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BSc Honours in Medical Imaging Technology

Offered by the Department of Nuclear Science

The Nuclear Science Department of the University of Colombo is making a significant stride in the field of medical imaging education with the launch of its Medical Imaging Technology Honours Degree program in 2024. This initiative aims to address the increasing demand for medical imaging professionals (MIP), also known as radiographers, both locally and internationally. It opens doors for aspiring students to directly enroll in this prestigious and leading government university in Sri Lanka for a four-year program. MIPs play a critical role in modern healthcare by performing medical imaging to aid in the diagnosis of diseases using technologies such as plain X-ray imaging, computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear imaging, fluoroscopic imaging, and many more.

The Medical Imaging Technology Honours Degree program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to work as MIPs in hospitals. Students will learn about critical aspects of radiography, including patient handling, instrument operation, image creation, image analysis, and report generation. These essential skills are fundamental for delivering accurate diagnoses and maintaining patient safety. The curriculum also includes clinical training in hospitals, ensuring that students gain hands-on experience in real healthcare settings, as well as strong research components, allowing students to explore and contribute to the evolving field of medical imaging.

After successfully completing the program, the student will be able to

  • demonstrate a thorough and systematic understanding of advanced concepts in the field of Medical Imaging Technology.
  • demonstrate clinical skills in the field of medical imaging technology and related disciplines, through the use of established techniques and the development of new techniques
  • develop hypotheses, construct and sustain arguments in the context of research, and investigation.
  • eloquently communicate and disseminate knowledge, information and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and practice professionalism and uphold ethical standards in the field of Medical Imaging Technology.
  • function independently as well as interdependently while handling and maintaining all radiological and imaging equipment independently and conducting effective patient care and safety procedures.
  • demonstrate leadership skills in the field of Medical Imaging Technology
  • express emotional and intellectual maturity in a global setting
  • prepared to carry out independent and further learning to perform quality diagnostic images and other specialized radiological techniques for both technical and anatomical criteria.
  • evaluate images for technical quality and radiation dose optimization, and demonstrate knowledge of radiation protection for self, staff and patients and Quality Control (QC) checks.
  • identify and manage emergencies, and develop knowledge to integrate theory with practice using critical analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving skills to enhance practice.
  • create a portfolio that demonstrates evidence of suitable competency and reflective practice appropriate to that of a newly qualified diagnostic radiography practitioner.

Local/Global Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will have various career opportunities, including:

  • Working as a medical imaging technologist/ radiographer in government and private hospitals.
  • Becoming an application specialist in Medical Imaging instrumentations.
  • Pursuing a career in academia at higher education institutes.
  • Research scientist in the field of medical imaging.
  • Exploring other eligible administrative positions (Ex: Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS)).

Programme Leadership

Mr. Duminda Satharasinghe
Lecturer in Medical Imaging (Coordinator)

Dr. J. Jeyasugiththan
Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics

Ms. Suraji Liyanarachchi
Clinical Coordinator
Principal – School of Radiography
National Hospital Sri Lanka

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this program, a student must achieve a minimum of general passes (S) in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry at the GCE Advanced Level (AL) examination of the relevant year under consideration for university admission.

Course Modules

The Department of Nuclear Science (DNS), in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine (FOM) and the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC), offers course units for the Bachelor of Science Honours in Medical Imaging Technology [SLQF6]. (L indicates the number of lecture hours, and P indicates the number of practical hours.)

Level 1 - Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
MI 1001 Human Anatomy 2 15L 30P
MI 1002 Human Physiology 2 30L
MI 1003 Introduction to Medical Imaging Technology 1 15L
PH 1051 Modern Physics for Medical Imaging 2 30L
PH 1052 Electronics for Medical Imaging 2 60P
AM 1108 Mathematics for Biological Science Students 2 30L
CS 1102 Introduction to Computing 3 45L
CS 1101 Fundamentals of Programming 3 45L

Level 1 - Semester II

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
MI 1004 Atomic and Radiation Physics 2 30L
MI 1005 Plain Radiography Equipment 2 15L 30P
MI 1006 Fluoroscopy Equipment 2 30L
MI 1007 Patient Care and Pharmacology in Medical Imaging 3 45L
MI 1008 Image Formation and Processing in Conventional Radiography 2 15L 30P
MI 1009 Basic Techniques of Radiography 2 30L

Level 2 - Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
MI 2001 Digital Radiography and Image Processing 2 15L 30P
MI 2002 Radiologic Anatomy – I 2 30L
MI 2003 Computed Tomography Equipment 2 30L
MI 2004 Imaging with Non-Ionizing Radiation 3 45L
PH 2051 Electromagnetic Theory for Medical Imaging 2 30L
MI 2005 Fundamentals of Radiation Therapy 2 30L
MI 2006 Common Systemic Diseases 1 15L

Level 2 - Semester II

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
MI 2007 Radiographic Pathology 2 30L
MI 2008 Computed Tomography Techniques 3 30L 30P
MI 2009 Techniques of Imaging with Non-Ionizing Radiation 3 30L 30P
MI 2010 Techniques of Fluoroscopy 3 45L
MI 2011 Mammography Equipment and Techniques 2 30L
MI 2012 Special Techniques of Radiography 3 30L 30P

Level 3 - Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
MI 3001 Principles of Nuclear Imaging 2 30L
MI 3002 Dental Imaging 2 15L 30P
MI 3003 Professional and Research Ethics 2 30L
MI 3004 Practice in Fluoroscopy 2 15L 30P
MI 3005 Radiologic Anatomy – II 2 30L
MI 3006 Radiobiology 2 30L
MI 3007 Advanced Radiographic Method 3 30L 30P

Level 3 - Semester II

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
MI 3008 Introduction to Biostatistics 2 15L 30P
MI 3009 Radiographic Exposure 3 30L 30P
MI 3010 Nuclear Imaging Techniques 2 15L 30P
MI 3011 Pediatric Imaging 2 15L 30P
MI 3012 Radiation Protection in Medical Imaging 2 30L
MI 3013 Research Methodology 2 30L
MI 3014 CT and MRI Pathology 2 15L 30P

Level 4 - Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
MI 4001 Advanced Radiographic Exposure 2 30L
MI 4002 Principles of Radiation Dosimetry and Application 3 30L 30P
MI 4003 Recent Advances in Imaging Technology 2 30L
MI 4004 Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Medical Imaging 2 15L 30P
MI 4005 Clinical Radiography I 4 120P
MI 4006 Clinical Radiography II 3 90P

Level 4 - Semester II

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
MI 4007 Clinical Radiography III 4 120P
MI 4008 Clinical Radiography IV 4 120P
MI 4009 Research Project 6 180P