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Dr. Ashley H. Aiken

Dr. Ashley H. Aiken, MD

Dr. Aiken is a neuroradiologist with expertise in Head and Neck Imaging. Major research interests include accurate radiologic staging, the clinical implications of staging and significance of current prognostic features on imaging. She is currently investigating the accuracy of staging oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer and implications on prognosis and surgical management, with a recent publication on lymph node extracapsular spread of tumor. She created a recently published template (NI-RADS) for head and neck cancer surveillance imaging. She is also very interested in radiologist direct patient reporting. Other head and neck research interests include CSF leak imaging, Diffusion restriction in the paranasal sinus, trauma face CT, the temporomandibular joint and orbital inflammatory disease. Over the last five years, Dr. Aiken has also investigated cerebellar tonsillar ectopia and specific imaging features that can be used to distinguish among the several etiologies that can present with cerebellar tonsillar ectopia, including intracranial hypertension, intracranial hypotension, and idiopathic Chiari I malformation. Another past research interest is acute stroke imaging and the role of upfront comprehensive imaging to triage acute stroke patients.


  • Diagnostic Radiology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Radiology


  • UCSF School of Medicine


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
  • Internship: Medical College of Georgia
  • Residency: UCSF School of Medicine


Muller S, Aiken A, Magliocca K, Chen AY. Second Branchial Cleft Cyst. Head Neck Pathol. 2015 Sep;9(3):379-83

Aiken, A. H., Farley A., Baugnon, K.L., Corey, A., El-Deiry, M., Duszak, R., Beitler, J., Hudgins, PA. "Implementation of a Novel Surveillance Template for Head and Neck Cancer: Neck Imaging Reporting and Data System (NI-RADS)." Journal of the American College of Radiology.2015 Nov 11.

A.H. Aiken, S. Poliashenko, J.J. Beitler, A.Y. Chen, K.L. Baugnon, A.S. Corey, K.R. Magliocca, and P.A. Hudgins. ÒAccuracy of Preoperative Imaging in Detecting Nodal Extracapsular Spread in Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma.Ó AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2015. Sept. 36: 1776-1781