exposure during CT imaging procedures.

Teaching and Patient Education

• Provides information on about radiation therapy procedures to the patient, significant others and health care providers.

• Verifies that signed consent has been obtained.

• Provides information and instruction on proper skin care, diet and self-care procedures as needed.

• Shares knowledge and expertise with colleagues, peers, students and all members of the health care team.

• Orients visitors as assigned Simulation

• Assesses the patient’s risk for allergic reaction to contrast material prior to administration for simulation.

• Participates in decisions about appropriate simulation techniques and treatment positions.

• Performs localization of tumor volume under the direction of the physician.

• Selects appropriate immobilization and positioning aids for simulation.


• Reviews patient treatment records and doses daily to ensure that treatment does not exceed prescribed dose or normal tissue tolerance.

• Verifies the mathematical accuracy of the prescription and the daily treatment summary.

• Positions patient in the CT scanner and places radio-opaque markers.

• Verifies treatment plan including the use of beam shaping devices and confirms field orientation.

Block fabrication

• Follows mould room safety including wearing gloves, safety glasses and hand washing.

• Cleans mould room of cerrobend dust on counters, changing tacky mat, vacuum with Hepa filtered vacuum cleaner.

• Uses safe techniques for power drill and other hand tools

• Follows good technique in block fabrication • Ensures quality of block fabricated

• Disposes of hazardous materials such as cerrobend following established guidelines.

Quality Assurance

• Confirms the electronic chart prescription with the treatment plan’s data sheets.

• Checks treatment plan data transferred onto treatment field parameters defined in MOSAIQ.

• Confirms that site doses are carried for prescribed critical structures.

• Reports deviations from the standard or planned treatment to appropriate persons.

• Notifies appropriate health provider when immediate clinical response is necessary based on procedural findings and patient condition.

• Maintains electronic documentation of quality assurance activities (chart rounds), procedures and results in accordance with established guidelines.

Treatment Area Coordination

• Stocks treatment room supplies and linen

• Assists physician in specialized procedures as needed.

• Resolves minor technical problems in daily operations in Treatment Area.

• Determines when to withhold treatment until a physician is contacted.

• Determines the course of action for an emergency or problem situation.

Clinical Care:

• Ensure that quality patient care is delivered to all patients on a 24-hour basis, and the unit is maintained in accordance with professional and regulatory standards and the philosophy and goals of Hoag.

• Standby coverage as assigned.  


Job Requirements:

  • Certified by the California Department of Health Services as a Radiologic Technologist (Therapeutic).
  • Certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist in Radiation Therapy or equivalent as recognized by the ARRT preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills; customer focused; excellent attention to detail; able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; strong interpersonal skills; able to work in a team environment.
  • Proven excellent customer services skills, including the ability to progressively probe, analyze, identify root causes of problems, provide practical solutions, and negotiate resolutions Proficient in CT simulation techniques
  • Solid computer technical required: proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel and MOSAIQ.


Job Preference(s):

  • Qualified bilingual or multi-lingual candidates  


About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Located on the bayside bluffs overlooking Newport Beach, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian stands atop the list of the finest medical facilities in Southern California. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is a 511-bed acute care, not-for-profit hospital that provides a quality work environment and quality lifestyle. This unique combination provides an enriching environment like no other.

A quality work environment and quality lifestyle enables our nurses to chart a satisfying course for every area of their lives - professional, family, friends and personal pursuits. Along with Hoag's commitment and family-oriented approach to providing the highest quality patient care, there is an indisputable pride in the way we fulfill our healing mission.

We invite you to be a part of the dynamic and rewarding career opportunities available at our top-rated medical facility, while enjoying the added luxury of the renowned Southern California lifestyle.

Take a look inside and we believe you'll see why there is no place like Hoag.

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