Ernest M Scalzetti, MD

Ernest M Scalzetti, MD
Appointed 07/01/86
Women's Health Network
3416 Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

  • Professor of Radiology
  • Division Chief of Thoracic Imaging Section, Diagnostic Division

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown
  • Community

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Radiology: Thoracic Imaging Section, Diagnostic Division
  • Upstate Cancer Center: Radiology
  • Women's Health Network: Women's Imaging and Radiology

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Radiology


Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: University Hospital, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1990
  • MD: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1986

Clinical Interests

  • Cardiopulmonary imaging; Lung cancer.

Education Interests

  • Medical imaging for diagnostic and management of diseases of the heart and lungs.

Research Interests

    1. Percutaneous image-guided interventions for improved diagnosis and treat ment of lung cancer.
    2. Observer performance in thoracic imaging.

Specialties & Certification

  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Cardiovascular MRI
  • Computed Tomography

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chest Pain (Heart Related)
  • Chest Pain (Lung Related)
  • Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Disease
  • Lymph Nodes, Enlarged
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Hypertension


  • Adults and Children


  • Cardiac Computed Tomography
  • Cardiovascular MRI
  • Chest X-Ray - Heart
  • Clinical Trials
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Heart MRI
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • MRI, Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • MRI, Aortic Aneurysm
  • MRI, Atrial Septal Defect
  • MRI, Cardiomyopathy
  • MRI, Heart Failure
  • MRI, Heart Tumors
  • MRI, Myocardial Scar and Fibrosis
  • MRI, Pericardial Tumors
  • MRI, RV Dysplasia
  • MRI, Tetralogy of Fallot
  • MRI, Ventricular Septal Defect
  • X-Ray

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital


Refinement of percutaneous image-guided interventions used in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer

Lung cancer is a devastating disease, and percutaneous image-guided needle biopsy often is useful in making the diagnosis. I am interested in reducing the complications associated with this procedure, and in expanding the indications for it--for example, by incorporating sentinel lymph node mapping. I am also interested in percutaneous image-guided therapeutic interventions such as radiofrequency ablation, used either by itself or in conjunction with other treatment modalities.

Influence of image formation, processing and presentation on observer performance in thoracic imaging

Our group is interested in applying observer performance studies such as AFC and ROC experiments to practical issues of lesion detection in thoracic radiography and CT imaging.

Selected References

Ravenel JG, Scalzetti EM, Huda W, Garrisi W. Radiation exposure and image quality in chest CT examinations. AJR 2001; 177:279-284.

Huda W, Ravenel JG, Scalzetti EM. How do radiographic techniques affect image quality and patient doses in CT? Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MR 2002; 23:411-422.

John A, Huda W, Scalzetti EM, Ogden KM, Roskopf M. Performance of a single look-up table (LUT) for displaying chest CT images. Academic Radiology 2004; 11:609-616.

Chandan,V, Zimmerman K, Baker P, Scalzetti EM, Khurana KK. Usefulness of core roll preparations in immediate assessment of neoplastic lung lesions: comparison to conventional CT-guided lung fine needle aspiration. Chest 2004; 126:739-743.

Scalzetti EM. Protective pneumothorax for needle biopsy of mediastinum and pulmonary hilum. Journal of Thoracic Imaging 2005; 20: in press.

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