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About Us Overview

Michigan State University Department of Radiology strives to become a nationally and internationally acclaimed department by providing access to the highest-quality medical care in our patient-centered environment, training future generations of highly skilled and compassionate physicians, advancing medical knowledge through state-of-the art research, while meeting the wellness needs of our population through community outreach.

The Department of Radiology is conveniently located in its own modern free-standing independent facility located on the MSU Campus. Access to the Radiology facility and parking is very easy for our patients and trainees. The Department has state-of-the-art equipment, including 4 Clinical MRI, a PET-CT, 2 cyclotrons and a CT. The department also has full general diagnostic imaging capabilities with digital and 3D mammography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, bone densitometry (DEXA), and interventional services. In 2014, the Department opened its state-of-the-art Women’s Imaging Center on the 6th floor of the Eyde building located just across from the campus on Hagadorn road. The facility is dedicated to women’s health and provides digital and 3D mammography, biopsies, bone densitometry (DEXA), and ultrasound.

One of the unique aspects of the educational training provided by the Department is the Atis K. Freimanis Visiting Professor Program. Dr. Freimanis was born in Riga, Latvia in 1925. He earned his M.D. degree at the University of Hamburg, Germany and interned at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio was the setting for his diagnostic radiology residency and subsequent professional career. He served as Professor and Chairman of Radiology at Ohio State University and the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo before coming to Michigan State University as a Professor of Radiology from 1983 to 1993. Since its beginning in the 1975-76 academic year, the Program has brought more than 350 distinguished scholars in the field of radiology and medicine to the MSU campus.

The MSU Department of Radiology has a strong research program, ranking within the top 50 nationally for NIH funding, and rising every year. The Department has one of the most diverse set of preclinical and clinical research environments, with instrumentation including dedicated 9.4T and 7T animal magnets, a 7T simultaneous PET/MRI preclinical system, a 3T clinical magnet and 2 micro-CTs. Most of these systems, and others, are housed in the Advanced Molecular Imaging Facility at the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. Research faculty interests and expertise span the complete breadth of molecules to humans, with concentrated strengths in neuroimaging, biomedical engineering, contrast agent design and synthesis, oncology and molecular imaging. The Cognitive Imaging Research Center in Radiology facilitates human imaging science research and promotes the use of modern imaging methods in basic science and clinical investigations of the brain at Michigan State University.

The Women's Imaging/Musculoskeletal fellowship is a one-year hybrid program that includes 6 months of comprehensive training in all areas of these subspecialties, respectively, including interventional procedures.  Participation in interdisciplinary conferences and teaching activities is expected, and opportunities to pursue research activities in addition to clinical duties will be provided to interested fellows. Both sections enjoy close working relationships with referring providers allowing for continual feedback and clinical learning.

MSU is the nation's pioneer land-grant institution and has a very strong agriculture and horticulture program. This is a rich tradition and something the Department is very proud of and embraces. Based on the vision of Dr. Potchen, the Radiology facility is surrounded by lovely gardens, ponds and waterfalls. The serenity of the landscape provides a lovely place to work and also is the epitome of a holistic approach to patient healing.

Mission Statement

The MSU Department of Radiology advances knowledge and transforms lives by providing expert patient-centered medical care, delivering exceptional pre-professional and professional medical education, and expanding the understanding of wellness and disease through research and community service.