Radiology is also known as diagnostic imaging, it is a series of different tests that take images of various parts of the body.
Radiologist technologists are the health care professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-ray examinations, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and computed tomography (CT) scans. They are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced also they work very closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury.Some of them specialize in specific techniques such as cardiovascular-interventional radiography, mammography or sonography.
How to become a radiologist:
- The basic essential steps to becoming a radiologist are earning an undergraduate degree and earning a medical degree
- Now, a physician must have completed four years of a radiology residency to become a radiologist.
- State license is very important for radiologists. The license will be provided after the two-part examination covering medicine, anatomy, imaging modalities and physics.
Skills required to become a good radiologist:
- One has to completely understand the medical and human anatomy that relates human health.
- Strong technical skills are required as they have to work on the computer.
- Excellent vision and analytical skills are required.
- One must have an interest and a solid background in Biology, Physiology and Anatomy.
Diploma Courses – 2 years
- Diploma in Radiography and Radiotherapy
- Diploma in Radio-diagnostic Technology
Bachelor’s Courses – 3 years
- B.Sc in Radiography
- B.Sc (Hons.) in Medical Radiotherapy Technology
Master’s Courses – 2 years
- Post Graduate Diploma in Radiotherapy Technology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Radio-diagnosis and Imaging Sciences
- Post Graduate Diploma in X-ray Radiography and Ultra-sonography
Higher studies after Radiology:
After completing your degree in this field one can become
- Radiologist (MD)
- Radiology Technologists/ Radiographer
- Radiology Technicians
- Ultrasound Technician/ Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- MRI Technician
- CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist/ CT Scan Technologist
Top colleges of India offers medical education in radiology are:
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS )
- Armed Forces Medical College, Pune (AFMC )
- Christian Medical College, Vellore
- Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry (JIPMER 2020)
- Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi
- Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi
- After successfully completing a program a student will be capable of holding assignments in hospital and health care institutions, research laboratories and diagnostic centres.
- Students with an eagerness to learn can do higher studies in a specialized field of study and can progress as scientists and can also enjoy faculty positions in academic institutions.
Common working places for a radiologist:
- Government Hospitals
- Private Hospitals
- Public Health Centres
- Diagnostic Labsa
- Nursing Homes
A day in the life of a radiologist
- Obtaining patient histories from patient interviews, electronic records, referring clinicians or dictated reports
- Have to prepare a comprehensive report of findings
- Performing diagnostic imaging procedures, such as MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound or mammography
- Reviewing the information gathered from diagnostic imaging procedures
- Communicating the results of the diagnostic information to physicians and patients
A radiologist gets the salary depending upon their job titles. In India, an average salary of Rs 545,630 per year has been paid to the Physician / Doctor, Radiologist.
Job Description and Salary:
|Job Profile||Job Description||Salary|
|A Radiology Technician works with a Radiologist to diagnose and treat patients using diagnostic imaging examinations like X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans. The Radiology Technician will prepare patients and equipment for radiology procedures, perform the tests, and maintain the equipment.||4-5 lakhs|
|They help radiologists manage and assess patients by performing radiologic procedures. they need to follow detailed instructions from physicians, prepare patients for procedures, implement proper safety protocol and operate computerized equipment. They are also responsible for calibrating and maintaining medical radiologic equipment.||2-3 lakhs|
|Radiologist||Radiologists are medical professionals that are specialists in the field of medical imaging. Radiologists work with medical imaging technology in order to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries||18 lakhs|
|Radiologic technologists use diagnostic imaging equipment to help physicians identify illnesses and injuries. They may use x-ray equipment, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, or mammography to perform X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or mammograms||4-5 Lakhs|
|A radiology nurse also referred to as a medical imaging nurse, is a nursing professional that cares for patients that must undergo diagnostic imaging procedures and radiation therapy. Common diagnostic imaging tests include x-rays, computed tomography scans (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRIs), and ultrasounds.||8-9 Lakhs|
Ultrasound Technician / Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
|An ultrasound technician helps doctors and other health professionals diagnose patients' ailments. He or she operates special equipment that uses high-frequency sound waves to record images of internal organs.||5-6 Lakhs|
|MRI technicians, also commonly referred to as MRI technologists, are professionals who operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning machines. They use this technology to capture images of patient's bodies in order for physicians to diagnose medical problems.||3-4 lakhs|
|CT Tech / CAT Scan Technologist / CT Scan Technologist||CT Technologists take diagnostic images of patients' internal structures using computerized tomography equipment. They ensure that patients are correctly positioned and closely monitored during CT scans.||
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