D Gauntt Physics Engineering


David M. Gauntt, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM

Associate Professor, Division of Physics and Engineering
205-975-3777 | Location: GSB 315M

David M. Gauntt, Ph.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. He spent two years as a Medical Physics Fellow at UAB Radiology before entering industry.

During seven years at Lunar Corporation (now GE Lunar), he was instrumental in the development of the Expert fan beam bone densitometer and the Pixi extremity bone densitometer.

He returned to Birmingham to work at X-Ray Imaging Innovations, a UAB spinoff company founded by Dr. Gary Barnes.   While at XRII, he was principal investigator in several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, developing improved methods of scatter rejection in radiography, mammography, and fluoroscopy.

In 2011 he joined the faculty of UAB Radiology as an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, where he oversees the x-ray quality assurance program and helps with resident teaching.

He has served in several national professional organizations, most recently as a member of the AAPM Task Group 150, the RSNA/AAPM Task Force for Online Medical Physics Education, and the ABR Diagnostic Medical Physics Part II exam writing committee.

He has continuing research interests in scatter control in fluoroscopy, application of dual energy imaging in dentistry and in CT, and the use of physics simulation software in medical physics education. He also works with the BEST Robotics program to help science and technology education in middle school and high school.

Engagement in the Residency Programs

Dr. Gauntt teaches digital imaging and CT, and he performs CT, radiography, and fluoroscopy acceptance, annual, and accreditation testing with our medical physics residents. Dr. Gauntt is also working with radiologists and technologists on CT protocol review. Dr. Gauntt is active on numerous committees both within UAB and at AAPM, ACR, and ABR.

Selected Publications, Posters, and Presentations

Gauntt DM, Al-Senan R, “A novel method to accurate measure CT radiation beam width”, submitted to Medical Physics.

Gauntt DM: “A suggested method for setting up GSI profiles on the GE Revolution CT scanner”, Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 20:169-179.e12.2019.

Porter KK, Triche BL, Nelson JT, McGill NS, Sanyal R, Tessler FN, McConathy JE, Gauntt DM, Yester MV, Singh SP. A Review of the Top Artifacts of CT, MR, Ultrasound, and Molecular Imaging the Residents Should Know. Radiological Society of North America 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. 2017.

Gauntt DM, “Radiography QA version 1.0”, chapter in “Medical Physics 2.0”, edited by Ehsan Samei, Ph.D., submitted 2016.

Gauntt DM, Barnes GT: “An automatic and accurate grid alignment system for mobile radiography: System description and alignment accuracy measurements”, Medical Physics 2010; 37:6402-6410.

R. Al-Senan was a UAB postdoc/resident when this research was performed.