Techniques in Medical Radiology, Imaging, and Radiotherapy (L/SNT3)

  • Type: Degree
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Credits: 180
  • Frequency: compulsory

The availability of increasingly sophisticated medical equipment has long since revolutionized diagnostic procedures and therapeutic possibilities, making it necessary professionals with specific technical skills. The objective of the Degree Course in Medical Radiology Techniques for Imaging and Radiotherapy is to create a professional figure capable of carrying out independently, or in collaboration with other health figures, all diagnostic and therapeutic interventions prescribed by the doctor and which require the use of ionizing radiation, thermal and ultrasound energy, magnetic resonance.

Alongside the basic scientific subjects, the educational path includes specific teachings, such as Diagnostic Imaging Techniques and Radiotherapy with related digitization, archiving and transmission of images, Anthropology and History of Technology, Health Physics, Basic Oncology, clinic and Psychology.

Students can customize their study plan with elective educational activities of particular interest to them, for a total of 6 credits (monographic courses, participation in conferences and seminars, volunteering, additional optional internship, etc.).

The course of study includes an internship, carried out under the guidance of professional tutors, aimed at enhancing the student's ability to interact with other professional figures in teamwork and the human sensitivity necessary to manage the relationship with the patient with care and respect. The limited number of students also guarantees an easy and personal approach with the teaching staff.

The three-year course allows access to the Master's Degree or professional entry, with technical roles, in Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine structures and in specific private companies in the sector.

This is a highly demanding course which will open many career opportunities across numerous medical fields.

Graduates are health professionals who have the duties provided for by the Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Health 26 September 1994, n. 746 and subsequent amendments and additions.

They are responsible for the acts of their competence and are authorized to carry out radiological investigations and services, in compliance with the radiation protection standards established by the European Union. Graduates in radiological diagnostic techniques are enabled to carry out, in accordance with the provisions of the law of 31 January 1983, n. 25, autonomously or in collaboration with other health figures, all interventions, on medical prescription, which require the use:

  • of ionized radiation sources; both artificial and natural;
  • of thermal, ultrasonic, nuclear magnetic resonance energies;
  • interventions for physical or dosimetric protection;

They participate in the planning and organization of work within the structure in which they operate in accordance with their skills; manage the provision of multipurpose services under their responsibility in direct collaboration with the radiodiagnostic doctor, the nuclear doctor, the radiotherapist and the health physicist, according to diagnostic and therapeutic protocols defined in advance by the facility manager; are responsible for the acts within their competence, in particular by checking the correct functioning of the equipment entrusted to them, providing for the elimination of minor problems and implementing verification and control programs to guarantee quality according to predefined indicators and standards; contribute to the training of support staff and contribute directly to the updating of their professional profile and research.

Skills associated with the function:

  • Ability to carry out technical/diagnostic procedures for image preparation, acquisition and processinging, according to scientific evidence and guidelines.
  • Ability to evaluate the quality of the iconographic document produced and whether it corresponds to what is explained in the survey proposal.
  • Ability to practice the technical diagnostic procedures of image transmission and archivinging, using information systems for data collection, analysis and information management.
  • Ability to perform external beam radiation and brachytherapy treatments (including metabolic therapy).
  • Ability to handle and manipulate sealed and unsealed radioactive sources in both Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine.
  • Ability to carry out dosimetric procedures in the field of Health Physics.
  • Ability to implement the provisions on radiation protection, also through the use of individual protection devices, ensuring the safety and privacy of users during diagnostic/therapeutic investigations.
  • Ability to verify the correct functioning of the equipment by providing for the elimination of minor problems, through the use of methodologies and tools for quality control, evaluation and review.
  • Ability to collaborate in the multi-professional team through the use of effective communication, in order to ensure optimal functioning of the Service, contributing to the solution of organizational problems.
  • Ability to adopt professional behaviors compliant with ethical and deontological principles, acting responsibly towards users and the Service through the use of guidelines and according to Evidence-Based Medicine.
  • Ability to search for the best scientific evidence to investigate areas of uncertainty or improvement in one's professional practice.

Graduates can find employment in public or private structures, both as employees and freelancers. In particular, the employment opportunities can be identified in:

  • Departments and Services of Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine operating in hospital and non-hospital structures of the National Health System and in similar private structures and scientific hospitalization and treatment institutes;
  • Production industries and sales agencies operating in the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy sector;
  • University and non-university research centers in the health and biomedical sector;
  • Freelancer.

President of the Course