Rendon C. Nelson


Reed and Martha Rice Distinguished Professor of Radiology

Diagnostic Imaging of the Liver; Specifically the Detection and Characterization of Focal and Diffuse Processes by US, CT and MRI.
Percutaneous Image-Guided Thermal Ablation of Hepatic and Renal Tumors

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Reed and Martha Rice Distinguished Professor of Radiology
  • Consulting Associate in the Department of Radiology
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 1532 Hosp North, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 684-7443
  • Email Address:


  • M.D. Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, 1980

Research Interests

Diagnostic imaging of the liver, detection and characterization of focal and diffuse processes by US, CT and MRI; percutaneous image-guided thermal ablation of hepatic and renal tumors.

Representative Publications

  • Boll, DT; Patil, NA; Paulson, EK; Merkle, EM; Nelson, RC; Schindera, ST; Roessl, E; Martens, G; Proksa, R; Fleiter, TR; Schlomka, J-P, Focal cystic high-attenuation lesions: characterization in renal phantom by using photon-counting spectral CT--improved differentiation of lesion composition., Radiology, vol 254 no. 1 (2010), pp. 270-276 [10.1148/radiol.09090068] [abs].
  • Maxfield, CM; Nelson, RC; Gray-Leithe, L; Ravin, CE, Successful implementation of a universal 3/2 radiology curriculum., Acad Radiol, vol 17 no. 1 (2010), pp. 116-119 [10.1016/j.acra.2009.07.007] [abs].
  • Marin, D; Nelson, RC; Schindera, ST; Richard, S; Youngblood, RS; Yoshizumi, TT; Samei, E, Low-tube-voltage, high-tube-current multidetector abdominal CT: improved image quality and decreased radiation dose with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction algorithm--initial clinical experience., Radiology, vol 254 no. 1 (2010), pp. 145-153 [10.1148/radiol.09090094] [abs].
  • Macha, DB; Nelson, RC; Howle, LE; Hollingsworth, JW; Schindera, ST, Central venous catheter integrity during mechanical power injection of iodinated contrast medium., Radiology, vol 253 no. 3 (2009), pp. 870-878 [10.1148/radiol.2533081086] [abs].
  • Coursey, CA; Nelson, RC; Weber, PW; Howle, LE; Nichols, EB; Marin, D; DeLong, D, Contrast material administration protocols for 64-MDCT angiography: altering volume and rate and use of a saline chaser to better match the imaging window--physiologic phantom study., Ajr. American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 193 no. 6 (2009), pp. 1568-1575 [10.2214/AJR.09.2670] [abs].
  • Ho, LM; Yoshizumi, TT; Hurwitz, LM; Nelson, RC; Marin, D; Toncheva, G; Schindera, ST, Dual energy versus single energy MDCT: measurement of radiation dose using adult abdominal imaging protocols., Acad Radiol, vol 16 no. 11 (2009), pp. 1400-1407 [10.1016/j.acra.2009.05.002] [abs].
  • Jaffe, TA; Yoshizumi, TT; Toncheva, G; Anderson-Evans, C; Lowry, C; Miller, CM; Nelson, RC; Ravin, CE, Radiation dose for body CT protocols: variability of scanners at one institution., Ajr. American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 193 no. 4 (2009), pp. 1141-1147 [10.2214/AJR.09.2330] [abs].
  • Weber, PW; Coursey, CA; Howle, LE; Nelson, RC; Nichols, EB; Schindera, ST, Modifying peripheral IV catheters with side holes and side slits results in favorable changes in fluid dynamic properties during the injection of iodinated contrast material., Ajr. American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 193 no. 4 (2009), pp. 970-977 [10.2214/AJR.09.2521] [abs].
  • Schindera, ST; Nelson, RC; Yoshizumi, T; Toncheva, G; Nguyen, G; DeLong, DM; Szucs-Farkas, Z, Effect of automatic tube current modulation on radiation dose and image quality for low tube voltage multidetector row CT angiography: phantom study., Acad Radiol, vol 16 no. 8 (2009), pp. 997-1002 [10.1016/j.acra.2009.02.021] [abs].
  • Marin, D; Nelson, RC; Samei, E; Paulson, EK; Ho, LM; Boll, DT; DeLong, DM; Yoshizumi, TT; Schindera, ST, Hypervascular liver tumors: low tube voltage, high tube current multidetector CT during late hepatic arterial phase for detection--initial clinical experience., Radiology, vol 251 no. 3 (2009), pp. 771-779 [10.1148/radiol.2513081330] [abs].
  • Rockey, DC; Caldwell, SH; Goodman, ZD; Nelson, RC; Smith, AD; American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases,, Liver biopsy., Hepatology, vol 49 no. 3 (2009), pp. 1017-1044 [10.1002/hep.22742] [abs].
  • Hurwitz, LM; Yoshizumi, TT; Goodman, PC; Nelson, RC; Toncheva, G; Nguyen, GB; Lowry, C; Anderson-Evans, C, Radiation dose savings for adult pulmonary embolus 64-MDCT using bismuth breast shields, lower peak kilovoltage, and automatic tube current modulation., Ajr. American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 192 no. 1 (2009), pp. 244-253 [10.2214/AJR.08.1066] [abs].