The Medical Dosimetrist performs calculations for the accurate
delivery of the Radiation Oncologist's prescribed dose, documents
pertinent information in the patient record, and verifies the
mathematical accuracy of all calculations using a system established
by the Medical Physicist. We perform, or assist in, the application of
specific methods of radiation measurement including ion chamber,
thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD), or film measurement as directed by
the Medical Physicist. Another area that we may contribute to is
giving technical and physics support to the Medical Physicist; this
support could be in radiation protection, qualitative machine
calibrations, and quality assurance of the radiation oncology
equipment. Also, we often take on the role of educator in facilities
that have radiation oncology residents, radiation therapy students or
medical dosimetry students.
The most common and recommended undergraduate major for students
admitted to the program is radiation therapy (RT).
GVSU students receive didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences
in both existing and emerging radiation oncology, including treatment
planning, simulation, quality assurance, brachytherapy, external beam
therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative radiation therapy,
intensity modulated radiation therapy, volumetric modulated arc
therapy and total body irradiation.
The GVSU Medical Dosimetry program is accredited by the Joint Review
Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students who
receive a M.S. degree in Medical Dosimetry from Grand Valley are
eligible for the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB)
national credentialing certification examination in medical
dosimetry. Upon certification by the MDCB, graduates will hold the
title of Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD).
Visit the Master of
Science in Medical Dosimetry website for more information.