Section of Thoracic Imaging
Welcome to the Section of Thoracic Imaging in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The section is comprised of 12 board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists specializing in cardiothoracic imaging. Our radiologists provide high-quality interpretations of a wide variety of radiologic examinations, including chest radiography, chest CT, low-dose lung cancer screening CT, FDG PET/CT, thoracic MRI, and cardiac CT and MRI.
In addition to providing a high level of clinical service, members of the Thoracic Imaging Section actively participate in clinical research and other scholarly activities within MD Anderson, as well as nationally and internationally.
The full range of thoracic and cardiovascular imaging is available, including chest CT, low-dose screening CT, CT angiography utilizing the latest acquisition and post-processing techniques, FDG PET/CT and MRI/MRA.
Lung Cancer Screening Program
MD Anderson provides low-dose CT screening for individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer. Our eligibility criteria are based on the results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) and recommendations from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Patients are eligible for a lung cancer screening CT if they are a current or former smoker (that quit within the last 15 years) and:
- Are 55 to 80 years of age and have a history of smoking either a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or two packs of cigarettes a day for 15 years; or
- Are ≥ 50 years of age and have a history of smoking either a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years or 2 packs of cigarettes a day for 10 years, and another risk factor, such as family history of lung cancer or personal history of cancer.
The Lung Cancer Screening Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of specialists from Thoracic Imaging, Cancer Prevention, Thoracic Surgery and Pulmonary Medicine that work collaboratively to diagnose and treat any abnormal findings. For additional information about screening or to schedule an appointment at a MD Anderson location near you, call 1-877-632-6789.
Jeremy J. Erasmus, M.D. - Section Chief Thoracic Radiology, Professor
Research Interests: Role of quantitative data from images in predicting response, prognosis and management of patients with thymic neoplasms, malignant pleural mesothelioma, esophageal cancer and lung cancer, advances in imaging including PET/CT and MR, lung cancer screening and role of advanced imaging and biomarkers
Marcelo Benveniste, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Thymic Epithelial Malignancies and Radiation Induced Lung Disease
Sonia L. Betancourt, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Imaging Evaluation and Biomarkers in Esophageal Carcinoma
Brett W. Carter, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Quantitative CT Imaging and Radiogenomics of Thoracic Malignancies, Quantitative PET Imaging of Thoracic Malignancies, PET/MR, Lung Cancer Screening, MR Imaging of Thoracic Malignancies
Marvin Chasen, M.D. - Professor
Research Interests: Thoracic anatomy/embryology, thoracic congenital variants, collateral vascularity (thoracoabdominal), catheter malposition
Patricia de Groot, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Thoracic imaging in evaluation of oncology patients in staging and response to treatment, pulmonary nodule evaluation, history of tobacco use and lung cancer
Gregory Gladish, M.D. - Professor
Research Interests: Cardiac imaging in the management of cancer patients, cardiovascular complications of cancer therapy, image processing, including automated detection and measurement from CT.
Myrna C. Godoy, M.D., Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Lung cancer screening and biomarker validation; Lung cancer staging and tumor response assessment; Pulmonary nodule characterization and management; Pulmonary infection in the oncologic setting; Dual-energy computed tomography imaging; Iterative image reconstruction; Radiomics
Bradley Sabloff, M.D. - Professor
Research Interests: Thoracic imaging manifestations of leukemia and lymphoma. Imaging manifestations of thoracic interventions
Girish Shroff, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Pitfalls in oncologic imaging; Infection in oncology
Mylene T. Truong, M.D. - Professor
Research Interests: PET CT Pitfalls in the Thorax and Pulmonary infections
Carol C. Wu, M.D. - Associate Professor; Thoracic Radiology
Research Interests: Utilization of Thoracic Imaging in Evaluation of Oncology Patients
Radiologists in the Thoracic Imaging section actively participate in clinical research, leading many endeavors and collaborating with physicians and researchers from other clinical departments, including Thoracic Medical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Pulmonary Medicine. Recent and ongoing projects focus on the following topics:
- Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT
- Lung Cancer Screening Biomarker Trial – Lung Cancer Moonshot
- Quantitative Imaging and Radiogenomics of Thoracic Malignancies
- Dual-Energy CT in Oncologic Imaging
- Lung Cancer Staging
- MR & FDG PET/CT Imaging of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
- MR & FDG PET/CT Imaging of Esophageal Carcinoma
- Pitfalls in Oncologic PET/CT & CT Interpretation
- Pulmonary Infection in Immunocompromised Patients
- Radiation Therapy-Related Complications
- Pulmonary Nodule Evaluation
- Imaging of Thymic Epithelial Neoplasms
- Utilization and Reporting of CT Pulmonary Angiography
Members of the Thoracic Imaging Section actively participate in several institutional multidisciplinary conferences weekly, including:
- Thoracic Esophageal Tumor Board Conference
- Thoracic Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference
- Lung Cancer Screening Multidisciplinary Conference
- The Division of Diagnostic Imaging Quality Improvement Conference
The Division of Diagnostic Imaging at MD Anderson accepts one individual per year for a one-year fellowship in thoracic imaging. The fellowship offers extensive clinical experience in thoracic radiography, CT, MRI and FDG PET/CT, as well as electives in Cardiovascular Imaging at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and in CT- and ultrasound-guided biopsies in Interventional Radiology at MD Anderson. Academic time of 20% is allocated.
