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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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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

Languages Spoken

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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, 1995


Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Best Doctors® in America 2011


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

  • Abdominal CT Scan
  • Abdominal MRI
  • Abdominal X-Ray
  • Colon Contrast X-Ray
  • Esophagram
  • Swallowing Function w/Cineradiography
  • Transvaginal Ultrasound
  • Upper GI Tract X-Ray
  • Virtual Colonoscopy

Dr. Pickhardt is the principal investigator of a University of Wisconsin clinical trial studying the efficacy of virtual colonoscopy. He also co-edited a textbook on body computed tomography and published a number of scientific papers. His work has resulted in more than 100 scientific publications, six book chapters and one textbook.

PubMed Articles
Pickhardt PJ Hahn L Del Rio AM Park SH Reeder SB Said A . Natural history of hepatic steatosis: observed outcomes for subsequent liver and cardiovascular complications. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Apr;202(4):752-8
[PubMed ID: 24660702]
Kim DH Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Munoz del Rio A Pooler BD Pickhardt PJ . Contrast coating for the surface of flat polyps at CT colonography: a marker for detection. Eur Radiol. 2014 Apr;24(4):940-6
[PubMed ID: 24482303]
Pickhardt PJ . CT colonography: does it satisfy the necessary criteria for a colorectal screening test? Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Mar;8(3):211-3
[PubMed ID: 24490683]
Fini L Laghi L Hassan C Pestalozza A Pagano N Balzarini L Repici A Pickhardt PJ Malesci A . Noncathartic CT colonography to screen for colorectal neoplasia in subjects with a family history of colorectal cancer. Radiology. 2014 Mar;270(3):784-90
[PubMed ID: 24475809]
Lubner MG Dustin Pooler B Del Rio AM Durkee B Pickhardt PJ . Volumetric evaluation of hepatic tumors: multi-vendor, multi-reader liver phantom study. Abdom Imaging. 2014 Feb 4;
[PubMed ID: 24492936]
Pickhardt PJ Lam VP Weiss JM Kennedy GD Kim DH . Carpet lesions detected at CT colonography: clinical, imaging, and pathologic features. Radiology. 2014 Feb;270(2):435-43
[PubMed ID: 24029647]
Burnside ES Lin Y Munoz del Rio A Pickhardt PJ Wu Y Strigel RM Elezaby MA Kerr EA Miglioretti DL . Addressing the challenge of assessing physician-level screening performance: mammography as an example. PLoS One. 2014;9(2):e89418
[PubMed ID: 24586763]
Pickhardt PJ Suhonen J Lawrence EM Muñoz del Rio A Pooler BD . Appendiceal length as an independent risk factor for acute appendicitis. Eur Radiol. 2013 Dec;23(12):3311-7
[PubMed ID: 23821021]
Weiss JM Smith MA Pickhardt PJ Kraft SA Flood GE Kim DH Strutz E Pfau PR . Predictors of colorectal cancer screening variation among primary-care providers and clinics. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013 Jul;108(7):1159-67
[PubMed ID: 23670114]
Pickhardt PJ Kim DH Pooler BD Hinshaw JL Barlow D Jensen D Reichelderfer M Cash BD . Assessment of volumetric growth rates of small colorectal polyps with CT colonography: a longitudinal study of natural history. Lancet Oncol. 2013 Jul;14(8):711-20
[PubMed ID: 23746988]
Hain KS Pickhardt PJ Lubner MG Menias CO Bhalla S . Presacral masses: multimodality imaging of a multidisciplinary space. Radiographics. 2013 Jul-Aug;33(4):1145-67
[PubMed ID: 23842976]
Carberry GA Pooler BD Binkley N Lauder TB Bruce RJ Pickhardt PJ . Unreported vertebral body compression fractures at abdominal multidetector CT. Radiology. 2013 Jul;268(1):120-6
[PubMed ID: 23449956]
Pooler BD Kim DH Hassan C Rinaldi A Burnside ES Pickhardt PJ . Variation in diagnostic performance among radiologists at screening CT colonography. Radiology. 2013 Jul;268(1):127-34
[PubMed ID: 23449954]
Pickhardt PJ Pooler BD Lauder T del Rio AM Bruce RJ Binkley N . Opportunistic screening for osteoporosis using abdominal computed tomography scans obtained for other indications. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Apr 16;158(8):588-95
[PubMed ID: 23588747]
Pickhardt PJ . Missed lesions at CT colonography: lessons learned. Abdom Imaging. 2013 Feb;38(1):82-97
[PubMed ID: 22539045]
Pickhardt PJ . Computed tomography colonography: emerging evidence to further support clinical effectiveness. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2013 Jan;29(1):55-9
[PubMed ID: 23044493]
Lubner MG Simard ML Peterson CM Bhalla S Pickhardt PJ Menias CO . Emergent and nonemergent nonbowel torsion: spectrum of imaging and clinical findings. Radiographics. 2013 Jan-Feb;33(1):155-73
[PubMed ID: 23322835]
Pickhardt PJ . Radiologic Clinics of North America. Bowel imaging. Preface. Radiol Clin North Am. 2013 Jan;51(1):xi
[PubMed ID: 23182516]
Pickhardt PJ Kim DH . CT colonography: pitfalls in interpretation. Radiol Clin North Am. 2013 Jan;51(1):69-88
[PubMed ID: 23182508]
Pickhardt PJ Lubner MG Kim DH Tang J Ruma JA del Rio AM Chen GH . Abdominal CT with model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR): initial results of a prospective trial comparing ultralow-dose with standard-dose imaging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Dec;199(6):1266-74
[PubMed ID: 23169718]