Sharing about “A typical day in the life as Radiation Therapy Technologist (RTT)” includes their roles, responsibilities, duties, working protocols, management, working stress, daily challenges in this modern radiotherapy era. As well as a bit information about how to become a RTT in India.
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Teekendra Faujdar Sr. Radiation Therapy Technologist Fortis Hospital & Cancer Institute, Mohali A day in the Life As : Radiation Therapy Technologist
Aim & Objective : To share about A typical day in the life as Radiation Therapy Technologist (RTT) includes their roles, responsibilities, duties, working protocols, managment, working stress, daily chalanges in this modern radiotherapy era. As well as a bit information about how to become a RTT in India.
Introduction: RTT is a health care professional specialized in delivering therapeutic doses of radiation in the treatment of cancerous growth. They are involved in both planning and implementation of radiotherapy treatment for patients fighting various forms of cancer. Technology is constantly evolving and with constant medical breakthroughs, the job of a RTT is rapidly evolving as well.
Method and Material: Because RTT work with radiation and radioactive materials, this is a potentially dangerous occupation. However, following the proper safety procedures can greatly reduce the health risks. Because of this Radiation & Health concern, few questions are always presents in society:-
Continue Why do we choose Radiotherapy as proffesion? What does the job involves of RTT? What are the roles and responsibilities of RTT? Who will you work with? Career prospects? What is the minimum requirment to be a RTT? What course to take & where?
1. Why do we choose Radiotherapy as proffesion? Would you enjoy working in a team and with a wide range of other health care professionals? Are you ambitious and looking for a career with opportunities to develop your skills? Do you have good technical and communication skills? If youve answered 'Yes' to all of the above you should consider a career as a Radiotherapy
Continue Radiotherapy is about delivering potentially life- saving treatment to cancer patients. You would be responsible for ensuring that patients receive high quality care. You could make a vital difference in many peoples lives.
2. What does the job involves of RTT? Almost all RTT jobs are based in hospitals and cancer treatment centers Depending on which radiotherapy department you work in,will depend on the hours that you will work. At present every RTT works a 40 hour/week. Weekends are not routinely worked in Radiotherapy, although some departments have a system of 'on-call' whereby a RTT is available if there is an emergency.
3. Typical Roles & Responsibilities: The role of the RTT would vary depending upon their experience and expertise. They would be able to: Explain treatment plans to the patient and answer questions about treatment Follow safety procedures to protect the patient and themselves from overexposure to radiation Examine machines to make sure they are safe and working properly X ray the patient to determine the exact location of the area requiring treatment
Continue: Check computer programs to make sure the machine will give the correct dose of radiation to the appropriate area of the patient's body Operate the machine to treat the patient with radiation Monitor the patient to check for unusual reactions to the treatment Keep detailed records of treatment Continue to develop their knowledge and skills.
4. Who will you work with? A typical RTT Team : A typical RTT team would comprise a team of at least 4 to 5 individuals. There would be a combination of RTTs, assistant practitioners and RTT helpers. Each team member is responsible for ensuring that patients receive high quality care. Each team would have a team leader or Chief RTT,who has several years experience.
Other Health Care Professionals You May Work With : Radiation Oncologist Medical Physicist Oncology Nurse Dietician Social worker Physiotherapist Counsellors / psycho-oncologists Engineers Receptionists and administration staff
5. Which equipments will you handle? In this Modern Era, Radiotherapy totally depends upon highly advanced computerised equipments,which are highly precised & works with complete accuracy. RTTs are playing with these equipments called : Linear Accelerator CT Simulator PET Scanner Brachytherapy Machine Cyberknife
6. Career Prospects ? RTTs have a wide variety of proffesional career paths that they can follow, some examples include: Chief Radiation Therapy Technologist Team Leader RTTs Team Technical Supervisor Radiation Therapist Dosimitrist Application Specialist Education and training
7. What is the minimum requirment to become a RTT?As per AERB Safety Code No.- AERB/RF-MED/SC- 1 (Rev. 1)/APPENDIX-VI, A radiation therapy technologist shall have: (i) 10 + 2 or equivalent with science subjects from a recognised board; and (ii) Minimum two years radiation therapy technologists course, or equivalent, based on the minimum course content prescribed by the competent authority, from a recognised institution with in-field training in radiotherapy.
8. What course to take & where? There are a few different ways to become a RTT in india. Some people choose to attend a 2 years Diploma program, while others choose to earn bachelor's degree or Postgraduate diploma in radiation therapy. Some peoples choose to earn Master Degree in radiation therapy technology to become a
Where.? AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) is the authority in india, who is giving the permission to the institute for running radiotherapy technology courses. There are 34 institutes in india, Which are scrutinised till 04/06/2012 and found to be in line with AERB requirements
Msc. Radiotherapy Technology: (2) Pt. J. N. M. Medical College & Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Hospital, Raipur Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh Bsc. Radiation Technology: (11) Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Res. Centre, New Delhi Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research ,Pondicherry Sushila Tiwari Memorial Cancer Research Institute, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), Dehradun, Uttarakhand Kasturba Hospital, Manipal , Karnataka S. M. S. Medical College and Assoc. Group of Hospital, Ramsingh Road, Jaipur , Rajasthan Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),Chandigarh Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerla Kasturba Hospital , Mangalore, Karnataka Tripura Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Tripura Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences(SKIMS), Srinagar , Jammu & Kashmir Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi,
PGDRTT (Postgraduate Diploma): (6) Institute of Medical Sciences BHU Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Gopinath Nagar, Guwahati, Assam Apollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences(NIMS), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Diploma Radiation Technology: (16) Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences University(SVIMS), Tirupati , Andhra Pradesh Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Gopinath Nagar, Guwahati , Assam Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Regional Cancer Centre, Patna, Bihar Yashoda Super Speciality Hospital, Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, Patna , Bihar GSL Trust Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Rajamundry , Andhra Pradesh Basavatarakam Indo- American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Hyderabad, M.N.J. Institute of Oncology, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Medical College, 88 College Street, Kolkata, West Bengal NRS Medical College, 138 AJC Bose Road, Kolkata, West Bengal Burdwan Medical College, P.O. Rajbari, Baburbag, Burdwan, West Bengal Bankura Sammilani Medical College, P.O.- Kenduadihi, Bankura, West Bengal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, 244, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata, West Bengal Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, 37, S.P. Mukherjee Road, Kolkata,
National Associations for RTT: ARTTI - Association of Radiation Therapy technologist of India Other Indian Associations with also you may register: IART Indian Association of Radiological Technologist AMPI- Association of Medical Physicist of India JFMTI Journal Forum for Medical Technologist of India
International Associations for RTT: ISRRT - International Society of Radiographers & Radiological Technologists (UK) ARRT : The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (USA) CAMRT: The C