Imaging and radiotherapy techniques

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaHealth
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The degree in Medical Radiology Techniques for Imaging and Radiotherapy qualifies graduates to act as highly-trained autonomous professionals who can perform all imaging procedures in radiology, and nuclear medicine and radiotherapy, using modern equipment with imaging sources from X-rays, gamma rays, magnetic resonance and ultrasound. Graduates are responsible for the use and quality control of these imaging methods, which are now indispensable in any medical discipline. Active collaboration with health physicists, and above all, with radiologists and nuclear physicians and radiotherapists, characterize the importance of teamwork in this specialized profession. Given the highly technological content of this degree and the strong connection with ongoing innovations in equipment and radiological techniques, the demand for skilled radiological technicians will continue to grow in the health sector.

Course content

During the three years of the program, which is organized into lectures and clinical internships, students will learn the fundamental principles of Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, General and Clinical Pathology, Hygiene, and First Aid, which constitute the essential skills of a healthcare professional. Of particular importance is the theoretical and practical course work, which is aimed at teaching the principles of radioprotection from the effects of ionizing radiation, radiological techniques, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, and physics radiation. Through practical experiments in public and private facilities approved by the Faculty, students will be involved in the following studies: computer applications in the area of radiology, with reference to the archiving of images; reports and clinical data; methods for the diagnostic and therapeutic use of ionizing radiation and radioactive tracers; thermal, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance energy. Additionally, students will learn how to check and control the quality of the equipment entrusted to them and the operative procedures in interventional radiology. As access to the program is limited, students must pass an admission test, which is administered during the first week of September of each year.

Career options

Radiology technicians operate with professional autonomy in the area of technical diagnostics and assistance. They carry out necessary technical procedures for diagnoses of biological materials and patients, and provide technical assistance. They can work in public and private health facilities, as employees or self-employed practitioners, in the sectors of Diagnostic Radiology, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, and Health Physics. At the present time, work contracts do not make a salary distinction between graduates and “technicians” coming from local or regional schools where professional training was formerly completed. However, this legislative deficiency has no repercussions on the possibility of future careers. Former technicians, in order to be able to access the same career opportunities as our first-cycle graduates, have to obtain a specialized degree, which can be acquired in some universities with another two years of study whereas our degree allows direct entry employment with a highly reputable technical background and preparation, enabling graduates to work as independent professionals in the public and private facilities in the sectors mentioned above.

More information

Course Director
prof. Piero Torricelli
dott. Massimiliano Contesini

The course is managed by the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences