Body Imaging

Ayman Gaballah, MD
Ayman Gaballah, MD

The University of Missouri Body Imaging Division specializes in imaging disorders of the abdomen and pelvis. The mission of our section, corresponds with that of the department, which is to offer excellence in imaging services and contribute to the advancement of our field, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

The division is staffed by 6 highly specialized faculty, all certified by the American Board of Radiology and fellowship-trained in body imaging. Our faculty members have received excellence awards and recognition at the institutional, national, and international levels.

The body imaging division performs and interprets the full spectrum of abdominal and pelvic diagnostic imaging procedures (including radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT, and MRI). Our areas of expertise include hepatobiliary, pancreas, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, intra- and perioperative imaging, oncologic imaging, non-invasive vascular imaging, contrast-enhanced ultrasound, dual-energy CT, CT colonography, CT/MR enterography, MR of the pelvic floor for pelvic floor dysfunction, multi-parametric prostate MRI, high-risk obstetrics and post-trauma imaging. We utilize the most up to date equipment at all our facilities, including high-end ultrasound systems, x-ray and fluoroscopy, dual energy CT and 1.5 and 3 Tesla MR scanners.

Faculty in the body imaging section participate in multiple weekly interdisciplinary conferences and tumor boards in collaboration with teams from a variety of different specialties including internal medicine, surgery, oncology, gastroenterology, and gynecology. They also play highly active roles in continuing medical education, resident and fellowship training, quality improvement and research.

Current areas of active research in our section include abdominal applications of rapid MRI techniques, clinical trial study of MR contrast agents, Artificial Intelligence applications in prostate cancer MRI, contrast-enhanced ultrasound applications, ultrasound elastography, and dual energy CT applications. We offer one fellowship in Body Imaging each year.

Division Director: Ayman Gaballah, MD

Breast Imaging

Megha Garg, MD
Megha Garg, MD

The University of Missouri Breast Imaging radiology service is mainly based at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center with an outreach mammography van.

  • We are a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) – a designation that is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.
  • The breast center has Accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) – meaning we meet or exceed all national guidelines and quality measures by the American College of Surgeons. This is granted only to those centers that are voluntarily committed to providing the best possible care to patients with diseases of the breast.

Services include breast cancer screening by mammography, ultrasound and MRI. All the modalities are available for diagnostic use as well as for performing procedures like biopsies and localization. All our mammography machines are digital with tomosynthesis. The Breast center has the latest state of the art equipment including a tomosynthesis stereotactic biopsy unit. We provide high risk screening services that include MRI and Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound.

Our imaging center is staffed by three fellowship trained breast radiologists and we take one breast fellow every year. Our radiology residents take part in all aspects of patient care and we often have residents from other specialties and medical students rotating with us. We offer one fellowship in Breast Imaging each year.

The center is part of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating breast cancer and we hold weekly multidisciplinary breast cancer conference to discuss comprehensive tailored approach to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

The Breast Center employs nurse navigators, including one dedicated to facilitating all imaging services for a patient, for all aspects of care, which provides the patient with one point person. As a part of the cancer center, we have access to multiple clinical trials looking and evaluating improvements in cancer care and detection. In addition, Breast Imaging has its own trials with external funding/grants.

Division Director: Megha Garg, MD

Cardiothoracic Imaging

Jeffrey Kunin, MD
Jeffrey Kunin, MD

The University of Missouri Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging provides comprehensive imaging services for the diagnosis of pulmonary, cardiac and vascular diseases. We work closely with other clinical services including pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation therapy and surgery. Our multidisciplinary approach provides exceptional clinical care and provides robust research opportunities. The division provides imaging interpretation for studies performed at University Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Woman’s and Children’s Hospital, and numerous outpatient facilities. In addition, we accept one fellow per year in our CardioThoracic Imaging Fellowship.

State-of-the-art services include:

  • Chest radiography
  • Computed tomography (CT) for the evaluation of lung diseases including lung cancer, nodules, trauma, inflammation and infection.
  • CT angiography for the evaluation of vascular diseases including pulmonary emboli, congenital vascular abnormalities, aortic aneurysm and dissection.
  • High Resolution Chest CT for the evaluation of interstitial lung diseases and airways.
  • Lung cancer screening CT using low-dose technique for the early detection of lung cancer in high risk patients.
  • Cardiac CT for a noninvasive evaluation of coronary artery disease.
  • Cardiac MRI to assess anatomic and functional morphology, cardiac viability, and preoperative evaluation.
  • Thoracic MRI to assess the lungs, aorta, thymus and other structures.

