Department of Radiology

Department of radiology and Radiological Science

The Department of Radiology and Radiological Science

Message from the Chairman,
Philip Costello, M.D.

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Philip Costello, M.D., F.A.C.R.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Radiology

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The Department of Radiology and Radiological Science is an academic department within the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Our department has a long tradition of excellence in both clinical and educational activities. We are guided by the mission of MUSC to maintain excellence in education, research and service.

The department has state-of-the-art advanced imaging equipment ranging from conventional radiography to dual source multi-detector CT, PET/CT, 3 Tesla large bore MRI and digital mammography. We offer a wide array of advanced image guided procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases including occlusion of cerebral and abdominal aneurysms, uterine artery embolisation and radiofrequency tumor ablation.

Our main hospital department cares for adult and pediatric patients with a focus on neurosciences, oncology and orthopedics. In 2008 both the Heart and Vascular and Digestive Disease centers moved into a new diagnostic and therapeutic building, the Ashley River Tower, with 156 patient care beds. Imaging and therapeutics in this facility emphasize cardiovascular, gastrointestinal diseases and inpatient oncology. Our nationally recognized faculty of 51 radiologists and basic scientists are subspecialty trained experts in all fields of radiology. The department is organized by organ systems permitting our radiologists to serve as important members of the subspecialty care team. Through participation in interdisciplinary clinical conferences, our staff facilitates the appropriate utilization of imaging studies and interventional procedures.

Our clinical radiology faculty consists of 41 members.  Additionally, there are 4 clinical instructors, 2 research instructors and 10 research scientists.  We offer 5 instructor level fellowship positions, including musculoskeletal, breast imaging, body MR, cardiac imaging, and neurointerventional radiology. We also have a total of 9 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved fellowships in nuclear medicine (2); diagnostic neuroradiology (3); and vascular interventional radiology (4).  In 2007 we added a radiology assistant to our program that assists our staff radiologists with a variety of studies. MUSC radiology offers 9 highly sought after residency positions each year.

The department has a strong commitment to clinical and translational research. Our dedicated research faculty includes 10 PhD scientists with expertise encompassing both animal and human imaging.  Opened in 2011 the Center for Biomedical Imaging provides imaging resources to advance the field of imaging allowing basic and clinical scientists to collaborate in a state-of-the-art facility.  Our research programs are expanding rapidly in cardiac and vascular imaging, lung cancer evaluation and neurosciences. We are committed to the continued development and expansion of radiological science research to surpass the boundaries of current health care. We strive to develop new knowledge through technology application and innovative approaches to patient care. 

Our longstanding tradition of excellence extends into the clinical setting. We excel in many areas of patient care with nationally and internationally recognized programs in neuro-interventional, interventional, vascular radiology and cardiopulmonary imaging. Our top priorities include improving patient care and access to our imaging department whilst providing high quality services to our referring physicians. We strive to develop new knowledge through technology application and innovative approaches to patient care. 

Philip Costello, M.D., F.A.C.R.
Professor and Chairman
MUSC Department of Radiology


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