MEDICAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGY | K.S. Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA), Mangaluru

MEDICAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGY


Overview

Medical imaging technology is the practice of taking medical images of patient’s internal body parts. A range of technologies are used, including Radiography, Fluoroscopy, Angiography, Computed Tomography, digital radiography, Mammography, Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Medical imaging professionals are a vital part of a healthcare team as the images they collect are usually used to confirm or exclude a medical diagnosis to advise on the treatment of illness, monitor patient progress, or provide medical screening information for doctors and other medical specialists.

What the course involves

The medical imaging science degree combines subjects from health sciences and science providing students with a general foundation in the healthcare environment, along with foundation studies in medical imaging. From Under graduate to Post Graduate Programmeyou build on this foundation knowledge with the following topics: 

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology: You will study human biology, followed by planar and cross-sectional anatomy. This allows you to assess the structures seen in various medical images, and leads to recognising alterations from normal appearance. 

  • Medical physics and instrumentation: This develops a thorough understanding of the technology associated with medical imaging, from radiation physics to image development, dosimetry and radiobiology. 

  • Medical imaging practice: Preparation for the clinical environment and skills in patient management and image acquisition are established. This includes understanding different types of patients and how to communicate effectively with patients, their accompanying persons and work place colleagues. 

  • Evidence based practice and research: Using the best quality imaging procedures to get the best possible diagnosis from the best possible practice is the key. A full-year research project is part of the fourth year of the program. All of these strands are integrated with and supported by fieldwork experience.


Potential employers

Medical imaging professionals are usually employed in the medical imaging or radiology departments of large teaching hospitals, private, government hospitals and private radiological clinics. Under Graduate or Post Graduates may work in the field of teaching, Research , Application Specialist , Radiology Technologist , Clinical Supervisor and even as a clinical research consultants. Professionals may eventually specialise in particular areas of practice, or in specific techniques such as computed tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging or picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Graduates may also pursue more technical careers in medical physics or biophysics, quality control, radiation health, or with equipment manufacturers. Managerial careers within medical imaging service departments are also possible, as is pursuing further education or research. The medical imaging graduates are highly regarded and employment opportunities are readily available, in both metropolitan and rural and regional areas. There is high industry demand, and you will be qualified to work anywhere in India and in many locations internationally.


Why Medical Imaging Technology?

  • Benefit from purpose-built radiography facilities.

  • Prepare for the clinical environment.

  • Establish your skills in patient management and image acquisition.

  • Learn how to be a vital part of a healthcare team.

  • Learn how to undertake research, and develop evidence-based practice.

  • This course can lead to direct entry into the profession. 

  • Join a field that is rapidly expanding and advancing


Course Learning Outcomes

A graduate of this course can:

  1. Apply discipline knowledge to undertake radiographic procedures in a safe and accurate environment, develop clinical practices using evidence practice research

  2. Think critically and reflectively about radiographic factors including clinical information, patient condition and exposure quality to ensure a diagnostic outcome

  3. Apply an enquiring approach to the management of patients and the assessment of imaging requirements and outcomes

  4. Communicate effectively and appropriately with different work groups and patient groups, taking into account age, health condition and cultural background when communicating with patients

  5. Using modality knowledge and available patient information assess what imaging is required to appropriately answer the clinical question; recognising the advantages and limitations of available equipment/systems provide a safe and accurate radiographic examination

  6. Assess and critically evaluate information independently using technological facilities to remain informed about current imaging theories/issues; use this information appropriately in professional settings including written and oral presentations

  7. Demonstrate cognisance of current international standards within the profession and apply these in practice

  8. Manage patients in a manner that respects them as individuals, is culturally sensitive and ethically appropriate

  9. Work effectively, ethically and cognisant of medico-legal boundaries within the imaging team; take responsibility for own actions, and is able to mentor colleagues.


Duration and Availability

Under Graduate: Three years and six month internship programme.

Post Graduate: Two years full-time.


Faculty:

Name

Designation

Prof (Dr.) Shrikrishna U. MBBS, MD

Professor and HoD

Dr. Raghuraj. U, MBBS, MD

Associate Professor and Course Co-ordinator

Mr. Shashi Kumar Shetty, DMIT, BScMIT, MScMIT

Senior Lecturer

Ms. Aswini Haridas, BScMIT, MScMIT

Lecturer

Ms. Sneha Mary Varghese, BScMIT, MScMIT

Lecturer


Academic events:

Medical imaging technology organized a National Conference for Radiological Technologist “Radiation Safety and Patinet Care in Radiology” on 17.12.2017 at K.S Hegde Medical Academy, Deralakatte, Mangalore.


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World Radiography Day:



National conference