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 Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Radiology was founded in 1975 by Dr. E. James Potchen, M.D who is considered the "Father" of the Department. Dr. Potchen was Chair from 7/1/1975 to 12/30/2011. Since its origin, the Department has grown to over 250 members. One of the very unique aspects of the Department of Radiology is its organizational structure. In addition to diagnostic imaging, the Department also houses the very important Divisions of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition and the Division of Human Anatomy and Structural Biology. This leads to a very unique and rich educational and research environment.
The Department of Radiology is conveniently located in its own modern free-standing independent facility located on the MSU Campus. Unlike other similar on-campus facilities, access to the Radiology facility and parking is very easy for our patients and trainees. The Department has state-of-the-art equipment. Through a combination of independent and joint ventures, the Department of Radiology has access to 7 Clinical MRI (including 2 3T & 1 open magnet), 2 PET-CTs, cyclotron and CT. The department also has full general diagnostic imaging capabilities with digital mammography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, DEXA and interventional services. In 2014, the Department recently 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 mammography, biopsies, DEXA and ultrasound.
The MSU Rehabilitation Medicine recently moved to a beautiful state-of-the-art facility located on the 4th floor of the Eyde Building which is adjacent to the Radiology facility. Rehabilitation and musculoskeletal radiology are now co-located on the 4th floor of the Eyde Building to provide the "real-time" integrated service which optimizes the patient care experience.
The Department of Radiology participates in the residency education of 60 residents per year who are performing their clinical rotations from multiple sites across the southern portion of Michigan. The participating programs are in conjunction with the Colleges of Human and Osteopathic Medicine and include residents from Flint, McLaren Oakland, Garden City Hospital, Henry Ford Wyandotte, Botsford, Oakwood Southshore, Huron Valley-Sinai, and McLaren Macomb. There is a weekly didactic resident education series held in our 100 seat auditorium located in the Radiology building on the MSU campus.
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 (http://research.rad.msu.edu/) and received approximately 2.5 million dollars in external funding in CY 2014. The department has excellent research infrastructure that consists of dedicated 9.4T and 7T animal magnets, a 3T clinical magnet and a micro-CT. The Cognitive Imaging Research Center (CIRC) is a joint effort between the Departments of Psychology and Radiology with support from the University. CIRC was created to expand human imaging science research and to promote the use of modern imaging methods in basic science and clinical investigations of the brain at Michigan State University. More information can be found at http://research.rad.msu.edu/Centers/index.html.
The Department also offers a subspecialty MR fellowship that is open to both M.D. & D.O. candidates following successful completion of their Radiology residencies. This unique program offers dedicated 3 month rotations in Neuroradiology/Head & Neck, Musculoskeletal and Breast/Body MRI. The fellowship also provides elective time in which the trainee may choose to spend additional time in any of the above specialties or may elect to spend time in other areas of the department. The Department fully supports fellow's research and fellows have the option of having dedicated research time with the expectation of generating scholarly contributions.
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... and in my opinion (!) worth a special trip just to see!!
It is truly a privilege to be Chair of Radiology at MSU. Ours is one of the most dynamic and unique departments in the country and we welcome you to visit our facility and get to know our team!