• Samuel J. Galgano, M.D. completed his undergraduate training and medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He then completed his residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, during which he acted as Chief Resident in his final year. He completed fellowships in both Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics as well as Abdominal Imaging at the University of Alabama at Birmingham prior to joining the faculty at UAB. During his Abdominal Imaging fellowship, he was awarded an RSNA Fellow Research Grant for his work on PET/MRI for patients with prostate cancer and participated in the UAB Clinical Investigator Training Program.

    Clinically, Dr. Galgano is a member of the Abdominal Imaging as well as Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics sections with expertise in CT, ultrasound, MRI, fluoroscopy, PET/CT, and PET/MRI. He is a member of the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging. His research interests include novel radiotracer use in PET/CT and PET/MRI for applications in genitourinary and gastrointestinal oncology with particular interest in prostate cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma. He is a regular member of the multidisciplinary prostate, pancreaticobiliary, genitourinary, and hepatobiliary tumor boards and serves on the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee and Genitourinary Oncology Working Group. He is passionate about resident and medical student education and has received awards for medical student education several times during his career. In 2018, he began to serve as Assistant Director for the Abdominal Imaging Fellowship at UAB and became the Fellowship Director in 2019. In 2020, he began to serve as Section Chief for Abdominal Imaging.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Clinical Applications of PETRadiologic Clinics of North America.  59:xv. 2021
    2021 PET Imaging of Neuroendocrine TumorsRadiologic Clinics of North America.  59:789-799. 2021
    2021 Utility of 18F-fluciclovine PET/MRI for staging newly diagnosed high-risk prostate cancer and evaluating response to initial androgen deprivation therapy: A prospective single-arm pilot studyAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  217:720-729. 2021
    2021 Beyond the AJR: Integrating 18F-Fluciclovine PET/CT Into Salvage Radiotherapy Planning for Recurrent Prostate Cancer Reduces Rates of Biochemical Failure (EMPIRE-1 Trial).American Journal of Roentgenology2021
    2021 The Male Urethra: Imaging and Surgical Approach for Common PathologiesCurrent Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.  50:410-418. 2021
    2021 Synchronous Malignancies Identified by 18F-fluciclovine Positron Emission Tomography for Prostate Cancer: Case Series and Mini-ReviewClinical Genitourinary Cancer.  19:e37-e40. 2021
    2021 MR-Guided High-Intensity Directional Ultrasound Ablation of Prostate CancerCurrent Urology Reports.  22. 2021
    2020 Fusion of high B-value diffusion-weighted and T2-weighted MR images increases sensitivity for identification of extraprostatic disease in prostate cancerClinical Imaging.  68:202-209. 2020
    2020 Reorganizing Cross-Sectional Interventional Procedures Practice during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) PandemicAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  215:1499-1503. 2020
    2020 Imaging for Response Assessment in Cancer Clinical TrialsSeminars in Nuclear Medicine.  50:488-504. 2020
    2020 Multimodality Imaging of Neuroendocrine TumorsRadiologic Clinics of North America.  58:1147-1159. 2020
    2020 The role of imaging in bladder cancer diagnosis and stagingDiagnostics.  10. 2020
    2020 Metastatic prostate cancer to an ischiorectal fossa lymph node identified on multiparametric magnetic resonance imagingUrology Annals.  12:172-175. 2020
    2020 18F-Sodium fluoride PET: History, technical feasibility, mechanism of action, normal biodistribution, and diagnostic performance in bone metastasis detection compared with other imaging modalitiesJournal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.  48:9-16. 2020
    2020 Financial implications of biparametric prostate MRIProstate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases.  23:88-93. 2020
    2020 High-volume Concurrent Polypoid Ureteritis and Ureteritis Cystica Manifesting With Ureteral ObstructionUrology.  136:e7-e11. 2020
    2019 [18F]Fluciclovine-PET Guided Salvage Lymph Node Dissection Following Radical ProstatectomyUrology.  132:28-32. 2019
    2019 Trade-off between pulse rate and radiation dose during modified barium swallow examination: what is the reality?Clinical Radiology.  74:736.e9-736.e12. 2019
    2019 ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Left Lower Quadrant Pain-Suspected DiverticulitisJournal of the American College of Radiology.  16:S141-S149. 2019
    2019 Somatostatin receptor positron emission tomography: Beyond gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors 2019
    2019 Patient Demographics and Referral Patterns for [F-18]Fluciclovine-PET Imaging at a Tertiary Academic Medical CenterJournal of the American College of Radiology.  16:315-320. 2019
    2018 Imaging as a Personalized Biomarker for Prostate Cancer Risk Stratification.Diagnostics.  8. 2018
    2018 Role of PET imaging for biochemical recurrence following primary treatment for prostate cancerTranslational andrology and urology.  7:S462-S476. 2018
    2018 PET/MR Imaging in Head and Neck Cancer: Current Applications and Future DirectionsMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America.  26:167-178. 2018
    2018 Practical Considerations for Clinical PET/MR ImagingPET Clinics.  13:97-112. 2018
    2017 Lymph node imaging in initial staging of prostate cancer: An overview and update.World Journal of Radiology.  9:389-399. 2017
    2017 A Case of a Chorionic Bump: New Sonographic-Histopathologic Findings With Review of the LiteratureJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  36:1968-1970. 2017
    2017 Practical Considerations for Clinical PET/MR ImagingMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America.  25:281-296. 2017
    2017 Thoracic Imaging After Bariatric SurgeryJournal of Thoracic Imaging.  32:W45-W53. 2017
    2016 Expectations of Medical Student Neuroradiology Education: A Survey of Practicing Neuroradiologists and NeurologistsCurrent Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.  45:155-158. 2016
    2016 Primary pancreatic neuroblastoma presenting with opsoclonus-myoclonus syndromeRadiology Case Reports.  11:36-40. 2016
    2015 Does preoperative MRI workup affect mastectomy rates and/or re-excision rates in patients with newly diagnosed breast carcinoma? A retrospective review 2015
    2013 Increasing rate of detection of wrong-patient radiographs: Use of photographs obtained at time of radiographyAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  200. 2013
    2008 Uromodulin storage diseaseKidney International.  73:971-976. 2008
    2006 Immunofluorescence on pronase-digested paraffin sections: A valuable salvage technique for renal biopsiesKidney International.  70:2148-2151. 2006


    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Cholangiocarcinoma 2021
    2018 Role of Prostate MRI in the Setting of Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer.  194-194. 2018

    Research Overview

  • PET/MRI imaging, novel applications of radiotracers in genitourinary and gastrointestinal cancers
  • Education And Training

  • Baptist Health System, Internship
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Radiology, Residency
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Radiology, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Radiology, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, Emory University 2012
  • Full Name

  • Samuel Galgano