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Carol Mitchell, PhD

ASST PROFESSOR (CHS)

CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE

CLINICAL SCIENCE CENTER
600 HIGHLAND AVE
MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 262-2075





Biography

Dr. Carol Mitchell Ph.D., RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), FASE, FSDMS

Education

  • Certificate (1986) Radiology Technology
    University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Certificate (1987) Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • B.S. (1993) Health Occupations Education
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • M.A. (1996) Education; Curriculum & Instruction
    University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ph.D. (2002) Education; Urban Leadership and Policy Study in Education
    University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City

Research Interest

  • Carotid Plaque Strain Imaging
  • Plaque characterization (grayscale analysis) and relationship to plaque composition and vulnerability
  • Plaque volume and development of alogrithims to quantify 3D plaque volumes
  • 3D evaluation of carotid plaque
  • Carotid hemodynamics and the relationship to plaque formation
  • Relationship of vulnerable plaque and/or flow limiting lesions to vascular dementia/cognitive decline

Dr. Mitchell’s primary research interests are in the evaluation of plaque characteristics to assess the extent of flow limitations and plaque composition to evaluate for plaque vulnerability. Through understanding the conditions of the blood vessel (i.e. diameter, geometry, Doppler flow characteristics) and utilizing three-dimensional information to evaluate the volume, geometry of the plaque and the composition of the plaque (based on gray scale analysis) it is hoped that vulnerable plaques, or hemodynamic conditions that make a plaque vulnerable can be better understood and lead to better treatment options for patients. The aim of Dr. Mitchell’s research is to build on existing clinical tools for evaluation of carotid hemodynamics and plaque composition and to identify patients who may benefit from more aggressive management based on the composition of their plaque (volume, geometry, composition) or evidence of cognitive decline (which may be due to flow limitations (ischemia) or microemboli) from a vulnerable plaque.

Positions

Sonographer University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics 1987-1988
Clinical Instructor University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics 1988-1990
Technical Director/
Outreach Coordinator
Saint Luke’s Shawnee Mission Medical Center 1990-1999
Program Director Avila College Saint Luke’s Shawnee Mission Medical Center
School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1996-1999
Program Director University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics 1999-2010
Assistant Clinical Professor University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 2006-2010
Associate Researcher Study Coordinator University of Wisconsin Madison
Cardiovascular Medicine
2002-2010
Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 2010-2014
Honorary Fellow University of Wisconsin Madison
School of Medicine and Public Health
Cardiovascular Medicine
2010-2014

Publications

Search for Carol Mitchell's literature abstracts on PubMed