Erik K. Paulson, M.D.

  • Chairman, Department of Radiology
  • Robert J. Reeves Professor of Radiology
  • Abdominal Imaging
Address DUMC Box 3808
Durham, NC 27710
Telephone 919-684-7289
Fax 919-613-5716
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1985
  • Radiology, University of Utah, 1986-1990
  • Abdominal Imaging, Duke University Medical Center, 1990-1991
National Roles
  • Board Member, Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance
Clinical Interests

  • Value Based Care
  • Quality and Safety
  • Departmental Operations
  • Abdominal Imaging
  • Hepatobiliary Imaging
  • Percutaneous Intervention
  • Pancreatic Imaging

Research Interests

  • Value Based Care
  • Quality and Safety
  • Hepatobiliary Imaging
  • Pancreatic Imaging
  • CT Technology (Dual Energy CT)
  • CT Dose Reduction

  • Mileto A, Nelson RC, Paulson EK, Marin D. Dual-Energy MDCT for Imaging the Renal Mass. AJR Am J Roentgenol. doi: 10.2214/AJR.14.14094. 2015 Jun;204(6):W640-7 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Thompson WM. Review of small-bowel obstruction: the diagnosis and when to worry. Radiology. doi: 10.1148/radiol.15131519. 2015 May;275(2):332-42 Abstract
  • Ganeshan D, Paulson E, Duran C, Cabanillas ME, Busaidy NL, Charnsangavej C. Current update on medullary thyroid carcinoma. AJR Am J Roentgenol. doi: 10.2214/AJR.12.10370. 2013 Dec;201(6):W867-76 Abstract
  • Ganeshan D, Iyer R, Devine C, Bhosale P, Paulson E. Imaging of primary and secondary renal lymphoma. AJR Am J Roentgenol. doi: 10.2214/AJR.13.10669. 2013 Nov;201(5):W712-9 Abstract
  • Ho LM, Marin D, Neville AM, Barnhart HX, Gupta RT, Paulson EK, Boll DT. Characterization of adrenal nodules with dual-energy CT: can virtual unenhanced attenuation values replace true unenhanced attenuation values? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Apr;198(4):840-5.
  • Davenport MS, Wang CL, Bashir MR, Neville AM, Paulson EK. Rate of contrast material extravasations and allergic-like reactions: effect of extrinsic warming of low-osmolality iodinated CT contrast material to 37 degrees C. Radiology. 2012 Feb;262(2):475-84.
  • Ho LM, Merkle EM, Kuo PC, Paulson EK. Imaging appearance of surgical sponges at 1.5 T MRI: an in vitro study. Eur J Radiol. 2011 Nov;80(2):514-8.
  • Neville AM, Gupta RT, Miller CM, Merkle EM, Paulson EK, Boll DT. Detection of renal lesion enhancement with dual-energy multidetector CT. Radiology. 2011 Apr;259(1):173-83.
  • Marin D, Ho LM, Barnhart H, Neville AM, White RR, Paulson EK. Percutaneous abscess drainage in patients with perforated acute appendicitis: effectiveness, safety, and prediction of outcome. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 Feb;194(2):422-9.
  • Thompson WM, Foster WL, Paulson EK, Niedzwiecki D, Low VH, Fulford LB, Broomer BW, Sanders L, Rockey DC. Causes of errors in polyp detection at air-contrast barium enema examination. Radiology. 2006 Apr;239(1):139-48 Abstract
  • Jaffe TA, Martin LC, Thomas J, Adamson AR, DeLong DM, Paulson EK. Small-bowel obstruction: coronal reformations from isotropic voxels at 16-section multi-detector row CT. Radiology. 2006 Jan;238(1):135-42 Abstract
  • Bluemke DA, Sahani D, Amendola M, Balzer T, Breuer J, Brown JJ, Casalino DD, Davis PL, Francis IR, Krinsky G, Lee FT Jr, Lu D, Paulson EK, Schwartz LH, Siegelman ES, Small WC, Weber TM, Welber A, Shamsi K. Efficacy and safety of MR imaging with liver-specific contrast agent: U.S. multicenter phase III study. Radiology. 2005 Oct;237(1):89-98 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Harris JP, Jaffe TA, Haugan PA, Nelson RC. Acute appendicitis: added diagnostic value of coronal reformations from isotropic voxels at multi-detector row CT. Radiology. 2005 Jun;235(3):879-85 Abstract
  • Jaffe TA, O'Connell MJ, Harris JP, Paulson EK, Delong DM. MDCT of abdominal wall hernias: is there a role for valsalva's maneuver? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Mar;184(3):847-51 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Jaffe TA, Thomas J, Harris JP, Nelson RC. MDCT of patients with acute abdominal pain: a new perspective using coronal reformations from submillimeter isotropic voxels. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2004 Oct;183(4):899-906 Abstract
  • Johnson CD, Toledano AY, Herman BA, Dachman AH, McFarland EG, Barish MA, Brink JA, Ernst RD, Fletcher JG, Halvorsen RA Jr, Hara AK, Hopper KD, Koehler RE, Lu DS, Macari M, Maccarty RL, Miller FH, Morrin M, Paulson EK, Yee J, Zalis M, American College of Radiology Imaging Network A6656. Computerized tomographic colonography: performance evaluation in a retrospective multicenter setting. Gastroenterology. 2003 Sep;125(3):688-95. Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Kalady MF, Pappas TN. Clinical practice. Suspected appendicitis. N Engl J Med. 2003 Jan 16;348(3):236-42 Abstract
