• Dr. Tessler joined the UAB Department of Radiology as Chief of the Body Imaging section in August 2002 and took on the added responsibility for oversight of informatics in the department three years later. Subsequently, he was appointed as Executive Vice Chair and Vice Chair for Radiology Informatics, positions he held until July 2018, when he became the Senior Medical Officer for Health System Information Services. In this role, Dr. Tessler continues to lead multiple IT/informatics projects throughout UAB Medicine, including serving as the chair of the Clinical Communications Committee and Vice Chair of the Information Security Advisory Committee, appointed by the UAB President.

    Dr. Tessler has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and delivered numerous presentations in the United States and elsewhere. He is a recognized expert on ultrasound of thyroid nodules, having chaired the committee that developed the American College of Radiology's Thyroid Imaging, Reporting, and Data System in 2017, and leads an international effort to harmonize recommendations for management of thyroid nodules based on ultrasound. Dr. Tessler’s contributions to ultrasound were recognized by his election to Fellowship in the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, as well as being given the AIUM’s Presidential Recognition award in 2009.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Thyroid Nodules and Real Estate: Location Matters 2020
    2020 Re: ACR TI-RADS: An advance in the management of thyroid nodules or Pandora's box of surveillance? 2020
    2019 Recognizing and minimizing artifacts at ct, mri, us, and molecular imaging 2019
    2019 Re: Cost-effectiveness of immediate biopsy versus surveillance of intermediate-suspicion thyroid nodules 2019
    2019 Commentary on a direct comparison of the ATA and TI-RADS ultrasound scoring systems 2019
    2019 Management of thyroid nodules seen on us images: Deep learning may match performance of radiologists 2019
    2019 Using artificial intelligence to revise ACR TI-RADS risk stratification of thyroid nodules: Diagnostic accuracy and utility 2019
    2018 Guidelines for Biopsy of Thyroid Nodules 2018
    2018 Interobserver variability of sonographic features used in the American college of radiology thyroid imaging reporting and data system 2018
    2018 Erratum: Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS): A User's Guide (Radiology (2018) 287 1 (29-36)) 2018
    2018 Improved Quality of Thyroid Ultrasound Reports After Implementation of the ACR Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System Nodule Lexicon and Risk Stratification System 2018
    2018 Reduction in thyroid nodule biopsies and improved accuracy with American college of radiology thyroid imaging reporting and data system 2018
    2018 Thyroid imaging reporting and data system (TI-RADS): A user's guide 2018
    2018 Effect of Tumor Size on Risk of Metastatic Disease and Survival for Thyroid Cancer: Implications for Biopsy Guidelines 2018
    2018 Re: ACR Thyroid Imaging, Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS): White Paper of the ACR TI-RADS Committee 2018
    2017 Authors’ Reply 2017
    2017 ACR Thyroid Imaging, Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS): White Paper of the ACR TI-RADS Committee 2017
    2015 Managing incidental thyroid nodules detected on imaging: White paper of the ACR incidental thyroid findings committee 2015
    2015 Misinterpretation of the American college of radiology white paper on managing incidental thyroid nodules 2015
    2015 Thyroid ultrasound reporting lexicon: White paper of the ACR thyroid imaging, reporting and data system (TIRADS) committee 2015
    2013 The common duct dilates after cholecystectomy and with advancing age reality or myth? 2013
    2012 Effect of display magnification on perceived growth of liver lesions on computed tomography 2012
    2011 Protected health information on ultrasound images: Time to end the burn 2011
    2011 Ultrasound quality and efficiency: How to make your practice flourish 2011
    2007 Internal hernia after gastric bypass: Sensitivity and specificity of seven CT signs with surgical correlation and controls 2007
    2006 Management of thyroid nodules detected at US: Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound consensus conference statement 2006
    2006 Topics in ultrasound education: Use of patient models to teach endovaginal ultrasound skills 2006
    2005 Management of thyroid nodules detected at US: Society of radiologists in ultrasound consensus conference statement 2005
    2002 Conspicuity of renal calculi at unenhanced CT: Effects of calculus composition and size and CT technique 2002
    1999 Blood flow in healthy gallbladder walls on color and power Doppler sonography: Effect of wall thickness and gallbladder volume 1999
    1999 Correlation between renal vascular resistance, pulse pressure, and the resistive index in isolated perfused rabbit kidneys 1999
    1999 Duplex doppler examination of native and transplant kidney dysfunction: Technique, applications, and controversies 1999
