Michael W. Hanson, M.D.

  • Professor of Radiology
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Nuclear Cardiology
  • Nuclear Medicine
Address DUMC Box 3949
Durham, NC 27710
Telephone 919-684-7619
Fax 919-684-7135
  • MD, West Virginia University School of Medicine, 1974
  • Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular, Riverside Methodist Hospital, 1974-1979
  • Nuclear Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1987-1989
National Roles
  • Board of Directors Member, Cardiovascular Council
  • Editor, Society of Nuclear Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Council Newsletter
Clinical Interests
  • Cardiovascular nuclear imaging
  • Myocardial perfusion and functional imaging (first-pass RNA and MuGA) with conventional radionuclides
  • Myocardial perfusion and metabolic imaging with PET
  • Exercise and pharmacologic stress testing
  • Research Interests Current research efforts within the Division of Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Radiology include the following:

  • Assessment of myocardial viability prior to myocardial revascularization in patients with coronary artery disease and a low left ventricular ejection fraction by means of a resting N-13 Ammonia myocardial perfusion scan followed by a resting and, subsequently, an exercise F-18 FDG myocardial metabolism scan.

  • Quantitative assessment of absolute coronary artery blood flow at rest and following the infusion of intravenous dipyridamole in patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.

  • Evaluation of left ventricular function, assessed by MUGA studies, before and after therapy with antidepressants in patients with coronary artery disease and recent myocardial infarction.

  • Evaluation of attenuation correction programs in myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging.