Radiography is a paramedical professional course, offered to individuals who will one day perform diagnostic tests in medical treatment with the use of radiation.
In simple terms, radiography may be described as the science of taking images of the internal and hidden portions of the human body for the purpose of diagnosing diseases and ailments.This includes the use of ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.
This profession calls for considerable technological expertise. Radiographers work as a part of the healthcare team in the Diagnostic Imaging Department, Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care Unit and Operating Theatre. Radiographers in short, is trained to take x-rays, MRI, CT scan etc. Sometimes, radiographers are also involved in giving radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients. Radiographer who can also perform the ultrasound test are known as sonographers.
A career in radiography can be very promising.The demand for radiographers has increased considerably in recent times, with significant technological development in medical sciences creating new job opportunities.
(Please note that radiographers are different from radiologists. Radiologists are doctors who specialize in interpreting diagnostic images like X-rays, MRI and CT scans. They can also perform interventional procedures (such as an angiogram or biopsy.)
Radiography Eligibility Criteria
Someone who wants to pursue a B.Sc in Radiography should have completed Science (10+2) preferably with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Maths. The duration of the course is three years.You can also take up one-year certificate courses after 10+2 Science.
There are some institutes that conduct 2-year diploma courses in diagnostic radiography and radiotherapy.
Radiography Career Prospects
Radiography is one of the most promising career options in the paramedical field. Employment prospects for radiographers are good, both within the country and overseas. With health services increasing leaps and bounds, radiographers are constantly in demand in nursing homes, hospitals, diagnostic centres as well as super-speciality hospitals.
In India, radiographers can work both in private & government hospitals. Jobs are available on part time and full-time work .
Radiography Pay Package
In India, the average starting salary of a radiographer ranges between Rs.7,000 – Rs.10,000 per month in government/private hospitals. However, 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 what it is 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.)