    1999 Effect of injection rate of contrast medium on pancreatic and hepatic helical CT. 1999
    1999 Thyroid sonography: Current applications and future directions 1999
    1998 US case of the day. Granulomatous prostatitis resulting from BCG therapy. 1998
    1998 US Case of the Day 1998
    1998 US case of the day. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder [PTLD]). 1998
    1998 US Case of the Day 1998
    1998 US case of the day. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related (Cryptosporidium) cholangitis and Cryptosporidium colitis. 1998
    1998 US case of the day. Renal leiomyoma. 1998
    1998 Cases of the Day: US Case of the Day 1998
    1998 US case of the day. Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura (SFTP). 1998
    1998 Current concepts in contrast media-induced nephropathy 1998
    1998 Sonography of the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt 1998
    1998 US Case of the Day 1998
    1998 US Case of the Day 1998
    1998 US Case of the Day 1998
    1998 US case of the day. Tuberculous epididymoorchitis. 1998
    1998 Ultrasound evaluation of the anal sphincter in fecal incontinence 1998
    1997 Effect of hydration status on renal medullar attenuation on unenhanced CT scans 1997
    1996 Ultrasound assessment of testicular and paratesticular masses. 1996
    1996 Value of selective second-look sonography by radiologists 1996
    1995 Strategies for developing effective computer-assisted instruction: a computer-based teaching module on color Doppler US. 1995
    1994 Color Doppler energy imaging. 1994
    1994 Transvaginal sonographic evaluation of endometrial polyps 1994
    1993 Color Doppler imaging findings in patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome: Correlation with venographic findings 1993
    1992 A new electronically enhanced biopsy system: Value in improving needle-tip visibility during sonographically guided interventional procedures 1992
    1992 Color Doppler imaging of the hepatic vasculature 1992
    1992 Endovaginal pelvic sonography as the primary method of examination of the female pelvis 1992
    1992 Fetal exposure from endovaginal ultrasound examinations in the first trimester 1992
    1992 Sonographic findings after surgical ablation of the endometrium 1992
    1991 Author's reply 1991
    1991 Diagnosis of portal vein thrombosis: Value of color Doppler imaging 1991
    1991 Endoluminal catheter-assisted transcervical US of the human embryo. Work in progress 1991
    1991 Endovaginal US: Cardiac activity in embryos of less than 5.0 mm in crown-rump length 1991
    1991 Fetal abdominal wall mass detected on prenatal sonography: Gastroschisis vs omphalocele 1991
    1990 Assurance of consistent peak-velocity measurements with a variety of duplex doppler instruments 1990
    1990 Color Doppler imaging of portosystemic shunts 1990
    1990 Duplex Doppler sonography in renal allografts: The significance of reversed flow in diastole 1990
    1990 Endovaginal ultrasonography. 1990
    1990 Evaluation of Renal Transplant Dysfunction by Duplex Doppler Sonography: A Prospective Study and Review of the Literature 1990
    1990 Inter- and intra-observer variability of Doppler peak velocity measurements: An in-vitro study 1990
    1990 The pulsatile portal vein in cases of congestive heart failure: Correlation of duplex Doppler findings with right atrial pressures 1990
    1989 ROC comparison of analog film to 512, 1024 and 2048 line digital displays 1989
    1989 Three-dimensional reconstruction of ultrasound images 1989
    1989 Budd-Chiari syndrome: The results of duplex and color Doppler imaging 1989
    1989 Clinical Doppler imaging 1989
    1989 Computer applications in radiology education: A challenge for the 1990s 1989
    1989 Cranial artriovenous malformations in neonates: Color Doppler imaging with angiographic correlation 1989
    1989 Endovaginal sonographic diagnosis of dilated fallopian tubes 1989
    1989 Frequency measurements in real-time US equipment: Variations from expected values 1989
    1989 Spontaneous resolution of fetal hydrocephalus 1989
    1989 Transabdominal versus endovaginal pelvic sonography: Prospective study 1989
    1988 Sonographic Identification of Down's Syndrome 1988
    1988 Cerebrovascular ultrasound imaging 1988
    1988 Infant cranial sonography 1988
    1988 Maternal-fetal Doppler sonography 1988
    1988 Second-trimester sonographic diagnosis of down syndrome: Role of femur-length shortening and nuchal-fold thickening 1988
    1984 Herniation and strangulation of the gallbladder through the foramen of Winslow 1984
    1981 Congenital absence of a pedicle with photon deficiency on bone scan 1981

    Investigator On

  • Private Grant  awarded by PHILIPS ELECTRONICS 2014 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by BRACCO DIAGNOSTICS, INC. 2010 - 2013
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, McGill University 1977
  • Jewish General Hospital, Internship 1978
  • Jewish General Hospital, Residency 1982
  • Toronto Western Hospital, Residency 1979
  • UCLA Medical Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship 1984
  • Full Name

  • Franklin Tessler