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Aaron Kyle Jones, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions (SHP) at Houston, Houston, TX
Associate Member, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (UT-GSBS) at Houston, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

A. Kyle Jones, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Imaging Physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. After earning his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Florida, he began his professional career at MD Anderson in the Radiological Physics Section, providing support to the radiography and fluoroscopy clinical operations. In 2008 he transitioned to supporting interventional radiology and interventional cardiology operations.

In the first 8 years of his career, Dr. Jones has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, the majority as first author. In 2013 he won the American Association of Physicists in Medicine’s Farrington Daniels Award for the best paper on dosimetry published in Medical Physics, the journal of the association. He served as president of the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in 2012.

Dr. Jones regularly lectures at national and international conferences, has organized several conferences, served as faculty for hands-on workshops, and written several book chapters. He has mentored numerous clinical residents and fellows. He has worked as a collaborator on several grants funded by professional societies and industry, and is currently the co-PI of an industry-funded in-kind research grant at the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging. 

Research Interests

  • Dosimetry for radiological imaging
  • Protective garments
  • Applications of dual energy CT

Clinical Interests

  • Patient safety in medical imaging
  • Interventional radiology and cardiology
  • Informatics

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler
Department of Imaging Physics
Unit Number: 1472
Houston, TX 77030-3721
Room Number: FCT14.5026

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2006 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, PHD, Medical Physics - Dissertation Title: Dose versus image quality in pediatric radiology: Studies using a tomographic newborn physical phantom with an incorporated dosimetry system
2003 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, MS, Medical Physics
2001 Furman University, Greenville, SC, BS, Magna Cum Laude, Physics

Board Certifications

6/2009 American Board of Radiology - Diagnostic Radiological Physics
6/2009 Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) certified

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2009-2015
Instructor, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2006-2009

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, UT-GSBS Medical Physics Program Steering Committee, 11/2013-present
Chair, Ad Hoc Fluoroscopy Privileging Committee, 6/2013-7/2014
Chair, Fluoroscopy Radiation Protocol Committee, 5/2013-present
Member, Radiation Safety Committee, 2009-present

Honors and Awards

2013 Farrington Daniels Award - Best Paper on Radiation Dosimetry in Medical Physics, American Association of Physicists in Medicine
2013 Nominated for University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
2005 American College of Medical Physics (ACMP) Graduate Student Award
2005 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Graduate Scholarship, American Nuclear Society
2003 Eminent Young Scientist of the Year, International Research Promotion Council
2003 J. Newell Stannard Fellowship, Health Physics Society
2002-2005 Outstanding Presenter at Florida chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (FL-AAPM) meeting
1999 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Research Grant

