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Carolynn Michelle DeBenedectis MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentRadiology
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
Phone508-334-3850
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentRadiology


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    College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, United StatesBABiology
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MAFellowshipWomen's Imaging
    Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, United StatesMD
    Warren Alpert School of Medicine - Brown University, Providence, RIResidencyRadiology
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    2014Teacher of the Year Award, UMass Memorial Medical Center/University of Massachusetts Medical School
    2012Fellow of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
    2009Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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    Dr. Carolynn DeBenedectis is a fellowship trained Women’s Imager who specializes in breast imaging. Dr. DeBenedectis is proficient in mammography/tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and breast intervention. In addition to her clinical work she serves as the Radiology Residency Program Director. Dr. DeBenedectis has developed the first training program in the country to teach and evaluate radiology residents’ communication skills through simulation. Her training program is now part of the American College of Radiology’s official communication skills curriculum for residents. She has also developed a communication skills workshop for attending radiologists who perform image guided interventions for CME credit. Dr. DeBenedectis has presented this communication skills training research at numerous national and international meetings and has served on a Radiology Research Alliance task force which wrote a white paper on uses of simulation in radiology. Dr. DeBenedectis is also the co-chair of the APDR Diversity Committee and has published numerous papers and lead numerous initiatives to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in radiology. She is active in the medical school as a voting member of the UMass Medical School Admissions committee.



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    1. DeBenedectis CM, Spalluto LB, Americo L, Bishop C, Mian A, Sarkany D, Kagetsu NJ, Slanetz PJ. Health Care Disparities in Radiology-A Review of the Current Literature. J Am Coll Radiol. 2022 01; 19(1 Pt B):101-111. PMID: 35033297.
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    2. DeBenedectis CM, Schmitt C, Porter KK, Rumack C. American Association for Women in Radiology. Clin Imaging. 2021 Dec; 80:353-358. PMID: 34507267.
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    3. Guerrero-Calderon JD, Lozano K, DeBenedectis CM, Shannon L, Viswanathan C, Kagetsu NJ. Disability: An Important Dimension of Diversity. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 11; 18(11):1585-1587. PMID: 34390679.
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    4. Song A, Americo L, Myers H, DeBenedectis C, Slanetz PJ, Sarkany D. Addressing the ACGME Mandate for Healthcare Disparities Education in Residency Programs: A Needs Assessment. Acad Radiol. 2021 07; 28(7):930-937. PMID: 34140205.
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    5. DeBenedectis CM, Jay AK, Jordan SG, Raybon CP, Robbins JB, Deitte LA. Ensuring a Smooth Transition for Trainees Returning from Parental Leave - A Guide for Program Directors. Acad Radiol. 2022 May; 29 Suppl 5:S38-S42. PMID: 34108116.
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    6. Singer AM, DeBenedectis CM, Rosen MP. Integrating art museum visits into the radiology curriculum: A program to encourage engagement, observation and analytic skills among millennial learners. Clin Imaging. 2021 Nov; 79:204-206. PMID: 34116296.
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    7. Americo L, Song A, Myers H, Mumtaz M, Mercado J, DeBenedectis C, Sarkany D. Analysis of Literature Regarding Health Care Disparities in Radiology: Is Radiology Falling Behind? Acad Radiol. 2021 07; 28(7):911-915. PMID: 34006436.
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    8. DeBenedectis CM. Determinants of Burnout and Well-Being in Women, Gender-Diverse Radiologists, and Radiologists of Other Underrepresented Minorities. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 May; 18(5):661-662. PMID: 33958081.
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    9. Consul N, Strax R, DeBenedectis CM, Kagetsu NJ. Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Recruitment and Hiring. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 Jun; 18(6):769-773. PMID: 33933397.
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    10. Magudia K, Ng TSC, Campbell SR, Balthazar P, Dibble EH, Hassanzadeh CJ, Lall N, Merfeld EC, Esfahani SA, Jimenez RB, Fields EC, Lightfoote JB, Ackerman SJ, Jeans EB, Englander MJ, DeBenedectis CM, Porter KK, Spalluto LB, Deitte LA, Jagsi R, Arleo EK. Family and Medical Leave for Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, and Radiation Oncology Residents in the United States: A Policy Opportunity. Radiology. 2021 07; 300(1):31-35. PMID: 33847521.
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    11. Raybon CP, Jordan SG, Deitte LA, DeBenedectis CM, Jay AK, Robbins JB. In Seas of Change, a Call to Action: 2021 American Board of Medical Specialties Policy on Parental, Caregiver, and Medical Leave During Training. Acad Radiol. 2022 May; 29 Suppl 5:S34-S37. PMID: 33812785.
