Clinical Description

Thoracic Imaging at OHSU offers basic to advanced imaging care. We use standard radiographs and computed tomography (CT) on a daily basis. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is occasionally used for more advanced problem solving and mediastinal diseases or in younger patients with radiation exposure issues.

The chest radiograph remains the mainstay of our diagnostic imaging division, sufficient to evaluate most thoracic problems. Our CT scans are used to assess for the more persistent or serious problems that are not adequately evaluated on the standard radiographs. We also commonly use thin section scanning for fine detailed examination of the lungs and pulmonary vessels.

All Thoracic Imaging faculty are certified by the American Board of Radiology; in addition, they have completed subspecialty training in the area of both thoracic and cardiac imaging. Our division works closely with many clinical departments, including Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Hematology/Oncology/Radiation therapy departments, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Infectious Diseases, as well as hospitalists, the trauma service and the Emergency Department. We participate in multiple daily & weekly multidisciplinary conferences and rounds with these clinical colleagues, offering a unique approach to patient care. Faculty presents at numerous local, state and national conferences as well as invited national and international lectures. Our division works closely with the OHSU School of Medicine in regards to teaching and research.


Outpatient imaging for acute or chronic diseases
Diffuse lung diseases
Airway diseases: Bronchiectasis and Small airway problems
Pulmonary vascular diseases: Acute and Chronic
Pleural diseases
Lung malignancies
Lung Cancer Screening
Pulmonary infections
Mediastinal diseases
Aortic diseases


Lung biopsies for cancer or infection
Pleural effusion sampling
Multidisciplinary evaluation of lung cancer
Lung and Bone marrow transplant evaluation
Unusual/Rare thoracic diseases
Diaphragmatic diseases
Pulmonary Hypertension evaluation

For additional information or questions, contact , Cardiothoracic Administrative Coordinator at (503) 494-4686.