Medical Dosimetry (BS)
What is A Medical Dosimetry (BS) Degree?
This field includes the practitioners who are members of the radiation oncology team who know all about the radiation machines, how they work, and what they do so that precise doses of radiation can be given according to needs of the patient. The dosimetrist takes the order from the oncologist and calculates very carefully just what dose of radiation is needed over what period of time. The practitioner develops the treatment plan very carefully, accounting for other structures in the body that could be affected. For example, when using radiation treatment on the brain, you have to account for the eyes so they are not damaged. Or the lungs have to be considered when treating the heart. With computer simulations available today, it’s possible to do some precise modeling of results before treating the actual patient.
To earn a BS degree in Medical Dosimetry, in addition to general education, you will take courses in radiation oncology, medical physics, radiation safety, quality assurance, three-dimensional mathematics, and computer operations/functions. It’s best to study in an accredited program, since, depending on where you are, you may need to be licensed to work in the field. Licensure may involve passing a licensing exam plus demonstrating your skills.