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Dianna D. Cody, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Deputy Department Chair, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Director, Clinical Operations, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Section Chief, Radiologic Physics Section, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Professor, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Research Interests

My personal research interests include the implementation of emerging computed tomographic technology within a challenging clinical environment, the use of computed tomographic imaging for screening purposes, and the development of improved tools to describe radiation exposure from computed tomographic examinations.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1987 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, PHD, Bioengineering
1983 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, MS, Bioengineering
1980 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, BS, Mechanical Engineering

Board Certifications

1996 American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiologic Physics



Member, American College of Radiology, Reston, VA, 4/2012-present
Reviewer, American College of Radiology, Reston, VA, 2005-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Chair, Conflict of Interest Committee, 7/2012-8/2014
Member, Clinical Faculty Review Committee, 2/2008-8/2009
Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, 2004-2009

Honors and Awards

2013 Food and Drug Administration: The CDRH Director's Special Citation Award, (AAPM WGCTNP)
2008 Certificate of Outstanding Contribution, American College of Radiology Imaging Network

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Member, Task Group No. 246 - Patient Dose for Diagnostic Radiation, 4/2013-12/2015
Member, CT Subcommittee, 2012-present
Member, Summer School Committee, 2012-2015
Chair, Task Group 225 - Medical Physics Practice Guidelines Task Group #2: CT Protocol Management and Review, 1/2012-12/2013
Member, Subcommittee on Practice Guidelines, 2012-2013
Co-Chair, Working Group on Standardization of CT Nomenclature and Protocols (WGCTNP), 5/2010-present
Member, Task Group No. 204 - Development and Dissemination of Pediatric CT dose Correction Factors, 5/2010-12/2011
Member, Task Group No. 200 - CT Dosimetry Phantoms and the implementation of AAPM Report No. 111, 4/2010-present
Member, Awards and Honors, 1/2010-present
Member, Nominating Committee, 2009
Member, Working Group on Conformal Small Animal Irradiation Devices, 11/2008-11/2013
Member, Task Group 111, Future of CT Dosimetry, 11/2008-12/2011
Member, Joint Commission Liaison Subcommittee, 7/2008-present
Abstract Reviewer, Annual Scientific Meeting, 2006-present
Member, CT Subcommittee, 2005-2010
Member At-large, Board of Directors, 2005-2007
Member, Task Group No. 23 CT Dosimetry, 1/2004
Member, Task Group No. 102, CTDI Values for various CT scanners, 2003
Member, Diagnostic X-Ray Imaging Committee, 2001-2004
Member, 1990-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Cody DD. Management of auto exposure control during pediatric computed tomography. Pediatr Radiol 44 Suppl 3:427-30, 10/2014. e-Pub 10/2014. PMID: 25304700.
2. Nute JL, Le Roux L, Chandler AG, Baladandayuthapani V, Schellingerhout D, Cody DD. Differentiation of low-attenuation intracranial hemorrhage and calcification using dual-energy computed tomography in a phantom system. Invest Radiol. e-Pub 8/2014. PMID: 25162534.
3. Nute JL, Rong J, Stevens DM, Darensbourg BJ, Cheng J, Wei W, Hobbs BP, Cody DD. Evaluation of over 100 scanner-years of computed tomography daily quality control data. Med Phys 40(5):051908 (1-11), 5/2013. PMID: 23635278.
4. Tamm EP, Rong XJ, Cody DD, Ernst RD, Fitzgerald NE, Kundra V. Quality initiatives: CT radiation dose reduction: how to implement change without sacrificing diagnostic quality. Radiographics 31(7):1823-32, Nov-Dec, 11/2011. e-Pub 10/2011. PMID: 21969662.
5. McCollough CH, Leng S, Yu L, Cody DD, Boone JM, McNitt-Gray MF. CT dose index and patient dose: They are not the same thing. Radiology 259(2):311-6, 5/2011. PMCID: PMC3079120.
6. Cody DD, Kim HJ, Cagnon CH, Larke FJ, McNitt-Gray MM, Kruger RL, Flynn MJ, Seibert JA, Judy PF, Wu X. Normalized CT dose index of the CT scanners used in the National Lung Screening Trial. Am J Roentgenol 194(6):1539-46, 6/2010. PMID: 20489094.
7. Ravoori M, Czaplinska AJ, Sikes C, Han L, Johnson EM, Qiao W, Ng C, Cody DD, Murphy WA, Do KA, Navone NM, Kundra V. Quantification of mineralized bone response to prostate cancer by noninvasive in vivo microCT and non-destructive ex vivo microCT and DXA in a mouse model. PLoS One 5(3):e9854, 2010. PMCID: PMC2847943.
8. Angel E, Yaghmai N, Jude CM, Demarco JJ, Cagnon CH, Goldin JG, Primak AN, Stevens DM, Cody DD, McCollough CH, McNitt-Gray MF. Monte Carlo simulations to assess the effects of tube current modulation on breast dose for multidetector CT. Phys Med Biol 54(3):497-512, 2/2009. e-Pub 1/2009. PMID: 19124953.
9. Johnson EM, Price RE, Kurie JM, Rivera BS, Cody DD. A new method for respiratory gating during microcomputed tomography of lung in mice. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci 47(4):46-56, 7/2008. PMID: 18702451.
10. Angel E, Wellnitz CV, Goodsitt MM, Yaghmai N, DeMarco JJ, Cagnon CH, Sayre JW, Cody DD, Stevens DM, Primak AN, McCollough CH, McNitt-Gray MF. Radiation dose to the fetus for pregnant patients undergoing multidetector CT imaging: Monte Carlo simulations estimating fetal dose for a range of gestational age and patient size. Radiology 249(1):220-227, 2008. PMCID: PMC2657855.
11. Cagnon C.H., Cody DD, McNitt-Gray, MF, Seibert J.A., Judy P.F. Aberle D.R. Description and implementation of a quality control program in an imaging based clinical trial. Academ Radiol 13(11):1431-1441, 2006. PMID: 17111584.
12. Cody DD, Stevens DM, Ginsberg LE. Multi-detector row CT artifacts that mimic disease. Radiology 236(3):756-61, 9/2005. PMID: 16055698.
13. Cody DD, Moxley DM, Krugh KT, O'Daniel JC, Wagner LK, Eftekhari F. Strategies for formulating appropriate MDCT techniques when imaging the chest, abdomen, and pelvis in pediatric patients. AJR Am J Roentgenol 182(4):849-59, 4/2004. PMID: 15039151.
14. Cavanaugh D, Johnson E, Price RE, Kurie J, Travis EL, Cody DD. In vivo respiratory-gated micro-CT imaging in small-animal oncology models. Mol Imaging 3(1):55-62, 2004. PMID: 15142412.

Last updated: 11/5/2014