Thoracic Imaging

The Section of Thoracic Imaging provides state of the art imaging and interpretation of thoracic diseases in close collaboration with internists, pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Consultations and second opinions are also available on request for patients that have been imaged at other institutions. The section provides training for residents and fellows in the department of radiology, as well as trainees from other clinical departments. Daily teaching conferences are held in the section in addition to joint clinical conferences with colleagues in Thoracic Oncology and Pulmonology.

All clinical image interpretation is performed in a central location on high performance workstations in the Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital using voice recognition technology for rapid availability of reports throughout the enterprise. Chest radiography is performed using dual energy digital devices for enhanced detection of early lung disease. CT scans are acquired with 16, 64, or 256 slice scanners, depending on the clinical application, with routine use of maximum resolution and multiplanar reconstruction. State of the art MRI is available for specific problem solving and cardiac/vascular applications. Interventional thoracic procedures such as biopsies and catheter drainage are performed in the adjacent section of interventional radiology.

Section faculty are active in research, with a major focus on computer aided diagnosis (CAD), much of which is performed in collaboration with the Section of Radiological Sciences. The section is involved in a multicenter collaborative project sponsored by the NIH to develop an accurately characterized database of pulmonary nodules for use in nodule detection computer aided diagnosis related research. The section also is actively working with several companies to develop and apply CAD for lung cancer detection in a clinical setting. An NIH sponsored project to develop a robust method for measuring mesothelioma tumor volume, that promises to detect response to therapy with higher accuracy than existing methods, and other projects that combine dual energy imaging and computer aided detection methods are ongoing.

Faculty

Heber MacMahon, MB, BCh
Professor of Radiology
Section Chief, Thoracic Radiology

Alexandra Funaki, MD
Clinical Associate of Radiology

Brent Greenberg, MD
Clinical Associate of Radiology

Steven Montner, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology

Christopher Straus, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology