Section of Abdominal Imaging





Aurelio Matamoros, Jr., M.D.
Ad Interim Section Chief,

The section of Abdominal Imaging at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center consists of 44 radiologists. Our radiologists are internationally recognized experts and leaders in Oncologic Imaging. We provide fully integrated multi-disciplinary medical and surgical care across the institution. 

Our clinical goal is to maintain excellence in health care through continual education, research, and quality improvement. Close collaboration with our referring clinicians, the Department of Imaging Physics, Radiology Technologists, and Nursing is central to maintaining such a high level of clinical practice and sustaining the academic mission. With this model of cross-departmental collaboration, patients can expect to receive seamless, high quality care often on a same-day point of care basis.

We offer state-of-the-art cross-sectional imaging in CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiography, fluoroscopy, and PET-CT technologies, specifically including:

  • 21 clinical MRI scanners (1.5T and 3.0T)
  • 20 multi-slice Helical CT scanners (16-slice and 64-slice)
  • 15 US scanners
  • 7 PET/CT

Core Values:

  • Provide the highest level of patient-centered care  
  • Collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams to ensure clinical practices are  tailored to the special needs our patients
  • Continually evaluate and strive to improve the experience of the patients we serve
  • Continually develop cutting edge diagnostic techniques for the detection, monitoring, and surveillance of disease in patients with and at risk for cancer.
  • Continually educate our trainees, physicians, staff, patients, and the community at the local, national, and global level

Leaders in Oncologic Imaging


With over 145,000 diagnostic exams performed and interpreted annually and multiple clinical trials and study protocols, the Section of Abdominal Imaging offers a depth and breadth of clinical expertise, training, and innovation unparalleled across the country.

Our physicians are leaders in high profile medical and oncologic societies, including the Radiological Society of North America, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, Society of Abdominal Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, National Comprehensive Cancer Network: Pancreatic Cancer Imaging Subgroup, the Ultrasound International Open, American Board or Radiology Exam Writer, and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network. Our physicians are frequent contributors to leading Medical and Scientific Journals having logged over 200 publications since 2013.

Abdominal Imaging Faculty

Aurelio Matamoros, Jr., M.D.Ad Interim Section Chief of Abdominal Imaging; Professor
Research Interest: Multi-modality Molecular Imaging in Cancer Research

Tharakeswara Bathala, M.D., M.B.B.S. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Health Services Research, Comparative Effectiveness, Technology Assessment, Cancer Prevention, Quality Improvement

Deepak Bedi, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Ovarian Cancer and the role of ultrasound in facilitating early diagnosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis in Cancer Patients: predicting results based on clinical factors, Shear Wave Elastography of Liver: Can it replace liver biopsy in classifying fibrosis? 

Priya Bhosale, M.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interest: Evaluation of New MR Techniques and MRI in the evaluation of Gynecologic and Pancreatic malignancies

Haesun Choi, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Prostate Imaging, Liver Imaging, GIST and MRS

Veronica Cox, M.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: MR biomarkers of liver tumors and Radiogenomics

Catherine Devine, M.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interest: Melanoma, Genitourinary Malignancies and Gastric Cancer

Khaled Elsayes, M.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interest: MRI in the evaluation of liver lesions and adrenal

Randy Ernst, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: MRI, US, CT and Colorectal Cancer

Silvana Faria, M.D., Ph.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Renal cell carcinoma

Dhakshina Moorthy Ganeshan, M.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Advanced imaging techniques in diagnosis, staging and evaluation of treatment response in Genitourinary and Gastrointestinal Cancer

Naveen Garg, M.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Medical and Radiology Informatics, Image Segmentation, Data Visualization, Search and Analytics of Electronic Medical Records

Shiva Gupta, M.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Radiologic tumor measurement techniques, Magnetic resonance imaging techniques and Renal cell carcinoma

Revathy Iyer, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Imaging of Gynecologic and Gastrointestinal Malignancy

Corey Jensen, M.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Imaging physics and software

HyunSeon Kang, M.D., Ph.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Imaging biomarkers of tumor response, Imaging of liver tumors and MRI of prostate carcinoma

Harmeet Kaur, M.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interest: Develop response criteria in rectal cancer, Improve imaging assessment of response in rectal cancer and Improve accuracy of assessment of nodal involvement with iron particles

Vikas Kundra, M.D., Ph.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Imaging of Gene Expression, Gene Therapy and Responsive Therapy

Elizabeth Lano, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Gastric cancer, Peritoneal surface malignancies and Unknown primary cancers

