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Dr. Costello

Department of Radiology

Message From the Chairman

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 one of the most advanced diagnostic imaging facilities in the country ranging from conventional radiography to dual source multi-detector CT, twin beam PET/CT, 3 Tesla large bore MRI and digital mammography. We offer a wide array of advanced image-guided procedures for the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of a range of diseases including occlusion of aortic aneurysms, uterine artery embolisation and tumor ablation therapies.

Our main hospital department cares for adult and pediatric patients with a focus on trauma, urology, neurosciences, and orthopedics. Opened in 2008, Ashley River Tower (ART) is a state-of-the-art building with 190 beds, operating rooms, cardiovascular center and interventional radiology. This center provides specialized inpatient care for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and oncology services. MUSC Health has 3 strategically located outreach sites offering imaging services. The new MUSC Children’s R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion, Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion are scheduled to open in 2019. 

Our nationally recognized faculty of 42 radiologists 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 subspecialty care teams. Through participation in interdisciplinary clinical conferences, our staff facilitates the appropriate utilization of imaging studies and interventional procedures.

We offer several instructor level fellowship positions, including musculoskeletal (1), breast imaging (2), body imaging (1) and cardiothoracic (1). We offer a total of 10 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved fellowships in nuclear medicine (2); diagnostic neuroradiology (4); and vascular interventional radiology (4). MUSC radiology has a long tradition and strong commitment to radiology education and offers 11 highly desirable residency diagnostic radiology positions each year. Two new ACGME accredited IR/DR residency positions are now available.

The department has a strong commitment to clinical and translational research. Our research faculty includes 4 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 robust including cardiac and vascular imaging, vascular interventional radiology, 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 vascular-interventional 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.

Radiology News & Updates

  • Dr. Philip Costello was Named President of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS).
  • Dr. Susan Ackerman was President of the American Association of Women in Radiology (AAWR) in 2016.
  • Dr. Susan Ackerman, Dr. James Ravenel, and Dr. Joseph Schoepf were recently bestowed Fellowship status in the American College of Radiology (FACR). This is one of the highest honors received by a radiologist.
  • Dr. Joseph Schoepf is Editor of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging.
  • Dr. Leonie Gordon serves as Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.
  • Dr. Madelene Lewis is President of the South Carolina Radiological Society.