Gautham P Reddy

Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington, United States

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Publications (93)256.67 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: As survival rates continue to increase for patients with childhood and adult malignancies, imaging utilization in these patients will likely increase substantially. It is important to detect disease recurrence and to recognize the potential complications that occur after treatment with oncologic medications and therapeutic radiation. The most common cardiotoxic side effect of the anthracycline drug class is a dose-dependent decline in ejection fraction, which may result in dilated cardiomyopathy. Multiple-uptake gated acquisition (MUGA) scanning plays an important role in diagnosis of this subclinical cardiac dysfunction. Other less common cardiotoxic side effects of chemotherapeutic medications include arrhythmia, myocarditis, coronary artery disease, tamponade, pericarditis, and pericardial effusion. Radiation therapy can also lead to cardiotoxicity when the heart or pericardium is included in the radiation portal. Radiation-induced conditions include pericardial disease, coronary artery disease, valvular disease, and cardiomyopathy. Many of these side effects are asymptomatic until late in the course of the disease. With imaging, these pathologic conditions can often be diagnosed before symptom onset, which may allow early intervention. Radiologists should be familiar with the current knowledge and pathophysiology regarding cardiac complications related to chemotherapy and radiation therapy of malignant neoplasms and the appearances of treatment-related cardiotoxicity that can be found at radiography, nuclear medicine examinations, and cross-sectional imaging. Supplemental material available at © RSNA, 2013.
    Radiographics 10/2013; 33(6):1801-1815. · 2.79 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the American College of Radiology 09/2013; 10(9):718-720. · 2.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In a move to emphasize the educational outcomes of training programs, the ACGME has created the Next Accreditation System (NAS). The stated goals of NAS include aiding the ACGME in the accreditation of programs based on educational outcome measures, decreasing program burdens associated with the conventional process-based approach to ACGME accreditation, allowing good programs to innovate while enabling struggling programs to steadily improve, and providing public accountability for outcomes. Diagnostic radiology is among the first group of specialties to undergo NAS implementation and began operating under the NAS in July 2013. This article describes the various components of the NAS and explains the new elements, including the clinical learning environment review program, the milestones, the clinical competency committee, and the self-study visits.
    Journal of the American College of Radiology 09/2013; · 2.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE. Large-airway tumors and tumorlike conditions are uncommon, but a systematic approach aids in narrowing the differential diagnosis. In this article, we describe an approach to dealing with large-airway lesions and discuss their imaging characteristics and clinical presentations. CONCLUSION. We have found it useful to separate these entities into groups on the basis of the distribution pattern (focal vs diffuse) and location (trachea vs bronchi).
    American Journal of Roentgenology 08/2013; 201(2):301-13. · 2.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is one of the most common congenital heart diseases for which patients are referred for postoperative magnetic resonance (MR) imaging evaluation. The most common surgical procedures for TOF repair include infundibulectomy, transannular pulmonary artery patch repair, and right ventricle-pulmonary artery conduit placement. In the past few decades, surgery has proved successful, but most patients require repeat imaging throughout their lives. MR imaging is now frequently used for morphologic and functional evaluation after TOF repair. The most common late postoperative sequelae and residual lesions include right ventricular outflow tract aneurysm and dyskinesis, conduit failure, pulmonary regurgitation, tricuspid regurgitation, right ventricular failure, residual main and branch pulmonary artery stenosis, branch pulmonary artery aneurysm, left pulmonary artery kinking, and residual or recurrent ventricular septal defect. The imaging approach for the evaluation of patients with repaired TOF should be guided by the surgical procedure used and the complications that are expected. Knowledge of the most common postoperative problems and their cardiovascular MR imaging appearances is essential for good radiology practice in this clinical setting.
    Radiographics 07/2013; 33(4):1037-1052. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Daily routine chest radiographs in the intensive care unit (ICU) have been a tradition for many years. Anecdotal reports of misplacement of life support items, acute lung processes, and extra pulmonary air collections in a small number of patients served as a justification for routine chest radiographs in the ICU. Having analyzed this practice, the ACR Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on Thoracic Imaging has made the following recommendations: • When monitoring a stable patient or a patient on mechanical ventilation in the ICU, a portable chest radiograph is appropriate for clinical indications only. • It is appropriate to obtain a chest radiograph after placement of an endotracheal tube, central venous line, Swan-Ganz catheter, nasogastric tube, feeding tube, or chest tube. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every 2 years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances where evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment. The strongest data contributing to these recommendations were derived from a meta-analysis of 8 trials comprising 7,078 ICU patients by Oba and Zaza [1].
    Journal of the American College of Radiology 03/2013; 10(3):170-4. · 2.10 Impact Factor
  • Journal of thoracic imaging 01/2013; · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital or acquired communication between left ventricle and right atrium is rare and can be easily overlooked as an eccentric tricuspid regurgitation jet. MRI is the ideal modality for accurate diagnosis, providing details for surgical planning about the location and size of the defect.