  • Rohren EM, Paulson EK, Hagge R, Wong TZ, Killius J, Clavien PA, Nelson RC. The role of F-18 FDG positron emission tomography in preoperative assessment of the liver in patients being considered for curative resection of hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer. Clin Nucl Med. 2002 Aug;27(8):550-5 Abstract
  • Braga HJ, Choti MA, Lee VS, Paulson EK, Siegelman ES, Bluemke DA. Liver lesions: manganese-enhanced MR and dual-phase helical CT for preoperative detection and characterization comparison with receiver operating characteristic analysis. Radiology. 2002 May;223(2):525-31 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Nelson RC, Mayes CE, Sheafor DH, Sketch MH Jr, Kliewer MA. Sonographically guided thrombin injection of iatrogenic femoral pseudoaneurysms: further experience of a single institution. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2001 Aug;177(2):309-16 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Sheafor DH, Enterline DS, McAdams HP, Yoshizumi TT. CT fluoroscopy--guided interventional procedures: techniques and radiation dose to radiologists. Radiology. 2001 Jul;220(1):161-7 Abstract
  • Megibow AJ, Jacob G, Heiken JP, Paulson EK, Hopper KD, Sica G, Saini S, Birnbaum BA, Redvanley R, Fishman EK. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of volume of low osmolality contrast medium needed for routine helical abdominal CT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2001 Mar;176(3):583-9 Abstract
  • Bluemke DA, Paulson EK, Choti MA, DeSena S, Clavien PA. Detection of hepatic lesions in candidates for surgery: comparison of ferumoxides-enhanced MR imaging and dual-phase helical CT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2000 Dec;175(6):1653-8 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Stephenson GR, Neal MC, Rossin V, Lawson JH. Use of fibrin sealant as a hemostatic agent after liver biopsy in swine. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2000 Jul-Aug;11(7):905-11. Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Sheafor DH, Kliewer MA, Nelson RC, Eisenberg LB, Sebastian MW, Sketch MH Jr. Treatment of iatrogenic femoral arterial pseudoaneurysms: comparison of US-guided thrombin injection with compression repair. Radiology. 2000 May;215(2):403-8 Abstract
  • Sheafor DH, Paulson EK, Kliewer MA, DeLong DM, Nelson RC. Comparison of sonographic and CT guidance techniques: does CT fluoroscopy decrease procedure time? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2000 Apr;174(4):939-42 Abstract
  • Caoili EM, Paulson EK. CT of small-bowel obstruction: another perspective using multiplanar reformations. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2000 Apr;174(4):993-8 Abstract
  • Vitellas KM, Paulson EK, Enns RA, Keogan MT, Pappas TN. Pancreatitis complicated by gland necrosis: evolution of findings on contrast-enhanced CT. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1999 Nov-Dec;23(6):898-905. Abstract
  • Sheafor DH, Frederick MG, Paulson EK, Keogan MT, DeLong DM, Nelson RC. Comparison of unenhanced, hepatic arterial-dominant, and portal venous-dominant phase helical CT for the detection of liver metastases in women with breast carcinoma. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1999 Apr;172(4):961-8 Abstract
  • Eisenberg L, Paulson EK, Kliewer MA, Hudson MP, DeLong DM, Carroll BA. Sonographically guided compression repair of pseudoaneurysms: further experience from a single institution. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1999 Dec;173(6):1567-73 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Vitellas KM, Keogan MT, Low VH, Nelson RC. Acute pancreatitis complicated by gland necrosis: spectrum of findings on contrast-enhanced CT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1999 Mar;172(3):609-13 Abstract
  • Fisher AJ, Paulson EK, Kliewer MA, DeLong DM, Nelson RC. Doppler sonography of the portal vein and hepatic artery: measurement of a prandial effect in healthy subjects. Radiology. 1998 Jun;207(3):711-5 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, McDermott VG, Keogan MT, DeLong DM, Frederick MG, Nelson RC. Carcinoid metastases to the liver: role of triple-phase helical CT. Radiology. 1998 Jan;206(1):143-50 Abstract
