Radiography is a modern medical technology used to diagnose the ailment and diseases of the internal parts of the body using X-ray, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, CTscan, MRI, Angiography and PET technologies. Radiation therapists can easily diagnose the disease and can suggest effective treatment procedure. There are two types of radiography: diagnostic and therapeutic. Diagnostic radiography is concerned with operating radio imaging machines and interpreting Results. But therapeutic radiography involves treatment of cancers, ulcer and tumors with the help of radiation technology. Radiation therapists are constantly on their feet setting up treatments for cancer patients and often have to assist disabled patients on and off the treatment table. Since they work with cancer patients, radiation therapists should have good interpersonal skills, a caring and empathic attitude, be physically fit, and maintain a positive attitude.
Courses and eligibility:
The various courses offered in this field are:
- B.Sc. (Hons.) Medical Technology in Radiology.
- B.Sc. Radiography.
- Bachelor of Medical Radio Diagnosis and Imaging Technology (BMRIT).
- Bachelor of Medical Radiotherapy Technology (BMRT).
- Certificate Course in Radiography.
- Certificate Course in Radiography Diagnostic.
- Certificate Course in Radiological Assistant.
- Diploma in Radio diagnostic Technology.
- Diploma in Radiography and Radiotherapy.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Radio Diagnosis and Imaging Sciences.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Radio Therapy Technology.
- Post Graduate Diploma in X-ray Radiography and Ultrasonography.
The minimum eligibility criteria for admissions in a bachelor's programme is 10+2 or equivalent with 50% marks in mathematics, physics and chemistry. One can also pursue a diploma or a certificate course after completing class X.
Radiation therapists are recruited by many nursing homes, hospitals, diagnostic centers and super specialty hospitals. They are employed in the X-ray and ultrasound departments of medical institutions and clinics. Besides, self-employment opportunities are also available in this field. Highly qualified professionals can engage in R&D, and also be employed as lecturers in medical colleges. Indian radiographers are in high demand in abroad particularly in Western European countries, USA and Gulf countries.
The starting salary of fresh graduates is Rs. 5000-8000 per month in government hospitals. X-ray technicians can get a salary of about Rs 10000 pm. Junior occupational therapists may initially draw salaries ranging between Rs 4,000 and Rs 5,500 per month which is poised to increase with experience.
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