Radiological Technology

As a Radiological Technologist, you carry out diagnostic imaging procedures like X-ray and MRI which the physicians use to diagnose diseases. Radiological technologists are also known as Radiographers ,Radiological technicians and Medical radiation technologists.

What do Radiological Technologists do?

Radiological technologists utilize various imaging technologies to produce medical images that a physician can use to diagnose diseases or injuries. They also assist oncology specialists in administering radiation therapy to cancer patients.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Performing diagnostic imaging procedures like X-rays, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans and CT (Computed Tomography) scans on the patients
  • Checked ltering and maintaining the imaging equipment
  • Checked Discussing with physicians on which areas of the patient’s body the imaging needs to be done
  • Checked Preparing patients for the imaging procedure and clarifying doubts about the procedure
  • Checked Shielding the exposed areas of patients that do not require body imaging
  • Checked Making sure the positioning of equipment is in the correct place to produce the correct image
  • Checked Taking responsibility for radiation safety in the workplace and checking up equipment malfunctions
  • Checked Keeping up to date with the health and safety guidelines in order protect oneself and patients from harmful effects

What areas can a Radiologic technologist specialise in?

An X-ray Technologist is a professional who performs medical imaging using X-ray machines.
A CT technologist is a specialist in operating computed tomography (CT) scanners and positioning the patient to produce the appropriate images.
A Mammography Technologist is a specialist who operates the equipment used to detect and diagnose cancer and other abnormalities of the breast.
An MRI technologist is an expert in performing diagnostic imaging examinations using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
A Nuclear Medicine Technologist is a specialist who administers nuclear imaging tests using radioactive drugs and specialized instruments on patients to diagnose diseases.

How to become a Radiological Technologist?

Step 1
Take Science stream with Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the 10+2 level and securing a minimum score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into Radiology and Radiography courses.

Step 2
Take B.Sc. in Radiological Technology / Radiography

The common courses offered at the UG level in this field are Medical Radiological Technology and Medical Technology in Radiography. You can either go for a B.Sc. or diploma in these areas. The duration of the B.Sc. courses is 3 years and the diploma courses are of 2 years.

Step 3
Take M.Sc. in Specialisation of Choice

After completing the UG degree, you can go for a master’s in specialisations like CT Scan, Angiography, MRI, Mammography, Sonography,Surgical Radiography etc.

Radiological Technology Colleges

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Requirements for masters in radiological technology

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India( For admission into MSc Medical Imaging Technology at Manipal Academy of Higher Education)

  • A Pass in BSc Medical Imaging Technology from a recognized university.
  • A minimum 50 % of aggregate marks or equivalent.
  • Completion of an internship/clinical experience before the commencement of the program.
  • On the basis of Personal Interview (PI) and Departmental Test (DT)

Foreign( For admission into Master of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) at University of California, San Francisco)

  • An undergraduate degree in the basic sciences or engineering.
  • English Language requirements : 550 TOEFL (paper based) or IELTS minimum of 7 overall.
  • On the basis of GRE or MCAT scores.

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Skills Required

Analytical Skills

A radiological technologist should have the ability to collect and analyze information, solve problems, and make decisions.

Mechanical Aptitude

In order to calibrate and maintain radiology equipment, a radiological technologist will have to be comfortable with the technology that they are using.

Medical and Anatomical Skills

To be good at the profession, a radiological technologist should have knowledge about the examination methods, human anatomy, safety around radiation, and the basics of caring for patients along with learning about the technology and equipment.

Attention to detail

A radiological technologist must accurately monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Manual Dexterity

A radiological technologist should have the ability to use their hands in a skillful and coordinated way to grasp and demonstrate small precise movements.

Compassion

Being a part of the healthcare field, it is necessary for a radiological technologist to have compassion as they should treat patients and their families with empathy and understanding.

Industries

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