INTRODUCTION TO ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS :
The modern era in the Health Care industry has numerous professionals work closely with physicians to provide safe, efficient, patient –centred and timely care. Many of these professionals are representatives of the Allied Health Disciplines. The term that identifies these health practitioners who are engaged in investigation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disability, and also in the promotion of health by virtue of their special technical and scientific skills.
INTRODUCTION TO RADIOLOGY AND IMAGING SCIENCES :
Allied Health science Radiology and imaging sciences is the health profession concerned with imaging for medical diagnosis, assessment and treatment of disease. Technological advances and the creation of new imaging modalities now place Radiology and imaging science among the most dynamic, expanding and high demanding fields in clinical medicine.
As a medical specialty, radiology can refer to two sub-fields, diagnostic radiology and therapeutic radiology.
Diagnostic radiology is concerned with the use of various imaging modalities to aid in the diagnosis of disease. Diagnostic radiology can be further divided into multiple sub-specialty areas such as Radiography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasonography, Nuclear medicine. Interventional radiology, one of these sub-specialty areas, uses the imaging modalities of diagnostic radiology to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Therapeutic radiology—or, as it is now called, radiation oncology uses radiation to treat diseases such as cancer using a form of treatment called radiation therapy.
Radiology technologist is a health care profession who operates the radiology equipment under the supervision of radiologist. Radiologic technologist use their expertise and knowledge of patient handling, physics anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and radiology to assess patients, develop optimal radiologic techniques
Over the last few years, the number of radiology technologists increased significantly. The increase is a result of the greater demand for radiology services. Considering the government's health care priorities and increased admissions into educational programs in this discipline, the number of radiology technologists is expected to increase sharply in the coming years.
HIGHER EDUCATION FOR RADIOLOGY AND IMAGING SCIENCES :
Master in Radiology and imaging sciences is also available for the post graduation, the duration of the course is two years and Candidates must have passed BSc Radiology and imaging sciences from a recognised University with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate, after candidates are eligible the post graduation to register for PhD and also they can become a lecturer for the dialysis technology coerces and can even work in the dialysis clinics.
ROLE OF RADIOLOGY TECHNOLOGIST /JOB DESCRIPTION :
Radiology technologists produce clear and accurate images of the body that enable physicians to diagnose and treat medical conditions that would otherwise be difficult to document. Technicians operate sophisticated equipment that includes X-ray, mammography, computed Tomography (C.T), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear medicine, Positron Emission Computed Tomography (PET-CT). By guiding patients through each step of their medical imaging procedures, these radiology technologists ensure the production of high quality images.
Technologists prepare patients by explaining each step of the medical imaging process. After instructing patients to remove jewellery, clothing or other items that could interfere with the equipment, they position them correctly and protect them from overexposure in radiography, for example by covering parts of the body not being filmed with lead aprons. Occasionally they inject barium- and iodine-based contrast agents to improve image quality. After focusing the equipment and capturing the images on digital film, radiology technologists review the results of their work with radiologists, and take additional views, scans or sequences depending on modality when necessary. A radiology technologist is responsible for updating patient records and maintaining the imaging equipment itself.
Radiology technologists will specialize in a particular diagnostic test, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography and those with more than one specialty are considered highly desirable by employers. Regardless of the level of training—technician or technologist—or specialization, the precision work of these professionals enables physicians to diagnose and treat a wide variety of health concerns with accuracy and confidence.
The radiology technologist can also work as application specialist in the Multinational companies like GE, Siemens, Philips, and Toshiba. Based on their experience and knowledge in the field of Radiology they will promote to work under the Scientists in the Research and development (R&D).
Teaching and Research:
The Radiology technologists are also engaged in the academic teaching process for the students after the completion of post graduation.Research in Radiology and imaging sciences is inherently interdisciplinary and technologically oriented. Development of new imaging technologies for application to clinical radiology – often called translational research – is an important component of the research program. The goals of the Radiology Research Program are best achieved by providing technological infrastructure and by fostering the productive integration of clinical, translational, and basic science research efforts.
PLACEMENT FOR RADIOLOGY AND IMAGING SCIENCES
The job placement for the Radiology and Imaging sciences have a wider opportunities, with essential Health offers competitive salary and benefits that include medical life insurance, paid time off, and continuing education including tuition reimbursement
Many western countries like US, UK and Australia the wanted for the Radiology and imaging technology in more with good salary package and satisfactory jobs. Even in the Emirate this technology has been developed and providing a good carrier opportunities.
Being a developing country and tremendous technological development in the health care industries the job and the career opportunities are wider.