Radiology Abdominal Imaging faculty
Kim Kirschner, MD
Cihan Duran, MD
The Abdominal Imaging section
diagnostic studies using computed tomography (CAT scans), ultrasound,
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fluoroscopy, and X-rays.
The section benefits from extensive remodeling
and new equipment obtained within the last three years. All studies are
reviewed on PACS computer workstations. The body MRI scanner was
recently upgraded to the "GE EXCITE" platform. This advanced equipment
enables our section to remain on the leading edge of diagnostic
Computed tomography is performed using
state-of-the-art helical and multi-detector CT scanners with rapid
scanning capability. CT scans serve to diagnosis and treat various
abdominal disorders, perform angiography, guide biopsies and catheter
placement, detect tumors, plan radiation therapy, and perform virtual
colonoscopy (CT Colonography). MRI aids in the diagnosis of liver,
pancreatic, renal and gynecologic diseases. MR angiographic studies
replace more invasive studies.
The ultrasound area creates gray scale, color,
and spectral Doppler ultrasound images of the abdomen, pelvis,
gynecologic organs, prostate, thyroid, and musculoskeletal system.
Gastrointestinal imaging offers a complete
spectrum of static and dynamic diagnostic procedures using a variety of
contrast media. In addition to upper GI series, barium enema, special
small bowel studies, swallowing studies with videotape recording are
performed using both analog and digital fluoroscopy.
UTMB's Department of Radiology is accredited by the American College of
Radiology in: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography
(CT), Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound. It is also recognized as a
Center of Excellence for Breast Imaging.