About Radiological Sciences
The Department of Radiological Sciences is one of the largest segments of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, surpassed possibly only by the Nursing Staff in the number of employees. As a department it is geared towards outstanding education, and clinical excellence in a leading academic health sciences institution. Our faculty includes some of the foremost names in diagnostic and interventional radiology in the country today.
Our link to the educational forums through the medical school keeps us abreast with the most current practices. Our clinical programs and outpatients’ services offer the full spectrum of clinical applications and techniques on state-of-the-art equipment. We are often the foremost center for consultancy of difficult cases from here in the greater Manila area, to the out-lying provinces of the country.
Our residency program is among the very best in the country, attracting the best and brightest medical students in the Philippines. Our residents go on for sub-specialty fellowships, most often at foreign centers for more advanced and focused experience. Many pursue academic careers. We are now emphasizing research experiences and training during the residency.
Our clinical and research fellowships, covering every major sub-specialty, are also outstanding. We offer the program to those who apply within the minimum requirement necessary
Our research efforts are flourishing with papers presented within the institution, and, at times, national forums. The department has consistently been among the top institutions in the country. Our faculty and students, while exploring new approaches to medical imaging, are committed to the further advancement of the quality of medical care currently practiced in the country.
With our current Magnetic Resonance Imaging Unit, we are in possession of one of the technological advancements in the field of clinical radiology. Given examples like Magnetic Resonance Cholecystopancreatography (MRCP) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), we are definitely at the forefront of clinical advancement and current practice in the other allied fields in Internal Medicine. The brain imaging applications alone of the Unit have proven invaluable time and time again with the diagnosis and treatment given by our Neurology consultants.
The branch of medicine known as Radiology was discovered when German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen accidentally discovered x-rays while working in his lab in November 1895. The x-ray's extraordinary benefit to medical science was immediately recognized and, with the research of French scientists Marie and Pierre Curie that followed Roentgen's discovery, scientific and technological advances have led to the important role radiology plays today in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Radiology is both a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. Diagnostic imaging employs a number of different modalities, such as plain radiography, CT scan, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine, to identify and evaluate certain diseases and other conditions of the human body. Diagnostic imaging with therapeutic intervention, commonly called Interventional Radiology, is a subspecialty that involves the use of imaging technology to carry out minimally invasive procedures with the help of devices such as catheters, balloons, and stents for the several purposes like angiography, venography, chemoembolization, vessel coiling or blocking, opening blocked blood vessels, draining any abnormal fluid, and perform needle biopsies. Another section of the therapeutic branch of Radiology is that of Radiation Oncology where the disease process mostly caused by cancerous condition is altered or halted altogether by the use of radiation for maximum patient benefit for either cure or palliation.
Imaging studies are typically performed by a trained technologist, while the radiologist, a specially trained physician, interprets the radiographic images and reports the radiologic findings to the patient's attending physician.
Today, the radiologic sciences are on the brink of a new age. Computerized data has enabled the effective and efficient delivery of diagnosis and treatment to patients.