Radiation therapists work under the supervision of radiation oncologists to give daily radiation treatments. They are experts at operating the radiation therapy machines (linacs) and require specialized training. They carefully and skillfully set up patients for their daily treatments.
Radiation therapists go through a two- to four-year educational program following high school or college. By passing a special examination, radiation therapists may be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In addition, many states require radiation therapists to be licensed. For more information on radiation therapists, contact the American Society of Radiologic Technologists at www.asrt.org.