In hospitals and cancer clinics, radiation therapists are key members of the cancer treatment team. As part of their professional duty, the full scope of practice for radiation therapists includes:
In addition, MRTTs can perform five controlled acts, which they are authorized to perform under the Medical Radiation Technology Act. These are:
The Radiation Therapist also plays an important role in counseling patients on possible side effects from treatment and providing advice on how to minimize them. A course of radiation treatment can often take several weeks to complete, which usually results in a special supportive relationship developing between the therapist and the patient and family members.