Eight faculty members and up to 3 fellows perform all diagnostic work involving the abdomen and pelvis. This includes interpretation of plain films, CT, US and MRI, as well as the performance of numerous fluoroscopic procedures and approximately 150 percutaneous biopsies each year. Nearly 50% of the US work involves evaluation of the vascular anatomy of pre-and post- liver or kidney transplant patients. All CT scans are performed on 16, 40 or 64-slice multi-detector scanners that allow nearly immediate 3D renderings of the urinary tract, vascular system, lungs and skeleton. For high resolution work, a vascular imaging laboratory with dedicated technologists is available. MR imaging is performed on four 1.5T units and a 3.0T machine. MR is used more frequently and for more applications in the abdomen and pelvis than almost anywhere else in the country. During 2008, we performed 5200 body MR cases, excluding those for musculoskeletal indications. Unique MR programs include screening for pancreatic and liver cancer, imaging of pregnant women with abdominal pain, and fetal imaging for birth defects. Interdisciplinary work with the urologic cancer group focuses on CT imaging findings in patients treated with antibody targeted chemotherapy. In collaboration with scientists at the Research Imaging Center, ultrasound contrast agents are tested in vivo and in vitro.
To make a CT, US or MRI appointment, please call 919-966-6775