Resident Research

Duke Radiology residents are provided with the time, resources and mentoring to pursue research throughout residency, but especially in the 4th year, when residents are allowed up to 7 months of dedicated, protected research time.

Residents currently in the program have published articles in Radiology, AJR, Academic Radiology, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR), Academic Medicine, Molecular Imaging, Medical Physics, Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography (JCAT), Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and others.

Our residents have presented their work within the last year at RSNA, AUR, ARRS, Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), American Society of Head and Neck Radiology and Rad-Aid International Conferences.

We are extremely proud of our residents’ research. Recent Duke Radiology graduates have won multiple prestigious awards including the “RSNA Alexander Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence (, multiple RSNA Trainee Research Prizes ( and, the ARRS Executive Council Award, the AAWR Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding ARRS Presentation, the Roentgen Resident Research Award, and the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology Radiologist-in-Training Award.

Duke Radiology 2016 graduate Jeff Prescott, M.D., PhD., receives the RSNA Alexander Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence, from RSNA President Ronald Arenson at the RSNA annual meeting, on December 1, 2015. The award annually recognizes the best original scientific article published in Radiology. Jeff received the article for his paper, “The Alzheimer Structural Connectome: Changes in Cortical Network Topology with Increased Amyloid Plaque Burden.”

Department seed grants support these resident research projects.  In 2014-2015 James Ronald received an RSNA Resident Research Grant ($30,000) for “Identification of novel angiogenesis biomarkers correlating with tumor response after hepatic arterial embolization for hepatocellular carcinoma,” and Manisha Bahl won the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology Hanafee Research Grant ($15,000) for “Incidental Thyroid Nodules Detected in the National Lung Screening Trial: Estimation of Prevalence, Malignancy Rate, and Strategy for Workup.”

Residents are encouraged to use this dedicated research time to follow their intellectual passion.  In addition to hypothesis driven research, Duke residents have written books, created educational websites, and pursued global health imaging projects.  Examples of each are presented below.


Lungren MP, Donlan RM, Kankotia R, Paxton BE, Falk I, Christensen D, Kim CY. Bacteriophage K antimicrobial-lock technique for treatment of Staphylococcus aureus central venous catheter-related infection: a leporine model efficacy analysis. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014 Oct; 25(10):1627-32.

Grimm LJ, Johnson KS, Marcom PK, Baker JA, Soo MS.  Can breast cancer molecular subtype help to select patients for preoperative MR imaging? Radiology. 2014 Oct 15:140594.

Prescott JW, Guidon AP, Doraiswamy M, Choudhury KR, Liu C, Petrella JR.  The Alzheimer structural connectome: changes in cortical network topology with increased amyloid plaque burden.  Radiology 2014 Oct; 273(1):175-84.

Bahl M, Sosa JA, Nelson RC et al.  Thyroid cancers incidentally detected at imaging in a 10-year period: How many cancers would be missed with use of the recommendations from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound?  Radiology 2014. June; 271(3):888-94.

Befera NT, Badea CT, Johnson GA.  Comparison of 4D-MicroSPECT and MicroCT for murine cardiac function.  Mol Imaging Biol. 2014. Apr; 16(2):235-45.

Paxton BE, Kim CY, Alley CL, et al. Bariatric embolization for suppression of the hunger hormone ghrelin in a porcine model. Radiology. 2013 Feb;266(2):471-9.

Lungren MP, Yoshizumi TT, Brady SM, et al. Radiation dose estimations to the thorax using organ-based dose modulation. AJR. 2012 Jul;199(1):W65-73.

Everton KL, Mazal J, Mollura DJ; RAD-AID Conference Writing Group. White paper report of the 2011 RAD-AID Conference on International Radiology for Developing Countries: integrating multidisciplinary strategies for imaging services in the developing world.  J Am Coll Radiol. 2012 Jul;9(7):488-94.


Educational Sites

HeadNeckBrainSpine (HNBS): Education site designed by recent graduate, Dr. Brett Young. The site provides a thorough review of neuroanatomy in conjunction with case-based learning.