Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

David Pickens, PhD, DABR

Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Contact Information
(615) 322-3190


I am interested in new imaging methods based on x rays, magnetic resonance, and ultrasound.  I am also interested in the clinical application of medical physics.


Current projects include phase contrast tomosynthesis, where x-ray phase contrast effects are combined with digital tomosynthesis to provide improved visualization of soft tissues, and the study of coherent scatter computed tomography, where the coherently scattered x rays are used to improve soft-tissue visualization in a cross-sectional imaging (CT) system.  Coherent scatter CT is at the stage of Monte Carlo simulation of such a system.  Both of these projects are part of a collaborative group effort.