    The international journal of cardiovascular imaging 07/2012; · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    Journal of thoracic imaging 07/2012; 27(4):W87. · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tumorlike conditions of the pleura are rare, but diagnosis is facilitated by recognizing certain imaging patterns and interpreting them in the clinical context. A tumorlike condition of the pleura is any nonneoplastic lesion of the pleura itself, or within the pleural space, that resembles a tumor. An approach to diagnosis of the tumorlike conditions of the pleura is provided, and these conditions are grouped into focal or diffuse conditions, with an emphasis on specific imaging features. Focal tumorlike conditions of the pleura include pleural plaque, thoracic splenosis, thoracic endometriosis causing catamenial pneumothorax, and pseudotumor caused by pleural effusion. Thoracic splenosis should be considered in a patient who has a healed left lower rib fracture, an absent spleen, and left lower pleural nodules. Thoracic endometriosis with catamenial pneumothorax should be considered in a woman of childbearing age who presents with right scapular pain and recurrent pneumothorax occurring at or around the onset of menses. Extrapleural hematoma is a nonpleural mimic of pleural tumor and shares some imaging features with focal tumorlike conditions of the pleura, despite residing in the extrapleural space. Diffuse tumorlike conditions of the pleura include diffuse pleural thickening and rare conditions such as Erdheim-Chester disease and diffuse pulmonary lymphangiomatosis. Erdheim-Chester disease should be considered when diffuse pleural thickening occurs with a perirenal soft-tissue halo or distal femoral sclerosis. Diffuse pulmonary lymphangiomatosis should be considered when findings include diffuse pleural thickening, interlobular septal and peribronchovascular interstitial thickening, and mediastinal fat infiltration limited to the thorax and when these findings persist despite diuretic therapy.
    Radiographics 07/2012; 32(4):971-85. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    Journal of thoracic imaging 01/2012; 27(1):W1. · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Subjects infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have increased risk for atherosclerosis. Carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) assessed using ultrasound and coronary artery calcium (CAC) detected using computed tomography predict cardiovascular risk in the general population; however, their usefulness and comparability in patients with HIV are less well defined. The purpose of this study was to compare IMT and CAC in the detection of atherosclerosis in subjects with HIV. CAC and IMT were measured in 253 HIV-infected and 58 uninfected adults. Associations among HIV-related factors, traditional risk factors, and CAC and IMT were evaluated. The distribution of IMT among subjects with and without CAC was compared. Among the patients with HIV, 37% had detectable CAC compared to 28% of controls (p = 0.19); 16% of the patients with HIV had CAC >100 compared to 5% of controls (p = 0.03). With either detectable or undetectable CAC, HIV-infected subjects had higher IMT compared to controls (1.02 ± 0.34 vs 0.78 ± 0.12 mm, p <0.0001), even after adjustment for traditional risk factors. Among those with undetectable CAC, 34% of patients with HIV had markedly increased IMT (≥1 mm) compared to no controls (p <0.0001). HIV-related factors were associated with IMT but not with CAC. In conclusion, patients with HIV and controls had similar rates of detectable CAC, while absolute CAC scores were modestly higher in the HIV group. Conversely, carotid IMT detected advanced subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with HIV even in the absence of CAC. Thus, with HIV, IMT is associated with disease-related factors and may be a more sensitive indicator of subclinical atherosclerosis than CAC.
    The American journal of cardiology 12/2011; 109(5):742-7. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: High-resolution computed tomography is a necessary tool used in the diagnosis of interstitial lung disease. The interpretation of high-resolution computed tomography can be difficult given the wide spectrum of imaging appearances within the same disease and among different diseases. The authors provide a new educational method to learn about the spectrum of idiopathic interstitial lung disease through the use of a free online digital atlas and review article. This atlas can be downloaded at
    Academic radiology 09/2011; 18(11):1453-60. · 2.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Screening for pulmonary metastatic disease is an important step for staging a patient with a known or recently discovered malignancy. Here we present our recommendations for screening for metastatic disease based on recommendations from the literature and experiences of pulmonary radiologists. In short, chest computed tomographic (CT) screening is the most appropriate tool for evaluation of pulmonary metastasis in the majority of cases. Chest computed tomographic screening is also recommended for follow-up and to determine response to therapy. Other modalities such as chest radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and scintigraphy will also be discussed. Please note that this study is a summary of the complete version of this topic, which is available on the ACR website at Practitioners are encouraged to refer to the complete version.
    Journal of thoracic imaging 02/2011; 26(1):W1-3. · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In order to appropriately manage patients with lung cancer, it is necessary to properly stage the tumor. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria is designed to provide an overview of the value of different imaging techniques in the non-invasive staging of lung cancer and allow for the rational selection of imaging studies to arrive at the appropriate clinical stage.
