IMAGING AND RADIOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in IMAGING AND RADIOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. DAVIDE CARAMELLA
Department of RICERCA TRASLAZIONALE E DELLE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE IN MEDICINA E CHIRURGIA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Gianfranco Natale
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory selective/competitive entrance exam (numerus clausus).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The graduates have to be able to perform the technical procedures necessary to perform diagnostic imaging procedures and radiation on biological materials or on the person, activity or technical assistance in implementation of the provisions in the regulations concerning the identification of their professional profiles defined by the Minister of Health. The course will also provide the basic elements for the qualitative and quantitative understanding of biological and physiological phenomena, as well as elements of radiation physics, knowledge of anatomy and physiology applied to investigations of diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy. The course illustrate also the techniques of diagnostic imaging to be applied in various areas of diagnostic (including acute care, intensive care and during surgery), radiotherapy techniques to be applied in various fields of pathology, knowledge of patient protection and professionally presented. The course will also present the foundationsof ethical values, and ethics for the profession other than to provide tools for optimal relation towards users. They must also be able to use at least one European language other than Italian, in the specific competence and for the exchange of general information.
Key Learning Outcomes
The graduate in imaging and radiotherapy tecniques are able to:
a) participate in the planning and organization of work within the structure in which it operates, in accordance with their skills;
b) program and manages the provision of general performance of its expertise in direct collaboration with the physician radiodiagnosta, with nuclear medicine, radiation oncologist with the doctor and with the physical health, according to diagnostic and therapeutic protocols previously established by the manager of the facility;
c) be responsible for the actions of its competence, in particular by checking the correct operation of the equipment entrusted to him, providing for the elimination of minor problems and implementing programs to monitor and control quality assurance according to indicators and standards.
The sanitary technician in Radiology also contributes to the training of support staff and contributes directly to the updating of their professional profile and research.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The radiologic technologist is a medical health care professional qualified to fulfill (in accordance with the provisions of the Law of 31 January 1983 No. 25). Autonomously, or in collaboration with other health professionals, on prescription all interventions that require the use of ionizing radiation sources, both artificial and natural, of thermal, ultrasonic, nuclear magnetic resonance as well as the interventions for the protectionist physical or dosimetric.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in Techniques in Radiological Imaging and Radiotherapy normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The final exam, to which 9 ECTS are allocated, will consist in the discussion of a written text and in a practical exam aimed at demonstrating that the candidate has acquired the essential professional skills and competencies related to the professional p