ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

B.Sc Radiology & Imaging Technology

History / Background

The genesis of Radiology as a science is often linked to the discovery of X-Rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen – a German mechanical engineer & physicist in 1895. Although Radiology has come a long way since then, the traditional X-Ray remains the bulwark of medical diagnosis even in modern day medical science.

The invention of Ultrasound in 1942, CAT Scan in 1971 and MRI in 1977 have all revolutionized the science of medical imaging. The dependence on radiologic imaging for medical diagnosis has grown dramatically to the point that radiologic equipment have become an indispensable tool in hospitals worldwide.

With ever increasing patient numbers and evolving techniques in radiologic diagnosis, Radiology technicians have come to play a very crucial role in diagnostic facilities. These technicians are relied upon for not only preparing & operating radiology equipment, but also performing diagnostic procedures -thereby, giving the radiologist physician the time required to focus on reading & interpretation of study results.

Description

Diagnostic Radiology is the technique and process used to create images of the human body for diagnosis of medical conditions.

Students of Radiology & Imaging Technology are trained in:

  • Diagnostic radiography (which deals with examination of internal organs, bones, cavities and foreign objects)
  • Sonography (which uses high frequency sound and is used in obstetrics [including fetal monitoring throughout pregnancy], abdominal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging.
  • Fluoroscopy live motion radiography (which is used to visualize the digestive system; monitor the administration of contrast agents to highlight vessels and organs or to help position devices within the body).
  • Computed Axial Tomography (which provides cross-sectional views (slices) of the body; can also reconstruct additional images from those taken to provide more information in either 2 or 3D).
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (which builds a 2-D or 3-D map of different tissue types within the body).
  • Nuclear Medicine (which uses radioactive tracers which can be administered to examine how the body and organs function, for example the kidneys or heart).
  • Mammography (which use low dose x-ray systems to produce images of the human mammary glands).

Scope / Opportunities

The advent of advanced radiologic technology like CAT Scan, MRI and Ultrasound has spurred a revolution in medical imaging. Medical Science is now highly dependent on Medical Imaging for accurate diagnosis. CAT Scan and Ultrasound equipment are a standard installation in any medium-sized hospital in India today. Besides this, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of independent diagnostic scan centers in every city and little town. Due to this, there is a burgeoning demand for well-trained Radiology Technologists and graduates of a degree program in Radiology Technology find employment with ease. Students with an instinct to learn can do higher studies in specialized field of study and can progress as scientists and even can enjoy faculty positions in academic institutions. Without a doubt, a career in Radiology Technology offers a promising future, job stability and a good salary.

Curriculum

The curriculum covers instruction in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, General Physics, Radiation Physics, Clinical Radiography, Modern Imaging Techniques & Recent trends in Imaging, Radiation Biology & Radiation Safety.

Course Duration

3 years + 1 year of Internship

Eligibility

Pass in + 2 with 40 % minimum marks in Physics, Chemistry & Biology.

Selection Procedure

Applicants will be short-listed and successful candidates invited for a personal interview. Selection of candidates will be based on +2 marks and performance in the personal interview.