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Abdominal Imaging

Chief of Section: Jeffery Brandon, MD

The area of study devoted to abdominal imaging performs diagnostic studies using fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT scans), ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Computed Tomography: CT scans are performed using advanced medical and multidetector CT scanners with rapid scanning capabilities as well as 3-D reconstruction. CT scans are used for diagnostic treatment of abdominal disorders, angiography, CT-guided biopsies/drainages, catheter placement, tumor detection, and virtual colonography.

MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging is used in the diagnosis of all types of abdominal pathology. In addition, MRI is available for evaluation throughout the body including MRA (angiography) and MRV (venography) both of which provide a less invasive method of screening and detection of vascular abnormalities, such as aneurysms or stenosis.


Gastrointestinal Imaging: The USA Department of Radiology offers the full spectrum of gastrointestinal imaging from traditional barium studies through to virtual colonoscopy. 

Genitourinary Imaging: The genitourinary imaging in the USA Department of Radiology includes complete range of diagnostic procedures with evaluation of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and gynecological organs using ultrasound, CT, radiography and MRI. CT and ultrasound are used for procedural guidance including for biopsies and drainages. 

Breast Imaging

Chief of Section: Joel Lightner, MD

The Women's Imaging Center is located in the USA Children's & Women's Hospital. All of our mammography technologists and breast imaging radiologists are trained to be highly sensitive to patient concerns. In this section both screening and diagnostic mammography services are performed using all digital equipment. Services include needle localizations, ductography, high resolution ultrasound, MRI (including biopsies) and digital stereotactic-guided biopsies and aspirations.

Cardiothoracic Imaging 

Chief of Section: Ian Malcolm, MD


In Chest Radiology we use digital radiography, CT scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine and interpret thoracic pathology. The treatment of chest disease includes interventional diagnostic procedures including needle biopsies as well as lung and abscess drainages.

Musculoskeletal Imaging

Chief of Section: Melanie Clark, MD

The musculoskeletal section of radiology utilizes state-of-the-art imaging including digital radiography, ultrasound, CT and MRI in the diagnosis of trauma, body tumors, arthritis, sports injuries and issues.  Additionally, flouroscopic procedures are performed including arthrograms and joint aspirations/injections. A complete range of procedures are offered in the MRI section at both USAMC and USACW, including joint and tumor studies. Both MRA and MRV studies are performed as an alternative to more invasive procedures. MR spectroscopy is used to investigate brain pathology


Chief of Section: Frank Greiner, MD

The neuroradiology section performs all procedures concerning the central nervous system. Radiographs, CT and MRI, including 3-D reconstruction, are all utilized to evaluate the entire central nervous system and brain. Special procedures employed include myelograms, spinal cord angiograms, cerebral angiograms and arteriography of both the internal and external carotid arteries. Interventional neuroradiolology procedures include coil and balloon emobolizations as well as stroke intervention using MERCI retrieval devices and intra-arterial thrombolysis. A complete range of procedures are offered in the MRI section at both USAMC and USACW. Both MRA and MRV studies are performed as an alternative to more invasive procedures. MR spectroscopy is used to investigate brain pathology

Nuclear Imaging and Therapies / Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Chief of Section: Shikha Khullar-Gupta, MD

A state-of-the-art positron emission tomography (PET) scanner is used to diagnose and manage all forms of cancer at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.  We are also leading the way in evaluation of bone metastases with combined scanning with FDG and Na-F PET/CT.  The nuclear medicine faculty and staff  have extensive expertise in evaluating and managing patients with the full armament of nuclear medicine radiotracers.

Pediatric Imaging

Chief of Section: Suzy Figarola, MD

Images services at USA Children's and Women's Hospital are tailored to use the concept of "Imaging Gently" to limit exposure in children, deferring to ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging when possible.

Vascular Imaging & Interventional Radiology

Chief of Section: Brad Steffler, MD

This section provides a wide range of both vascular and non-vascular interventional procedures. Digital subtraction angiography is performed in evaluation of all vascular procedures. Interventional radiology includes routine angiography, venography, balloon angioplasty, placement of intravascular stents, chemoembolization, placement of intra-arterial chemotherapy infusion, catheters, embolization of vascular malformation, tumors, or active bleeding vessels, TIPS procedures, ureteral/biliary dilation and stenting. Abscess drainages and image guided biopsies are also performed in this section utilizing CT and ultrasound.

Interventional Radiology also provides pain relief and management. Currently the major focus is chronic low back pain management and vertebroplasty. Procedures available for low back pain include epidural, facet joint and sacroiliac joint steroid injections. Radiofrequency ablation of metastatic bone lesions is also used for pain relief.


Chief of Section: Samuel A McQuiston, MD

Ultrasound imaging at the USA Department of Radiology employs contemporary imaging techniques and scanners, including the new GE Logiq S8 ultrasound scanners at the University of south Alabama Medical Center. The new machines provide state of the art imaging, including elastographic assessment. These new scanners are particularly helpful in assessment of superficial lesions and, in conjunction with the L8-18i-D procedure transducer, biopsy guidance for these lesions.

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