The objectives of the Thoracic Imaging Fellowship are to:
- Educate trainees in the advanced interpretation of chest radiography, CT, MRI, and FDG PET/CT examinations, and in the performance of CT- and ultrasound-guided procedures
- Educate trainees in the biology, epidemiology, diagnosis, staging, pathology, treatment and complications of thoracic neoplasms, particularly lung cancer
- Provide an opportunity for academic research, with the case material and resources of MD Anderson
Diagnostic Radiology Observership Program
The Thoracic Imaging Section, as part of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, participates in the observership program designed by MD Anderson. The program is for academicians and educational trainees who are interested in observing radiologic procedures and consultations in the department. This is a one-way relationship in that we provide service to the observers; they do not provide service to us. This is a hands-in-pocket training experience. Observation only.
Observership program requirements in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology:
- Must demonstrate proficiency in English.
- The maximum appointment for an Observer is three months.
- If approved, there is a fee of $500 during the first month and $200 for each additional month (month 2 and 3).
- White lab coat required.
To apply for an observership, please email Melissa Tovar at firstname.lastname@example.org with a current CV, letter of support from home institution, letter describing your areas of interest in disease and/or technology and include the length of time you are requesting to observe.
Upon approval for the Diagnostic Radiology Observership Program:
- You will be notified of the dates to observe.
- An account will be set up for you through the Discover web based application system. You will receive an email from Discover where you will complete the application and submit the required documents through Discover.
- Once the application and documents are submitted, the Department of Diagnostic Radiology will recommend you for an educational appointment.
- Your application and supporting documents will be sent to the Office of Trainee and Alumni Affairs (TAA) for approval. If approved as an observer, you will receive an appointment letter via email from TAA.
- The Visa and Immigration Services Administration Office (VISA) can help you secure a Visa, if applicable. Non-U.S. citizens, including permanent residents, are required to check in with VISA. before the first day of the appointment. VISA is located at 7007 Bertner Avenue, 1MC17.3439, Houston, TX. Phone: 713-792-1112; email: email@example.com. Non-U.S. citizens should bring all original immigration documents.
- All observers (regardless of citizenship) must check in with Trainee & Alumni Affairs (TAA) after they clear VISA. TAA is located at 7007 Bertner Avenue, 1MC17.3439, Houston, TX. Phone: 713-792-2696. Please have your Visa and Immigration Services Administration Office clearance documents and passport for verification when you check in. Non-US citizens must present the clearance forms they received from VISA.
- After you check in with the Office of International Affairs and Trainee and Alumni Affairs, report to the program coordinator's office, Pickens Academic Tower, 1400 Pressler Street, 19th Floor, Rm. FCT19.6000.
- Observers will need to bring the required fee in credit or debit card, money order or a cashier’s check payable to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Diagnostic Radiology, Pickens Academic Tower, 1400 Pressler Street, 19th Floor, Rm. FCT19.6000, Houston, TX 77030.
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Tovar at 713-792-8182.
Referring physicians may contact the Thoracic Imaging section's senior administrative assistant, Chastity Holmes for scheduling guidance at 713-792-3492.
Physical AddressDepartment of Diagnostic Radiology
Thoracic Imaging Section
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1478
Houston, TX 77030
Mailing AddressDepartment of Diagnostic Radiology
Thoracic Imaging Section
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1478
Houston, TX 77030