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    12. Wang G, Huggett M, Barton BA, Spalluto LB, DeBenedectis CM. Representation of Women in Diagnostic Radiology Residency Programs: Does National Institutes of Health Program Ranking Matter? J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 Jan; 18(1 Pt B):185-191. PMID: 33413898.
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    13. Ho CP, Chong A, Narayan A, Cooke EA, Deng F, Agarwal V, DeBenedectis CM, Deitte LA, Jay AK, Kagetsu NJ. Mitigating Asian American Bias and Xenophobia in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic: How You Can Be an Upstander. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 12; 17(12):1692-1694. PMID: 33035504.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    14. Rozenshtein A, Griffith BD, Slanetz PJ, DeBenedectis CM, Gould JE, Kohr JR, Mohammed TL, Paladin AM, Rochon PJ, Sheth M, Wiggins Iii EF, Swanson JO. "What Program Directors Think" V: Results of the 2019 Spring Survey of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR). Acad Radiol. 2021 05; 28(5):718-725. PMID: 32778482.
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    15. Patel MD, Benefield T, Hunt KN, Tomblinson CM, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Jay AK, Milburn JM, Ong S, Robbins JB, Sarkany DS, Heitkamp DE, Jordan SG. USMLE Step 3 Scores Have Value in Predicting ABR Core Examination Outcome and Performance: A Multi-institutional Study. Acad Radiol. 2021 05; 28(5):726-732. PMID: 32773330.
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    16. Robbins JB, England E, Patel MD, DeBenedectis CM, Sarkany DS, Heitkamp DE, Milburn JM, Kalia V, Ali K, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Jay AK, Ong S, Jordan SG. COVID-19 Impact on Well-Being and Education in Radiology Residencies: A Survey of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2020 08; 27(8):1162-1172. PMID: 32571648.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    17. Patel MD, Hunt KN, Benefield T, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Ho CP, Jay AK, Milburn JM, Robbins JB, Sarkany DS, Tomblinson CM, Heitkamp DE, Jordan SG. The Relationship Between ACR Diagnostic Radiology In-Training Examination Scores and ABR Core Examination Outcome and Performance: A Multi-Institutional Study. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Dec; 17(12):1663-1669. PMID: 32479797.
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    18. Slanetz PJ, Spalluto LB, Díaz Candamio MJ, DeBenedectis CM. Strategies to Reach Gender Equity in Radiology. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 Apr; 18(4):624-626. PMID: 32464108.
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    19. England E, Patel MD, Jordan S, Kalia V, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Milburn JM, Ong S, Sarkany DS, Jay AK, Robbins JB, Heitkamp DE. Promoting Well-Being in Radiology Residency: A Primer for Program Directors. Acad Radiol. 2020 05; 27(5):720-723. PMID: 32241713.
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    20. Patel MD, Tomblinson CM, Benefield T, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Jay AK, Milburn JM, Ong S, Robbins JB, Sarkany DS, Heitkamp DE, Jordan SG. The Relationship Between US Medical Licensing Examination Step Scores and ABR Core Examination Outcome and Performance: A Multi-institutional Study. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Aug; 17(8):1037-1045. PMID: 32220580.
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    21. Podsiadlo V, DeBenedectis CM. Breaking the Stereotype: Interventions Aimed at Changing Medical Student Misperceptions of Radiology and Increasing the Female Match Rate. Acad Radiol. 2022 May; 29 Suppl 5:S27-S33. PMID: 32057616.
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    22. Wazen J, Goldstein AJ, Kim HH, Tai R, Watts GJ, DeBenedectis CM. Tales of Mentoring in Radiology: The Experience of Residents and Mentors at a Single Academic Program. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2021 May-Jun; 50(3):374-378. PMID: 32081519.
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    23. DeBenedectis CM. Celebrating the achievements of women in radiology. Clin Imaging. 2020 01; 59(1):A1-A2. PMID: 31836277.
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    24. Haver HL, Rosen MP, DeBenedectis CM. Global Radiology Training Prevalence Among Radiology Residency Programs. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2021 Mar-Apr; 50(2):141-146. PMID: 31837834.
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    25. DeBenedectis CM, Heitkamp DE, England E, Gaviola GC, Hirsch JA, Ho CP, Jay AK, Kagetsu N, Kalia V, Milburn J, Ong S, Paladin AM, Patel MD, Swanson J, Sarkany DS. A Program Director's Guide to Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in Radiology Residency Recruitment. Acad Radiol. 2020 06; 27(6):864-867. PMID: 31473056.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Jordan SG, Robbins JB, Sarkany D, England E, Kalia V, Patel MD, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, Ho CP, Milburn JM, Ong S, Jay AK, Gaviola GC, Heitkamp DE. The Association of Program Directors in Radiology Well-Being 2019 Survey: Identifying Residency Gaps and Offering Solutions. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Dec; 16(12):1702-1706. PMID: 31302059.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Majid S, Gauguet JM, McIntosh L, Watts G, Rosen MP, DeBenedectis CM. Still Coming Out of the Dark: Enduring Effects of Simulation-Based Communication Skills Training for Radiology Residents-Four-Year Follow-Up. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2020 Nov - Dec; 49(6):382-385. PMID: 31350102.
