Thoracic Radiology

The Thoracic Imaging Division at Penn State Hershey Medical Center provides high-quality all digital imaging using state of the art technology. Diagnostic imaging is produced by magnetic resonance imaging (3T and 1.5 T systems), computed tomography (40-128 slice CT systems), radiography (CR and DR), fluoroscopy and occasionally ultrasound. The images are available through our integrated image archiving system (PACS) of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Your images are interpreted by a dedicated team of three specialized thoracic radiologists (Drs. Rickhesvar P. Mahraj, Rekha A. Cherian and Carlos A. Jamis-Dow) and simultaneously are available to all HMC physicians as well as out of network referring providers.

Diagnostic and therapeutic image guided procedures are performed daily under sedation in a dedicated imaging suite using CT fluoroscopy to accurately guide fine needle and core biopsies of various lung diseases. A walk-in clinic adds convenience by providing any distressed patient immediate thoracentesis and same day superficial biopsies to aid rapid diagnosis. Expert cytopathologists are present giving immediate interpretations. 

Cardiac and coronary artery imaging of both adult and pediatric patients are interpreted by a dedicated team of specialist physicians from Thoracic, Pediatric and Interventional Radiology and the Heart and Vascular Institute’s. The program is also an active participant of the ACRIN PA 4005 study which is evaluating CT coronary angiography to “rule out” acute coronary syndromes in low to intermediate risk patient in the ED.

The section is supported by our 3D image processing lab lead by physicist Kevin W. Moser, Ph.D. This lab performs 3D and multiplanar reconstruction for CT coronary angiograms with calcium scoring, volumetric tumor and lung volume analysis, 3D virtual bronchoscopy and emphysema quantification. Desktop 3D post processing is also available to the radiologist to assist in navigating especially thorny cases.

With the opening of the Penn State Cancer Center in 2010 the Division supports the busy medical and surgical oncology services on both clinical studies, as well as support research protocols. The Division leads two weekly multi-disciplinary conferences focused on the management of lung cancer patients.

Radiology residents benefit from a dedicated thoracic and cardiovascular curriculum. The Division retains an active role in medical students learning of basic thoracic radiology supporting the medical school didactic and elective requirements.