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Chris C Shaw, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor, University of Texas Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Houston, TX
Professor, Department of Physics, University of Houston, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Chris Shaw, Ph.D. joined MD Anderson in 1998 following 10 years of service at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Shaw has established Digital Imaging Research Laboratory and conducted research in the areas of medical x-ray imaging. His research interests have been digital chest radiography, digital mammography, and cone beam CT as applied to breast imaging, chest imaging and interventional imaging. Dr. Shaw and his team have consistently gained funding support from the Army Breast Cancer Research Program and National Institute of Health. He has served in the study sections to review grant proposals for various agencies, including the Army Breast Cancer Research Program, National Cancer Institute. In addition to research, I have served as Scientific Program Director for the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and am currently chairing the Physics Subcommittee for the Scientific Program Committee of the Radiological Society of North America.

Research Interests

Development and application of digital x-ray imaging techniques for cancer detection, evaluation, and image guided therapy

Clinical Interests

 Clinical physics service in general radiography and fluoroscopy.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1881 East Road
Unit Number: 1902
Houston, TX 77054-6011
Room Number: 3SCR2.3612

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1981 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, PHD, Radiological Sciences
1976 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, MS, Physics
1971 Tsinghua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, BS, Physics

Board Certifications

1996 American Board of Radiology-Diagnostic Radiological Physics

Honors and Awards

2008-present Fellow, American Association of Physicists in Medicine
2004 Honorable mention, Society of Photo-Optical Engineers Medical Imaging
2001 Honorable mention, Society of Photo-Optical Engineers Medical Imaging
1998 Honorable mention, Society of Photo-Optical Engineers Medical Imaging
1983 Honorable mention, Radiological Society of North America
1981 Gold medal, American Roentgen Ray Society

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Altunbas C, Lai CJ, Zhong Y, Shaw CC. Reduction of ring artifacts in CBCT: Detection and correction of pixel gain variations in flat panel detectors. Med Phys 41(9):091913, 9/2014. PMID: 25186400.
2. Shen Y, Zhong Y, Lai CJ, Wang T, Shaw CC. Cone beam breast CT with a high pitch (75 μm), thick (500 μm) scintillator CMOS flat panel detector: visibility of simulated microcalcifications. Med Phys 40(10):101915, 10/2013. PMCID: PMC3795741.
3. Shen Y, Zhong Y, Lai, C-J, Wang T, Shaw CC. Cone beam breast CT with a high pitch (75 µm), thick (500 µm) scintillator CMOS flat panel detector- visibility of simulated microcalcifications. Medical Physics 40(10):101915, 10/2013. PMCID: PMCPMC3795741.
4. Shen Y, Yi Y, Zhong Y, Lai CJ, Liu X, You Z, Ge S, Wang T, Shaw CC. High resolution dual detector volume-of-interest cone beam breast CT--Demonstration with a bench top system. Med Phys 38(12):6429, 12/2011. PMCID: PMC3230641.
5. Liu X, Shaw CC, Lai CJ, Wang T. Comparison of scatter rejection and low-contrast performance of scan equalization digital radiography (SEDR), slot-scan digital radiography, and full-field digital radiography systems for chest phantom imaging. Med Phys 38(1):23-33, 1/2011. e-Pub 12/2010. PMCID: PMC3017579.
6. Chen L, Shaw CC, Altunbas MC, Lai CJ, Liu X, Han T, Wang T, Yang WT, Whitman GJ. Feasibility of volume-of-interest (VOI) scanning technique in cone beam breast CT--a preliminary study. Med Phys 35(8):3482-90, 8/2008. PMCID: PMC2809707.
7. Lai CJ, Shaw CC, Geiser W, Chen L, Arribas E, Stephens T, Davis PL, Ayyar GP, Dogan BE, Nguyen VA, Whitman GJ, Yang WT. Comparison of slot scanning digital mammography system with full-field digital mammography system. Med Phys 35(6):2339-46, 6/2008. PMCID: PMC2809719.
8. Liu X, Shaw CC, Lai CJ, Altunbas MC, Chen L, Han T, Wang T. Scatter rejection and low-contrast performance of a slot-scan digital chest radiography system with electronic aft-collimation: a chest phantom study. Med Phys 35(6):2391-402, 6/2008. PMCID: PMC2809722.
9. Chen L, Shaw CC, Altunbas MC, Lai CJ, Liu X. Spatial resolution properties in cone beam CT: a simulation study. Med Phys 35(2):724-34, 2/2008. PMCID: PMC2857694.
10. Yang WT, Carkaci S, Chen L, Lai CJ, Sahin A, Whitman GJ, Shaw CC. Dedicated cone-beam breast CT: feasibility study with surgical mastectomy specimens. AJR Am J Roentgenol 189(6):1312-5, 12/2007. PMCID: PMC2856818.
11. Liu X, Shaw CC. Rejection and redistribution of scattered radiation in scan equalization digital radiography (SEDR): simulation with spot images. Med Phys 34(7):2718-29, 7/2007. PMCID: PMC2841411.
12. Lai CJ, Shaw CC, Chen L, Altunbas MC, Liu X, Han T, Wang T, Yang WT, Whitman GJ, Tu SJ. Visibility of microcalcification in cone beam breast CT: effects of X-ray tube voltage and radiation dose. Med Phys 34(7):2995-3004, 7/2007. PMCID: PMC2867610.
13. Yang WT, Lai CJ, Whitman GJ, Murphy WA, Dryden MJ, Kushwaha AC, Sahin AA, Johnston D, Dempsey PJ, Shaw CC. Comparison of full-field digital mammography and screen-film mammography for detection and characterization of simulated small masses. AJR Am J Roentgenol 187(6):W576-81, 12/2006. PMCID: PMC1892902.
14. Lai CJ, Shaw CC, Whitman GJ, Yang WT, Dempsey PJ, Nguyen V, Ice MF. Receiver operating characteristic analysis for the detection of simulated microcalcifications on mammograms using hardcopy images. Phys Med Biol 51(16):3901-19, 8/21/2006. e-Pub 7/26/2006. PMCID: PMC1913688.
15. Kappadath SC, Shaw CC. Dual-energy digital mammography for microcalcification imaging: implementation and evaluation. Medical Physics, 2000.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Digital breast tomosynthesis with digitally addressable x-ray source
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator-MDACC
Principal Investigator: L. Fredin (StellarRay Inc.)
Duration: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014
Title: DTS Imaging with a Digitally Addressable X-Ray Sources
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 5/1/2010 - 2/28/2015

Last updated: 7/14/2015