Meet Dr. Timothy Booth
Pediatric Neuroradiologist in Dallas
UT Southwestern pediatric neuroradiologist Timothy Booth, M.D., specializes in caring for children who are experiencing a broad range of pediatric neurological conditions, such as brain tumors, epilepsy, and autism. He is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric head and neck imaging.
Using the latest imaging technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), he is highly experienced at understanding the special needs of pediatric neuroradiologysuch as how to help a child stay still during an MRI and when it’s appropriate to use a sedative.
“Protocols differ depending on the patient’s age and symptoms,” he notes. “There are huge differences in imaging a 2-year-old child or a newborn versus an 18- or 19-year-old. It is important to obtain the correct sequences in order to make a diagnosis.”
Dr. Booth uses MRI over CT scans when possible to minimize exposure to radiation, which is a greater concern for children than for most adult patients. For example, he says, “Instead of following some kids with CT, we use a rapid MRI study. Although it is important to realize that CT is a very useful modality and preferred over MRI in some circumstances.”
In addition, Dr. Booth – who also serves on the Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) faculty – has special expertise in pediatric head and neck imaging, including temporal bone imaging and imaging evaluation for hearing loss. He has worked closely with otolaryngologists in developing imaging strategies for evaluation of pediatric hearing loss and using MRI as the primary modality in assessing a child with senorineural hearing loss.
Dr. Booth is also active in multiple professional societies, He is currently working on developing appropriateness criteria for pediatric back pain. This will serve as a reference for pediatricians and other clinicians to order the right study at the right time.
A Team of Experts
At UT Southwestern, Dr. Booth is part of a highly regarded and highly specialized team of pediatric neuroradiologists – something few other institutions in the area offer.
“One thing that really differentiates our Pediatric Neuroradiology team from others is that all five of our physicians are trained in both neuroradiology and pediatric neuroradiology, with several of us also having training in pediatric radiology,” he says.
“Our size allows us to subspecialize, which enables us to diagnose rare and complex disorders in addition to more common, straightforward ones.”
The team’s outstanding service is about caring as well as expertise.
“We all love working with children and families, and we’re all very focused on and committed to the safest, best possible imaging of children,” he says.