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MD Radiology is a 3- year long postgraduate course in medicine, the minimum eligibility for which is an M.B.B.S competed with a 1- year compulsory internship. As part of the curriculum, students are offered advanced insight into subjects such as Radio Physics, Basic Concepts, Production of X-Rays, and Interaction of Radiation with Matter, Radiation Detection and Measurement, Radiography, Fluoroscopy, Special Radiography, Computed Tomography, Ultrasonography etc.

Top Institutes offering MD Radiology are:

  • Grant Medical College, Mumbai
  • Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Science
  • Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad
  • Government Medical College, Surat
  • Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool

The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 25,000 and 8 Lacs. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s rank in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Radiologist, Radiology Technologists/ Radiographer, Radiology Technicians, Ultrasound Technician/ Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, MRI Technician, CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist/ CT Scan Technologist etc.

They are hired in industries related to healthcare, including Hospitals, Physician Practices, Integrative Healthcare Clinics, Public Health Clinics, College Health Centers, Natural Apothecaries etc. The average annual salary offered in India for such positions varies between INR 2 to 10 Lacs per year.

Top Colleges for Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Radiology)

  • Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Radiology) in Gujarat
  • Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Radiology) in Maharashtra
  • Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Radiology) in Karnataka
  • Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Radiology) in Andhra Pradesh
  • Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Radiology) in Telangana

MD Radiology: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPost Graduate
Duration3 years
Examination TypePhase System
EligibilityM.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.A.S.M., B.E.M.S., B.I.A.M.S., B.N.Y.T., B.A.T.S., B.U.M.S., B.P.T., B.Pharma., N.O., or M.D(A.M)
Admission ProcessSelection for admissions is based on the rank obtained in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Course FeeINR 25,000 to 8 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting CompaniesHealthcare environments including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans.
Job PositionsRadiologist (MD), Radiology Technologists/ Radiographer, Radiology Technicians, Ultrasound Technician/ Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, MRI Technician, CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist/ CT Scan Technologist etc.

MD Radiology: What is it About?

The course aims to build the requisite skills for execution and interpretation of various diagnostic/ interventional imaging studies (both conventional and advanced imaging), for organization and execution of research and teaching activities and for competency in medical ethics and legal aspects of imaging/ intervention.

A Radiographer is responsible for producing patients’ radiography with X-ray imaging, to detect the exact medical condition of the patient. In addition to X-ray, a Radiographer also performs CT scans, ultrasounds and MRI for producing radiography.

Radiology is broadly divided into two further subdivisions of Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology. Diagnostic Radiology is the specialization of medicine that uses X-Ray imaging and other imaging techniques to diagnose the illness and injury in the patient.

MD Radiology: Top Institutes 

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each:

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
Assam Medical College, DibrugarhAssamINR 25,000 
Rajendra Medical College, RanchiBiharINR 1.35 Lacs 
AFMCPuneINR 30,000 
All India Institute of Medical SciencesDelhiINR 800 
Christian Medical CollegeVelloreINR 4 Lacs 
University College of Medical SciencesDelhiINR 50,000 
Kurnool Medical CollegeKurnoolINR 13,600
Bhaskar Medical CollegeHyderabadINR 5,05,000
St. John’s Medical CollegeBangaloreINR 3,28,000
Bharti Vidyapeeth Medical CollegePuneINR 7,25,000

MD Radiology: Eligibility 

Applicants aspiring to pursue the course need to have completed any of M.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.A.S.M., B.E.M.S., B.I.A.M.S., B.N.Y.T., B.A.T.S., B.U.M.S., B.P.T., B.Pharma., N.O., and M.D (A.M).

Practitioners and research workers who have been practicing for the last 10 years, are exempted from fulfilling such requirements of basic minimum qualification, and may directly apply for the program.

MD Radiology: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in any of the following entrance examinations:

  • Centrally conducted NEET PG (conducted by NBE)
  • A State- level PG exam
  • Autonomously- conducted entrance exam such as those conducted by any of AIIMS, PGI and JIPMER
  • Institute- specific entrance examination conducted by a concerned college.

MD Radiology: Syllabus and Course Description

A breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Part IPart II
Medical Radiation Physics as applied to Radio – DiagnosisMusculo– skeletal system
Production of X- rays:Respiratory system
Interaction of radiation with matter:Cardiovascular system
Radiography:Gastrointestinal system
Fluoroscopy:Urogenital tract
Special radiography:CNS including Spine
Modern Imaging systems:Imaging of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Nuclear Medicine:ENT, EYES, Teeth, Soft tissue, Breast
Radiation Biology:Endocrine System
Radiation protectionClinically applied Radio – Nuclide imaging
-Contrast agents

Training Programmes

Year IYear IIYear III
Basic Physics, Medical Physics, General Radiology,General RadiologyGeneral Radiology
Ultrasound & CT concurrentlyUltra- sonogramUltra- sonogram
-C.T. ScanC.T. Scan
-Nuclear MedicineNuclear Medicine (PET)
-InterventionElective (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
--Elective Pediatric

MD Radiology: Career Prospect

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
RadiologistRadiologists are specialist physicians who utilize a wide array of advanced techniques in medical imaging to diagnose and, in certain cases, treat patients with all types of illness. These imaging modalities include X-rays, ultrasound, CT, and MRI examinations. Like all physicians, Radiologists have completed medical school and have obtained their MD degrees.18,67,730
X-ray techniciansX-ray Technicians (also known as X-ray Technologists or Radiologic Technologists) use cutting-edge imaging methods to visualize the inside of the human body. The pictures they create help physicians diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries with great accuracy.1,84,206
Ultrasound TechnicianDiagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled technicians who use ultrasound technology on a wide range of soft-tissue procedures, including obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal, cardiac, and neuro-sonography.2,75,000
MRI TechnicianMRI Techs operate a magnetic resonance scanner to obtain two- or three-dimensional maps of various tissue types within the patient’s body that are used by physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies. After entering and monitoring the patient’s data, the MRI Technician transfers images from disk to magnetic media in order to create and develop the film for the doctor or radiologist to analyze. 3,50,000
CT Tech/ CAT Scan TechnologistCT Tech is responsible for producing computerized tomographic scans of certain sections of the patient’s body. CAT Scan Technologists perform abdominal scans, gynecological and obstetric scans, ultrasound examinations, as well as retroperitoneal scans to create three-dimensional cross-sections or slices of the body.3,06,782
Radiologist AssistantRadiologist Assistants perform advanced techniques to investigate disorders. They help Radiologists in complex radiology procedures and perform fluoroscopy under his supervision. They are a channel between the radiology department and the physician. Venous diagnostic exams and feeding tube installation are the other duties.7,60,000
Radiologic TechnologistRadiologist Technologists aid the Radiologist in processes of diagnosis and imaging. They take the imaging and take care of the safety and comfort of the patient. The RT is not involved in the actual diagnosis as it is performed by the Radiologist.3,00,000

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