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The Somatom Force CT scanner enables considerably faster imaging, more precise diagnoses, and reduces dose for some of the most challenging patients, such as patients who are very young, suffering from renal insufficiency, seriously ill, or obese, according to Siemens.

For renal insufficiency patients, Somatom Force uses less contrast medium.  Initial research shows it is possible to conduct chest studies with between 25 mL and 35 mL of contrast versus the commonly administered 90 mL to 110 mL.  The reduction is possible due to two Vectron x-ray tubes in Somatom Force that enable routine examinations at tube voltages of 70 kV to 100 kV.  The low tube voltage increases the contrast-to-noise ratio and can reduce the amount of contrast medium accordingly.

The Somatom Force also has an acquisition rate of 737 mm/sec, so an entire chest and abdomen study can be performed in just one second.  Because of the acquisition speed, patients with high heart rates can be imaged without disruption motion artifacts.  In research, Somatom Force delivered diagnostic-quality images at a low dose for a patient with 90 beats-per-minute heart rate, with no use of beta-blockers to slow the heart rate.

The scanner also has an enlarged 50-cm field-of-view in turbo flash mode, which has an acquisition rate of almost 400 mm/sec, allowing depiction of the entire chest in roughly one second.

For lung cancer screening, Somatom Force can have up to 50% lower radiation dose versus that of comparable CT systems, which is attributable to two spectral filters (selective photon shields) that optimize the x-ray spectrum to improve the air/soft-tissue contrast.  Early research shows achievable dose values of 0.1 mSv for a lung scan.

For more information on how the scanner works, visit the interactive display at:

Congratulations to Dr. Etta Pisano
for receiving Living Legend Honor

Dr. Etta Pisano was recognized among five honorees for their historic achievements with the Third Annual de Pizan Honors held Oct. 9, 2013 at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC.  The awards are sponsored by the National Women's History Museum.

"To be recognized for your life's work with the Dr. Helen Taussig Living Legacy Award by an organization like the National Women's History Museum is, to say the least, humbling.  It serves as an inspiration as we continue to advance breast imaging research and it provides a moment to pause and recognize women pioneers in medicine like Dr. Taussig, who forever changed our place in this field," Pisano said.

Significant Radiology Clinical Trials Commence

First U.S. Clinical Trial of New Dual Layer Stent Performed at MUSC

Dr. Aquilla Turk

Pivotal Multicenter Investigational Study Begins at MUSC
Elevating Safety and Efficacy of Innovative GORE Carotid Stent

Dr. Claudio Schonholz

Named Most Influential Radiology Researcher
from AuntMinnie

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Schoepf

Dr. Joseph Schoepf was selected as the winner of the Most Influential Radiology Researcher for 2013 in the Minnies.  Dr. Schoepf continues to add prestige to our department through his research efforts in advanced cardiac imaging.

Resident & Fellow Welcome Celebration
Bowen's Island July 2013

Resident's Graduation Event 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Aho

Dr. Michael Aho, a 2008 graduate of the MUSC College of Medicine and a current fourth year resident in Radiology at MUSC, was selected as a 2013 Student and Resident Quality Scholar by the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ).  Each year, the ACMQ recognizes ten students or residents nationally with this prestigious honor, which includes a $1,000 award to cover travel and registration to attend the ACMQ National Conference.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Aho on this accomplishment.

American Association for Women Radiologists 

The AAWR Honors MUSC Radiologists

  • Dr. Gayathri Joshi reveived the prestigious Lucy Squires Award.
  • Dr. Leonie Gordon will present at RSNA in one of their educational sessions.
  • Dr. Etta Pisano presented an update on research.
  • Dr. Gayathri Joshi is on the board as the resident in training member.    

First International Day of Radiology - November 8, 2012

The Radiology Department will participate in recognizing the First International Day of Radiology on Thursday, November 8th.  The celebration marks the 177th anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray, and more recently, the advances in patient care made possible by radiation therapy and medical imaging exams, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans.

Early diagnosis and effective treatment made possible by medical imaging and radiation therapy have contributed to the drop in deaths from cancer and other serious illnesses during the last few decades.  Medical imaging exams save lives, resources and time.  Scans generally cost less than the invasive surgeries that they have replaced and can find illnesses early - when they can be treated most effectively.  November 8th is International Day of Radiology, but radiology and radiologists make a world of difference in healthcare every day.

