News & Events
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
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
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Undergraduate: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Undergraduate: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Undergraduate: Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Undergraduate: Furman University, Greenville, SC
Undergraduate: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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
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.
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MUSC hosts 1st Annual Research Forum
CT Physics & Radiation Dose
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
Dr. Uflacker participates in state's first islet cell transplant
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.
Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS CT scanner research begins
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
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
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.
Joseph Schoepf, M.D. named one of the world's Most Influential Radiologists
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.
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 AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest educators in medical imaging. AuntMinnie.com, a professional site dedicated to radiology and imaging news, information, education and services, named 149 candidates in 13 categories.