At present Department of Radiography/ Radiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya is the only institution awarding degrees in radiography and radiotherapy under the Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka.
The aim of radiography and radiotherapy degree programmes is to produce professional diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers with a high level of skill and knowledge to improve the quality of services in the health sector.
Medical radiography is the use of certain types of radiation to examine the internal organs of the body. A diagnostic radiographer is ahealth care professional qualified to obtain images of the internal organsof the body to diagnose injuries or diseases. Since it is hard to visualize bone fractures, cancers and abnormalities inside the body without this type of technology radiography has become an essential diagnostic tool in modern medicine. Diagnostic radiographers employ a range of different imaging techniques such as X-rays, fluoroscopy, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and nuclear imaging. B.Sc. Radiography degreeprogramme is designed to provideknowledge and trainingin these areas so that it will be helpful to provide the best treatment for patients by producing high quality images.
Radiotherapy is the use of high energy radiation to treat cancer by irradiating cancer cells. A therapeutic radiographer is a health care professional qualified to deliver a radiotherapy treatment using a wide range of technical equipment such as Cobalt-60 and linear accelerators. B.Sc. Radiotherapy programme is designed to provide the knowledge and training to deliver an accurate radiotherapy treatment by maximizing the damage to cancer cells and minimizing the damage to the surrounding healthy cells.Radiography and radiotherapy degree programmesinvolve the application of science and technology. Therefore several avenues remain open for research and higher studies for students who are interested in addition to developinga professional career.