Radiodiagnosis is the branch of medical science that focuses on the use of radiation, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research purposes in medicinal practice. It is related to disciplines of anatomy, pathology, physiology, and interventional procedures. The prerequisite for pursuing this course is an MBBS degree obtained from a recognized university approved by the Medical Council of India or any of the State Medical Councils.
Upon successful completion of this 3- year long postgraduate course, postgraduates can specialize in Radio-diagnosis, and join any of the Radiological Sciences Laboratories. Such postgraduates are lucratively employed in hospitals, academic/educational institutions, and may even pursue private practice of medical imaging. The areas of specialty for such postgraduates include genitourinary, biliary, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, and specialization in organs such as brain, head and neck, and procedures such as X-ray, MRI, CT, and Angiography.
The course fees in India ranges between INR 30,000 and 5 lacs for the total duration. The average annual salary offered to successful postgraduates of the course in India ranges between INR 3 and 10 lacs.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Yearly System|
|Eligibility||MBBS with 50% minimum aggregate score|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after clearing entrance tests (NEET)|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000 - 2 lacs|
|Average Starting salary||INR 5 - 7 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Hospitals, Research Centers, Scientific Studies, Private Clinics, etc.|
Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses imaging techniques to diagnose and treat diseases that cannot be seen from outside the body. A variety of imaging techniques, such as X-ray Radiography, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are employed for diagnosing and/or treating various complicated diseases. Interventional Radiology follows medical procedures in line with standard procedures of Imaging Technologies.
Radiographers are often also known as Diagnostic Radiologists. They are responsible for interpreting or ‘reading’ medical images and producing brief and concise reports based on them. They analyze the findings and impressions of such diagnoses. Such reports are then referenced to the Clinician, either routinely or on emergency-basis. The results thus obtained of the Imaging procedures are stored digitally in PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System).
Ideal candidates for the course would possess the following:
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees in INR|
|Kasturba Medical College (KMC)||Manipal||2,31,933|
|Kasturba Medical College (KMC)||Mangalore||2,31,933|
|Hind Institute of Medical Sciences - [HIMS]||Lucknow||6,50,000|
|Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust University||Dehradun||4,66,000|
|Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology - [KMIO]||Bangalore||13,600|
|Indira Gandhi Medical College - [IGMC]||Shimla||39,000|
|Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, [BMCARI]||Bangalore||19,690|
|Thrissur Govt. Medical College||Thrissur||50,000|
|Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, [JIPMER]||Puducherry||11,200|
|Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC)||Delhi||16,100|
|Armed Forces Medical College||Pune||6,500|
|Lady Hardinge Medical College||Delhi||13,000|
|Moti Lal Nehru Medical College||Allahabad||8,500|
|Government Medical College||Kottayam||45,000|
|Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences||Tirupati||1,12,000|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates need to have attained the 10+2 qualification with Biology, Chemistry and Physics as main subjects, and with a minimum aggregate score of 55%.
Also, candidates are needed to have completed a 5.5-year long MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), inclusive of a 1-year internship, with a minimum aggregate score of 55%. Often, candidates are required to qualify an institute, State or national-level entrance test for admission to the course.
Process of admission to the course may vary across institutes. Some institutes conduct their own entrance exams for admission, while some select students on the basis of their score at the level of graduation, completed from a recognized college/university.
Also, most colleges/universities in India base their criterion on the candidate’s performance in the national-level NEET PG.
Listed here are some such major entrance exams held in the country.
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Basic science related to the specialty of Radiodiagnosis|
|Gastrointestinal (GIT) and Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic System|
|Radiology Emergency Medicine|
|Mammography and Breast Intervention|
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Radiologist||A radiologist executes and interprets medical images such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs, and uses them to treat health problems in patients.||4-5 lacs|
|Radiographer||A Radiographer creates medical images in the form of x-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and ultrasound. Radiographers assess, diagnose, and treat patients for a variety of injuries and diseases.||2-4 lacs|
|Health Diagnostics Technologist||They perform X-rays, mammograms, MRIs or CT scans. Their duties include explaining procedures and preparing patients for imaging, following physicians' instructions, and taking precautionary safety measures. They work in various medical disciplines, such as radiology, oncology, cardiology, and neurology.||6-8 lacs|