David R. Pickens, III, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Delivery Address
Medical Center North
1161 21st Avenue South, CCC-1118

David Pickens, PhD, DABR, fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, earned his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1981 and is currently Associate Professor. In 2017, he was named chief for the Section of Radiological Sciences. Dr. Pickens has authored more than 90 publications, books and book chapters and has presented at more than 230 conferences and scientific meetings. He is a member of the American College of Radiology, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Radiological Society of North America. He is a member and past program committee chairman and board member-at-large of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

Section: Radiological Sciences


Donnelly EF, Lewis KG, Wolske KM, Pickens DR, Price RR. Characterization of the phase-contrast radiography edge-enhancement effect in a cabinet x-ray systemPhys Med Biol [print-electronic]. 2006 Jan 1/7/2006; 51(1): 21-30. PMID: 16357428, PII: S0031-9155(06)07960-7, DOI: 10.1088/0031-9155/51/1/002, ISSN: 0031-9155.

Pickens DR, Li Y, Morgan VL, Dawant BM. Development of computer-generated phantoms for FMRI software evaluationMagn Reson Imaging. 2005 Jun; 23(5): 653-63. PMID: 16051040, PII: S0730-725X(05)00188-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.mri.2005.04.007, ISSN: 0730-725X.

Riddle WR, Pickens DRExtracting data from a DICOM fileMed Phys. 2005 Jun; 32(6): 1537-41. PMID: 16013711, ISSN: 0094-2405.

Donnelly EF, Price RR, Pickens DRExperimental validation of the Wigner distributions theory of phase-contrast imagingMed Phys. 2005 Apr; 32(4): 928-31. PMID: 15895575, ISSN: 0094-2405.

Donnelly EF, Price RR, Pickens DRQuantification of the effect of system and object parameters on edge enhancement in phase-contrast radiographyMed Phys. 2003 Nov; 30(11): 2888-96. PMID: 14655935, ISSN: 0094-2405.

Donnelly EF, Price RR, Pickens DRDual focal-spot imaging for phase extraction in phase-contrast radiographyMed Phys. 2003 Sep; 30(9): 2292-6. PMID: 14528949, ISSN: 0094-2405.

Parks MH, Morgan VL, Pickens DR, Price RR, Dietrich MS, Nickel MK, Martin PR. Brain fMRI activation associated with self-paced finger tapping in chronic alcohol-dependent patientsAlcohol. Clin. Exp. Res. 2003 Apr; 27(4): 704-11. PMID: 12711934, DOI: 10.1097/01.ALC.0000062759.14944.CF, ISSN: 0145-6008.

Melzer P, Morgan VL, Pickens DR, Price RR, Wall RS, Ebner FF. Cortical activation during Braille reading is influenced by early visual experience in subjects with severe visual disability: a correlational fMRI studyHum Brain Mapp. 2001 Nov; 14(3): 186-95. PMID: 11559962, PII: 10.1002/hbm.1051, ISSN: 1065-9471.

Morgan VL, Pickens DR, Hartmann SL, Price RR. Comparison of functional MRI image realignment tools using a computer-generated phantomMagn Reson Med. 2001 Sep; 46(3): 510-4. PMID: 11550243, PII: 10.1002/mrm.1221, ISSN: 0740-3194.

Melzer P, Morgan VL, Pickens DR, Price RR, Wall RS and Ebner FF. Cortical Activation During Braille Reading is Influenced by Early Visual Experience in Subjects with Severe Visual Disability: A Correlation fMRI Study. Human Brain Mapping. 2001; 14: 186-95.

Morgan VL, Pickens DR, Hartmann SL, Price RR. Comparison of functional MRI Realignment Tools using a Computer Generated Phantom. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2001; 46((3)): 510-4.

Grossman ED, Donnelly M, Price R, Morgan V, Pickens D, Neighbor G, Blake R. Brain Areas Involved in Perception of Biological Motion. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2000; 12: 711-20.

Melzer P, Morgan V, Pickens D, Price R, Wall R, Ebner F. Cortical Braille Activation Differs With Visual Experience in the Early Visually Disabled: A Correlational fMRI Study. Human Brain Mapping. 2000; Vol. 14((No. 3)): 186-95.

Mertz H, Morgan V, Tanner G, Pickens D, Price R, Shyr Y, Kessler R. Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in IBS and Controls with Painful and Non-Painful Rectal Distention. Gastroenterology. 2000; 118: 842-8.

Parks MH, Morgan VL, Price RR, Pickens DR, Dietrich MS, Martin PR. Disrupted Simple Motor Fronto-Cerebellar Circuits in Chronic Alcoholics Demonstrated by fMRI. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research. 2000; 24((5)): 126A.

Morgan VL, Pickens DR, Hartmann SL, Price RR. Comparison of Functional MRI Realignment Tools Using a Computer Generated Phantom. Presented at the Eighth Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2000; 848.

Morgan VL, Pickens DR, Hartmann SL, Riddle WR and Price RR. Software Phantom for Assessment of Functional MRI Realignment Algorithms. Radiology. 2000; 217((P)): 311.

Fleischer AC, Wojcicki WE, Donnelly EF, Pickens DR, Thirsk G, Thurman GB, Hellerqvist CG. Quantified color Doppler sonography of tumor vascularity in an animal modelJ Ultrasound Med. 1999 Aug; 18(8): 547-51. PMID: 10447080, ISSN: 0278-4297.

Parks M, Morgan V, Pickens D, Price R, Schlack H, Martin P. Functional MRI Studies of Motor Plasticity During Recovery of Alcohol-Induced Brain Injury with Abstinence. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research. 1999; 23((5)): 66A.

