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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Pickhardt’s primary clinical and research interests are CT colonography and colorectal cancer screening, including virtual colonoscopy. He joined the Abdominal Imaging Section at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2003 as an associate professor of radiology. Prior to that, Dr. Pickhardt organized and served as principal investigator for a large multi-center screening trial evaluating CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) while at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Pickhardt also was awarded a Figley Fellowship in the American Journal of Radiology editorial office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2002.



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202 S. Park (UnityPoint Health - Meriter)
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Radiology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Diagnostic Radiology
Residency Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO
Medical School University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, 1995


Best Doctors® in America 2015

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.


Dr. Pickhardt has been the principal investigator of multiple University of Wisconsin clinical trials studying computerized tomography (CT) and virtual colonoscopy. He has edited a number of textbooks in abdominal radiology. His work has resulted in more than 300 scientific publications and book chapters.

PubMed Articles
Smith MA Weiss JM Potvien A Schumacher JR Gangnon RE Kim DH Weeth-Feinstein LA Pickhardt PJ . Insurance Coverage for CT Colonography Screening: Impact on Overall Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates. Radiology. 2017 Sep;284(3):717-724
[PubMed ID: 28696184]
Kinner S Pickhardt PJ Riedesel EL Gill KG Robbins JB Kitchin DR Ziemlewicz TJ Harringa JB Reeder SB Repplinger MD . Diagnostic Accuracy of MRI Versus CT for the Evaluation of Acute Appendicitis in Children and Young Adults. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Aug 10;:1-9
[PubMed ID: 28796552]
Thampy R Elsayes KM Menias CO Pickhardt PJ Kang HC Deshmukh S Ahmed K Rao Korivi B . Imaging Features of Rare Mesenychmal Liver Tumors: Beyond Hemangiomas. Br J Radiol. 2017 Aug 2;:20170373
[PubMed ID: 28766950]
Lubner MG Malecki K Kloke J Ganeshan B Pickhardt PJ . Texture analysis of the liver at MDCT for assessing hepatic fibrosis. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Aug;42(8):2069-2078
[PubMed ID: 28314916]
Lee SJ Anderson PA Pickhardt PJ . Predicting Future Hip Fractures on Routine Abdominal CT Using Opportunistic Osteoporosis Screening Measures: A Matched Case-Control Study. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Aug;209(2):395-402
[PubMed ID: 28570093]
Sievers CK Grady WM Halberg RB Pickhardt PJ . New insights into the earliest stages of colorectal tumorigenesis. Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Aug;11(8):723-729
[PubMed ID: 28503955]
Averill S Lubner MG Menias CO Bhalla S Mellnick VM Kennedy TA Pickhardt PJ . Multisystem Imaging Findings of Cystic Fibrosis in Adults: Recognizing Typical and Atypical Patterns of Disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Jul;209(1):3-18
[PubMed ID: 28639921]
Lubner MG Menias CO Agrons M Alhalabi K Katabathina VS Elsayes KM Pickhardt PJ . Imaging of Abdominal and Pelvic Manifestations of Graft-Versus-Host Disease After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Jul;209(1):33-45
[PubMed ID: 28463600]
Pooler BD Kim DH Pickhardt PJ . Extracolonic Findings at Screening CT Colonography: Prevalence, Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Jul;209(1):94-102
[PubMed ID: 28333541]
Gaballah AH Jensen CT Palmquist S Pickhardt PJ Duran A Broering G Elsayes KM . Angiosarcoma: clinical and imaging features from head to toe. Br J Radiol. 2017 Jul;90(1075):20170039
[PubMed ID: 28471264]
Pickhardt PJ Malecki K Hunt OF Beaumont C Kloke J Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG . Hepatosplenic volumetric assessment at MDCT for staging liver fibrosis. Eur Radiol. 2017 Jul;27(7):3060-3068
[PubMed ID: 27858212]
Orlowski HLP McWilliams S Mellnick VM Bhalla S Lubner MG Pickhardt PJ Menias CO . Imaging Spectrum of Invasive Fungal and Fungal-like Infections. Radiographics. 2017 Jul-Aug;37(4):1119-1134
[PubMed ID: 28622118]
Graffy PM Lee SJ Ziemlewicz TJ Pickhardt PJ . Prevalence of Vertebral Compression Fractures on Routine CT Scans According to L1 Trabecular Attenuation: Determining Relevant Thresholds for Opportunistic Osteoporosis Screening. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Jun 22;:1-6
[PubMed ID: 28639828]
Ziemlewicz TJ Kim DH Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Robbins JB Pickhardt PJ . Computer-Aided Detection of Colorectal Polyps at CT Colonography: Prospective Clinical Performance and Third-Party Reimbursement. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Jun;208(6):1244-1248
[PubMed ID: 28753031]
Kimchy Y Lifshitz R Lewkowitz S Bertuccio G Arber N Gluck N Pickhardt PJ . Radiographic capsule-based system for non-cathartic colorectal cancer screening. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 May;42(5):1291-1297
[PubMed ID: 28054186]
Wong VK Lubner MG Menias CO Mellnick VM Kennedy TA Bhalla S Pickhardt PJ . Clinical and Imaging Features of Noncutaneous Melanoma. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 May;208(5):942-959
[PubMed ID: 28301211]
Szczykutowicz TP DuPlissis A Pickhardt PJ . Variation in CT Number and Image Noise Uniformity According to Patient Positioning in MDCT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 May;208(5):1064-1072
[PubMed ID: 28267350]
Pooler BD Lubner MG Kim DH Chen OT Li K Chen GH Pickhardt PJ . Prospective Evaluation of Reduced Dose Computed Tomography for the Detection of Low-Contrast Liver Lesions: Direct Comparison with Concurrent Standard Dose Imaging. Eur Radiol. 2017 May;27(5):2055-2066
[PubMed ID: 27595834]
Henes FO Pickhardt PJ Herzyk A Lee SJ Motosugi U Derlin T Lubner MG Adam G Schön G Bannas P . CT angiography in the setting of suspected acute mesenteric ischemia: prevalence of ischemic and alternative diagnoses. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Apr;42(4):1152-1161
[PubMed ID: 27885390]
Weiss JM Kim DH Smith MA Potvien A Schumacher JR Gangnon RE Pooler BD Pfau PR Pickhardt PJ . Predictors of primary care provider adoption of CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Apr;42(4):1268-1275
[PubMed ID: 27864601]