Your Team at MRO
To better serve your needs and to improve the care you’ll receive, MRO Radiation Therapy Centers use a team concept. Specialists from various disciplines work together to plan and deliver custom-designed patient treatments.
The leader of your team is a radiation oncologist, who is a doctor who has had special training in using radiation to treat disease, and will prescribe the type and amount of treatment that best suits your needs. Because each person entering the center for treatment has unique needs, the radiation oncologist, along with other specialists, must custom design a treatment plan for every patient. The radiation oncologist works closely with the other doctors involved in your care, and also leads a highly trained health care team, which includes:
Radiation Oncology Nurses
The radiation oncology nursing staff is specifically trained in the needs of cancer patients and helps manage a patient’s care. Working closely with the radiation oncologist throughout a patient’s treatment, they can answer questions and concerns that may arise. The nurses will assist you with your day-to-day concerns, medications, and referrals to other sources to meet your needs. The nurses are always available to the patients and their families, and are a good source of information.
Medical Radiation Physicists
The medical radiation physicist makes sure that the equipment is working with the high degree of precision required for high-quality radiation treatments. They also ensure that every patient’s individual radiation plan is delivered safely and accurately by the treatment machines. Physicists work closely with the radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, and other personnel in the treatment planning process.
The medical dosimetrist is responsible for helping plan a patient’s treatment. Dosimetrists assist the physician in developing a custom treatment plan and calculating radiation dosages based on the radiation oncologist’s prescription and overall treatment goals.
Radiation therapists are specially trained to run the radiation equipment and deliver radiation treatments, ensuring that the radiation is given exactly as prescribed by the radiation oncologist. When a patient is called into the treatment area, the therapists properly align the area of treatment with the radiation beams, and are in continuous communication with the patient during treatment. Your radiation therapist is specially trained to use the data and marks/tattoos (from your simulation) to position you on the treatment table for optimal targeting of your treatment area during radiation therapy.
The medical secretary is there to greet the patient daily and assist in the patient’s care by scheduling appointments, gathering pertinent information for the patient’s record, and maintaining the patient’s records.
MRO Radiation Therapy Centers actively participate in training individuals in careers in radiation oncology. MRO is in partnership with Argosy University and the University of Minnesota Medical Center Radiation Therapy Programs. Under the supervision of MRO staff, individuals receive clinical training in medical physics, dosimetry, and radiation therapy technology.
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