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, are trained to take x-rays, MRI, CT scan etc. Sometimes, radiographers are also involved in giving radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients. Radiographers 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).
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 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.
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.
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