March 5, 2019 — Shimadzu Medical Systems USA (SMS) announced that The Shimadzu School of Radiologic Sciences has been approved by Midwestern State University (MSU) Texas Board of Regents.
The MSU Texas Board of Regents approved a corporate sponsorship agreement with SMS, a division of Shimadzu Precision Instruments Inc. The sponsorship provides 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 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, SMS will provide multiple X-ray rooms, 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.
“This is a giant step forward for MSU Texas and for the radiologic sciences,” said James Johnston, MSU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I know the national leads 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.
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.
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.
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