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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.



Abdominal CT Scan

Abdominal Imaging and Intervention

Abdominal MRI

Abdominal X-Ray

Colon Contrast X-Ray

Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan


Fluoroscopic Studies

Image-guided Biopsy

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan


Swallowing Function w/Cineradiography

Transvaginal Ultrasound


Upper GI Tract X-Ray

Virtual Colonoscopy



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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital
UnityPoint Health - Meriter
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial

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

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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
Repplinger MD Pickhardt PJ Robbins JB Kitchin DR Ziemlewicz TJ Hetzel SJ Golden SK Harringa JB Reeder SB Prospective Comparison of the Diagnostic Accuracy of MR Imaging versus CT for Acute Appendicitis. Radiology . 2018 Aug;288(2):467-475
[PubMed ID: 29688158]
Pickhardt PJ Graffy PM Reeder SB Hernando D Li K Quantification of Liver Fat Content With Unenhanced MDCT: Phantom and Clinical Correlation With MRI Proton Density Fat Fraction. AJR Am J Roentgenol . 2018 Jul 17;:W1-W7
[PubMed ID: 30016142]
Pickhardt PJ Correale L Morra L Regge D Hassan C JOURNAL CLUB: Extracolonic Findings at CT Colonography: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. AJR Am J Roentgenol . 2018 Jul;211(1):25-39
[PubMed ID: 29792744]
Pickhardt PJ Correale L Delsanto S Regge D Hassan C CT Colonography Performance for the Detection of Polyps and Cancer in Adults ≥ 65 Years Old: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. AJR Am J Roentgenol . 2018 Jul;211(1):40-51
[PubMed ID: 29667892]
Patnana M Menias CO Pickhardt PJ Elshikh M Javadi S Gaballah A Shaaban AM Korivi BR Garg N Elsayes KM Liver Calcifications and Calcified Liver Masses: Pattern Recognition Approach on CT. AJR Am J Roentgenol . 2018 Jul;211(1):76-86
[PubMed ID: 29667888]
Ganeshan D Menias CO Lubner MG Pickhardt PJ Sandrasegaran K Bhalla S Sarcoidosis from Head to Toe: What the Radiologist Needs to Know. Radiographics . 2018 Jul-Aug;38(4):1180-1200
[PubMed ID: 29995619]
Moreno CC Fibus TF Krupinski EA Kim DH Pickhardt PJ Addressing Racial Disparity in Colorectal Cancer Screening With CT Colonography: Experience in an African-American Cohort. Clin Colorectal Cancer . 2018 Jun;17(2):e363-e367
[PubMed ID: 29572136]
Scrima AT Lubner MG Abel EJ Havighurst TC Shapiro DD Huang W Pickhardt PJ Texture analysis of small renal cell carcinomas at MDCT for predicting relevant histologic and protein biomarkers. Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2018 May 26;
[PubMed ID: 29804215]
Gollub MJ Arya S Beets-Tan RG dePrisco G Gonen M Jhaveri K Kassam Z Kaur H Kim D Knezevic A Korngold E Lall C Lalwani N Blair Macdonald D Moreno C Nougaret S Pickhardt P Sheedy S Harisinghani M Use of magnetic resonance imaging in rectal cancer patients: Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) rectal cancer disease-focused panel (DFP) recommendations 2017. Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2018 May 21;
[PubMed ID: 29785540]
Lee SJ Graffy PM Zea RD Ziemlewicz TJ Pickhardt PJ Future Osteoporotic Fracture Risk Related to Lumbar Vertebral Trabecular Attenuation Measured at Routine Body CT. J Bone Miner Res . 2018 May;33(5):860-867
[PubMed ID: 29314261]
Bell JR Posielski NM Penniston KL Lubner MG Nakada SY Pickhardt PJ Automated Computer Software Compared with Manual Measurements for CT-Based Urinary Stone Metrics: An Evaluation Study. J Endourol . 2018 May;32(5):455-461
[PubMed ID: 29466878]
Pickhardt PJ CT colonography provides new insights into interval cancers. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol . 2018 May;3(5):292-294
[PubMed ID: 29472115]
Ganeshan D Menias CO Pickhardt PJ Sandrasegaran K Lubner MG Ramalingam P Bhalla S Tumors in von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome: From Head to Toe-Comprehensive State-of-the-Art Review. Radiographics . 2018 May-Jun;38(3):849-866
[PubMed ID: 29601266]
Lee SJ Zea R Kim DH Lubner MG Deming DA Pickhardt PJ CT texture features of liver parenchyma for predicting development of metastatic disease and overall survival in patients with colorectal cancer. Eur Radiol . 2018 Apr;28(4):1520-1528
[PubMed ID: 29164382]
Lee SJ Liu J Yao J Kanarek A Summers RM Pickhardt PJ Fully automated segmentation and quantification of visceral and subcutaneous fat at abdominal CT: application to a longitudinal adult screening cohort. Br J Radiol . 2018 Mar 28;:20170968
[PubMed ID: 29557216]
Lubner MG Jones D Said A Kloke J Lee S Pickhardt PJ Accuracy of liver surface nodularity quantification on MDCT for staging hepatic fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C virus. Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2018 Mar 23;
[PubMed ID: 29572714]
Pooler BD Lubner MG Theis JR Halberg RB Liang Z Pickhardt PJ Volumetric Textural Analysis of Colorectal Masses at CT Colonography: Differentiating Benign versus Malignant Pathology and Comparison with Human Reader Performance. Acad Radiol . 2018 Mar 19;
[PubMed ID: 29566994]
Pickhardt PJ Yee J Johnson CD CT colonography: over two decades from discovery to practice. Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2018 Mar;43(3):517-522
[PubMed ID: 29516105]
Lee MH Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Pickhardt PJ Ultrasound Guidance Versus CT Guidance for Peripheral Lung Biopsy: Performance According to Lesion Size and Pleural Contact. AJR Am J Roentgenol . 2018 Mar;210(3):W110-W117
[PubMed ID: 29364723]
Weinberg DS Pickhardt PJ Bruining DH Edwards K Fletcher JG Gollub MJ Keenan EM Kupfer SS Li T Lubner SJ Markowitz AJ Ross EA Computed Tomography Colonography vs Colonoscopy for Colorectal Cancer Surveillance After Surgery. Gastroenterology . 2018 Mar;154(4):927-934.e4
[PubMed ID: 29174927]