Message from Section Chief

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Message from Section Chief

Welcome to the Abdominal Imaging Section and our team of fellowship-trained abdominal imaging specialists. We offer a wide spectrum of state of the art multimodality imaging of the abdomen and pelvis including GI and GU fluoroscopy, US, CT and MR imaging. In addition, we provide advanced imaging techniques and services including CT Colonography, CT and MR Enterography, MR Elastography, advanced prostate imaging and intervention, and contrast-enhanced US. We work collaboratively to offer exceptional patient care and excel in medical education and research. Our innovative radiology procedures and advanced clinical research benefit radiology trainees, medical students and patients globally. ~ Laura R. Carucci, M.D.

Overview

Abdominal imaging provides diagnostic medical imaging and therapeutic interventions to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions of the abdominal and pelvic regions. As one of the largest abdominal imaging sections in the country, we are recognized nationally for our expertise in advanced prostate imaging and biopsy procedures, and advanced imaging of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and genitourinary (GU) system. 

Following the VCU Department of Radiology’s mantra, “Image of Excellence,” the abdominal imaging section provides the safest and most advanced diagnostic imaging care available. The section's specialty-trained radiologists offer the full spectrum of diagnostic imaging studies for digestive, urinary and gynecologic diseases. Procedures include:

  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS)
  • Prostate imaging and biopsy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Computed tomography enterography
  • Virtual colonography 

While our primary focus is patient care, as part of a top-ranked medical university, our team's research has also been published extensively in medical journals and textbooks.

Abdominal Imaging Procedures

Abdominal imaging diagnose gastrointestinal, genitourinary and gynecologic diseases. Image-guided interventions under computed tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance guidance allow treatment of certain abdominal conditions.

Non-vascular Interventional Procedures

The non-vascular interventional procedures (NVIR) team includes attending physicians, residents, advanced-practice providers, radiologist assistants, nurses, technologists and NVIR coordinators.

The team offers both in-patient and out-patient non-invasive procedures for numerous modalities, including CT, ultrasound, MR imaging and fluoroscopy.  

The NVIR team engages in consultation, periprocedural care, and bedside procedures throughout the VCU Health System. 

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Advanced Prostate Imaging

We are abdominal imaging specialists focused on prostate MR imaging and image-guided prostate biopsies. Our prostate MR imaging includes multiple techniques using the most advanced technology and equipment for optimal detection.

Initial transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) biopsies are negative in approximately 66% of the cases. Repeat biopsies have a detection yield between 15% and 20%. MR imaging and then Image-guided biopsies increase biopsy yield in up to 80% of patients.

At our new 3T MR center, we routinely use multiple non-invasive advanced prostate MR imaging techniques, including MR T2 weighted imaging, MR diffusion and dynamic contrast enhanced imaging. Based on published studies and our own experience, the combination of these techniques produce a high-level of accuracy, up to 90%, in the diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Learn More About Advanced Prostate Imaging

Fellowship in Abdominal Imaging

Learn more about our Fellowship Programs.

Fellowship

The VCU Department of Radiology offers a one-year fellowship in abdominal imaging, accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The abdominal imaging fellowship includes clinical experience and thorough instruction in body CT and MR imaging, gastrointestinal and genitourinary imaging, and ultrasound. Learn more about our Fellowship Programs.

Abdominal Imaging Faculty

Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Professor

Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Professor

Radiology

Professor of Radiology
Chief, Abdominal Imaging
Director, Abdominal MRI
Director, Computed Tomography
Director, MRI

Phone: (804) 828-3151

Fax: (804) 628-1132

Email: laura.carucci@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Main Hospital, Room 3-410

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Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology

Radiology

Professor (Tenured) and Chair, Department of Radiology
Director, Enterprise Wide Radiation Safety Initiative

Phone: (804) 828-6600

Fax: (804) 828-6129

Email: ann.fulcher@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, North Wing

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Mary Ann Turner, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Mary Ann Turner, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Radiology

Mary Ann Turner, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Mary Ann Turner, M.D., FACR, FSAR

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Radiology

Radiology

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Radiology
Director, Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Radiology

Phone: (804) 828-3151

Fax: (804) 628-2015

Email: mary.turner@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Main Hospital, Room 3-416

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Jinxing Yu, M.D.

Jinxing Yu, M.D.

Professor

Jinxing Yu, M.D.

Jinxing Yu, M.D.

Professor

Radiology

Professor, Radiology and Surgery
Director, Oncologic and Prostate Imaging

Phone: (804) 628-0068

Fax: (804) 628-1132

Email: jinxing.yu@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, South Wing

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Neeraj Lalwani, M.D., DABR, FSAR

Neeraj Lalwani, M.D., DABR, FSAR

Associate Professor

Neeraj Lalwani, M.D., DABR, FSAR

Neeraj Lalwani, M.D., DABR, FSAR

Associate Professor

Radiology

Phone: (804) 828-3151

Email: neeraj.lalwani@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Main Hospital

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Uma R. Prasad, MBBS, M.D.

Uma R. Prasad, MBBS, M.D.

Associate Professor

Uma R. Prasad, MBBS, M.D.

Uma R. Prasad, MBBS, M.D.

Associate Professor

Radiology

Associate Professor
Director, Ultrasound
Director, Non-Vascular Interventional Radiology
Consultant, Medical Examiner

Phone: (804) 828-5109

Fax: (804) 828-5570

Email: uma.prasad@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Main Hospital, Room 418

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Jill M. Bruno, D.O.

Jill M. Bruno, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Jill M. Bruno, D.O.

Jill M. Bruno, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Radiology

Email: jill.bruno@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, West Wing

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Ryan Clayton, M.D.

Ryan Clayton, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Ryan Clayton, M.D.

Ryan Clayton, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Radiology

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Residency Education

Phone: (804)- 828-7975

Fax: (804)-628-1132

Email: ryan.clayton@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Main Hospital, Room 3-407C

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Jennifer Hubert, M.D.

Jennifer Hubert, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Hubert, M.D.

Jennifer Hubert, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Radiology

Phone: (804) 828-6831

Email: jennifer.hubert@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, West Wing

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Rahul Jasti, M.D.

Rahul Jasti, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Rahul Jasti, M.D.

Rahul Jasti, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Radiology

Phone: (804)-828-5032

Fax: (804)-628-1132

Email: rahul.jasti@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, South Wing

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Christine H. Llewellyn, M.D.

Christine H. Llewellyn, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Christine H. Llewellyn, M.D.

Christine H. Llewellyn, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Radiology

Phone: (804) 828-3151

Fax: (804) 628-1132

Email: christine.llewellyn@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Main Hospital, Room 3-407A

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Sarah G. Winks, M.D.

Sarah G. Winks, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Sarah G. Winks, M.D.

Sarah G. Winks, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Radiology

Assistant Professor, Abdominal Imaging and Prostate Imaging

Phone: (804) 828-5096

Fax: (804) 628-1132

Email: sarah.winks@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Main Hospital, Room 3-426

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