University of Wisconsin–Madison


The Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin (UW) is engaged in cutting-edge research spanning the full spectrum of basic science, translational research, and clinical quality management in Computed Tomography (CT). The infrastructure includes state-of-the-art CT scanners, radiologists, physicists, dedicated research technologists, and a host of other research support personnel. We have many collaborative relationships with other departments throughout UWHealth and across the UW campus, including the Departments of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

4-part image showing examples of work from the CT research group

From upper left clockwise: Schematic map of the air-filled colon, a 3D flythrough view of the colon (produced using CT virtual colonoscopy) showing a polyp and the appendiceal orifice, a digital photograph taken during optical colonoscopy performed immediately after the CT virtual colonoscopy, and an axial CT image showing the polyp and pooled contrast agent (dark signal voids).

Pickhardt, Perry J., J. Richard Choi, Inku Hwang, James A. Butler, Michael L. Puckett, Hans A. Hildebrandt, Roy K. Wong, Pamela A. Nugent, Pauline A. Mysliwiec, and William R. Schindler. Computed tomographic virtual colonoscopy to screen for colorectal neoplasia in asymptomatic adults.external link New England Journal of Medicine 349, no. 23 (2003): 2191-2200.

Highlights of the CT research program include:

Facility Overview

We have a variety of GE Healthcare CT scanners available for basic science and clinical translational research. Ranging from 32 to 256 slices, the scanners are state-of-the-art and feature the latest iterative dose-reducing reconstruction technologies as well as dual-energy imaging capabilities. Time is available for research on a dedicated research CT scanner located in the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR)external link facility. The research scanner is a Revolution HD Discovery 750 system. This scanner is located adjacent to two MR systems (1.5T and 3T) and near an interventional bi-plane cone beam CT system and an operating suite, facilitating multi-modality research studies. Our facility has access to a micro CT unit and a cone beam CT unit for those interested in comparing these modalities for a specific imaging task.

top row shows 3 saggital images of the head with rainbow colorscale showing areas affected by ionizing radiation. bottom row shows 3 correlated temporal bone anatomy scans in black and white, with blue arrows indicating key location

Top row depicts distributions of the dose of ionizing radiation resulting from (left) multi-detector CT (MDCT), (middle) cone beam CT (CBCT), and (right) volume-of-interest CBCT. Red indicates higher dose, and blue indicates lower dose). The bottom row shows temporal bone anatomy scanned using MDCT, CBCT, and volume-of-interest CBCT, respectively.

TP Szczykutowicz, S Schafer, K Royalty, SR Nace, and TA Kennedy.
Understanding the differences in radiation dose distribution between multi detector CT and C-arm CT for high contrast imagingexternal link
(Educational exhibit, presentation won cum laude honors). RSNA PHE-117 2014.

Current Projects