Department of Radiological Technology

Supporting people’s health
Department of Radiological Technology

What is a radiological technologist?

Radiological technologists provide medical images necessary for diagnoses, by making full use of diagnostic equipment employing X rays, radioisotopes, magnetic resonance, ultrasonic waves, etc. They also support state-of-the-art medical treatment of cancer, by utilizing radiation generating equipment such as linac devices.

  • Degree awarded on graduation: Bachelor’s Degree (Health Sciences)
  • Qualification of candidacy for national examination obtained on graduation: Radiological Technologist
  • National qualifications available through examination while still a student: Class 1 Radiation Protection Supervisor, Class 2 Radiation Protection Supervisor
  • National qualifications available just by having a radiological technologist license after graduation: Operations Chief of Radiography with X-Rays, Operations Chief of Radiography with Gamma-Rays
  • National examination pass rate (FY2014): National Radiological Technologist Examination (92.9%)
Takao Nakamura

Takao Nakamura
Head of the Department of Radiological Technology

Importance and need for radiological technologists

Diagnostic imaging is crucial in modern medicine. This includes general radiography, X-ray CT, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear medicine. Also in the treatment of cancer, radiation therapy plays an important role alongside surgical treatment and chemotherapy. It is the job of the radiological technologist to operate the latest equipment for image processing and radiation control. With advances in the technologies and equipment used in diagnosis and treatment, their role is becoming increasingly more important. Society also has a strong need for graduates. Graduates are employed in many hospitals and companies. Some go on to continue their studies at graduate schools, including those who enroll while continuing to work full-time.
The aim of the Department of Radiological Technology is to nurture ambitious and inquisitive radiological technologists, who can go on to play active roles as leaders in team medical care.

Supporting medical care with the latest technology

Good education for medical service, rich in humanity

Ever since X-rays were discovered in 1895, radiation has been crucial to medical care. X-ray CT and MRI are now used extensively in regular diagnoses and treatments, positron emission tomography (PET) has improved abilities to diagnose cancer, and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and particle beam therapy have dramatically improved results in cancer treatments.
In this way, there have been remarkable advances in medical care areas where radiological technologists work. The Department of Radiological Technology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Okayama University Medical School provides education for providing such advanced medical care.
After starting at the Department of Radiological Technology, students first tour an advanced medical research institution, and deepen their understanding of radiological technologists. Later during their first year, students learn the basics of medical professionals through the Team Medical Treatment course and through seminars in nursing and nursing care. Students then study the fundamentals of medicine, science and engineering, as they develop theories and refine their sensitivity through experiment and practical training. We added digital X-ray equipment in February 2009, positioning dolls in February 2012, and a 3D radiation treatment planning system in March 2013. Training on this equipment helps students improve their imaging skills, and further deepens their knowledge of radiation therapy. In addition to basic courses and programs, students also extend their expertise by taking clinical subjects. During their fourth year, through clinical training at the adjacent university hospital, students receive education as working adults and in skills and medical service. As part of their graduate research, students also prepare and present a thesis. Then, in February of this fourth year, students sit the National Radiological Technologist Examination. One of the national qualifications associated with this Department is Class 1 Radiation Protection Supervisor, and many students sit and pass this exam while studying.

Practical training in radiography

Practical training in radiography

Practical training in X-ray CT

Practical training in X-ray CT

Practical training in radiation therapy

Practical training in radiation therapy

Working in various fields

Graduates find work with many medical institutions and medical-related companies. Those with an interest in research can also go on to study at graduate school at Okayama University or elsewhere.
In this way, the Department of Radiological Technology nurtures capable and sincere medical technicians and researchers. It welcomes students who want to care for patients and provide medical care in cooperation with doctors and other professionals, as well as students who are eager to play an active role in industry or research.

Philosophy of the Department of Radiological Technology

Healthcare professionals who process medical information in modern medicine need to possess a high level of knowledge as well as advanced skills for handling and managing that information. The field of radiological technology in particular is essential for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using the latest medical radiological equipment, with their constant advances in research and development.

The educational philosophy of the Department of Radiological Technology is:

  • Provide students with the fundamentals of medicine, science and engineering
  • Instill in students a variety of practical skills and applications, including operation of the most advanced radiological equipment
  • Raise students’ level of ethics, as medical professionals with a rich sense of humanity

With this philosophy in mind, the Department aims to nurture capable and sincere radiological technologists and researchers.

Department of Radiological Technology Specialized Subject

▼All Major Common Subjects

Life Science Nutrition and Biochemistry Human Anatomy and Physiology I Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Practice in Human Anatomy, Histology, and Physiology Infection and Immunity Genetics
Basic Pathophysiology Clinical Pharmacology  
Human Science Introduction of Health Sciences Introduction to Health Promotion Principles of Education
Developmental Psychology Clinical Psychology  
Information Science Information and Mathematical Sciences I Information and Mathematical Sciences II Medical Physics
Introduction to Medical Engineering Health Statistics  
Health and Welfare Science International Health System World Health and Environment Community Health and Environment
Health Care System and Law Discussion on Social Welfare  

▼Medical Faculty Common Subjects

Medical Faculty Common Subjects Team Medical Treatment Emergency Lifesaving Medical Treatment Counseling
Medical Economics Calamity Crisis Management Volunteer Practice

▼Specialized courses of the majors

Medical Radiation Science Radiation Physics I Radiation Physics II Radiation Physics III
Experiments in Radiation Physics Radiation Detection and Measurement Radiotherapy Physics
Experiments of Dosimetry I Experiments of Dosimetry II Radiochemistry I
Radiochemistry II Experiments in Radiochemistry Radiation Biology
Experiments in radiation biology Radiation Equipment Engineering I Radiation Equipment Engineering II
Radiation Equipment Engineering III Equipment Engineering for Medical Imaging Safety Control of Medical Equipment
Experiment of Radiation Equipment Engineering Medical Image File Engineering Basic Electrical Engineering
Experiments in Electrical Engineering Electrical and Electronic Engineering Experiments in Electronics
Medical Electronics Electronics and Control Engineering Experiments in System Control Engineering
Medical Informatics Medical Informatics, Practice Information Science in Biological Systems
Exercises for Information Science in Biological Systems Medical Imaging Sciences Medical Image Processing
Medical Image Processing Practice Medical Image Analysis Medical Image Management
Radiation Photographic Science Experiment of Medical Image Informatics Radiation Hygiene
Radiation Control Experiments in Radiation Safety Management  
Medical Radiation Technology Introduction to Medical Sciences Outline of Radiology History of Radiology
Human Macroscopic Anatomy Practice in Human Macroscopic Anatomy Radiographic Technology I
Radiographic Technology II Radiographic Technology III Radiographic Technology Practices
CT Technology Magnetic Resonance Imaging Ultrasonography
Radiographic Technology IV Radiotherapeutic Technology I Radiotherapeutic Technology II
Radiation Oncology Nuclear Medicine Technology I Nuclear Medicine Technology II
Radiation Pharmacology Practice in Clincal Radiology Clinical Practice (Special)
Radiographic Technology (Special) Radiotherapeutic Technology (Special) Nuclear medicine Technology (Special)
Graduation Thesis in Radiological Technology Graduation Thesis in Radiological Technology    

Admission capacity of the Department of Radiological Technology