Virginia B. Planz, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Section Chief
Abdominal Imaging
Grand Rounds
Delivery Address
Medical Center North
1161 21st Avenue South, CCC-1118

Virginia Planz, MD, is a graduate of Auburn University and earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health and served as chief resident. After completing a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging and Intervention at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Planz joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2018 as Assistant Professor. In 2019, she was appointed Director of Grand Rounds and later appointed Director of CT/US Procedures in 2020. In April of 2023, Dr. Planz was named as the Section Chief for Body Imaging. She is a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society and the Society of Abdominal Radiology.

Section: Abdominal Imaging


Planz Virginia, Huang Jennifer, Galgano Samuel J, Brook Olga R, Fananapazir Ghaneh. Variability in personal protective equipment in cross-sectional interventional abdominal radiology practicesAbdom Radiol (NY). 2022 Jan 1/10/2022; 1-10. PMID: 35013750, PMCID: PMC8744567, DOI: 10.1007/s00261-021-03406-z.

Planz Virginia, Galgano Samuel J. Percutaneous biopsy and drainage of the pancreasAbdom Radiol (NY). 2021 Aug 8/19/2021; 1-20. PMID: 34410433, DOI: 10.1007/s00261-021-03244-z.

Planz VB, Spalluto LB, Savoie B, Bradshaw M, Motuzas CL, Block JJ, Omary RA. Together/Apart During Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Inclusion in the Time of Social DistancingJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2020 Jul; 17(7): 915-7. PMID: 32450133, PMCID: PMC7236662, PII: S1546-1440(20)30532-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.05.009, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Spalluto LB, Planz VB, Stokes LS, Pierce R, Aronoff DM, McPheeters ML, Omary RA. Transparency and Trust During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) PandemicJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2020 Jul; 17(7): 909-12. PMID: 32387089, PMCID: PMC7252182, PII: S1546-1440(20)30490-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.04.026, ISSN: 1558-349X.
Planz VB, Lubner MG, Pickhardt PJ. Volumetric analysis at abdominal CT: oncologic and non-oncologic applicationsBr J Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Nov 11/20/2018; 20180631. PMID: 30457881, DOI: 10.1259/bjr.20180631, ISSN: 1748-880X.

Planz VB, Posielski NM, Lubner MG, Li K, Chen GH, Nakada SY, Pickhardt PJ. Ultra-low-dose limited renal CT for volumetric stone surveillance: advantages over standard unenhanced CTAbdom Radiol (NY) [print-electronic]. 2018 Aug 8/2/2018; PMID: 30073402, PII: 10.1007/s00261-018-1719-5, DOI: 10.1007/s00261-018-1719-5, ISSN: 2366-0058.

Planz V, Dyer RB. The "stipple sign"Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Aug; 42(8): 2192-3. PMID: 28326456, PII: 10.1007/s00261-017-1106-7, DOI: 10.1007/s00261-017-1106-7, ISSN: 2366-0058.

McArthur TA, Planz V, Fineberg NS, Tessler FN, Robbin ML, Lockhart ME. The common duct dilates after cholecystectomy and with advancing age: reality or myth? J Ultrasound Med. 2013 Aug;32(8):1385-91. doi: 10.7863/ultra.32.8.1385. PMID: 23887947.

Planz VB, Dyer RB. The "pancake" adrenal. Abdom Imaging. 2015 Aug;40(6):2041-3. doi: 10.1007/s00261-014-0287-6. PMID: 25367812.

McArthur TA, Planz V, Fineberg NS, Berland LL, Lockhart ME. CT evaluation of common duct dilation after cholecystectomy and with advancing age. Abdom Imaging. 2015 Aug;40(6):1581-6. doi: 10.1007/s00261-014-0308-5. PMID: 25421790.

Hevert EAC, Stokes LS, Winter WR, Taylor CN, Meranze SG, Muller RD, Planz VB, Borgmann AJ, Baron CJ, Imani RA, Baker JC, Aquino JD, Banovac F, Brown DB. Operations Transition to Mitigate COVID-19 on an Interventional Radiology Service. Semin Intervent Radiol. 2020 Aug;37(3):330-336. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1713586. Epub 2020 Jul 31. PMID: 32773958; PMCID: PMC7394571.

