Department History


In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered X-rays. Though vast improvements are continually made, to most people on the street radiology still basically means X-rays. Today, many organs, functions, and areas that used to be hidden from view can now be imaged and studied in-depth with new radiological procedures, equipment, and technology.

The benefits to patients are many. In some cases, earlier diagnosis dramatically improves the patient’s chances of recovery. In other cases, radiologic procedures eliminate the need for exploratory surgery, thus reducing risk, recovery time and expense.

The developments that have transformed patient care and revolutionized modern medicine make radiology a complex field. In a little more than two decades, radiology has progressed from basic X-rays to encompass seven complex modalities and, as in other areas of medicine, radiologists often specialize.

All of the modalities and specialties play an integral part in modern, state-of-the-art medicine in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. Radiology is increasingly becoming an interdisciplinary field, with physicians, technologists, and physicists combining talents in both diagnosis and research.

At the Indiana University School of Medicine, we are fully dedicated to continuing our leadership in developing and applying new radiologic imaging and therapeutic techniques. Likewise, we are committed to preserving the prestige of our national reputation, especially in education. However, our primary goal is always rendering the best clinical care possible to our patients through the use of advanced radiological techniques.