  • Freed KS, Paulson EK, Frederick MG, Keogan MT, Pappas TN. Abdomen after a Puestow procedure: postoperative CT appearance, complications, and potential pitfalls. Radiology. 1997 Jun;203(3):790-4 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Kliewer MA, Frederick MG, Keogan MT, DeLong DM, Nelson RC. Doppler US measurement of portal venous flow: variability in healthy fasting volunteers. Radiology. 1997 Mar;202(3):721-4 Abstract
  • Frederick MG, Paulson EK, Nelson RC. Helical CT for detecting focal liver lesions in patients with breast carcinoma: comparison of noncontrast phase, hepatic arterial phase, and portal venous phase. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1997 Mar-Apr;21(2):229-35. Abstract
  • Dodd GD 3rd, Esola CC, Memel DS, Ghiatas AA, Chintapalli KN, Paulson EK, Nelson RC, Ferris JV, Baron RL. Sonography: the undiscovered jewel of interventional radiology. Radiographics. 1996 Nov;16(6):1271-88 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Kliewer MA, Frederick MG, Keogan MT, Delong DM, Nelson RC. Hepatic artery: variability in measurement of resistive index and systolic acceleration time in healthy volunteers. Radiology. 1996 Sep;200(3):725-9 Abstract
  • Fidler J, Paulson EK, Layfield L. CT evaluation of acute cholecystitis: findings and usefulness in diagnosis. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1996 May;166(5):1085-8 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Leder RA, Delong DM, Keogan MT, Moore AR, Nelson RC. Use of time during body computed tomography scanning in a tertiary care teaching hospital: focus on patient throughput. Acad Radiol. 1996 Mar;3(3):254-9. Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Kliewer MA, Hertzberg BS, O'Malley CM, Washington R, Carroll BA. Color Doppler sonography of groin complications following femoral artery catheterization. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1995 Aug;165(2):439-44 Abstract
  • Warshauer DM, Molina PL, Hamman SM, Koehler RE, Paulson EK, Bechtold RE, Perlmutter ML, Hiken JN, Francis IR, Cooper CJ. Nodular sarcoidosis of the liver and spleen: analysis of 32 cases. Radiology. 1995 Jun;195(3):757-62 Abstract
  • Young ST, Paulson EK, Washington K, Gulliver DJ, Vredenburgh JJ, Baker ME. CT of the liver in patients with metastatic breast carcinoma treated by chemotherapy: findings simulating cirrhosis. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1994 Dec;163(6):1385-8 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Baker ME, Paine SS, Spritzer CE, Meyers WC. Detection of focal hepatic masses: STIR MR vs. CT during arterial portography. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1994 Jul-Aug;18(4):581-7. Abstract
  • Paulson EK, McClellan JS, Washington K, Spritzer CE, Meyers WC, Baker ME. Hepatic adenoma: MR characteristics and correlation with pathologic findings. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1994 Jul;163(1):113-6 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Kliewer MA, Hertzberg BS, Paine SS, Carroll BA. Diagnosis of acute cholecystitis with color Doppler sonography: significance of arterial flow in thickened gallbladder wall. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1994 May;162(5):1105-8 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Baker ME, Spritzer CE, Leder RA, Gulliver DJ, Meyers WC. Focal fatty infiltration: a cause of nontumorous defects in the left hepatic lobe during CT arterial portography. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1993 Jul-Aug;17(4):590-5. Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Hertzberg BS, Paine SS, Carroll BA. Femoral artery pseudoaneurysms: value of color Doppler sonography in predicting which ones will thrombose without treatment. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1992 Nov;159(5):1077-81 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Baker ME, Hilleren DJ, Jones WP, Knelson MH, Nadel SN, Leder RA, Meyers WC. CT arterial portography: causes of technical failure and variable liver enhancement. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1992 Oct;159(4):745-9 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Hertzberg BS. Hyperechoic meconium in the third trimester fetus: an uncommon normal variant. J Ultrasound Med. 1991 Dec;10(12):677-80. Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Jaffe RB. Metallic foreign bodies in the stomach: fluoroscopic removal with a magnetic orogastric tube. Radiology. 1990 Jan;174(1):191-4 Abstract
  • Paulson EK, Miller FJ. Embolization of cardiac mural thrombus: complication of intraarterial fibrinolysis. Radiology. 1988 Jul;168(1):95-6 Abstract
  • Paulson, EK. Editorial Commentary. MDCT Angiography for acute gastrointestinal bleeding:  technique and imaging findings. Radiographics. MS 12-5072, 2013. In Press.