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Medical imaging technology

Medical imaging technology encompasses the technique that helps medical professionals view the interior of the body or areas that are not visible to the naked eye which are essential to help in the diagnosis of disease, treatment planning and treatment execution— through image-guided intervention, and monitoring and surveillance.BSc Medical Imaging Technology is a three year full time degree program in science of medical imaging technology that deals with the methods and procedures involved during the creation of images of human parts for the purpose of clinical diagnosis or medical science.

Now-a- days, medical imaging is integral to disease diagnosis and management. The traditional form of diagnostic medical imaging, the X-ray unit, is now being replaced rapidly by computed tomography (CT). It combines the power of computer processing with X-ray imaging. In CT technology, images taken in three different planes and has undergone refinement over the years. The thickness of image slices has been reduced now and the spiral CT has arrived which dramatically reduces image acquisition time.

Other techniques, like, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) utilizes superconducting magnets and radio waves to form images rather than ionizing radiation, Vascular Interventional Radiography, utilize multiple techniques and imaging processes, including computed tomography, ultrasounds, and X-ray fluoroscopy and help through stenting, angioplasty and other invasive procedures. Ultrasound imaging, that relies on sound waves does not involve any radiation, but produces a real-time moving image help in diagnosing different diseases.

The course focuses on in depth understanding of the advanced imaging techniques as above, general knowledge on hospital discipline and healthcare management.

Students after passing BSc medical imaging technology can have immense scopes in the medical sector as well as an opportunity to pursue a higher degree in a similar field or higher studies with more specializations for better chances of employment in the healthcare and hospitality.

Candidates after graduating in BSc medical imaging technology can find various career assignments in hospitals and healthcare institutions, research centers and diagnostic centers.

Is medical imaging technology a good career?

It is possible to start their career as Assistant Radiographer/Radiologists. B.Sc degree holders in Medical Imaging Technology can find lot of job opportunities in India and abroad like Radiographers, Radiologic Technologists, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, X-ray Technicians or Ultrasound Technicians.

What are the 3 main imaging technologies?

These techniques include x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) utilizes superconducting magnets and radio waves to form images rather than ionizing radiation. An MRI machine consists of a large magnet that creates a magnetic field. An MRI scan uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to generate images of organs and tissues. Doctors choose to use MRI when they want to analyze a patient’s ligaments and tendons, soft tissues, or organs. MRI of the brain can help doctors diagnose strokes, tumors, eye disorders, aneurysms, and other conditions.

A physician may use MRI to examine the size of a patient’s heart, the effects of a heart attack, or the inflammation of blood vessels. Magnetic resonance imaging can also help doctors detect tumors or cancer in a patient’s liver, breast, ovaries, kidney, pancreas, and other organs.

Imaging technologists, who are interested in pursuing different types of medical imaging modalities, enhancing their skills and knowledge, and advancing their careers, should consider a B.Sc. (Medical Imaging Technology)*

Working in the medical field yields a myriad of benefits for healthcare professionals; however, individuals don’t necessarily have to spend years in medical school to make a difference in the lives of patients. Imaging technologists can enter the field with an associate or bachelor degree. With this education, they can help diagnose and monitor medical conditions through various forms of imaging technology.