    Journal of thoracic imaging 11/2010; 25(4):W107-11. · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Stroke from cardiac sources is a major cause of cerebral infarctions and ischemia. Cardiac sources of stroke include intracardiac thrombus, right-to-left shunts, tumors, and slow-flow states resulting from hemodynamic compromise. Computed tomography angiography of the neck is currently used for the evaluation of a suspected stroke. The availability of longer multidetector computed tomography detector arrays and prospective echocardiography triggering techniques could permit evaluation of the chest, head, and neck during the same examination, streamlining patient evaluation and management.
    Journal of thoracic imaging 08/2010; 27(3):W52-60. · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To show that 4D Flow is a clinically viable tool for evaluation of collateral blood flow and demonstration of distorted blood flow patterns in patients with treated and untreated aortic coarctation. Time-resolved, 3D phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (4D Flow) was used to assess blood flow in the thoracic aorta of 34 individuals: 26 patients with coarctation (22 after surgery or stent placement) and eight healthy volunteers. Direct comparison of blood flow calculated with 2D and 4D phase contrast data at standard levels for analysis in coarctation patients showed good correlation and agreement (correlation coefficient r = 0.99, limits of agreement = -20% to 20% for collateral blood flow calculations). Abnormal blood flow patterns were demonstrated at peak systole with 4D Flow visualization techniques in the descending thoracic aorta of patients but not volunteers. Marked helical flow was seen in 9 of 13 patients with angulated aortic arch geometries after coarctation repair. Vortical flow was seen in regions of poststenotic dilation. 4D Flow is a fast and reliable means of evaluating collateral blood flow in patients with aortic coarctation in order to establish hemodynamic significance. It also can detect distorted blood flow patterns in the descending aorta after coarctation repair.
    Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 02/2010; 31(3):711-8. · 2.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A high prevalence of obesity exists in National Football League (NFL) players as determined by body mass index (BMI). It is not established whether increased BMI is associated with a greater prevalence of cardiovascular (CV) risk factors or coronary atherosclerosis in former NFL players than in nonathletes. This study compared CV risk factors and coronary atherosclerosis in retired NFL players to 2 groups of community controls, the population-based Dallas Heart Study and the preventive medicine cohort, the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. Retired NFL players (n = 201) were matched for ethnicity, age, and BMI (Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, age only). CV risk factors were assessed by survey and screening visit. Coronary atherosclerosis was measured by computed tomography as coronary artery calcium (CAC). Compared to population-based controls, retired NFL players had a significantly lower prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, sedentary lifestyle, and metabolic syndrome, yet a higher prevalence of impaired fasting glucose and hyperlipidemia. However, there was no significant difference in the prevalence of detectable CAC (46% vs 48.3%, p = 0.69) or distribution of CAC (0 to 10, 10 to 100, 100 to 400, > or =400, p = 0.11). Comparing retired NFL players to the physically active preventive medicine controls, there was no difference in the amount of CAC. In retired NFL players, age and hyperlipidemia, not body size, were the most significant predictors of CAC. In conclusion, despite their large body size, retired NFL players do not have a greater prevalence of CV risk factors or amount of CAC than community controls.
    The American journal of cardiology 10/2009; 104(6):805-11. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 01/2009; · 4.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chest pain is common and the initial clinical presentation is often nonspecific. The emergency physician faces the challenge of correctly identifying those patients with a life-threatening cause of chest pain while avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions. Three important life-threatening causes of chest pain are aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, and acute coronary syndrome. Simple clinical tools should be applied to exclude these diagnoses and avoid CT whenever possible. A normal serum d-dimer measurement can safely exclude pulmonary embolism and aortic dissection, although elevated d-dimer levels are common and nonspecific. Promising markers for early myocardial ischemia have been described and should be developed further. CT provides a first-line imaging tool for aortic dissection and pulmonary embolism based on its wide availability, speed, and high level of diagnostic performance. Improvements in CT scanner technology now enable in-depth data on the coronary arteries. Although angiographic information is limited in its relation to physiologic lesion significance, coronary CT is used to safely diagnose or exclude coronary disease as a source of chest pain in emergency department patients. "Triple rule-out" protocols designed to simultaneously assess the aorta, pulmonary arteries, and coronary arteries are a compromise between dedicated protocols for each diagnosis. The diagnostic value and appropriate clinical use of these protocols remain to be shown by randomized, controlled, outcomes-based trials.
    Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography 01/2009; 3(1 Suppl):S13-22. · 2.55 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

995 Citations
256.67 Total Impact Points


  • 2013
    • Seattle Children's Hospital
      Seattle, Washington, United States
  • 1997–2013
    • University of California, San Francisco
      • • Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
      • • Division of Hospital Medicine
      San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 2012
    • University of Rochester
      Rochester, New York, United States
  • 2009–2010
    • University of Washington Seattle
      • Department of Radiology
      Seattle, WA, United States
  • 2005–2008
    • San Francisco VA Medical Center
      San Francisco, California, United States
    • CSU Mentor
      Long Beach, California, United States