During its quarterly meeting, the MSU Texas Board of
Regents approved a corporate sponsorship agreement with Shimadzu Medical
Systems USA, a division of Shimadzu Precision Instruments, Inc. The sponsorship
will provide medical equipment and a 10-year service plan for the University’s
radiologic sciences program. In recognition of the $2.4 million value of the
sponsorship, the Board also approved the naming of The Shimadzu School of
Radiologic Sciences in honor of the company.
“We are honored to enter into this agreement with
Shimadzu Medical Systems,” said MSU President Suzanne Shipley. “Our students
and faculty will have access to state-of-the-art technology that is rarely
afforded (or accessible) in an educational setting.”
Through the agreement, Shimadzu Medical Systems USA
will provide multiple X-ray room as well as turnkey installation of the
equipment, on-demand training on its use, and complete parts replacement for 10
years on the equipment. The new equipment will be installed in the new health
sciences building, scheduled to open for instruction in fall 2019.
The partnership presents a unique opportunity for both
institutions, as this is the first corporate and public educational partnership
of its type in the radiological sciences.
“This is a giant step forward for MSU Texas and for
the radiologic sciences,” said James Johnston, provost and vice president for
Academic Affairs. “I know the national leaders of the organizations that
accredit, certify, and establish how we practice radiography in the United
States and to the extent they were able to research, this is the first
corporate naming of a radiologic science program in the United States.”
Johnston said he is already fielding questions from
other institutions as to how this partnership might be duplicated. He credits
the reputation and leadership of MSU Texas’s radiologic sciences over the
decades in attracting such a valuable partnership.
“Shimadzu Medical has a well-respected history and
reputation for innovation and leadership,” he said. “When we researched the
company we found a kindred spirit in that respect. After several meetings and
discussions we agreed that it made sense for us to be leaders together.”
The Shimadzu Corporation was founded in 1875, and has
been supplying cutting-edge products to customers throughout the world for more
than 140 years. The company built Japan’s first medical X-ray device in 1909
and opened the first institution to train radiographers in Japan in 1927, which
became Kyoto College of Medical Science. Shimadzu Precision Instruments, Inc.
in the United States was established in 1979. Shimadzu’s commitment and
corporate philosophy is “contributing to society through science and
The radiology program at MSU Texas began in 1972 and
today is a forerunner in medical imaging education through quality classroom
instruction and detailed clinical practice. Points of distinction include:
of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) is the only entry-level bachelor’s
degree in radiography in the state of Texas that is accredited by the Joint
Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT).
is credited for starting what is believed to be the first radiologic sciences
distance education program in the United States (1974). Today, there are more
than 350 imaging sciences professionals enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic
Sciences (BSRS) program.
the first educational institution in the United States to offer a discipline-specific
graduate degree (1995), today’s Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences (MSRS)
program leads in providing quality education for medical imaging professionals.
Radiologist Assistant (RA) program was one of the original four advanced
clinical practice programs in the United States started with grant money from
the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
The promising partnership between Shimadzu Medical
Systems USA and Midwestern State University affords students access to
educational opportunities and training to prepare them to be leaders in the
field of radiologic sciences.