What is BS medical imaging?
Medical Imaging is an essential component of medicine in the modern world, and it plays a vital role in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases. This course prepares the graduates to be professional radiographers, medical physicists, sonographers, medics and technologists. In addition, it equips the student w.r.t the scientific principles involved in the image formation and imaging techniques which encompasses the modern radiology department.
In BS medical Imaging, you study a combination of modules (compulsory, core and optional ones), and at the end of the course, one becomes capable in :
- Demonstrating the knowledge of mathematical and physical aspects of image formation of a variety of imaging techniques.
- Understanding image formation phenomenon and contrast production for different techniques concerning tissue’s physiological and mainly anatomical properties.
- Understanding of safety and health considerations for precise imaging techniques.
- Demonstration of clinical applications of medical imaging and ability to appraise the potential benefits and drawbacks.
- Demonstration of professional skills in problem-solving, communication, learning quickly and effectively, self-management.
- Application of relevant specialist information technology in analysis, data display and literature searching.
- Production of appropriate technical information and written work for the academic and professional audience.
- Critical evaluation of the relevant published work, understanding and demonstrating the underpinning principles of project design, statistics and data analysis.
- Developing research questions and undertaking research to the discipline of Medical Imaging, including the development of research hypothesis, research questions, critical review, application of appropriate investigative method critical discussion and presentation of results with conclusion directly or indirectly related
What is the scope of medical imaging technology?
There are many opportunities for graduate students in general hospitals and in teaching to perform patient management, patient assessment, fluoroscopy and other radiologic procedures.
- It has a broad scope as after completion of studies you can work as
- Radiological administrator
- Radiological Technologist
- Junior Radiological Scientist
- Radiological equipment application expert
The demand of Radiological Technologists is in every sphere of health care setting so that they can work as/in ;
- Clinical areas are ranging from orthopaedics to prenatal care.
- Technical representative or advisor for radiology equipment firm.
- In hospital or outpatient clinics
- As a researcher in radiation therapy or diagnostic imaging
- Work in post-secondary educational programs at hospitals, clinics and colleges.
And yes, radiologic technologists get paid well for the work they do!
A career as a technologist in Radiology is an excellent choice if you want to help others and have a passion for joining the healthcare field
Which areas of study do you get command over?
Following are the areas of study which you will be getting familiarize with :
- Radionuclide Imaging
- Forensic Imaging
- Medical X-ray Imaging
- Medical Radiological Physics and Radiation Sciences & Technology
- Mammography Radiological Techniques
- Angiography and Cardiac Imaging
- Interventional Radiology
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine Techniques
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Ultrasound Imaging (Abdominal and Gynecological Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound, Basics of Doppler Ultrasound & Musculoskeletal)
- Principles for Medical Imaging Technology
- Basics of Medicine Surgery
- Gynecology and Obstetrics
- Paediatric Radiography
Qualities for Radiologic Technologist :
In addition to technical skills and knowledge gained through this professional degree, radiologic technologists must have the fine mix of soft skill properties to work with patients successfully and with other healthcare team members.
Following are the crucial qualities of radiological technologists:
- Empathy :
As a technologist in the radiology department, you will be working with the patients regularly, and some patients might be extremely nervous or in pain regarding their medical examination, so ensuring their experience to be smooth and painless is part of your job. Strong interpersonal skills and empathy makes it easier for you to develop a rapport, and completing the patient’s visit is much comfortable for them.
Communication skills :
To communicate with staff members and patients, relay information to doctors and nurses, educate patients and ensure the correct recording of results after the exam, the radiological Technologist must improve communication skills.
To work with different health care professionals and to handle personality differences, you need to understand how to be a team player. For example, someone’s personality might not resonate with your personality, but you still have to be tolerant toward those persons. In addition, maintaining professional composure and attitude in challenging situations will help you gain the respect you deserve.
Radiological technologists must be detail-oriented and extremely precise. Physicians give detailed instructions on which images need to be taken, and radiological technologists are responsible for ensuring the patient to position correctly to capture the desired area.
Recording the patient’s medical history and updating the patient’s records is part of your job as a radiologic technologist. Understanding the proper structure of filing is your duty too. Radiologic technologists also need to keep the facilities and tools organized for the next patient.
Having an analytical mindset allows you to determine whether the images are needed for diagnosis.
Are radiology and MIT the same?
There is a slight difference between the two. Medical Imaging is the process of creating images of the body (or parts and function thereof) for all clinical purposes like diagnoses, examining disease, medical procedures, including revealing underlying abnormalities (including anatomy and physiology)
On the other hand, Radiological Technology supports an all-encompassing range of leading QA software solutions engineered to ensure compliance with already established protocols within the field of therapeutic and diagnostic physics.
Radiological technology offers various opportunities to branch out for you. Once you fulfil the criteria of becoming a certified radiographer, you can pursue additional credentials in specializations like MRI ( Magnetic Resonance Imaging), CT (Computed tomography), Bone densitometry, nuclear medicine, vascular and cardiac radiography, radiation therapy mammography etc.
Is Radiologist a doctor?
Yes, a Radiologist is a doctor specializing in radiological studies after completing MBBS; on the other hand, a graduate of BS radiology is not a doctor but a technologist in Radiology.
Before specializing in the radiological field, the radiologist must attend a medical school, whereas a Radiologic Technologist doesn’t have to be in Medical School for graduation. But with additional knowledge, education and experience, they can specialize in areas like cardiovascular imaging, mammography MRI etc.
A Radiologist assesses or diagnoses the patient’s condition, hence playing an essential role in the patient’s health as an expert consultant by directing Radiology technologists in properly performing quality exams. In addition, radiologists interpret medical images (such as MRI, ultrasound, CT scan etc.) and report on them, recommending treatment and additional tests (if needed). Radiologic Technologist is supervised by RadiologistRadiologist and act as a supporting member for health care team by performing diagnostic imaging procedures.