Medical and Engineering careers have anyways spearheaded the choice of careers in India, and radiology being associated to medical, is therefore a lucrative one. This area of medicine deals with diagnosis of internal organs of the body with the help of sophisticated instruments like Ultrasound, CT Scan, X-ray and more.As a radiologist, you need to have a degree in medicine and if required you need to undergo relevant training as well. After becoming a radiologist you have a choice of practice areas which include Neuroradiology, Gastrointestinal radiology, Cardiovascular Radiology, Computed tomography, Genitourinary radiology and more.
Radiology has a variety of job roles on offer and depending upon you inclination and interest you can choose any of the profiles. Here is a run down some of the choices for a radiology student as far a a career is concerned.
Radiologist – Radiologists are medical practitioners who are excellent at interpreting medical imaging. The diagnosis of a condition is managed with the help of high end imaging machinery like MRI, mammography, X-ray, CT scans and more.
X- Ray Technician – As a X-ray technician with the help of visual aids, you help in diagnosis of the ailment The doctors and medical practitioners give their diagnosis on the basis of the reports.
Radiologist Assistant – The profile involves assisting the radiologist and performing fluoroscopy under his guidance besides feeding tube installation, venous diagnostic exams and more.
MRI Technician – This is also a job that involves getting 2D or 3D maps of different tissues in the body of a patient. The data post monitoring by the MRI technician is transferred to the consulting radiologist or doctor for diagnosis.
The application areas for radiologists include various different streams. So, you may choose the area that interests you the most. Here are a few of them
Diagnostic Radiology – Radiological methods are used for diagnosis of illness.
Neuroradiology – Usually done with radiologic imaging using equipment like ultrasound, MRI, CT and X-rays, etc. For determining brain related disorders or diseases.
Computed tomography – Herein you need to assist in diagnosis of ailments related to organs and bones using radiology imaging.
Nuclear Radiology – With the help of gama imaging, PET/CT scans using radioactive materials, the diagnosis of different ailments is managed.
Cardiovascular Radiologist – This deals with diagnosis of conditions pertaining to the vascular system.
As far as the job opportunities are concerned, they are immense both in India and abroad. In US it is known to be a high flying career and pays you really well. Even in India, the demand for this career is augmenting and pursuing it from a reputed institution gives you an edge above the others.