Career in the Field of Radiology

With the number of patients rising day by day, Radiology has become a branch full of career opportunities for the aspiring students. If you are inclined towards medical science, you have all the reasons to try your luck at this stream.

Radiology: An Introduction

Radiology is a branch of medicine that deals with the study of obtaining and interpreting medical images. In other words, a radiologist is the person (or doctor) who uses imaging technologies to arrive at the right diagnosis of an underlying condition. Some obvious examples of imaging techniques includes X-rays, Ultrasound, nuclear medicine, CT (Computer Tomography) scan, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Mammography and so on. A radiologist may specialize in a specific branch of his choice like Nuclear Radiology, Cardiovascular Radiology, Breast Imaging, Pediatric Radiology, Emergency Radiology etc. A radiologist carefully compares the medical images with other findings and test results before treating a patient. He may use radiation or an image guided surgery as a treatment mode.

Eligibility Criteria for admission into the course

At least, an undergraduate degree is required to get entry into this field. In India, you need to possess an intermediate (+2) certificate in science with Biology as one of your subjects. You can later specialize in any discipline of your choice.

Course Duration and Certificates in Radiology

Most of the times, it is a 3 years degree program. Some institutions may provide 4 years bachelor degree with one year internship included.

The following certificate courses are also frequently granted by the academic institutions in the field of Radiology,

  • X-ray technician
  • Medical assistant with x-ray focus
  • CT (computed tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Mammography
  • Ultrasound tech
  • Cardiovascular ultrasound
  • Nuclear medicine

Future Opportunities in this field

Since every doctor needs medical images for proper diagnosis of disease, this field is overflowing with opportunities. You may get hired as technicians in hospitals or application specialists in companies engaged in production and supply of medical equipments. You can even kick start your own laboratory.
Subspecialties present in radiology discipline. You can specialize in one or more streams after completing your initial degree program.

As a diagnostic radiologist you have the following options present with you,

  • Radiation Oncology
  • Breast Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Radiology
  • Chest Radiology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Emergency Radiology
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Radiology
  • Genitourinary Radiology
  • Nuclear Radiology
  • Head and Neck Radiology
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Pediatric Radiology

Top Institutes Offering Radiology Courses

  • Delhi Paramedical and Management Institute, Delhi
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Health Sciences, Bangalore
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Delhi
  • TCR Institute for Materials Technology, Navi Mumbai
  • Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduation Medical Education Research, Puduchery
  • Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh
  • Brainware University, Barasat, Kolkata
  • AKU - Aryabhatta Knowledge University, Patna
  • Era University, Lucknow
  • Quantum School of Health Sciences- Quantum University, Multiple Centers
  • NIMS University, Jaipur
  • SIHS - Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, Pune
  • Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, Jaipur
  • NIMS - Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad
  • Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
  • Chitkara School of Health Sciences, Chandigarh
  • Integral University - IUL, Lucknow
  • Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai
  • Doon Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradoon
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore
  • Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • Hind Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow
  • Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Wardha
  • Sri Satya Sai University of Technology and Medical Science, Bhopal
  • Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal
  • King George's Medical University, Lucknow
  • University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer
  • Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh 
  • B J Medical College, Ahmedabad
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Noida
  • IntegralUniversity, Lucknow
  • Oasis College of Science and Management, Pune
  • NIMT - National Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida
  • Behala Institute of Allied Health Sciences, Behala, Kolkata
  • Pragyan International University, Ranchi 

Apart from the aforementioned institutions, you may find numerous institutes offering short or long term courses in Radiology discipline in your own home ground. Choose a college of your choice and enroll in the one that best suits your purse and agenda. Do a thorough research, and go through the AICTE to ensure that the institute of your choice is approved and recognized. Get admitted, and witness the fruition of your career goals.