Ott Le, M.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interest: Contrast enhanced ultrasound, MRI imaging and Dual energy CT

Evelyne Loyer, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Colorectal liver metastases

Leonardo Marcal, M.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interest: Pelvic MRI, Hepatobiliary imaging, Pancreatic imaging and Structured reporting

Ajaykumar Morani, M.D., M.B.B.S. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Body MRI, rectal cancer imaging, non-neural pediatric solid tumors and desmoplastic small round cell/peritoneal tumors

Chaan Ng, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Body CT, MRI, and PET-CT

Madhavi Patnana, M.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interest: Melanoma

Srinivasa Prasad, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Genetics and Imaging of Human Cancers

Aliya Qayyum, M.B.B.S. – Professor 
Research Interest: MR imaging of prostate cancer, Imaging of diffuse liver disease and liver tumors, Imaging of pancreatic tumors, MRI and CT of gynecologic malignancy.

Brinda Rao Korivi, M.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Melanoma Moonshots program through the DI QIAC program. Research collaboration with the Endocrinology service; involved in a grant involving changes in body fat composition changes in thyroid cancer patients from effects of drugs including cabozantinib.

Gaiane Rauch, M.D., Ph.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Breast Imaging and Gynecological Imaging

Bharat Raval, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Conventional vs Cross sectional imaging technics, Physician Quality Improvement

Tara Sagebiel, M.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Improving peer review and Appendiceal and gastric cancers

Barry Samuels, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Lymphoma and Lymphoproliferative diseases

Janio Szklaruk, M.D., Ph.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Evaluation of new MR techniques, MRI in the evaluation of liver lesions and liver pathology

Eric Tamm, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: Imagining of tumors originating in the abdomen and pelvis with a particular focus in pancreatic oncology

Datla Varma, M.D. – Professor
Research Interest: CT and MR Imaging of Soft Tissue Tumors

Aradhana Venkatesan, M.D. –Associate Professor
Research Interest: Description of imaging findings in hereditary cancer cohorts, novel image analysis algorithms for clinical cancer staging

Raghu Vikram, M.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interest: Genitourinary (GU) System

David Vining, MD. – Professor
Research Interest: Multimedia structured reporting and big data analytics, Virtual colonoscopy development and improvement, Gastrointestinal tract physiology

Chitra Viswanathan, M.D. –Associate Professor
Research Interest: Complications of cancer therapy, Gynecologic imaging and Access to health care for the disability community.

Nicolaus Wagner-Bartak, M.D. – Assistant Professor
Research Interest: CT technique optimization for abdominal applications, CT radiation dose reduction and Imaging quality improvement.

Sireesha Yedururi, M.D., M.B.B.S.– Assistant Professor
Research Interest: Imaging of Osteosarcoma, Imaging of Sarcoma, Imaging of MEN syndrome and Liver imaging

Current Research & Specialties

Abdominal Imaging is a leader in novel clinical advancements in diagnostic oncology imaging and therapeutic response assessment. The section currently engages in laboratory, translational, and clinical research including:

  • Development of novel imaging biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and monitoring of disease response
  • Imaging biomarkers of the cancer environment, and imaging characterizes predictive of early treatment response in liver metastases, pancreatic tumors, prostate cancer, and gynecologic malignancy
  • Genomic Imaging
  • Investigation of novel MRI biomarkers in cancerous and non-cancerous tissue
  • MR elastography
  • Dual energy CT evaluation of tissue composition in pancreatic and gynecologic tumors
  • Contrast enhanced US tumor assessment in the kidney and liver
  • Outcomes research

Evolving areas of research include imaging metabolic pathways with hyperpolarized C-13, and PETMR, focal MRI guided prostate cancer therapy.

Education & Training


Abdominal Imaging Fellowship:

The Body Imaging Fellowship in the Division of Diagnostic Imaging at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offers extensive experience in cross-sectional oncologic imaging that includes CT, MRI, ultrasound and PET/CT imaging. Fellows are given the opportunity to perform CT/US guided deep biopsy procedures, if they elect to. Additional electives at affiliated institutions in the Texas Medical Center, such as St. Luke's and Methodist hospitals, allow the fellow the opportunity to broaden their exposure to include benign musculoskeletal disease. Fellows also actively participate in multidisciplinary tumor board conferences.

Abdominal Imaging Contact Information

Physical Address

Department of Diagnostic Radiology
Abdominal Imaging Section
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1473
Houston, TX 77030

Mailing Address

Department of Diagnostic Radiology 
Abdominal Imaging Section
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 1473
Houston, TX 77030

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