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Member: Task Group 238 - 3D C-arms with volumetric capability, 8/2013-present
Member: Ad Hoc Committee on Journal Publications, 5/2013-present
Safety culture training: CRCPD, 5/2013
Co-chair: Task Group 232 - Clinical use of CR/DR exposure indices, 9/2012-present
Member: Task Group 223 - Dosimetry in tomosynthesis imaging, 1/2012-present
CT Training - CRCPD, 5/2011
Member, Tomosynthesis Subcommittee, 2010-present
Digital Radiography training - CRCPD, 5/2009
Liaison to Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD, 2009-present
Member, Radiography and Fluoroscopy Subcommittee, 2008-present
Member, Task Group 171 - Tomosynthesis, 2007-2010
Member, Task Group 150 - Acceptance testing of digital radiography equipment, 2006-present
Co-Chair, Task Group 151 - Quality control in digital radiography, 2006-12/2012
Member, 2001-present
American Astronomical Society
Member, 2000-2001
American Board of Radiology
Certifying Exam Physics Committee, 1/2011-4/2013
American College of Radiology
Member, 2/2012-present
Collaborative standard representative to the American College of Radiology (ACR), 2012-present
American Physical Society
Member, 1999-2001
Florida Chapter of Health Physics Society
Member, 2001-2005
Florida Chapter of the AAPM
Member, 2001-2006
Health Physics Society
Member, 2001-2006
Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL
Member: Education Exhibits Committee, 12/2013-present
Member: Technical exhibits committee, 1/2013-12/2013
Society of Interventional Radiology
Member, Safety Committee, 5/2012-present
Southwest Chapter of the AAPM
Member, Continuing Education committee, 1/2014-present
Past President, 1/2013-12/2013
President, 1/2012-1/2013
President-Elect, 1/2011-1/2012
Member, 2006-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Pasciak AS, Jones AK, Wagner LK. Application of the diagnostic radiological index of protection to protective garments. Med Phys 42(2):653-62, 2/2015. PMID: 25771561.
2. Steele JR, Jones AK, Ninan EP, Clarke RK, Odisio BC, Avritscher R, Murthy R, Mahvash A. Why Bundled Payments Could Drive Innovation: An Example From Interventional Oncology. J Oncol Pract. e-Pub 1/2015. PMID: 25604596.
3. Pasciak AS, Bourgeois AC, Jones AK. C-arm rotation as a method for reducing peak skin dose in interventional cardiology. Open Heart 1:e000141, doi:10.1136/openhrt-2014-, 12/2014.
4. Steele JR, Jones AK, Clarke RK, Shoemaker S. Health Care Delivery Meets Hospitality: A Pilot Study in Radiology. J Am Coll Radiol. e-Pub 12/2014. PMID: 25533732.
5. Sechopoulos I, Sabol JM, Berglund J, Bolch WE, Brateman L, Christodoulou E, Flynn M, Geiser W, Goodsitt M, Jones AK, Lo JY, Maidment AD, Nishino K, Nosratieh A, Ren B, Paul Segars W, Von Tiedemann M. Radiation dosimetry in digital breast tomosynthesis: Report of AAPM Tomosynthesis Subcommittee Task Group 223. Med Phys 41(9):091501, 9/2014. PMID: 25186375.
6. Jones AK, Ensor JE, Pasciak AS. How accurately can the peak skin dose in fluoroscopy be determined using indirect dose metrics? Med Phys 41(7):071913, 7/2014. PMID: 24989391.
7. Mueller JW, Vining DJ, Jones AK, Followill D, Johnson VE, Bhosale P, Rong J, Cody DD. In vivo CT dosimetry during CT colonography. AJR Am J Roentgenol 202(4):703-10, 4/2014. PMID: 24660695.
8. Fritz S, Jones AK. Guidelines for anti-scatter grid use in pediatric digital radiography. Pediatr Radiol 44(3):313-21, 3/2014. e-Pub 11/2013. PMID: 24281685.
9. Jones AK, Balter S, Rauch P, Wagner LK. Medical imaging using ionizing radiation: Optimization of dose and image quality in fluoroscopy. Med Phys 41(1):014301, 1/2014. PMID: 24387534.
10. Pasciak AS, Jones AK. Time to take the gloves off: The use of radiation reduction gloves can greatly increase patient dose. J Appl Clin Med Phys 15(6):351-359, 2014. e-Pub 11/2014. PMID: 25493525.
11. Jones AK, Wagner LK. On the (f)utility of measuring the lead equivalence of protective garments. Med Phys 40(6):063902, 6/2013. PMCID: PMCPMC3965340.
12. Andriole KP, Ruckdeschel TG, Flynn MJ, Hangiandreou NJ, Jones AK, Krupinski E, Seibert JA, Shepard SJ, Walz-Flannigan A, Mian TA, Pollack MS. ACR-AAPM-SIIM Practice Guideline for Digital Radiography 26(1):26-37, 2/2013. PMCID: PMC3553368.
13. Jones AK, Mahvash A. Evaluation of the potential utility of flat panel CT for quantifying relative contrast enhancement. Med Phys 39(7):4149-54, 7/2012. PMCID: PMCPMC3390050.
14. Pasciak AS, Jones AK. PShield: An exact 3-dimensional numerical solution for determining optimal shielding designs for PET/CT facilities. Medical Physics 39(6):3060-3069, 5/2012.
15. Jones AK, Pasciak AS. Calculating the peak skin dose resulting from fluoroscopically guided interventions. Part II: Case studies. J Appl Clin Med Phys 13(1):174-186, 1/2012. PMID: 22231220.
16. Jones AK, Pasciak AS. Calculating the peak skin dose resulting from fluoroscopically guided interventions. Part I: Methods. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 12(4):231-244, 11/2011.
17. Pasciak AS, Jones AK. Does "spreading" skin dose by rotating the C-arm during an intervention work? J Vasc Interv Radiol 22(4):443-52; quiz 453, 4/2011. PMID: 21367618.
18. Jones AK, Polman R, Willis CE, Shepard SJ. One year’s results from a server-based system for performing reject analysis and exposure analysis in computed radiography. J Digit Imaging 24(2):243-55, 4/2011. PMID: 19885636.
19. Pasciak AS, Jones AK. Non-destructive measurement of the grid ratio using a single image. Med Phys 36(10):4720-4725, 10/2009. PMCID: PMCPMC4034420.
20. Shah C, Jones AK, Willis CE. Consequences of modern anthropometric dimensions for radiographic techniques and patient radiation exposures. Med Phys 35(8):3616-25, 8/2008. PMCID: PMCPMC4034413.
21. Jones AK, Hintenlang DE. Potential clinical utility of a fibre optic-coupled dosemeter for dose measurement in diagnostic radiology. Radiat Prot Dosim 132(1):80-87, 2008.
22. Jones AK, Simon TA, Bolch WE, Holman MM, Hintenlang DE. A tomographic physical phantom of the newborn child with real-time dosimetry. I. Methods and techniques for construction. Med Phys 33(9):3274-82, 9/2006. PMID: 17022222.
23. Staton RJ, Jones AK, Lee C, Hintenlang DE, Arreola MM, Williams JL, Bolch WE. A tomographic physical phantom of the newborn child with real-time dosimetry. II. Scaling factors for calculation of mean organ dose in pediatric radiography. Med Phys 33(9):3283-89, 9/2006. PMID: 17022223.
24. Jones AK, Pazik FD, Hintenlang DE, Bolch WE. MOSFET dosimeter depth-dose measurements in heterogeneous tissue-equivalent phantoms at diagnostic x-ray energies. Med Phys 32(10):3209-13, 10/2005. PMID: 16279074.
25. Jones AK, Hintenlang DE, Bolch WE. Tissue-equivalent materials for construction of tomographic dosimetry phantoms in pediatric radiology. Med Phys 30(8):2072-81, 8/2003. PMID: 12945973.
26. Kepler SO, Nather RE, Winget DE, Nitta A, Kleinman SJ, Metcalf, T, Sekiguchi K, Xiaojun J, Sullivan D, Sullivan T, Janulis R, Meistas E, Kalytis R, Krzesinski J, Ogoza W, Zola S, O'Donoghue D, Romero-Colmenero E, Martinez P, Dreizler S, Deetjen J, Nagel T, Schuh SL, Vauclair G, Ning FJ, Chevreton M, Solheim J-E, Gonzalez Perez JM, Johannessen F, Kanaan A, Costa JE, Murillo Costa AF, Wood MA, Silvestri N, Ahrens TJ, Jones AK, Collins AE, Boyer M, Shaw JS, Mukadam A, Klumpe EW, Larrison J, Kawaler S, Riddle R, Ulla A, Bradley P. The everchanging pulsating white dwarf GD358. Astronomy and Astrophysics 401:639-54, 2003.
27. Kepler SO, Nather RE, Winget DE, Nitta A, Kleinman SJ, Metcalf, T, Sekiguchi K, Xiaojun J, Sullivan D, Sullivan T, Janulis R, Meistas E, Kalytis R, Krzesinski J, Ogoza W, Zola S, O'Donoghue D, Romero-Colmenero E, Martinez P, Dreizler S, Deetjen J, Nagel T, Schuh SL, Vauclair G, Ning FJ, Chevreton M, Solheim J-E, Gonzalez Perez JM, Johannessen F, Kanaan A, Costa JE, Murillo Costa AF, Wood MA, Silvestri N, Ahrens TJ, Jones AK, Collins AE, Boyer M, Shaw JS, Mukadam A, Klumpe EW, Larrison J, Kawaler S, Riddle R, Ulla A, Bradley P. WET observations of GD 358 in 2000. Baltic Astronomy 12:45-53, 2003.

