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. Joint clinical conferences are held with colleagues in Thoracic Oncology and Pulmonology Medicine as well as with the Interstitial Lung Disease Multidisciplinary Team.
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 state of the art CT scanners with routine use of maximum resolution and multiplanar reconstruction. AI-based algorithms to detect pulmonary nodules using computer-aided diagnosis and vessel subtraction are employed to increase sensitivity for pulmonary nodule detection. 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 interstitial lung disease assessment on CT and computer aided diagnosis (CAD), much of which is performed in collaboration with the Section of Radiological Sciences. Current research in interstitial lung disease involves semi-quantitative and quantitative analysis of chest CT scans to optimize diagnosis, predict outcomes, and augment medical therapy. The section also invests heavily to fulfill our department’s “Continuum of Quality” program which encompasses our missions of quality control, quality assurance, and quality improvement.