Cardiothoracic Imaging Division

The Cardiothoracic Imaging Division at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides state-of-the-art, cutting-edge diagnostic imaging services, using the latest CT and MRI.

Directed by Suhny Abbara, M.D., the Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging includes subspecialty-trained faculty members with expertise in all aspects of modern clinical cardiac and thoracic imaging, who perform state-of-the-art imaging research and are leaders in local, national, and international medical education.

UT Southwestern imagers perform and interpret approximately 160,000 cardiothoracic diagnostic imaging studies per year. Cardiothoracic Imaging faculty members collaborate closely with physicians and researchers from several other services, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, and pathology as part of several multidisciplinary team efforts. These teams work cohesively to provide the best possible diagnostic services for optimal patient care, to identify best therapeutic options, to plan minimally invasive image guided procedures, and to optimally and continually educate trainees and faculty.

In addition to providing clinical services, Cardiothoracic Imaging faculty members are active in all aspects of academic medicine with publications in radiology, cardiology, and pulmonary medicine literature. Scholarly contributions include original research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, educational contribution in referenced journals, book chapters and major textbooks, as well as contributions to several national guidelines.


To improve local, regional, and global health care by providing outstanding service and patient-centered quality care through courteous, expert, and timely interpretation and communication of cardiothoracic imaging studies, through meaningful intramural and extramural education, through innovative research, and through development of national and international guidelines and standards.


To be a world-leading cardiothoracic imaging division that innovates, translates innovations into clinical care, inspires new generations of leaders, and locally and globally positively impacts patient outcomes and quality of care.

Research and Fellowship Opportunities

The Cardiothoracic Imaging Division has an active research program and advanced image analysis laboratory. The Divisional laboratory space consists of approximately 2,300 square feet of research and office space and has an advanced image analysis computer lab with a variety of state of the art image processing tools.

The Cardiothoracic Imaging Division offers clinical fellowships in cardiac and thoracic imaging training, as well as ample research opportunities.

For more information please contact:

Kyle Van Swol
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Phone: 214-648-3121