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Summary

Radio technicians are a group of allied medicine professionals who are trained to use medical imaging techniques, such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound for creating images of a patient’s internal anatomy to diagnose injury or disease. Imaging techniques involve the use of radiation, hence it is very important to have adequate training and understanding of radiation safety and protection.

Career Opportunities as a Radio Technician

  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
    They are a type of radiology technician that performs imaging tests using special scanners and cameras, along with compounded radioactive substances called radiopharmaceuticals. They assist physicians in diagnosing and treating disease in patients.
  • Mammographer
    It is an advanced radiologic imaging technique that utilizes low-energy X-rays to produce images of breast tissue for screening and diagnostic purposes. Mammographer play a very important role in early detection of breast cancer and finding other breast abnormalities.
  • CT Technologist
    A CT scan technologist, specialize in the particular modality of computed tomography (CT). It utilizes computer processed X-rays to produce three-dimensional images of different areas of the body such as the head, or abdomen.
  • MRI Technician
    An MRI technician or technologist is a category of radiology technician that specializes in the modality of magnetic resonance imaging. MRI helps physicians diagnose abnormalities in patients using a powerful magnetic field. It produces detailed images of organs, soft tissue, and bones.

How to Become a Radio Technician

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue B.Sc. Radiology for 3 yearsPursue M.sc Radiotherapy / Radio-diagnosis for 2-3 yearsPursue Ph.D. for 4-5 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue B.Sc. Radiology for 3 yearsPursue Diploma/PG Diploma in Radiotherapy / Radio-diagnosis for 2 years-

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12th or senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit (17 at 31st December of the year of admission).

Leading Institutes

Top Radio Technician Institutes in India
College Location Website
All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Multiple Locations www.aiims.edu/en.html
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Bangalore www.rguhs.ac.in
University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital New Delhi www.ucms.ac.in
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research Chandigarh www.pgimer.edu.in/PGIMER_PORTAL/PGIMERPORTAL/home.jsp
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post-Graduation Medical Education Research Pondicherry www.jipmer.edu.in
Armed Forces Medical College Pune www.afmc.nic.in
Christian Medical College Vellore www.cmch-vellore.edu
Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi www.mamc.ac.in
Grant Medical College Mumbai www.gmcjjh.org
Top Radio Technician Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Harvard Medical School Boston www.hms.harvard.edu
John Hopkins School of Medicine Baltimore www.hopkinsmedicine.org/som/index.html
Michigan Medical School Michigan www.medicine.umich.edu/medschool/home
Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago www.pritzker.uchicago.edu
UNC School of Medicine North Carolina www.med.unc.edu
Perelman School of Medicine Pennsylvania www.med.upenn.edu
David Geffen School of Medicine (UCLA) Los Angeles www.medschool.ucla.edu
UW School of Medicine (St. Louis) Missouri, USA www.medicine.wustl.edu

Work Description

  • Diagnose and treat patients through medical imaging techniques
  • Create images using CT scans, MRI, X-rays, ultrasounds, etc.
  • Be aware of the body parts that are to be evaluated
  • Monitor the safety measure before and during the imaging
  • Be able to interpret the reports correctly
  • Brief and console the patient about the procedure
  • Communicate with the patient with empathy and care
  • Organise the accounts and reports of the patients in a proper manner
  • Remain well versed with different machines and their technology
  • Perform duties in line with the ethical standards

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Radio Technician

Pros
  • By working with physicians, they help in monitoring disease progression or they help in diagnosing a particularly dangerous ailment to prevent it from spreading or causing further harm to a patient.
  • The demand for radiologist is on high as many interventional radiological procedures are replacing surgical procedures.
  • You will get the opportunity to work with technology.
Cons
  • The work is less challenging as other field of allied medicine.
  • The patient contact is very less. Interaction is only during the procedure.
  • You would be required to read and be updated with the technology.
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