Medical Physics is a branch of physics that is associated with the practice of medicine. The practice of Medical Physics means the use of principles and accepted protocols of physics to assure the correct quality, quantity, and placement of radiation during the performance of a radiological procedure. Relocation / Recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants. Therapeutic Medical Physicists (TMPs) work in Radiation Oncology and have responsibilities that include: protection of the patient and others from potentially harmful or excessive radiation; establishment of adequate protocols to ensure accurate patient dosimetry; the measurement and characterization of radiation used for radiotherapy; the performance and supervision of treatment planning; the determination of delivered dose; advancement of procedures necessary to ensure delivered dose integrity; the assessment and monitoring of image quality; development and direction of quality assurance programs; assistance to other health care professionals in optimizing the balance between the beneficial and deleterious effects of radiation; and compliance with applicable federal and state regulations. Linac QA. Participates in the calibration of radiation beams from treatment units. This involves (a) maintaining the calibration of quality assurance devices such as ion chambers and electrometers, (b) measuring beam parameters via ion chambers in solid water or a scanning water tank, film, and TLDs, (c) and comparing this data against the commissioning data using established guidelines (e.g., AAPM Task Group). External Beam Treatment Planning. Supervises treatment planning, the components of which are: (a) supervision of patient contours and/or imaging studies (e.g., CT), (b) determination of dose at different points within the treatment volume, (c) selection of beams (together with their angles, weights, collimation, and filtering), (c) generation of isodose curves or other information and dosimetry, and (d) selection of wedges, bolus, and other devices necessary for proper treatment. Cross-checks hand calculation and computer calculations made by others. Radiation Modifier Fabrication. Participates in the preparation of radiation therapy treatment devices such as custom field blocks, tissue compensators, and build-up boluses. Participates in the planning and the production of molds, casts and other immobilization devices. Patient Positioning Supervision. Establishes and supervises accuracy in patient positioning for treatment.. Responsible for follow-up plans; treatment setups during the course of patient treatment; and proposing changes, depending on the initial plan of treatment, such as reduced field size, and changes needed for safety purposes, such as blocking of spinal cord or other sensitive structures and organs, etc. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Tuesday thru Friday (10 hour days); may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Therapeutic Medical Physicist/PD21Y88A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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