Resident & Fellow Welcome Celebration
Bowen's Island on Saturday, July 7, 2012

Resident's, fellows, faculty and families enjoyed an evening at Bowen's Island relaxing and getting to know one another.


new residents gather for welcome


New Radiology Residents 2012

Ifeoma Achebe, MD

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas
Medical Education: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Intern/Transitional: UTSW Medicin-Prelim, Dallas

Brian Flemming, MD

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas
Medical Education: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Intern/Transitional: UTSW Medicin-Prelim, Dallas

Kevin Gabriel (Gabe) Garrett, MD

Undergraduate: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Medical Education: Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA
Intern/Transitional: Trident Family Medicine/MUSC Transitional Program, Charleston, SC

Matthew Gillott, MD

Undergraduate: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Medical Education: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Intern/Transitional: St. Vincent Hosp. Ctr., IN

Collier B. Gladin, MD

Undergraduate: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Medical Education: Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, Augusta GA
Intern/Transitional: MCG Augusta, Medicien-Prelim

Neal U. Hatch, MD

Undergraduate: Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Medical Education: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
Intern/Transitional: Baptist Health System

John P. Hungerford, MD

Undergraduate: Furman University, Greenville, SC
Medical Education: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Intern/Transitional: U TN Chattanooga, Transitional

Genevieve A. Maass, MD

Undergraduate: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Medical Education: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
Intern/Transitional: U TN Chattanooga, Transitional

Rachel M. Nelson, MD

Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Medical Education: East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN
Intern/Transitional: U TN Chattanooga, Surg-Prelim

Dr. Joseph Helpern, Vice Chair Radiology Research and MUSC highlighted in US News & World Report Special Issue "Secrets of Your Brain" 

Dr. Joseph Helpern

MUSC receives Center of Excellence Award from Siemens
March 2009

Siemens presented MUSC Radiology with a Center of Excellence Award at the 1st Annual Research Forum held at the Ashley River Tower on March 27, 2009.

Pictured (left to right): Heinrich Kolem, M.D., President & CEO of Siemens, Philip Costello, M.D., Chairman of MUSC Radiology, Joseph Schoepf, Division Director of Cardiac Services at MUSC and Stefan Ulzheimer, Ph.D., Global CT Research Collaboration Manager of Siemens

Interventional Radiology Director Passes Away June 12, 2011

 Renan P. Uflacker, M.D., 62, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, died on June 12.

A physician, teacher and researcher, Uflacker practiced vascular and interventional radiology medicine for 34 years.  He was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1949 and finished medical school and his residency at the University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and completed his fellowship training in interventional radiology in Oslo, Norway and Pittsburgh, Pa.  He did extensive work in peripheral vascular diseases and gastrointestinal diseases before completing his Master of Science degree in medicine-gastroenterology.

To view the complete Catalyst article, please click here.

MUSC hosts 1st Annual Research Forum
March 2009

The first annual MUSC-Siemens Imaging Research Collaboration Forum was held March 27 at the Ashley River Tower. The forum, the first of a proposed annual series, highlighted current imaging research at MUSC. The following researchers presented in their respective areas of expertise.

CT Physics & Radiation Dose
Walter Huda, Ph.D.
Dobrinka Dimitrova, M.D.

Cardiothoracic/Vascular Imaging
Peter Zwerner, M.D.
Joseph Schoepf, M.D.
Balazs Ruzsics, M.D.
Eric Powers, M.D.
Bayne Selby, M.D.
Kenneth Spicer, M.D., Ph.D.
Rumman Langah, M.D.
Euyen Latour, M.D.
Sunil Sharma, M.D. (E. Carolina University)

Basic Science Imaging
Michael Rosol, Ph.D.
Paul Morgan, Ph.D.

Zoran Rumboldt, M.D.
Maria Spampinato, M.D.
Aquilla Turk, D.O.

Body Imaging
Andrew Hardie, M.D.