Galgano SJ, Planz VB, Arora S, Rais-Bahrami S. MR-Guided High-Intensity Directional Ultrasound Ablation of Prostate Cancer. Curr Urol Rep. 2021 Jan 6;22(1):3. doi: 10.1007/s11934-020-01020-y. PMID: 33403460.

Servin F, Collins JA, Heiselman JS, Frederick-Dyer KC, Planz VB, Geevarghese SK, Brown DB, Miga MI. Fat Quantification Imaging and Biophysical Modeling for Patient-Specific Forecasting of Microwave Ablation Therapy. Front Physiol. 2022 Feb 3;12:820251. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.820251. PMID: 35185606; PMCID: PMC8850958.

Willis J, Carroll C, Planz V, Galgano SJ. Thromboelastography: a review for radiologists and implications on periprocedural bleeding risk. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2022 Aug;47(8):2697-2703. doi: 10.1007/s00261-022-03539-9. Epub 2022 May 14. PMID: 35567618; PMCID: PMC9107068.

Tembelis M, Frederick-Dyer KC, Dyer JL, Planz VB, Moshiri M. Medicolegal considerations associated with cancer during pregnancy. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2023 May;48(5):1637-1644. doi: 10.1007/s00261-022-03776-y. Epub 2022 Dec 20. PMID: 36538081.

Patel-Lippmann KK, Planz VB, Phillips CH, Ohlendorf JM, Zuckerwise LC, Moshiri M. Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorders: Update and Pictorial Review of the SAR-ESUR Joint Consensus Statement for MRI. Radiographics. 2023 May;43(5):e220090. doi: 10.1148/rg.220090. PMID: 37079459.

Frederick-Dyer K, Andreotti R, Cooke E, Dove C, Fleischer A, Heyneman L, Patel-Lippmann K, PlanzV, Sacks G, Snyder E, Spalluto L, Tomblinson C, Phillips C. Patient-Centered Care: Radiologists Advocate to Protect the Patient-Physician Relationship. J Am Coll Radiol. 2023 Apr 28:S1546-1440(23)00324-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2023.04.001. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37121499.

Planz VB, Hatcher L, Patel-Lippmann KK, Cooke EA, Omary RA. Advancing learning equity through virtual radiology grand rounds. Clin Imaging. 2023 Jul 5;101:223-226. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2023.06.021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37429168.

Lyshchik AA, Wessner CE, Bradigan K, Eisenbrey JR, Forsberg F, Yi M, Keith SW, Kono Y, Wilson SR, Medellin A, Rodgers SK, Planz V, Kamaya A, Finch L, Fetzer D, Berzigotti A, Sidhu PS, Piscaglia F; CEUS LI-RADS Trial Group. Clinical validation of contrast-enhanced ultrasound liver imaging reporting and data system in a prospective multinational study in North America and Europe. Hepatology. 2023 Aug 8. doi: 10.1097/HEP.0000000000000558. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37548928.

Lentz RJ, Frederick-Dyer K, Planz VB, Koyama T, Aboudara MC, Swanner B, Roller L, Low SW, Salmon C, Avasarala SK, Hoopman TC, Wahidi MM, Mahmood K, Cheng GZ, Katsis JM, Kurman JS, D'Haese PF, Johnson J, Grogan EL, Walston C, Yarmus L, Silvestri GA, Rickman OB, Rahman NM, Maldonado F. Navigational Bronchoscopy versus Computed Tomography-guided Transthoracic Needle Biopsy for the Diagnosis of Indeterminate Lung Nodules: protocol and rationale for the VERITAS multicenter randomized trial. medRxiv [Preprint]. 2023 Nov 23:2023.11.22.23298915. doi: 10.1101/2023.11.22.23298915. PMID: 38045245; PMCID: PMC10690353.

Slanetz PJ, Kim G, Planz VB, Naeger DM. Soarin' Into Radiology Practice-Preparing the Next Generation for Success. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 Aug;18(8):1219-1221. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2021.04.013. Epub 2021 May 15. PMID: 34004176.

Planz VB, Brook OR. Beyond the AJR: The Burden of Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2024 Jan 3. doi: 10.2214/AJR.23.30777. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38170825.