Invited Articles

1. Steele JR, Jones AK, Ninan EP. Quality initiatives: establishing an interventional radiology patient radiation safety program. Radiographics 32(1):277-87, 1/2012. PMID: 22095315.
2. Jones AK. Book Review: Medical Imaging Informatics. J Nucl Med 51(10):1653-1654, 10/2010.
3. Jones AK, Palmans H, Orton CG. Point/counterpoint. Medical physics should adopt double-blind peer review of all manuscripts. Med Phys 37(10):5151-4, 10/2010. PMID: 21089748.

Book Chapters

1. Jones AK. Fluoroscopic imaging systems. In: Diagnostic Radiology Physics: A Handbook for Teachers and Students, 1st. Ed(s) DR Dance, ADA Maidment, ID McLean, KH Ng. International Atomic Energy Agency: Vienna, Austria, 2014.
2. Jones AK. Radiation Protection During CT-Guided Interventions. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy, 1st. Ed(s) Ahrar K, Gupta S. Springer: New York, 33-38, 2013.

Letters to the Editor

1. Jones AK. Comments on"A randomized study comparing the use of a pelvic lead shield during trans-radial interventions: Threefold decrease in radiation to the operator but double exposure to the patient". Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. In Press.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Feasibility of using dual energy CT (DECT) for measuring contrast enhancement in single phase CT exams
Funding Source: GE Healthcare - Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator: Chaan Ng, M.D.
Duration: 5/1/2014 - 6/30/2015
 
Title: Interventional Radiology Patient Radiation Dose Passport
Funding Source: Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation
Role: Collaborator
Principal Investigator: Steele, J
Duration: 6/1/2010 - 5/31/2011

Last updated: 5/28/2015