Imaging Sciences (Radiology)

Cardiothoracic Imaging

The URMC Cardiothoracic Imaging Section within the Department of Imaging Sciences provides comprehensive noninvasive evaluation of both the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems.  URMC physicians in the section are dedicated to the safe performance of clinical imaging exams and interpreting these exams with a subspecialty level of experience and knowledge.  Our consultation is critical in the clinical evaluation of the diseases and disorders of the heart and lungs. 

Thoracic imaging offers advanced imaging techniques for the evaluation of chest diseases in addition to routine assessment of the lungs with chest x-ray and chest CT. These exams include:

CT oncologic imaging
Lung cancer screening
4D CT evaluation of parathyroid adenoma
CT/MR evaluation of thymoma
HRCT evaluation of interstitial lung disease
Pre-LVAD evaluation

The cardiovascular subspecialists utilize the latest magnetic resonance and computed tomography technology for the noninvasive imaging of the heart and vascular system in adults and, in some cases, children.

Examples of advanced imaging vascular consultation include:

  • CT and MR angiography of the thoracic aorta
  • CT and MR angiography of the pulmonary arterial tree
  • CT and MR Pulmonary venous anatomy evaluation (in patients with atrial fibrillation)
  • CT evaluation during TAVI workup
  • CT evaluation of SVC syndrome

Examples of advanced imaging cardiology consultation include:

  • MR and CT evaluation of congenital heart disease
  • MR evaluation of adult acquired heart disease
  • CT coronary artery evaluation

Clinical areas of particular interest to the faculty include resident education, improved utilization of thoracic MRI, the incorporation of MRI in pre-TAVI evaluation, and CT quality improvement. 

The cardiothoracic section is currently comprised of Dr. Susan Hobbs (Section Chief), Dr. Abhishek Chaturvedi and Dr. John Wandtke, who are fellowship trained in cardiothoracic imaging, Dr. Hongju Son, nuclear medicine with strong interest in cardiothoracic imaging, Dr. David Dombroski, abdominal imaging with a strong interest in cardiac imaging, Dr. John Strang, abdominal imaging with interest in oncologic imaging, and Dr. Axel Wismueller, who has a strong research background.  We are also very fortunate to have Dr. Gerald Holzwasser, with an extensive background in general radiology, working in our section.