Mertz H, Tanner G, Morgan V, Pickens D, Price R, Kessler M. Functional MRI Detects Activation of Anterior Cingulate and Prefrontal Cortex in IBS Patients But Not Controls During Rectal Pain. Gastroenterology. 1999; 116:((4, Part 2)).

Parks MH, Morgan VL, Pickens DR, Price RR, Schlack HM, Martin PR. Cerebellar fMRI Studies of Alcohol-Induced Brain Injury. Proceedings of the ISMRM. 1999; 2: 832.

Fleischer AC, Wojcicki W, Donnelly E, Pickens D, Thirsk G, Thurman G, Hellerqvist Carl. Quantified Color Doppler Sonography of Tumor Vascularity in an Animal Model. J Ultrasound Med. 1999; 18: 547-52.

Price RR, Pickens DR, Morgan VL, Fitzpatrick JM, Dawant B, Brill AB. Online Position Tracking for fMRI Motion Correction. Radiology, Annual Meeting of the Radiology. 1999; 213((p)): 233.

Fleischer AC, Wojcicki WE, Donnelly EF, Pickens DR, Thirsk G, Thurman GB, and Hellerqvist CG. Quantified Color Doppler Sonography of Tumor Vascularity in an Animal Model. J Ultrasound in Med. 1999; 18: 547-51.

Melzer P, Pickens DR, Price RR, Morgan VL, Wall RS and Ebner FF. Timing of Sensory Challenges Affects Cortical Activation during Braille Reading in the Visually Disabled: A fMRI Study. Society of Neuroscience. 1999; 25: 1812.

Morgan VL, Mertz H, Pickens DR, Price RR, Tanner WG and Kessler R. Study of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Using Functional MRI. Proceedings of the ISMRM. 1999; 2: 824.

Melzer P, Pickens DR, Price RR, Morgan VL, Wall RS, Ebner FF. Reading Braille Activates Cortical Areas of the Dorsal Stream in the Blind: A fMRI Study. Neuroscience. 1998; 24: 1979.

Melzer P, Pickens DR, Price RR, Morgan VL, Symons FJ, Wall RS. Reading Braille Predominantly Activates Extrastriate Cortex in Persons with Severe Visual Disability: A fMRI Study. Proceedings of the International SMRM, Sixth Scientific Meeting and Exhibition, Sydney, Australia. 1998; 3: 1514.

Pickens DR, Price RR, Morgan VL, Holburn GE, Parks MH, Martin P. Long Term Repeatability of Cerebellar fMRI Correlated with an Independently Monitored Motor Task. Radiology. 1998; 209: 245.

Pickens DR, Price RR, Mertz H, Morgan VL, Tanner G. Bowel Pain Response in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients Using fMRI. Radiology. 1998; 209: 276.

Morgan VL, Price RR, Holburn GE, Butler M, Pickens DR, Partain CL. Functional MRI of the Human Olfactory Cortex. Radiology. 1998; 209P: 276.

Melzer P, Morgan L, Pickens DR, Price RR, Wall RS. Cerebral Activation During Reading Nouns and Text in Braille: A fMRI Study. Radiology. 1998; 209: 243.

Meyerowitz CB, Fleischer AC, Pickens DR, Thurman GB, Borowsky AD, Thirsk G, Hellerqvist CG. Quantification of tumor vascularity and flow with amplitude color Doppler sonography in an experimental model: preliminary resultsJ Ultrasound Med. 1996 Dec; 15(12): 827-33. PMID: 8947858, ISSN: 0278-4297.

Carroll FE, Waters JW, Andrews WW, Price RR, Pickens DR, Willcott R, Tompkins P, Roos C, Page D, Reed G. Attenuation of monochromatic X-rays by normal and abnormal breast tissuesInvest Radiol. 1994 Mar; 29(3): 266-72. PMID: 8175299, ISSN: 0020-9996.

Pickens DRPerfusion/diffusion quantitation with magnetic resonance imagingInvest Radiol. 1992 Dec; 27 Suppl 2: S12-7. PMID: 1468869, ISSN: 0020-9996.

Worrell JA, Federspiel CF, Creasy JL, Pickens DR, Higginbotham K, Patton JA, Partain CL. Clinical impact of picture archiving and communication systems: evaluation of a prototype systemJ Digit Imaging. 1992 May; 5(2): 118-25. PMID: 1623040, ISSN: 0897-1889.

Pickens DR, Jolgren DL, Lorenz CH, Creasy JL, Price RR. Magnetic resonance perfusion/diffusion imaging of the excised dog kidneyInvest Radiol. 1992 Apr; 27(4): 287-92. PMID: 1601618, ISSN: 0020-9996.

Lorenz CH, Pickens DR, Puffer DB, Price RR. Magnetic resonance diffusion/perfusion phantom experimentsMagn Reson Med. 1991 Jun; 19(2): 254-60. PMID: 1881312, ISSN: 0740-3194.

Carroll FE, Waters JW, Price RR, Brau CA, Roos CF, Tolk NH, Pickens DR, Stephens WH. Near-monochromatic X-ray beams produced by the free electron laser and Compton backscatterInvest Radiol. 1990 May; 25(5): 465-71. PMID: 2345075, ISSN: 0020-9996.

Pickens DR, Patton JA, Gibbs SJ. Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of charge capture by a radiology information systemJ Digit Imaging. 1990 Feb; 3(1): 49-53. PMID: 2092804, ISSN: 0897-1889.

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