Research

Abdominal

Our research mission is to investigate best methods for diagnosis of disease by imaging, increasing accuracy of imaging predictions and to improve the teaching process itself.

Research Projects

Intravenous contrast reaction treatment simulation testing versus standard didactic approach, a combined technique actively being tested for best efficacy. The simulation technique has been well accepted by residents as increasing their confidence in recognizing and treating contrast reactions appropriately. This study has been accepted for publication in Academic Radiology and also accepted as a presentation for the Association of University Radiologists (AUR). (Drs. Picard and Curry).

Investigating the risk of missed renal cell carcinoma on unenhanced CT, a study concluded with results presented at the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) and at the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) in 2014, currently in manuscript preparation. (Drs. Curry and Picard).

Ongoing evaluation of MRI in the diagnosis of hepatocelluar carcinoma in collaboration with the liver transplant service. (Dr. Hardie)

Dual energy CT using the latest in CT scanner technology and imaging post-processing in order to improve abdominal CT performance. This includes but is not limited to the increased visualization of HCC, increased ability to distinguish pancreas cancer and novel evaulations of renal lesions. (Dr. Hardie)

Contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) published in Radiology Dec. 2014 in collaboration with researchers at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. This study is now voted as one of the "Top Ten Most Viewed Articles" in Radiology (at #4). All papers show overly exaggerated risk of CIN for CT. (Dr. Katzberg)

CIN In press (Jan 2015) paper (Radiology) on the risk of CIN in patients with a single kidney, also in collaboration with Mayo Clinic. No increased risk of CIN.(Dr. Katzberg)

Contributing author with Drs. Egbert, DeCecco, Schoepf, McQuiston and Meinel on a review article on delayed contrast media reactions in CT in Dec AJR 2014.(Dr. Katzberg)

Completing a single center prospective clinical study on the risk of CIN for cardiac catheterization and intervention using an array of sensitive urinary biomarkers. Also examines the role of 24 hour delayed non-contrast dual energy CT to detect persistent nephrograms as a sensitive biomarker for acute kidney injury.(Dr. Katzberg)

Completing an NIH Innovation Grant proposal (R21) for the development of Transoral Ultrasound TMJ imaging in collaboration with Dr. Theresa Gonzales, Director of the MUSC School for Dentistry, Orofacial Pain Clinic.(Dr. Katzberg)