Department of Radiology highlights and honors

Read about the department's accomplishments from April - June in the quarterly newsletter.

Department of Radiology highlights and honors click to enlarge Gang Li, PhD, received NIMH R21 funding in April 2016 to develop 4D brain atlases for use in neuroimaging studies of the dynamic developing cortex during early postnatal stages.
Department of Radiology highlights and honors click to enlarge UNC Department of Radiology imaging specialist Debbie Holmes at the Carolina Campus Community Garden in May 2016.


April: Carolina Mammography Registry Director Louise Henderson, PhD, was lead investigator of a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center study that found adherence to recommended screening intervals after a false-positive mammogram result to be dependent on timing of last screening. She presented study findings at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans in April. Read more.

Jeff Neitlich, MD, joined the Department in April 2016 as associate professor of radiology, as well as its new abdominal imaging division chief.

April & May: UNC Department of Radiology volunteers participated in the work of the Carolina Campus Community Garden. Faculty and staff and their family members pitched in where asked to harvest, weed and compost, among multiple other activities that keep the on-campus garden producing fruit and vegetable in support of the University’s lower wage workers.

May: Drs. Matt Mauro and Bob Dixon were among multiple interventional radiologists serving in May 2016 as Oral Examiners at the last Interventional Radiology (IR) Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) subspecialty exam held in Louisville, KY.  To date, the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has administered IR training as a subspecialty residency, completed typically in 12 months. Reflecting the American Board of Medical Specialties' 2012 elevation of IR to a primary medical specialty, however, the ACGME began accrediting the first dual IR/DR residency programs in July 2015. UNC Department of Radiology expects to offer an ACGME-accredited dual IR/DR training program in the next few years.

June: In July 2014, UNC began recruiting patients for a two-year clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of prostatic artery embolization (PAE) in patients with an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). PAE is an interventional radiology procedure that offers patients an alternative to more invasive surgical treatments.

Led by Assistant Professor Dr. Ari Isaacson, the study generated enough data by spring 2016 to allow for the planning of further trials to evaluate other embolic materials that could be used in the procedure. Read More.


Sheri G. Jordan, MD, received the 2016 Charles A. Bream Award for excellence in teaching at the Department’s end-of-year banquet in June 2016. Every year the recipient is selected by the graduating Diagnostic Radiology residents.

Gang Li, PhD, received National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) R21 funding in April 2016 for his project entitled, “Constructing 4-dimensional Infant Cortical Surface Atlases.” This two-year study seeks to develop 4D infant cortical surface-based brain atlases, as applied to better understanding of neurodevelopmental origins and abnormal trajectories of neuropsychiatric disorders.  The 4D infant cortical surface atlases developed in Li’s study will be used in neuroimaging studies of the dynamic developing cortex during early postnatal stages and will be made freely available to other researchers.   


Registering Post-Op CT and Pre-Op MR Images for Accurate Localization of Intraoperative EEG Electrodes. American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)’s 54th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. May 2016.  (Authors: Cao X, Sheng-CheH, Park SH, Jewells V, Shin HW, Shen DG, Lin W).

Hybrid PET/MR shows reduced CBG and Localization in Subdural Electrode Identified Seizure Foci. American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)’s 54th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. May 2016.  (Authors: Park SH, Zong X, Cao X, Jewells V, Shin HW, Todorova S, Huang SC, An H, Shen D, Lin W).

Coupling of FDG uptake and CBF using simultaneous MR-PET measurements in human temporal lobe epilepsy. American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)’s 54th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. May 2016.  (Authors: Zong X, Shin HW, Park SH, Cao X, Jewells V, Todorova S, Huang SC, An H, Shen D, Lin W).

Retrospective Application of a Modified Recognition of Stroke in the Emergency Room (ROSIER) Scale in Patients Undergoing MRI for Suspicion of Stroke. American College of Radiology (ACR) 2016 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. May 2016. (Authors: Ford J, Namdi B, Jewells V).

Interferon-beta-1a therapy induces the expansion of TGF-B1-producing B cells and FOXP3= T-regulatory cells in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.  American Academy of Neurology, Vancouver BC, April 2016. (Authors: Yazhong T, Zhang X, Kim MJ, Kiapour N, Bruce D, Yang H, Townsend K, Pruteanu-Malinici S, Bush K, Dunn J, Kurtoglu B, Kong D, Craddock J, Chopra M, Zhu H, Jewells V, and Markovic-Plese S).

Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, presented “Imaging Findings: Breast Masses” at the Annual Society of Breast Imaging/American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Symposium in April 2016 in Austin, TX.

Terry Wong, MD, presented, “Molecular imaging of head and neck malignancies (IC 409)” at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, in April 2016.

Terry Wong, MD, gave four presentations -- “Head and neck PET/CT”; “Optimized protocols for PET/CT oncology imaging”; “PET/CT artifacts and pitfalls”; and “Non-oncologic applications for PET/CT” – at the 2016 14th Annual PET/CT Imaging Meeting in Orlando, FL, in April 2016.


