James A. Brink, M.D.

Radiologist-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital

James A. Brink, MD, is Chief of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a former professor and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University School of Medicine. He earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University and an M.D. at Indiana University before completing his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the faculty at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor prior to coming to Yale in 1997. Promoted to Professor in 2001, Brink was appointed Interim Chair in 2003 and Chair of the Yale Department of Diagnostic Radiology in 2006. While he has broad experience in medical imaging, including utilization and management of imaging resources, he has particular interest and expertise in issues related to the monitoring and control of medical radiation exposure.

Brink is a fellow of the Society for Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance and a fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR). For the ACR, Brink serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Chancellors as Chair of the Body Imaging Commission, Chair of the Imaging Communication Network, and Co-Chair of the Global Summit on Radiology Quality and Safety. For the American Roentgen Ray Society, Brink is a member of the Executive Council and immediate Past President. For the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), Brink is the Scientific Vice-President for Radiation Protection in Medicine, and he chaired the NCRP Scientific Committee that defined diagnostic reference levels for medical imaging in the United States (NCRP Report 172, published September 30, 2012). For the International Society of Radiology, Brink serves as Chair of the International Commission for Radiology Education, and for the Radiological Society of North America, Brink serves as Co-Chair of the "Image Wisely" initiative, a social marketing campaign to increase awareness about adult radiation protection in medicine.

Dr. Brink's Lectures

CT Imaging- The Benefits are Worth the Responsibilities

Image Wisely

Select Publications

  1. Brink JA. A word about radiation dose. In: Fundamentals of Virtual Colonoscopy, Dachman AH (ed), Springer, New York, 2004
  2. Lee CI, Haims AH, Monico EP, Brink JA, Forman HP. Diagnostic CT scans: assessment of patient, physician, and radiologist awareness of radiation dose and possible risks. Radiology 2004; 231: 393-398.
  3. Katz S, Saluja S, Brink JA, Forman HP. Radiation dose associated with unenhanced CT for suspected renal colic: impact of repetitive studies. AJR 2006;186:1120-1124.
  4. Goodman TR, Brink JA. Adult CT: Controlling Dose and Image Quality. In: Frush DP, Huda W, eds. 2006 Categorical Course in Diagnostic Radiology Physics: From Invisible to Visible - The Science and Practice of X-ray Imaging and Radiation Dose Optimization. Chicago, IL: RSNA Publications; 2006: 157-166.
  5. Israel GM, Herlighy S, Brink JA. Does a combination of dose modulation with fast gantry rotation time limit CT image quality? AJR 2008;191:140-144.
  6. Brink JA, Goodman TR. The Use and Misuse of Radiation in Medicine. Health Physics 2008; 95:495-501.
  7. McCollough CH, Fletcher JG, Brink JA. Medical Justification of CT Imaging and Use of Appropriateness Criteria in the USA. In: Justification of Medical Exposure in Diagnostic Imaging, Proceedings of an International Workshop on Justification of Medical Exposure in Diagnostic Imaging, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 2009: 47-58.
  8. Israel GM, Cicchiello L, Brink JA, Huda W. Patient size and radiation exposures in chest/abdomen/pelvis/ CT examinations performed with automatic exposure control. AJR 2010;195:1342-1346.
  9. Brink JA. The Art and Science of Medical Guidelines: What We Know and What We Believe. Radiology 2010;254:20-21.
  10. Brink JA, Amis ES. Image Wisely: A Campaign to Increase Awareness about Adult Radiation Protection. Radiology 2010; 257:601-602.
  11. Duncan JR, Balter S, Becker GJ, Brady J,Brink JA, Bulas D, et al. Optimized radiation use during fluoroscopic procedures: proceedings from a multidisciplinary consensus panel. JVIR, 2011;22:425-429.
  12. Brink JA. Professional practice performance: is good enough? AJR 2011;197:1288-1290.
  13. Brink JA, Morin RL. Size-specific dose estimation for CT: how should it be used and what does it mean? Radiology 2012; 265:666-668.
  14. Mahajan A, Starker LF, Ghita M, Udelsman R, Brink JA, Carling T. Parathyroid 4DCT: evaluation of radiation dose exposure during preoperative localization of parathyroid tumors in primary hyperparathyroidism. World J Surg 2012;36:1335-1339.
  15. Impact of Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction (ASIR) on Radiation Dose in Evaluation of Trauma Patients. Maxfield MW, Schuster KM, McGillicuddy EA, Young CJ, Ghita M, Bokhari SAJ, Oliva IBA, Brink JA, Davis KA. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 2012;73:1406-1411.
  16. Brink JA - Chair, NCRP Scientific Committee 4-3. Reference Levels and Achievable Doses in Medical and Dental Imaging: Recommendations for the United States (NCRP Report No. 172). National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Bethesda, September 30, 2012.
  17. Brink JA, Goske MJ, Patti JA. Informed decision making trumps informed consent for medical imaging with ionizing radiation. Radiology 2012; 262:11-14.
  18. Brink JA, Boice JD. Science to Practice: Can Antioxidant Supplements Protect Against the Possible Harmful Effects of Ionizing Radiation from Medical Imaging? Radiology 2012; 264:1-4.
  19. Brink JA, Amis ES. Image Wisely. In: Radiation Dose from Multidetector CT, Tack D, Kalra MK, Gevenois PA (Editors), Springer, Berlin, 2012: 569-574.
  20. Schauer D, Bushberg JT, Balter S, Brink JA. Medical Exposures to Ionizing Radiation: Important Developments Since NCRP Report No. 160. In: Advances in Medical Physics 2012, Wolbarst AB, Capasso P, Godfrey DJ, Price RR, Whiting BR, Hendee WR (Editors), Medical Physics Publishing, Madison WI, 2012: 277-298.