Division Director: Jeffrey Kunin, MD

Musculoskeletal Imaging

Rob Wissman, MD
Rob Wissman, MD

The University of Missouri musculoskeletal radiology service is based at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI), a free-standing orthopaedic hospital and clinic. MOI is home to a large group of subspecialty orthopaedic surgeons providing high-level tertiary care. It recently underwent a $40 million expansion that has increased clinical space for surgical, inpatient and outpatient services. The caseload includes sports medicine, tumor, arthritis, congenital and developmental abnormalities, and spine disease. MOI has state-of-the art MRI (1.5 and 3T GE), CT, and ultrasound on site. CT and MRI are also read at MOI from multiple other scanners throughout the MU system. We offer one fellowship in MSK Imaging each year.

Division Director: Rob Wissman, MD

Neuroradiology Imaging

Carlos Leiva Salinas, MD
Carlos Leiva Salinas, MD

The Division of Neuroradiology is comprised of four faculty specializing in brain, ear/nose/throat, and spine imaging. We work in collaboration with three specialists from Interventional Neuroradiology.

We interpret neuroimaging studies from five clinical 1.5T and three 3T MRI units, as well as seven CT scanners, including three with dual source and two with 128 slice capability.

We have a strong working relationship with the Departments of Neurosurgery, Head and Neck Surgery, and Neurology, which provides a stimulating atmosphere through daily interactions during readout sessions and clinical conferences.

In addition, we accept one fellow each year in our one-year Neuroradiology fellowship program.

Division Director: Carlos Leiva Salinas, MD

Nuclear Medicine Imaging

Amolak Singh, MD
Amolak Singh, MD

The Nuclear Medicine division of our department of radiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) provides adult and pediatric nuclear medicine services for the University of Missouri Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The division is equipped with SPECT/CT and PET/CT scanners which have full ACR accreditation. We provide nuclear medicine training for our ACGME accredited radiology and nuclear medicine residency programs. The division performs full spectrum of all nuclear medicine procedures including cardiovascular nuclear medicine, radionuclide therapies, and bone density studies (DEXA) for patients referred to MU. Recently introduced procedures include DAT scan for Parkinsonism, F-18 Axumin for prostate cancer, and Ga-68 Dotatate for neuroendocrine tumors. Our center was first in the World to perform brain perfusion imaging with Tc-99m HMAPO (Certec) and Sm-153 EDTMP (Quadramet) therapies for metastatic bone cancer; and continues to be engaged in important clinical research.

Division Director: Amolak Singh, MD

Pediatric Imaging

Dana Mazuru, MD
Dana Mazuru, MD

The division of Pediatric Radiology is located at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the only free-standing pediatric hospital in mid-Missouri. The hospital offers more than 30 pediatric subspecialties with inpatient and outpatient settings, including a pediatric emergency room. At WCH, there is one 1.5T MRI, one dual-source CT scanner, several US machines, an interventional radiology suite, a fluoroscopy room, and a NM scanner. There are four fellowship-trained pediatric radiologists, including a pediatric neuroradiologist, and they interpret pediatric imaging studies performed at all MU inpatient and outpatient facilities. We have strong clinical and teaching relationship with the Child Health Department. In addition, we accept one fellow in our one-year ACGME-accredited pediatric radiology fellowship.

Division Director: Dana Mazuru, MD

Vascular and Interventional  Imaging

Ryan Davis, MD
Ryan Davis, MD

Interventional Radiology, or IR, is a subspecialty of Radiology that uses imaging modalities to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. The University of Missouri Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology provides comprehensive minimally invasive services for the treatment of vascular, oncologic, hepatobiliary, urologic, and pulmonary diseases. We work closely with other specialties to provide the best multidisciplinary clinical care possible for central Missouri. The division provides interventional radiology services for University Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Woman’s and Children’s Hospital, and Truman VA Hospital. In June 2020, we will be opening the only combined hybrid CT/Angiography suite in mid Missouri. Staff consists of four fellowship trained Interventional Radiologists.

State-of-the-art interventional services include:

  • Interventional Oncology (Y90 Radioembolization, Chemoembolization, Tumor Ablation)
  • Venous Disease (DVT, vascular malformation, pulmonary embolism)
  • Women’s Health (Uterine artery embolization, Pelvic varices, pelvic pain).
  • Men’s health (Prostate artery embolization, varicocele treatment)
  • Complex IVC filter retrieval.
  • Hemodialysis access
  • Vertebral augmentation for spinal compression fracture (kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty).
  • Peripheral vascular disease (Angiography, stenting)
  • CT angiography for the evaluation of vascular diseases.

Division Director: Ryan Davis, MD