Valerie Jewells, DO, was among five authors whose research project -- “Preclinical PET imaging with [18]F-PBR111 on neuroinflammation” -- was highlighted in the spring 2016 Newsletter of the Small Animal Imaging Laboratory, housed within UNC’s Biomedical Imaging Research Center (BRIC). (Authors: Jewells V, Li Z, Yuan H, Matsushima G, Feinber N).

 Brooks SA, Khandani AH, Fielding JR, Lin W, Sills T, Lee YZ, Arreola A, Milowsky MI, Wallen EM, Woods ME, Smith AB, Nielsen ME, Parker JS, Lalush DS, Rathmell WK. Alternate Metabolic Programs Define Regional Variation of Relevant Biological Features in Renal Cell Carcinoma Progression. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Jun 15;22(12):2950-9. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-15-2115. Epub 2016 Jan 19.

 Chen X, Zhang H, Gao Y, Wee CY, Li G, Shen D. High-Order Resting-State Functional Connectivity Network for MCI Classification. Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 May 4. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23240. [Epub ahead of print]

 Park SH, Zong X, Gao Y, Lin W, Shen D. Segmentation of perivascular spaces in 7T MR image using auto-context model with orientation-normalized features. Neuroimage. 2016 Jul 1;134:223-35. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.076. Epub 2016 Apr 1.

 Wu H, Chen G, Jin Y, Shen D, Yap PT.  Embarrassingly Parallel Acceleration of Global Tractography via Dynamic Domain Partitioning. Front. Neuroinform. | doi: 10.3389/fninf.2016.00025. June 2016.

 Zhang J, Gao Y, Gao Y, Munsell B, Shen D. Detecting Anatomical Landmarks for Fast Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2016 Jun 20. [Epub ahead of print].

 Jie B, Liu M, Liu J, Zhang D, Shen D. Temporally-Constrained Group Sparse Learning for Longitudinal Data Analysis in Alzheimer’s Disease. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2016 Apr 13. [Epub ahead of print].

 Cheng JZ, Ni D, Chou YH, Qin J, Tiu CM, Chang YC, Huang CS, Shen D, Chen CM. Computer-Aided Diagnosis with Deep Learning Architecture: Applications to Breast Lesions in US Images and Pulmonary Nodules in CT Scans. Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 15;6:24454. doi: 10.1038/srep24454.

 Gao Y, Shao Y, Lian J, Wang AZ, Chen RC, Shen D. Accurate Segmentation of CT Male Pelvic Organs via Regression-Based Deformable Models and Multi-Task Random Forests. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2016 Jun;35(6):1532-43. doi: 10.1109/TMI.2016.2519264. Epub 2016 Jan 18.

 Suk HI, Wee CY, Lee SW, Shen D. State-space model with deep learning for functional dynamics estimation in resting-state fMRI. Neuroimage. 2016 Apr 1;129:292-307. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.01.005. Epub 2016 Jan 14.

 Liu M, Zhang D, Shen D. Relationship Induced Multi-Template Learning for Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2016 Jun;35(6):1463-74. doi: 10.1109/TMI.2016.2515021. Epub 2016 Jan 5.

 Guo Y, Gao Y, Shen D. Deformable MR Prostate Segmentation via Deep Feature Learning and Sparse Patch Matching. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2016 Apr;35(4):1077-89. doi: 10.1109/TMI.2015.2508280. Epub 2015 Dec 11.

 Chen G, Liu Y, Shen D, Kosorok MR. Composite large margin classifiers with latent subclasses for heterogeneous biomedical data. Stat Anal Data Min. 2016 Apr;9(2):75-88. Epub 2016 Jan 8.

 Bahrami K, Shi F, Zong X, Shin HW, An H, Shen D. Reconstruction of 7T-like Images from 3T MRI. IEEE Trans. 2016 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print]

 Adeli E, Shi F, An L, Wee CY, Wu G, Wang T, Shen D. Joint feature-sample selection and robust . doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.05.054. [Epub ahead of print]

 Wang Y, Ma G, An L, Shi F, Zhang P, Lalush DS, Wu X, Zhou J, Shen D. Scalable Joint Segmentation and Registration Framework for Infant Brain Images. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2016 May 12. [Epub ahead of print].

 Wang T, Shi F, Jin Y, Jiang W, Shen D, Xiao S. Abnormal Changes of Brain Cortical Anatomy and the Association with Plasma MicroRNA107 Level in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. Front Aging Neurosci. 2016 May 18;8:112. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00112. eCollection 2016.

 An L, Zhang P, Adeli-M E, Wang Y, Ma G, Shi F, Lalush D, Lin W, Shen D. Multi-level Canonical Correlation Analysis for Standard-dose PET Image Estimation.  IEEE Trans Image Process. 2016 May 11. [Epub ahead of print].

Bahrami K, Shi F, Zong X, Won Shin H, An H, Shen D. Reconstruction of 7T-like Images from 3T MRI. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2016 Apr 1.

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