The RSEA exists to serve the Radiotherapy Service Engineer or other individuals who directly repair and maintain the equipment used in the delivery of radiation for medicinal use. Since 09/17/2001 RSEA been registered and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.
What is a Radiotherapy Service Engineer?
Radiotherapy Service Engineers work in support of delivery of radiation for medicinal use, chiefly in that used for cancer treatment. They are an active part of the team of professionals who provide patient care and support in the Radiation Oncology or Radiotherapy setting. The other members of the team include Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Nurses, Dosimetrists and Radiotherapists. Radiotherapy Service Engineers perform mechanical calibrations, preventative and predictive maintenance and emergency repair of the complex equipment used in Radiotherapy. Specifically: Medical Linear Accelerators, Radiotherapy Simulators, Teletherapy systems, Electronic Portal Imagers, Digital X-ray systems, Multileaf Collimators and many imaging devices used in radiotherapy. These systems incorporate complex electronics, embedded microprocessors, high-speed wire and optical networks, high vacuum systems, precision motor controls, lasers, microwave systems, image processing systems and radioactive isotopes, to name a few.
Meet The Board
Current Board Members
- Frank Spitz-President
- Luis Segovia-Secretary
- Anthony McCabe-Treasurer
- Chuck Smith-Member at Large
- Ken Wright-Member at Large
- Jeff Peyton-Member at Large
- David Sauter-Member at Large
RSEA Statement and Recommendations:
Linear accelerators used in the delivery of radiation therapy employ high powered electrical and RF devices in the generation and emission of high energy ionizing radiation. Operation, service and/or maintenance by personnel lacking the appropriate education, training and experience could result in serious injury or death. Furthermore, the production and delivery of therapeutic doses of ionizing radiation involves the integration and use of a wide variety of disparate systems and technologies.
Therefore, the Radiotherapy Service Engineers Association (RSEA) recommends candidates seeking employment in the Radiotherapy Service field have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology. Degrees in Electronics, Clinical Engineering, Medical Electronics or a related field are preferred. Alternatively, candidates with an associate level technology degree with two years practical electronics experience or a one year practicum servicing radiotherapy equipment, as well as candidates with an equivalent military technical school with two years practical electronics experience, should be considered.
The RSEA recommends that candidates seeking mid-level positions requiring little direct supervision have a minimum of three (3) years practical experience servicing medical linear accelerators and related equipment while candidates for senior and supervisory positions should have a minimum of six (6) years practical experience with the broad range of equipment typically found in radiation oncology departments. All candidates should have proven verbal and written communication skills.