The mission of the
Thoracic imaging section at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is to provide the highest quality thoracic and
cardiac imaging services, which includes plain film, CT and MRI. The
division focuses on oncologic, transplant, interstitial lung disease and trauma
imaging that reflects the focus of the University of Colorado Hospital. A full
range of cardiovascular imaging is also available in cooperation with the
Cardiac Imaging division.
consists of four, fellowship trained radiologists.
Peter Sachs, M.D. (Section Chief) - Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Daniel Vargas, M.D. - Cardiothoracic Imaging
Restauri, M.D. - Body Imaging
Suby-Long, M.D. - Body Imaging
Kathryn Olsen, M.D. - Cardiothoracic Imaging
full range of thoracic and cardiovascular imaging is available, including all
forms of chest CT, CT angiography utilizing the latest acquisition and
post-processing techniques, and MRI/MRA. The Section leads the newly launched
Lung Cancer Screening Program in concert with the Multi-disciplinary Lung
Cancer Screening Clinic. Consultative services are provided, along with active
participation in multidisciplinary conferences (e.g. Thoracic Tumor Board and
Multi-disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference).
participates actively in the Thoracic Core lecture series for all radiology
residents. In addition, the section now provides frequent case conferences
(1-2/month) for all residents as well as daily focused case and topical
conferences tailored to the needs/interests of the resident(s) rotating on
service each month. There is an intensive rotation for third and fourth-year medical
students under the direction of Dr. James Davidson. All members participate in
additional 3rd and 4th year offerings focused on providing medical students
with basic radiologic skills necessary to function as clinical trainees.
A joint fellowship in Cardiothoracic Imaging with National Jewish Health is
also available to two individuals per year to provide advanced training in
thoracic and cardiac imaging as well as opportunities to participate in ongoing
Dr. Peter Sachs also
serves as Vice Chair of Informatics for the University of Colorado Radiology department and is the Radiology Physician
Informaticist for University of Colorado Health. He writes and lectures nationally on topics related
to optimization of radiology workflow in the EMR. He is also currently
collaborating with Drs. Kevin Deane and Kristen Demourelle (Rheumatology) in a
study investigating the early pulmonary manifestations of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Dr. Thomas Suby-Long’s
work is focused on quality and process improvement and includes optimizing
appropriate ordering of CT scans for pulmonary embolism, improving
communication between our team and our clinical colleagues and improving
detection of retained surgical devices.
Restauri recently received a large institutional grant to build a world-class medical
student learning lab that will provide a comprehensive, cutting edge educational opportunity to radiology medical students. She has also completed the President’s Teaching Scholars
Dr. Daniel Vargas’ work is focused in the cardiac imaging realm and
includes recent manuscripts on genetic syndromes with associated
cardiovascular anomalies and fatty lesions in and around the heart. He is also
engaged in a multidisciplinary investigation of non-tuberculous mycobacterial
Please click this link for a complete list of our Thoracic Imaging faculty.