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    28. Azimi N, Azar A, Khan A, DeBenedectis CM. Benign Breast Cyst in a Young Male. Cureus. 2019 Jun 03; 11(6):e4814. PMID: 31404321.
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    29. Milburn JM, Heitkamp DE, Jay AK, Sarkany D, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Ho CP, Kalia V, Kumm TR, Ong S, Paladin AM, Patel MD, Swanson JO, Hirsch JA. Should Radiology Delay the Start of Fellowships? A Survey of the APDR. Acad Radiol. 2019 11; 26(11):1550-1554. PMID: 31047793.
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    30. DeBenedectis CM, Jay AK, Milburn J, Yee J, Kagetsu NJ. Microaggression in Radiology. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Sep; 16(9 Pt A):1218-1219. PMID: 30975608.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Grajo JR, Retrouvey M, Awan O, Catanzano T, Cheong LHA, Mankoff D, Burdette JH, Mendiratta-Lala M, Spalluto LB, Bronen RA, DeBenedectis CM. Transitioning from Radiology Training to Academic Faculty: Defining Your Role and Interests. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2020 Jul - Aug; 49(4):227-230. PMID: 30929906.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Retrouvey M, Grajo JR, Awan O, Catanzano T, Cheong LHA, Mankoff D, Burdette JH, Mendiratta-Lala M, Spalluto LB, Bronen RA, DeBenedectis CM. Transitioning From Radiology Training to Academic Faculty: The Importance of Mentorship. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2020 Jul - Aug; 49(4):219-223. PMID: 30904346.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. DeBenedectis CM, Sarkany D, Morrow M, Del Re D, DiVito D, Brown SD, Slanetz PJ. Incorporating Patient- and Family-Centered Care Into Radiology Residency Training Through an Experiential Curriculum. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Jan; 16(1):96-101. PMID: 30416010.
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    34. Spalluto LB, Roumie CL, Bonnett KR, Schlundt DG, DeBenedectis CM, Wilkins CH. Women's response to state-mandated language in dense breast notification. Breast J. 2018 11; 24(6):1046-1050. PMID: 30255589.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Spalluto LB, DeBenedectis CM, Morrow MS, Lourenco AP. Advances in Breast Localization Techniques: An Opportunity to Improve Quality of Care and Patient Satisfaction. Semin Roentgenol. 2018 Oct; 53(4):270-279. PMID: 30449345.
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    36. DeBenedectis CM and Rosen MP. Teaching Radiologists Who Perform Image Guided Interventions Effective Communication Skills Through Simulation. Curr. Probl Diagn Radol. 2018.
    37. Spalluto LB, DeBenedectis CM, Morrow MS, Lourenco AP. Advances in Breast Localization Techniques: An Opportunity to Improve Quality of Care and Patient Satisfaction. Seminars in Roentgenology. 2018.
    38. Spalluto LB, Schlundt DG, DeBenedectis CM, Wilkins CH. Women’s Response to State Mandated Language in Dense Breast Notification. The Breast Journal. 2018.
    39. DeBenedectis CM, Rosen MP. Teaching Radiologists Who Perform Image-Guided Interventions Effective Communication Skills Through Simulation. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2019 Sep - Oct; 48(5):433-435. PMID: 30077430.
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    40. Heitkamp DE, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Kalia V, Milburn JM, Ong S, Patel MD, Scanlon MH, Sarkany DS. The Association of Program Directors in Radiology Academic Output Task Force: Assisting Today's Busy Radiology Educators. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 07; 15(7):1019-1021. PMID: 29773447.
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    41. Americo L, Ramjit A, Wu M, Jensen L, Caplin D, Mazzie J, Gaviola GC, Milburn J, Ho CP, Patel MD, DeBenedectis CM, Heitkamp DE, Sarkany D. Health Care Disparities in Radiology: A Primer for Resident Education. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2019 Mar - Apr; 48(2):108-110. PMID: 30049525.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Sarkany D, DeBenedectis CM, Morrow M, Sotardi S, Del Re D, DiVito D, Slanetz PJ. Educating Radiology Residents About Patient- and Family-Centered Care: The Time Has Come. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 06; 15(6):897-899. PMID: 29680404.
