Careers in Radiography
Radiography is a paramedical professional course which is offered to individuals for performing diagnostic tests in medical treatment by the use of radiation. In the commonest sense radiography may be the science of taking images of the internal and hidden portions of the human body (generally not visible) for the purpose of diagnosing diseases and ailments and ensuring that they get the proper medical attention, including surgery. This includes ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.
This is a caring profession, which calls for considerable technological expertise. Radiographers work as part of the healthcare team in many areas of the hospital including the Diagnostic Imaging Department, Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care Unit and Operating Theatre. Radiographers are responsible for producing high quality images to assist in the diagnosis of disease and injury. The demand of radiographers has increased considerably in recent times with significant technological development in medical sciences.
Courses & Eligibility
An aspiring individual, who wants to pursue B.Sc radiography, should have completed intermediate in Science (10+2) preferably with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Maths. The duration of the course is three years.
One can also take up one year certificate courses after 10+2 Science. There are some institutes which also conduct Diploma in diagnostic radiography and Radiotherapy of two years duration.
The skills and attributes required for a radiographer is such that he/she should have a calm temperament, an objective approach towards the patients and an understanding of people of all ages, the ability to infuse confidence in patients, tolerance, a strong willpower, strength of mind and purpose are essential for people. Good communication skills and a spirit for teamwork, good powers of observation, accurate judgment and self-confidence are others aspects of a skilled radiographers.
Radiography is one of the most promising career options in paramedical field. Employment prospects for radiographers are good, both within the country as well as in abroad. With the health services increasing by leaps and bounds the radiographers are constantly in demand in nursing homes, hospitals, diagnostic centres as well as superspeciality hospitals. The more brilliant and experienced ones among can them get assignments in developed countries across the world.
In India, radiographers can work both in private & government hospitals. One can also work on part time basis according to his/her convenience.
However, private practice will give you more earnings. Set up your own clinic for various tests. Get into understanding with local doctors / hospitals that can refer their patients to the clinic / lab
Radiographers find ample opportunities in hospitals, health centres, and in research labs. In India, the average starting salary of a radiographer generally ranges between Rs.7, 000 ? Rs.10, 000 per month in govt. /private hospitals. However, the earnings are more in private practice as compared to salaried jobs.
Opportunities are also there in gulf countries and Middle East countries. In these countries radiographers get salaries between Rs.30, 000 ? Rs.50, 000 per month. In UK, the average starting salary of a newly qualified Radiographer is around ?17,000 per year which is much more than in India.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi
Course: 3 year B.Sc. (Radiography) degree
Eligibility: Those students who have passed B.Sc. can look for admission in some of the
Southern hospitals where they provide one year diploma courses in which local
students are given preference.
Poddar Management and Training Institute
B-31, Tilak Nagar, Jaipur-302004
Course: 2 years program in Radiography
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences
4th T Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore - 560 041
Ph: 080-26961933, 26961935
Course: B.Sc. Radiography
University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Shahdara
Department of Radiology, Radiotherapy, Radiodiagnosis & Radiation Medicine,
Course: M.D. in Radiodiagnosis
Tata Memorial Centre
P.G. Section, 215, IV floor,
Service Block Building,
Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel,
Mumbai ? 400 012
Tel.: 24177000 Ext. 4665
Course:PG Diploma in Radiotherapy Technology, MD Radio diagnosis, Radio therapy
TCR Institute for Materials Technology
Plot No. EL-182, MIDC-TTC, Electronic Zone,
Behind Nelco, Mhape, Navi Mumbai-400 710
Tel: 27610921/22/23, 27612324, 27631508
Tel: 32936355, 65160805, 65168100/8200
Course: NDT Radiography Testing Level I Certification Training
Eligibility: Candidate should have a minimum of High-school level education
Duration: 40 hours
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research
Sector-12, Chandigarh PIN- 160 012, INDIA
Phone: EPBAX: 0091-172-2747585
Fax: 0091-172-2744401, 2745078
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduation Medical Education Research
Dhanvantri Nagar, Gorimedu, Pondicherry - 605 006, India
Telephone Exchange (key board) Lines: (0413) 2272380 - 90 (11 lines), 2272132,
2272181, 2272337, 2272339, 2272342, 2272738, 2272142(Casualty)
Telex: 0469-244 JIP IN
Fax: (0413) 2272067 (Director), 2272066(Dean), 2272735(M.S.)