The radiation therapist is a specially trained technologist who operates the machine that delivers the dose of radiation prescribed by the radiation oncologist. This member of the medical team will give your child a tour of the radiation room, explain about the equipment, and position the child for treatment. The technologist will operate the x-ray machine and will monitor your child via closed-circuit TV and a two-way intercom.
When 3-year-old Katy was being given the tour of the radiation room by her technologist, Brian, he was just wonderful with her He gave her a white stuffed bear, which he used to demonstrate the machine. He immobilized the bear on the table using Katys mask (device to hold the head still during treatment), then moved the machine all around it so that she could hear the sounds made by the equipment. He then took a Polaroid picture of the bear on the table, in the mask, for Katy to take home with her.
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