Advances in science and technology in health care involves team work among clinicians, non-clinicians and allied health professionals. India is fast emerging on a global medical tourism hub with international patient base growing in double digits every year. This rising trend has resulted in an increase in investment by health care providers installing best in class equipment upgrading medical technology and quality accreditation.
In the current scenario physicians depend on sophisticated machinery and technology, to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis. The success of the procedures and safety of patients depends largely on the reliability, smooth and trouble free performance of these equipment’s and ability of skilled manpower to operate the same. Thus, there is increased need for qualified and trained professionals in the system.
Allied health care professionals (AHPs) who can handle these equipment form an indispensable team members for successful management of patients.
In order to ensure global acceptability of the graduates, the current curriculum structure is divided into smaller sections with focus on hours of studying that are converted into credit hours as per the international norms followed by various other countries.
A competency-based program focuses on blend of skills and knowledge based on the needs of the community. The main competencies that have been identified as essential in an allied health care professional are clinical knowledge, patient care and communication approaches, which is then developed to teach relevant content across a range of courses and settings.
As a consequence of the increasing sophistication and accuracy of clinical imaging, the utilization and importance of radiology has increased dramatically and consistently over the last 20 years. In recent years, the increasing complexity of radiologic procedures has made Medical Radiology and Imaging technology a highly specialized and sophisticated science requiring competently trained personnel to maintain a high degree of accuracy in radiographic positioning and exposure technique. A qualified Medical Imaging Technologist is skilled in both interventional and Diagnostic Radiology.