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Career in Radiology

Career in Radiology

 A rewarding Career in Radiology – Day by day, we are striving for better health and thanks to science technology that helps us equip with better medical facilities. Radiology is one of the most productive branches of Science. Radiology represents a branch of Science that deals with the radiant energy, which helps in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. 

Radiology is the specialization of medicine that uses the images of X-Ray and other imaging techniques to diagnose the disease or an injury in the patient. Radiology field is mainly divided into two areas: Diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology.
This article will explain everything you need to know about the Career in Radiology , the types of courses available, the eligibility criteria for admissions and the future prospects of course.

 

Who is a radiologist?
A radiologist is a medical doctor who is specialized in diagnosing and treating disease and injury by using medical imaging techniques like – Computed tomography (CT), x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear medicine, fusion imaging, and ultrasound.
Let’s look at the courses available for Radiology and Career in Radiology:
MASTER’S IN RADIOLOGY (MD)
  • Minimum Qualifications:
       MBBS with 1 – year compulsory internship
  • Skills required:
  • Interest and strong base in Biology, Physiology and Anatomy.
  • Excellent vision and analytical skills.
  • Strong technical skills to work on computers.
  • Understanding medical and human anatomy.
  • Interpersonal skills to soothe patient anxiety.
  • MD Radiology: Admission Process
Admission to the Radiology course can be conducted by appearing in any of the following entrance examinations: 
  • Centrally conducted NEET PG (conducted by NBE)
  • Autonomously- conducted entrance exam such as those conducted by any of AIIMS, PGI and JIPMER
  • A State- level PG exam
  • Institute- specific entrance examination conducted by a concerned college.
  • Course Duration:
      MD Radiology – 3 Years long postgraduate course in Medicine
  • Top colleges: 
S. No. Name of Institute Established Year University Type Place Average         Fee                  (in Rs.)
1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences     1956 Autonomous Medical University        Delhi   INR 800
2. Armed Forces Medical College     1948 Government University       Pune INR 30, 000
3.  Christian Medical College Vellore     1900 Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Vellore INR 4,00,000
4.  Bharti Vidyapeeth Medical College     1989 Deemed to be University       Pune INR 7,25,000
      5.  Kurnool Medical College     1956 Government     University Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh INR 13, 600
    6.  St. John Medical College     1963 Rajiv Gandhi  University of Health Sciences  Bangalore INR 3,28000
      7.  Bhaskar Medical College     2005 NTR University Hyderabad INR 5,05,000
      8.  Rajendra Medical College     2002 Ranchi University       Bihar INR 1.35 Lakhs
      9.  Assam Medical College     1947 Public University Dibrugarh,       Assam INR 25,000
    10.  West Bengal University of Health Sciences     2003 Kolkata University  Kolkata, West Bengal INR 83,000
  • Subjects taught:
Radio Physics, Production of X-Rays, Radiation Detection and Measurement, Floroscopy,     Special Radiology, Computed Tomograhy, Ultrasonography etc. 
  • Top recruiting areas:
Integrative health clinics, Public health clinics, College health centers, Natural apothecaries, Physician practices, Government hospitals, Nursing homes, Diagnostic Labs, Diagnostic labs
  • Job positions:
Radiology Technologists, Radiology Technicians, Ultrasound Technicians, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, MRI Technician, CT Tech, CAT Scan Technologist, CT Tech, CT Scan Technologist etc.  
  • Average starting salary:
Rs. 2 to 10 Lakhs
B.Sc IN RADIOGRAPHY
B.Sc in Radiography is a medical sub field that deals with diagnosis of diseases and ailments related to the internal parts of the body, by using of X-Rays.
Minimum qualification: 10+2 qualification or equivalent qualification from a  recognized educational Board.
Course duration: 3 Years, divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting for 6 months
Admission process: Merit/entrance basis
Average course fee: INR 2 Lakhs – 10 Lakhs
Average salary: INR 7,000 to 10,000
Job profiles availability: Angiography, Interventional Radiography, Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography, Computed Tomography, Memmography, Bone Densitometry and Fluoroscopy
 Top colleges and institutes which offer this course:
  • University College of Medical Sciences and GTB hospital
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Tata Memorial Sciences
  • Rajeev Gandhi University of Health Sciences
  • TCR Institute for Materials Technology
DIPLOMA IN RADIOGRAPHY
Diploma in Radiography is the study of a medical subfield which diagnoses the ailment and diseases of the hidden parts of the body by using Ultrasound (Sonography), CT Scan (Computed Tomography), X-ray, Fluoroscopy, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Angiography, PET (Positron Emission Tomography), etc. 
Minimum qualification: 10+2 examination or any equivalent examination with minimum 60% of marks from a recognized board Course duration.
Course duration:  3 Years
Admission process: Merit/entrance basis
       Average course fee: INR 10,000 to 8 Lakhs
       Average starting salary: INR 2 to 10 Lakhs
       Top colleges and institutes which offer this course:
  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore
  • M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
  • HM Patel Institute of Post  Graduate Studies, Gujarat
  • Government Medical College, J&K
  • Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore
Ph.D IN RADIOLOGY
A doctoral program in radiology includes the study of ultrasound, radiation and other imaging techniques that are used to diagnose injuries in a human body. 
Course duration: 3 Years
Admission process: Merit or entrance test
Additionally, they must have the basic skills of research, good interpersonal skills, like written and verbal communication ability. A good analytical skill for reading samples along with hands-on training is also necessary. Experience in lab work also makes a person proficient in the subject. Having a general idea of handling computer is also considered an added advantage for the P.hD. program.
Course fee: INR 15,000 to 2 Lakhs
Top colleges which offer Ph.D. in Radiology are as follows:
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) – Karnataka
  • KLE University – Belgaum 
  • Tamil Nadu Government Dental College (TNGDC) – Chennai
  • Madras Medical College (MMC) – Chennai
  • Manipal University (School of Allied Health Sciences) – Karnataka
Radiology is one of the most popular branches of medical sciences and is a popular choice among medical aspirants across India. The course and Career in Radiology has great scope in coming future. So, if you are a medical aspirant, you can think of pursuing Radiology!