Timothy Booth, M.D.

Timothy Booth, M.D.

Chief, Pediatric Radiology; Director, Pediatric Neuroradiology Fellowship Program

  • Radiology - Pediatric


Timothy N. Booth, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Radiology and the Department of Otolaryngology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

pediatric neuroradiologist, Dr. Booth subspecializes in head and neck imaging in children. His clinical and research interests include pediatric temporal bone imaging, imaging evaluation of hearing loss, and imaging in cochlear implantation.

Dr. Booth is the Director of the Pediatric Neuroradiology Fellowship program, as well as the Director of Peer Review for the Division of Pediatric Radiology.

He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology, with subspecialty certification in both pediatric radiology and neuroradiology.

He has published nearly 40 scholarly articles, authored or co-authored five book chapters, and delivered many invited lectures and presentations related to his work.

Dr. Booth is a reviewer for publications that include the American Journal of NeuroradiologyRadiologyPediatric RadiologyOtolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1997.

Dr. Booth earned his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed a diagnostic radiology residency at Baptist Medical Centers in Birmingham, Alabama, and a fellowship in pediatric radiology and neuroradiology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the Society of Pediatric Radiology, the American Society of Neuroradiology, the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, and the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology, and other professional organizations.

Meet Dr. 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 neuroradiology, such 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 organizations. 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.

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Education & Training
  • Residency - Baptist Medical Center-Birmingham (1991-1995), Diagnostic Radiology
  • Internship - Baptist Medical Center-Birmingham (1990-1991), Transitional Year
  • Fellowship - Children's National Medical Center (1995-1997), Pediatric Radiology & Neuroradiology
  • Medical School - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (1986-1990)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society for Pediatric Radiology
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology
  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • Pediatric neuroradiology.

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