Dosimetrists use treatment planning computers to generate the radiation plan prescribed by your radiation oncologist to treat your cancer. Since treatment plans are often very complex, dosimetrists work closely with your radiation oncologist and medical physicist to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. These professionals require advanced training to create expert radiation plans.
Many dosimetrists start as radiation therapists and then, with intensive training, become dosimetrists. Others are graduates of one- to two-year dosimetry training programs. Dosimetrists are certified by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board. For more information, contact the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists at www.medicaldosimetry.org.