• Radiation Physicist III

    Job Locations USA-NY-New York
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/30/2018 10:33 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health - Medical Physics and Radiation Therapy
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    At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.
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    Job Description

    We are:
    The Molecular Imaging Physics section in the Department of Medical Physics is primarily responsible for supporting Nuclear Medicine procedures and equipment in both the hospital and research settings. Our aim is to provide exceptional clinical support for the current practice of medicine and research that utilizes radioactive materials with gamma cameras and PET scanners for the diagnosis of cancer and allied diseases and tumor targeting radionuclides for the treatment of cancer. In addition, the section performs practical research aimed at the immediate translation of results into improved diagnostic and therapeutic performance and methodologies that facilitate the expansion of successful clinical programs.


    The Molecular Imaging Physics section is one of the largest in the country consisting of 8 faculty and 3 non-faculty members that currently supports 13 PET/CT scanners and one PET/MR, as well as 3 SPECT/CTs, 2 regular gamma cameras and a whole-body counter. Molecular imaging activities occur at the main campus, but also at a number of regional locations including New Jersey, Westchester and Long Island. We also provide support for many nuclear imaging research protocols to evaluate new radiotracers, some of which are developed in house by the radiochemistry service.


    You will:

    • Performs quality assurance procedures on equipment required by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO) and other regulatory agencies.
    • Assist in the oversight of daily and weekly QA procedures such as flood uniformity, bar resolution and center of rotation tests on gamma cameras.
    • Perform QA tests on equipment used for targeted radionuclide therapies such as targeted radioiodine treatment of thyroid cancer or Lutathera treatments of neuroendocrine cancers.
    • Perform QA according to departmental procedures on dose calibrators and well scintillation counters.
    • Perform tests to ensure flood corrections for non-99mTc isotopes are maintained within established tolerance levels, i.e. indium-111, iodine-123, iodine-131, lutetium-177 and thallium-201.
    • Performs thyroid dosimetry planning according to departmental policy & procedures
    • Assist technologists in counting serial blood samples according to established procedures.
    • Assist technologists in serial whole body counts according to needs of the clinical staff
    • Assist with region-of-interest analysis to determine radionuclide uptake in tumors and normal organs.
    • Presents plan with nuclear medicine resident staff at thyroid conference held every week
    • Assist clinicians in the design of clinical protocols with new radiopharmaceuticals.
    • Provide support and guidance for patient gamma camera scans during special procedures requiring physics support.
    • Estimate tumor and normal organ doses for patients undergoing radionuclide therapies.
    • Complete vital radio-iodine thyroid therapy plans according to departmental protocol, and physician’s therapy plan objectives.
    • Support the 90Y-radioembolization planning process performed in interventional radiology.
    • Participate in the evaluation of new equipment and computer software for nuclear medicine applications.
    • Assist in the planning of new equipment installations and provides technical input to ensure proper functioning.
    • Trouble shoot gamma camera equipment problems by performing tests and routine maintenance when appropriate. Report problems to vendors and request additional support as necessary.
    • Coordinate repairs with service engineer and perform QA tests to ensure system safety and performance quality after machine maintenance.
    • Perform Jaszczak, ACR and other image quality phantom tests to his performance of the imaging equipment.
    • Teach medical personnel and technologists new gamma camera procedures.
    • Inform/educate physicians of the use and capabilities of new nuclear medicine counting equipment
    • Instruct technologists on correct use of equipment and instrumentation by providing in-service training
    • Participate in developing research protocols on the scanners.
    • Assist in documentation of policy and procedures, and in writing research papers and reports.


    You need:

    • A Master’s Degree in Physics, or equivalent physical science is required
    • A minimum of one year of clinical experience in a Nuclear Medicine department
    • Experience with operation/function of gamma cameras and knowledge of imaging sciences.
    • Knowledge of computer hardware and software for clinical imaging.
    • NYS Medical Physicist permit or license is required


    MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  


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