The Physics and Clinical Engineering service for delivery of radiation oncology services in Dublin is delivered by a network model.
It provides medical physics services to support the delivery of safe and high quality radiation therapy to cancer patients. Clinical Engineering and Radiotherapy ICT are part of the SLRON Physics Department which provides radiotherapy and nuclear medicine/ diagnostic imaging physics support, clinical engineering and clinical ICT support across the three centres in the network. A comprehensive range of radiotherapy treatments, including VMAT, IGRT, stereotactic (intra and extra-cranial), brachytherapy (HDR, ocular and prostate seed) are available. Nuclear medicine provides a diagnostic and follow up service as well as Radium and Iodine therapy treatment. Diagnostic imaging includes CT and MRI scanners. The department is engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and there is a very active clinical trials group in the network so education, research and development is encouraged and facilitated.
Operating as a single entity across three sites brings many challenges as well as opportunities. In order to function as a Network the Radiotherapy ICT component of the network is extremely important as it allows the sites to operate in a paperless manner and allows clinical users access to patient information regardless of their location. This brings many issues from image transfer and storage to chart access that needs to be supported and managed by clinical engineering. Our main Oncology Information System is hosted on a state of the art hyper-converged infrastructure, incorporating technologies such as VMware, Citrix, Nutanix and Veaam.
As a member of the Clinical Engineering team within the Physics Department, the Senior Clinical Engineering Technician will provide Clinical Engineering and Radiation Therapy (RT) ICT services, to support the delivery of safe and high quality radiation therapy to cancer patients.
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