November 14, 2019 | News & Notices
Clinical Radiological Technologist Training and Education Facility Established at a University in the United States (MSU)
‒ The first Corporate Sponsored Radiologic Science Program in the United States ‒
Multiple diagnostic X-ray systems are installed in lecture and practice rooms.
Shimadzu Medical Systems USA (SMS), a Shimadzu subsidiary in the United States, established The Shimadzu School of Radiologic Sciences in partnership with Midwestern State University (MSU) Texas on September 6. The program teaches radiology based on hands-on training using eight diagnostic X-ray imaging systems installed there (SONIALVISION G4, RADspeed Pro, and MobileDaRt Evolution MX8 systems). It is the first corporate naming of a radiologic science school in the United States based on a partnership between a private company and an educational institution.
MSU Texas first started teaching radiologic sciences in 1972 and now also includes graduate level programs. MSU continues to be a leader in high quality medical imaging education based on both classroom lectures and hands-on clinical training. The program not only teaches young students, but also attracts many parents intending to return to the workforce and in that way, the facility contributes to their reintegration into society.
SMS supports the program by providing system training and technical service support for the next ten years. SMS support in this partnership is equivalent to 2.4 million dollars.
Shimadzu successfully produced an X-ray image in 1896, only a year after Dr. Roentgen discovered X-rays. Since then, Shimadzu continues to invest not only in the development and manufacturing of diagnostic X-ray imaging systems, but also in disseminating knowledge about X-rays. In 1927, Shimadzu established the Shimadzu X-Ray Technology Training Center, which was Japan’s first facility for training radiological technologists. That same school continues today as the Kyoto College of Medical Science, which contributes to healthcare by supplying many new radiological technologists throughout Japan every year.
The building where The Shimadzu School of Radiologic Sciences will be located
SMS President Akinori Yamaguchi speaking at opening ceremony (September 6)
MSU Texas is a state university established in 1922 in Wichita Falls, which is located in the northern part of Texas. MSU Texas teaches over 6,000 students and is known for its strong programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as programs in mechanical engineering, social work, nursing, radiologic science, athletic training, and business. With the largest radiologic science program in the United States, it is the first to establish a master’s program and is scheduled to establish a doctorate program this year. In addition to training radiological technologists for working in hospitals throughout the United States, MSU Texas has also educated and produced many radiology department directors and leaders.