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Michigan State University 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.

Reporting to Colleges of Osteopathic and Human Medicine, the Department of Radiology supports several university missions. Our physician faculty are radiologists providing outstanding patient care at the MSU Health Care Imaging clinics on campus and at local hospitals through our partnership with Spartan Radiology.  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.  Academically, our faculty are training future generations of highly skilled and compassionate physicians as well as educating undergraduate and graduate students.  Lastly, a part of our department outreach includes stewardship of the Radiology Healing Gardens, a calming environment for patients, visitors, students and university employees.

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 600 distinguished scholars in the field of radiology and medicine to the MSU campus.

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.