B.Sc. in Nuclear Medicine Technology is a 3- year full- time course divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. The major objective of the course is to create skilled professionals who, in addition to demonstrating the requisite knowledge and skills required in Nuclear Medicine, are also trained in applying such knowledge and skills in the appropriate workplace context.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists are professionals proficient in a range of generic and academic skills, having a broad integrated knowledge of health science. They are reflective practitioners working towards benefitting the community and society.
The curriculum facilitates a holistic development of the student in terms of offering professional skills in a clinical environment, which involves working with patients as part of the Health Care Team. Nuclear Medicine involves the use of radioactivity in the diagnosis and to a lesser extent, treatment of a number of diseases.
Nuclear Medicine involves dispensing and administering radioactive substances to a patient. The distribution of radioactivity within the patient’s body is then imaged using a Gamma Camera in order to obtain information on the structure and function of organs. A Nuclear Medicine Technologist forms part of a multidisciplinary team.
The average annual course fee ranges in India ranges between INR 3,000 and 2,00,000, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual starting salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 9 lakhs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Under Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as main subjects|
|Admission Process||Merit- based direct admission or entrance test|
|Course Fee||INR 3,000 to 2,00,000|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2,00,000 to 9,00,000|
Nuclear Medicine is a diagnostic medical imaging and treatment speciality. It combines elements of Applied Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Computing with patient care skills. Radioactive tracers are administered to patients in order to diagnose and/or treat disease.
Nuclear Medicine differs from other imaging techniques such as X-ray and CT in terms of its potential to provide minute information about the function of the systems of the body. However, as imaging technology advances, close correlation with radiological techniques is essential. The use of these radioactive tracers is closely monitored. The techniques are safe both for the patient and for the technologist.
Technologists can advance within the field by building on the relevant skills and knowledge. Enhanced roles in the area include conducting cardiac stress testing, reporting and teaching. Technologists may also be promoted to management roles. Additionally, career opportunities exist within the education industry for experienced technologists.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.
|COLLEGE NAME||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEE IN INR|
|Christian Medical College||Vellore||INR 1,31,000|
|Manipal College of Allied Of Health Sciences||Manipal||INR 3,00,000|
|Sri Vekateswara Institute of Medical Science||Tirupati||INR 48,000|
|Aiims||New Delhi||INR 3,085|
|Dr. MGR Medical University||Chennai||INR 27,000|
|Madras Medical Mission||Chennai||INR 16,000|
|Sanjay Gandhi PG Institute of Medical Sciences||lucknow||INR 75,000|
|Tata Memorial Hospital||Maharashtra||INR 42,000|
|Amity Institute of Space Science and Technology||Noida||INR 1,13,500|
|Kiwadi Memorial Institute of Oncology||Bangalore||INR 1,20,000|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates need to have passed 10+2 or equivalent qualification from a recognized educational Board, with Physics, Chemistry and English with Biology or Mathematics as main subjects, and a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level. Candidates with Mathematics as one of the main subjects in 10+2 are given separate ranks based on the aggregate score in PCM in the merit list. In case of two or more candidates obtaining equal marks in the merit list, the inter-se merit of such candidates is determined respectively on the basis of scores in English and the aggregate score in the qualifying examinations.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists can provide imaging to patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease. Nuclear medicine technologists can improve their job prospects by completing a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program or earning a specialty certification, such as in Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Nuclear Cardiology (NCT), or Computed Tomography (CT).
Upon graduating from an accredited program, a Technologist can choose to specialize in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) or Nuclear Cardiology. PET uses a machine that creates a three-dimensional image of a part of the body, such as the brain. Nuclear Cardiology uses radioactive drugs to obtain images of the heart. Patients may exercise during the imaging process while the technologist creates images of the heart and blood flow.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Radiologist||A Radiologist is a medical doctor who is trained in executing and interpreting medical images such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs and using them to treat health problems in patients. Radiologists perform image-guided procedures but do not normally handle the general medical needs of a patient.||INR 3,30,000|
|Research Assistant||Research Assistants/Associates are Academic Student Employees (ASEs) hired by the faculty to assist in carrying out a particular research agenda. While a Research Assistant is expected to contribute in many ways to the research project, typical responsibilities include conducting literature reviews.||INR 2,40,000|
|Associate and Lab Leader||They schedule lab or equipment use-time for the staff. Some Lab Managers also are responsible for purchasing lab supplies or preparing ordering lists. They often handle security documents and must ensure that all information and data collected in the lab is kept safe. This is especially relevant in government laboratories and can involve the use of special software and computers.||INR 5,00,000|
|Professor||Postsecondary Teachers work for different types of institutions, and their job duties vary with the kind of organization they work for. They may teach one or more courses within that department, such as a mathematics professor teaching calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.||INR 9,00,000|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologist||They operate the equipment that creates images of areas of a patient's body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.||INR 7,00,000|
A year - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Human anatomy and physiology|
|Basics of computer and image hard copies production|
|Basic physics and nuclear physics|
|Principles of hospital practices|
|Physics of Nuclear Medicine instrumentation|
|Radiochemistry & Radio pharmacy|
|Nuclear Medicine Techniques & Special Procedures|
|Patient care relevant to Nuclear Medicine practice|
|Recent advances in Nuclear Medicine Techniques|
|Radiation Biology & Radiation safety in Nuclear Medicine.|
|Quality Assurance in Nuclear Medicine.|