M.Sc. in Medical Radio Imaging is a 2- year postgraduate course that studies the application of technology for viewing, analyzing, and interpreting such a non-uniformly composed object as the human body. The earliest discovery among imaging technologies was the X-ray, which was discovered by Roentgen in 1895. In the past 30 years, growth in this field has accelerated with the introduction of Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and cross-sectional imaging.
The course curriculum covers subjects such as Anatomy, Physiology, Radiation Physics, Imaging Physics and Radiographic Positioning, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Medicine, Orthopedics, ENT, special radiographic procedures, new imaging modalities and recent advancements.
The program imparts advanced learning to eligible students in radiographic techniques of X-ray, MRI and ultrasonography, involving papers on the principles of Radiographic Exposure, Nuclear Medicine Imaging Techniques, Biostatistics and Radiation Evaluation, and Protection in Diagnostic Radiology.
Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in hospitals, clinics, corporate houses, software development, and research.
The average course fee in India ranges between INR 10,000 and 2 lacs. The average annual salary offered to such postgraduates in India lies between INR 4 and 5 lacs.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Yearly System|
|Eligibility||Graduation from a recognized university|
|Admission Process||Entrance exam. Direct admission in some cases.|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000 - 2 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 4 - 5 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||Hospitals, Clinics, Radiology centers, Research Labs, Veterinary Hospitals, etc.|
Radiographers are healthcare professional who apply imaging techniques and equipment to scan the interiors of the human anatomy and diagnose ailments and diseases.
Radiographers are also known as Radiologic Technologists, Medical Radiation Technologists, and Diagnostic Radiographers.
The primary duties of a Radiographer include communicating with the consulting doctor, carrying out radiography tests recommended by the Radiologist, 1communicating with, and guiding the patient (before, during and after scan), operating diagnostic equipment, taking care of pre, intra and post scan procedures (safety and medical procedures), analyzing scan results (depending upon qualification) and treating patients using radiotherapy (depending upon qualification).
Generally, a Radiographer or Radiologic Technologist works under the guidance/supervision of a qualified Radiologist. Under certain circumstances, depending upon their qualification, they also perform radiotherapy to cure patients.
Medical Radio Imaging finds application in X-ray, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, Angiography and PET technologies to diagnose diseases. Medical imaging is a powerful tool for diagnoses and treatment of diseases.
Medical Radio Imaging is a diagnosis process where imaging techniques are used to scan the internal organs and parts of human anatomy with minimal or no invasion.
The course aims to train eligible candidates in use of such scanning techniques as X-Ray, Fluoroscopy, Computed Tomography Scan (CT Scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasound, Angiography, and Mammography etc.
The minimum criteria of eligibility needed to be met for admission to the course are listed here.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by them.
|Name||City||Average Fees in INR|
|All India Institute of Medical Sciences||New Delhi||2,500|
|Armed Forces Medical College||Pune||1,64,000|
|University College of Medical Science||New Delhi||7,825|
|School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal University||Manipal||4,40,000|
|Maharishi Markandeshwar University||Ambala||1,80,000|
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s score at the levels of both 10+2 and graduation.
A few institutes in India also conduct a relevant entrance test for assessing and admitting eligible candidates.
A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Instrumentation of conventional Radiology equipment|
|Principles of Radiographic exposure|
|Instrumentation of specialized Radiology equipment|
|Advanced technology and Instrumentation of Ultrasound|
|Nuclear Medicine Imaging|
|Advanced technology and Instrumentation of CT|
|Advanced technology and Instrumentation of MRI|
|Interventional Radiology Techniques|
|Care of patients in Diagnostic Radiology|
|Management of Healthcare Organizations|
Successful postgraduates of the course are lucratively hired in a wide range of related areas such as hospitals/clinics, corporate houses, software development teams (for medical imaging systems), teaching and research. There is a constant concern regarding excessive exposure to radiation, but it is closely monitored and checked from time-to-time.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as X-Ray Technicians, Scientific Assistants, Clinic Assistants, etc.
Some of the popular avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|X-ray Technician||They use portable X-ray equipment to conduct X-rays procedures in patients' hospital rooms. They usually work in hospitals’ or medical centers’ radiology departments or in emergency rooms. Some X-ray technicians specialize in areas such as Computed Tomography (CT) scanning, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Mammography.||3.6 - 6 lacs|
|Scientific Assistants||A scientific Officer, or a Natural Science Manager, is an experienced scientific researcher, often in charge of research and development within their field. They perform many administrative and managerial duties, and often hold an advanced degree.||6 - 7 lacs|
|Scientific Assistants||Clinical Medical Assistants may also assist nurses and physicians provide direct patient care by taking medical histories, charting vitals, and assisting in examinations and procedures. Even in well-staffed practices, Clinical Medical Assistants often perform some administrative duties.||4 - 6 lacs|
|Radiographer||Radiology Technicians, Technologists, and Sonographers fall within the broad scope of a radiography profession. They use radiation in the form of X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound, and assess, diagnose, and treat patients for a variety of injuries and diseases.||2 - 3 lacs|