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    43. Sarkany D, DeBenedectis CM, Brown SD. A Review of Resources and Methodologies Available for Teaching and Assessing Patient-Related Communication Skills in Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2018 07; 25(7):955-961. PMID: 29361417.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. Slanetz PJ, Canon CL, Spalluto LB, Debenedectis CM, Borondy Kitts A, Deitte LA. Fostering Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Radiology Practice. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 05; 15(5):784-786. PMID: 29301725.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Ballard DH, Trace AP, Ali S, Hodgdon T, Zygmont ME, DeBenedectis CM, Smith SE, Richardson ML, Patel MJ, Decker SJ, Lenchik L. Clinical Applications of 3D Printing: Primer for Radiologists. Acad Radiol. 2018 Jan; 25(1):52-65. PMID: 29030285.
      Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    46. Hodgdon T, Danrad R, Patel MJ, Smith SE, Richardson ML, Ballard DH, Ali S, Trace AP, DeBenedectis CM, Zygmont ME, Lenchik L, Decker SJ. Logistics of Three-dimensional Printing: Primer for Radiologists. Acad Radiol. 2018 Jan; 25(1):40-51. PMID: 29030283.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Yuan ED, Makris J, DeBenedectis CM. Do Interventions Intended to Increase Female Medical Student Interest in Radiology Work? Preliminary Findings. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2018 Nov; 47(6):382-386. PMID: 28988710.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. Brown SD, Rider EA, Jamieson K, Meyer EC, Callahan MJ, DeBenedectis CM, Bixby SD, Walters M, Forman SF, Varrin PH, Forbes P, Roussin CJ. Development of a Standardized Kalamazoo Communication Skills Assessment Tool for Radiologists: Validation, Multisource Reliability, and Lessons Learned. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Aug; 209(2):351-357. PMID: 28537754.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. Delaney EE, Larkin A, MacMaster S, Sakhdari A, DeBenedectis CM. Rosai-Dorfman Disease of the Breast. Cureus. 2017 Apr 11; 9(4):e1153. PMID: 28503389.
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    50. Gao Y, Dialani V, DeBenedectis C, Johnson N, Brachtel E, Slanetz P. Apocrine Metaplasia Found at MR Biopsy: Is There Something to be Learned? Breast J. 2017 Jul; 23(4):429-435. PMID: 28079289.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    51. Vijayaraghavan GR, Vedantham S, Kataoka M, DeBenedectis C, Quinlan RM. The Relevance of Ultrasound Imaging of Suspicious Axillary Lymph Nodes and Fine-needle Aspiration Biopsy in the Post-ACOSOG Z11 Era in Early Breast Cancer. Acad Radiol. 2017 03; 24(3):308-315. PMID: 27916595.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. DeBenedectis CM, Gauguet JM, Makris J, Brown SD, Rosen MP. Coming Out of the Dark: A Curriculum for Teaching and Evaluating Radiology Residents' Communication Skills Through Simulation. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 01; 14(1):87-91. PMID: 27914939.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    53. DeBenedectis C, Ghosh E, Lazarus E. Pitfalls in imaging of female infertility. Semin Roentgenol. 2015 Oct; 50(4):273-83. PMID: 26542428.
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    54. Chetlen AL, Mendiratta-Lala M, Probyn L, Auffermann WF, DeBenedectis CM, Marko J, Pua BB, Sato TS, Little BP, Dell CM, Sarkany D, Gettle LM. Conventional Medical Education and the History of Simulation in Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):1252-67. PMID: 26276167.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    55. DeBenedectis C, Hultman R, Vijayaraghavan G. Electronic Breast Imaging Learning Module: A Way to Enhance the Breast Imaging Rotation for Residents. 2015. View Publication.
    56. Debenedectis CM, McCulloh RJ, Healey TT. Pulmonary Cryptococcosis. R I Med J (2013). 2013 May; 96(5):53-4. PMID: 24937855.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    57. Debenedectis CM, Levine D. Incidental genitourinary findings on obstetrics/gynecology ultrasound. Ultrasound Q. 2012 Dec; 28(4):293-8. PMID: 23149507.
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    58. Spalluto LB, Woodfield CA, DeBenedectis CM, Lazarus E. MR imaging evaluation of abdominal pain during pregnancy: appendicitis and other nonobstetric causes. Radiographics. 2012 Mar-Apr; 32(2):317-34. PMID: 22411935.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    59. DeBenedectis CM, Beland MD, Dupuy DE, Mayo-Smith WW. Utility of iodinated contrast medium in hydrodissection fluid when performing renal tumor ablation. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2010 May; 21(5):745-7. PMID: 20307989.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    60. Lazarus E, Debenedectis C, North D, Spencer PK, Mayo-Smith WW. Utilization of imaging in pregnant patients: 10-year review of 5270 examinations in 3285 patients--1997-2006. Radiology. 2009 May; 251(2):517-24. PMID: 19293204.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
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