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Thomas K. Nishino, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant 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, School of Health Professions, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. Thomas Nishino joined MD Anderson in January, 2009. Prior to that, Dr. Nishino spent 7 years at UTMB in the Department of Radiology. Dr. Nishino enjoys employing modern technology and novel pedagogical techniques for improving teaching efficacy.

Furthermore, Dr. Nishino teaches courses for the School of Health Professions Radiological Technologist Program and the GSBS Medical Physics Program. As of current, Dr. Nishino is researching automatic methods of evaluating and assessing image quality for digital radiography.

Research Interests

  • 2-D and 3-D image processing methods for the extraction of pertinent, clinical data used by radiologists and clinicians to assess anatomy, pathology and physiologic activity in the human body

Clinical Interests

  • Dose monitoring and reduction in radiographic and fluoroscopic examinations
  • Continuous improvement of the quality assurance program in radiography/fluoroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging
  • Correlating quality control metrics with improvements in patient safety and image quality
  • Monitoring and assessment of technical staff performance in order to maintain optimal image quality in accordance with ALARA principle

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2000 Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, PHD, Physics
1997 Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, MS, Physics
1994 University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, BA, Physics

Postgraduate Training

7/1999-6/2001 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Medical Physics, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Birmingham, AL

Board Certifications

6/2003 American Board of Radiology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Lu LJ, Nishino TK, Johnson RF, Nayeem F, Brunder DG, Ju H, Leonard MH, Grady JJ, Khamapirad T. Comparison of breast tissue measurements using magnetic resonance imaging, digital mammography and a mathematical algorithm. Phys Med Biol 57(21):6903-27, 11/2012. e-Pub 10/2012. PMCID: PMC3493153.
2. Oto A, Ernst R, Ghulmiyyah L, Nishino TK, Hughes D, Chalijub G, Saade G. MR imaging in the triage of pregnant patients with acute abdominal and pelvic pain. e-Pub 3/2008.
3. Lu LJ, Nishino TK, Khamapirad T, Grady JJ, Leonard MH, Brunder DG. Computing mammographic density from a multiple regression model constructed with image-acquisition parameters from a full-field digital mammographic unit. Phys Med Biol 52:4905-4921, 2007.
4. Teoh R, Johnson R, Nishino TK, Richard ER. Evaluation of 3D CT processing for DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery, Winter 2007 15(4):196-198, 2007.
5. Oto A, Srinivasan PN, Ernst RD, Koroglu M, Cesani F, Nishino TK, Chaljub G. Revisiting MRI for appendix location during pregnancy. AJR 185:960-963, 3/2006.
6. Vijayakumar V, Ali S, Nishino TK, Nusynowitz M. Clinical Nuclear Medicine. What influences early hypothyroidism after radioiodine treatment of Graves' hyperthyroidism? Clin Nucl Med 31:688-689, 2006.
7. Oto A, Ernst RD, Mileski WJ, Nishino TK, Le O, Wolfe G, Chaljub G. Localization of appendix by three-dimensional multidetector-row CT and its impact on the surgeon's choice of appendectomy incision. Am J Roentgenol 187:987-990, 2006.
8. Nishino TK, Wu X, Johnson R. Thickness of molybdenum filter and squared contrast-to-noise ratio per dose for digital mammography. Am J Roentgenology 185:960-963, 10/2005.
9. Ernst RD, Sarai P, Nishino TK, Collins T, Oto A, Hernandez A, Walser EM, Chaljub G. Transition from film to electronic media in the first-year medical school gross anatomy lab. J Digital Imaging 16(4):337-340, 2003.


1. G Li, T Greene, T Nishino, C Willis. SU-D-204-07: Comparison of AAPM TG150 Draft Image Receptor Tests with Vendor Automated QC Tests for Five Mobile DR Units. Medical Physics 42:3218-3218, 7/2015.
2. Willis C, Nishino T, Wells J, Wilson J, Samei E. WE-G-204-09: Medical Physics 2.0 in Practice: Automated QC Assessment of Clinical Chest Images. Medical Physics 42(6):3695-3696, 2015. PMID: 26129390.
3. Riascos RF, Vasquez MC, Nishino TK, Heymann J. How to Create 3D Volumetric Medical Diagrams Using the New Tools of Powerpoint 2007. RSNA, 2009.
4. Johnson RF, Nishino TK, Watts G, Gomez C. Use of Three-dimensional Images for Teaching Gross Anatomy and Radiology in a Medical School. RSNA, 2009.
5. Jadhav S, Riascos R, Vu L, Wong S, Palacio D, Nishino TK. Comparison between PACS multiplanar reformats and sharpening tool in the detection of spinal lesions in trauma using 64 multidetector CT. RSNA, 2008.
6. Oto A, Ernst RD, Ghulmiyyah L, Hughes DE, Nishino TK, Saade. MR imaging in triage of pregnant patients with acute abdominal and pelvic pain. RSNA, 2007.
7. Nishino TK, Wu X, Johnson RJ. Squared contrast-noise ratio per dose and Rh-filter thickness for digital mammography. Med Phys 32(6):2065, 6/2005.
8. Lu LJW, Khamapirad T, Anderson KE, Brunder DG, Nishino TK, Grady JJ, Nagamani M. Correlates of mammographic density in premenopausal women. Proc Am Assoc Cancer Research 47, 2005.
9. Lu LJW, Khamapirad T, Anderson KE, Brunder D, Nishino TK, Grady J, Nagamani M. Factors influencing breast density in premenopausal women as measured from full field digital mammographic images. Proc Am Assoc Cancer Res 46, 2005.
10. Kim YM, Grumbie D, Nishino TK. 1/f dynamics and granular avalanches. Proceedings of the International Conference on Statistical Mechanics, 1998.

Last updated: 8/17/2016