Radiotherapy is the application of radiation medicine in the treatment of cancer. Radiotherapy Technicians work in cancer hospitals and aid in chemotherapy treatment. The subject of Radiotherapy is also an integral part of B.Sc. in Medical Technology pursed by Medical Technologists.
Top Institutes offering this course are:
The curriculum covers areas of study such as Radiation Physics, Radiobiology, Radiation Oncology, Chemotherapy and related topics. Eligible candidates are needed to be well- versed in the constantly evolving techniques and drugs applied in chemotherapy, besides the use of computers, radiological concepts etc.
The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 800 and 10 Lacs. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s rank in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Radiation Oncologist/ Radiation Therapist, Radiology Technicians, Ultrasound Technician/ Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, MRI Technician, CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist/ CT Scan Technologist etc.
They are hired in industries related to healthcare, including Hospitals, Physician Practices, Integrative Healthcare Clinics, Public Health Clinics, College Health Centers, Natural Apothecaries etc. The average annual salary offered in India for such positions varies between INR 2 and 10 Lacs.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Phase System|
|Eligibility||M.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.A.S.M., B.E.M.S., B.I.A.M.S., B.N.Y.T., B.A.T.S., B.U.M.S., B.P.T., B.Pharma., N.O., or M.D(A.M)|
|Admission Process||Selection for admissions is based on the rank obtained in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).|
|Course Fee||INR 800 to 10 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 10 Lacs per year|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Healthcare environments including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans.|
|Job Positions||Radiation Oncologist/ Radiation Therapist, Ultrasound Technician/ Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, MRI Technician, CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist/ CT Scan Technologist etc.|
MD Radiotherapy is a 3- year long clinical specialty course. Radiotherapy or Radiation Therapy or Radiation Oncology is mostly used for the treatment of critical disorders like cancer, thyroid disorders and some blood disorders, by means of high- energy X-rays.
The course explores on an advanced level, aspects of Radiation Biology, Radiation Chemistry, Relevance of Radiation Biology to Radiotherapy, Radiation Effects on Major Organs/ Tissues, Clinical Radiotherapy. Upon successful completion of the course, qualified professionals can also work as Consultant Radiation Oncologists in hospitals, clinics, and health departments in both governments and private sectors.
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|
|Amrita University||Coimbatore||INR 10 Lacs|
|All India Institute of Medical Sciences||Delhi||INR 800|
|Christian Medical College||Vellore||INR 4 Lacs|
|KMC||Manipal||INR 6 Lacs|
Applicants aspiring to pursue the course need to have completed any of M.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.A.S.M., B.E.M.S., B.I.A.M.S., B.N.Y.T., B.A.T.S., B.U.M.S., B.P.T., B.Pharma., N.O., and M.D (A.M).
Practitioners and research workers who have been practicing for the last 10 years, are exempted from fulfilling such requirements of basic minimum qualification, and may directly apply for the program.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in any of the following entrance examinations:
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.
|Year I||Year II||Year III|
|Clinical Oncology (In-patient ward and special clinics)||Clinical Oncology & Critical Care (In–patient ward & special clinics)||Radiation Oncology (Inpatient ward and special clinics)|
|Radiation Physics||Radiation Physics||Dissertation|
|Pathology/Radiobiology||Palliative Care||To be submitted at least 6 months before the final examination.|
|Diagnostic Radiology||Medical Oncology including Haemato-oncology (In-patient ward and special clinics)||-|
|Cancer Epidemiology and Statistics||Simulator and Teletherapy machine posting||-|
|Cancer Research and Laboratory methods||-||-|
Successful postgraduates of the course are tasked with increased clinical responsibilities in a variety of areas involving oncology services. These include:
Radiographers in specialist roles such as tumor detection and technical specialty coordinate and provide high-quality care to the patient.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Radiation Oncologist/ Radiation Therapist||A Radiotherapist / Radiation Oncologist is a specialist who deals with treatment of cancer patients mainly with the use of different modalities of radiation. The treatment of cancer is a multimodality comprehensive treatment with surgical oncology, radiation oncology and medical oncology being integral parts of it.||1,867,730|
|X-ray Technicians||X-ray Technicians (also known as X-ray Technologists or Radiologic Technologists) use cutting-edge imaging methods to visualize the inside of the human body. The pictures they create help physicians diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries with great accuracy.||1,84,206|
|Ultrasound Technician||Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled technicians who use ultrasound technology on a wide range of soft-tissue procedures, including obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal, cardiac, and neuro-sonography.||2,75,000|
|MRI Technician||MRI Techs operate a magnetic resonance scanner to obtain two- or three-dimensional maps of various tissue types within the patient’s body that are used by physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies. After entering and monitoring the patient’s data, the MRI Technician transfers images from disk to magnetic media in order to create and develop the film for the doctor or radiologist to analyze.||3,50,000|
|CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist||CT Tech is responsible for producing computerized tomographic scans of certain sections of the patient’s body. CAT Scan Technologists perform abdominal scans, gynecological and obstetric scans, ultrasound examinations, as well as retroperitoneal scans to create three-dimensional cross-sections or slices of the body.||3,06,782|
|Radiologist Assistant||Radiologist Assistants perform advanced techniques to investigate disorders. They help Radiologists in complex radiology procedures and perform fluoroscopy under his supervision. They are a channel between the radiology department and the physician. Venous diagnostic exams and feeding tube installation are the other duties.||7,60,000|
|Radiologic Technologist||Radiologist Technologists aid the Radiologist in processes of diagnosis and imaging. They take the imaging and take care of the safety and comfort of the patient. The RT is not involved in the actual diagnosis as it is performed by the Radiologist.||3,00,000|