Message from Section Chief

Message - Abdominal Chief

Message from Section Chief

Abdominal Imaging is the largest subspecialty in the Radiology Department offering computed tomography, magnetic resonance, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, radiography and interventions all directed toward the diagnosis of diseases of the abdomen and pelvis. Our abdominal radiologists are well-known, subspecialty experts who deliver the highest quality care while providing educational and research opportunities in an innovative, patient-centered environment. ~ Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR

 

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 subspecialty 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 (MR) and computed tomography (CT) enterography, and 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, genitorurinary and gynecologic diseases. Image-guided interventions under CT, ultrasound and MR guidance allow treatment of certain abdominal conditions.

Featured Procedure: Non-vascular Interventional

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 works throughout the VCU Medical Center engaging in consultation and periprocedural care, as well as performing bedside procedures as necessary. 

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Featured Procedure: 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.

We routinely use multiple non-invasive advanced prostate MR imaging techniques, including MR T2 weighted imaging, MR diffusion and dynamic contrast enhanced imaging at our new 3T MR center. 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.

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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

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR

Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR

Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology

Radiology

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

Phone: (804) 828-6600

Fax: (804) 828-6129

Email: ann.fulcher@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, Room 2-013

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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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Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FSAR

Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FSAR

Professor

Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FSAR

Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FSAR

Professor

Radiology

Professor of Radiology
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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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:
Main Hospital, Room 3-446

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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

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

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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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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:
Main Hospital, Room 3-446

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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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