Siemens Guests
Heinrich Kolem, M.D., President & Chief Executive Officer
Stefan Ulzheimer, Ph.D., Director Global Collaborations, CT Division
Michael Wendt, Ph.D., Vice President & General Manager, Mid-Atlantic
Stefan Roell, Ph.D., Senior Director, Engineering, MR Division
Sebastian Vogt, Collaboration Manager, CT Division
Brian Dale, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Engineering, MR Division

Dr. Uflacker participates in state's first islet cell transplant
March 2009

Renan Uflacker, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Director of Interventional Radiology, was involved in the first islet cell transplant procedure within the Center for Cellular Therapy (CCT) at MUSC in March. The new and unique facility at MUSC uses a patient’s own cells to perform life-saving procedures while erasing the problem of rejection and reducing the need for full organ transplants.

The CCT is the first center in South Carolina to perform an autologous islet cell transplant for chronic pancreatitis. The first patient underwent a CCT procedure that enabled insulin-producing islet cells to be removed from her diseased pancreas and transplanted into her liver.

The innovative cellular transplantation, used at only two other centers in the country, is used to treat chronic pancreatitis. Patients with chronic pancreatitis suffer from numerous medical complications and severe pain. When medication is no longer effective, patients often require surgery to remove part or the entire pancreas. Removal of the pancreas also removes the ability to produce insulin, leaving the patient with no glucose control and, ultimately, severe Type 1 diabetes.

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Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS CT scanner research begins
March 2009

Research has begun using the new Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS 128-slice CT scanner at Ashley River Tower. The new scanner boasts the latest in CT technology, adapting to virtually any patient, offering advanced dose protection, allowing for dynamic perfusion imaging, and featuring a wider gantry opening and higher maximal weight load to accommodate overly obese patients. Currently the equipment is being used in research partnerships between Radiology and the Division of Cardiology and Hollings Cancer Center. The cardiac research is involved in stenosis detection of coronary arteries while the oncologic research focuses on perfusion imaging in patients with head and neck cancer.

Because of the broader configuration with 128 slices, images of the heart can be captured in 4 heart beats, which means shorter scan times, clearer images for the physicians to read and less radiation exposure to patients. Nearly 200 patients are involved in the study with Dr. Joseph Schoepf, and Dr. Elisabeth Arnoldi.

(Pictured: Robin Brothers, (R)RT, Dr. Joseph Schoepf & Dr. Elisabeth Arnoldi)


MUSC Nuclear Medicine & PET receive ICANL accreditation
March 2009

The MUSC Nuclear Medicine lab and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging facility were granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). The ICANL accreditation program evaluates the quality of critical elements of nuclear medicine labs and PET imaging facilities.

Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the facilities commitment to quality testing and patient care.


MUSC aids rare sea turtle suffering from head injury
March 2009

MUSC Radiology's Dr. Aquilla Turk and Dr. Paul Morgan along with Emergency Medicine physician, Edward Jauch, teamed up with Shane Boylan, DVM, S.C. Aquarium staff veterinarian to care for an injured Kemp's Ridley sea turtle named Myrtle. The 6-pound endangered sea turtle received an MRI at MUSC’s Center for Advanced Imaging Research on March 13. Myrtle suffers from head trauma and was rescued by the S.C. Aquarium last fall.
Radiographic detail could not delineate between hyper-inflated lungs or coelomically-trapped gas. Myrtle needed an MRI to determine the location of the gas so Boylan could determine the best approach, but since the Turtle Hospital isn’t equipped with MRIs, they turned to MUSC for help.
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Dr. Joseph Schoepf

Professor of Radiology

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Joseph Schoepf, M.D. named one of the world's Most Influential Radiologists
September 2008

The nation's leading publication devoted to the coverage of radiology has named Joseph Schoepf, M.D. as one of the most influential radiologists in the world., a national, weekly magazine for radioloigsts, techologists and administrators, featured Schoepf, an expert in cardiac radiology in its September report of "The Most Influential in Radiologists."

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 AuntMinnie names Joseph Schoepf, M.D. one of 2008's Most Effective Radiology Educators

Joseph Schoepf, M.D. has been recognized as one of 2008’s Most Effective Radiology Educators by's campaign to recognize the best and brightest educators in medical imaging., a professional site dedicated to radiology and imaging news, information, education and services, named 149 candidates in 13 categories.

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