Dr. Carlos Leiva-Salinas is a practicing neuroradiologist and focuses exclusively on brain, ear, nose and throat, and spine imaging on patients with all kind of neurologic conditions including headaches, seizures, cerebrovascular conditions such as stroke, aneurysms and brain tumors. Dr. Leiva-Salinas is committed to provide referring physicians with high-quality radiology reports in a timely manner. He is the chief of neuroradiology and program director of the neuroradiology fellowship program at University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Education & Training

Medical School

Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Facultad de Medicina


Nuclear Medicine

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine


  • University of Virginia School of Medicine


American Board of Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology
American Board of Radiology/Neuroradiology


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Academic Information

Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology

Research Profile

Dr. Carlos Leiva Salinas is a neuroradiologist with a specific interest and expertise in stroke, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, brain tumors and perfusion imaging. He is a funded researcher and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has written more than five book chapters.

Dr. Leiva Salinas is involved in numerous medical and scientific societies and is a reviewer for several medical and imaging journals. He has received a number of awards including the Radiological Society of North America Roentgen Research Award, Radiology Editor Recognition Award and American Journal of Roentgenology Distinguished Reviewer Award.

Research Interests

  • MRI and PET imaging of epilepsy
  • MRI and PET imaging in predicting outcome in brain tumors
  • Stroke imaging
  • Standardization of perfusion CT imaging
  • Short term effects of traumatic brain injury

Areas of Expertise

  • Neuroimaging
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Perfusion imaging

Awards & Honors

  • Roentgen Fellow Research Award, Radiologic Society of North America, 2016
  • Research Award, Department of Radiology, University of Virginia, 2014 and 2017


Select articles

  • FDG PET/MRI Coregistration Helps Predict Response to Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in Patients With Brain Metastases. Leiva-Salinas C, Muttikkal TJE, Flors L, Puig J, Wintermark M, Patrie JT, Rehm PK, Sheehan JP, Schiff D. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019;212:425-430.
  • Predicting Motor Outcome in Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Puig J, Blasco G, Terceño M, Daunis-I-Estadella P, Schlaug G, Hernandez-Perez M, Cuba V, Carbó G, Serena J, Essig M, Figley CR, Nael K, Leiva-Salinas C, Pedraza S, Silva Y. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. Ahead of print.
  • Macrovascular Networks on Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Improves Survival Prediction in Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma. Puig J, Biarnés C, Daunis-I-Estadella P, Blasco G, Gimeno A, Essig M, Balaña C, Alberich-Bayarri A, Jimenez-Pastor A, Camacho E, Thio-Henestrosa S, Capellades J, Sanchez-Gonzalez J, Navas-Martí M, Domenech-Ximenos B, Del Barco S, Puigdemont M, Leiva-Salinas C, Wintermark M, Nael K, Jain R, Pedraza S. Cancers (Basel). 2019;14;11.
  • Soft-tissue vascular malformations and tumors. Part 1: classification, role of imaging and high-flow lesions. Flors L, Park AW, Norton PT, Hagspiel KD, Leiva-Salinas C. Radiologia. 2019;61:4-15.
  • Soft-tissue vascular malformations and tumors. Part 2: low-flow lesions. Flors L, Hagspiel KD, Park AW, Norton PT, Leiva-Salinas C. Radiologia. 2019;61:124-133.
  • Computed Tomography, Computed Tomography Angiography, and Perfusion Computed Tomography Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke. Leiva-Salinas C, Jiang B, Wintermark M. Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2018;28:565-572. 
  • Unenhanced MRI as an Alternative to 99mTc-Labeled Dimercaptosuccinic Acid Scintigraphy in the Detection of Pediatric Renal Scarring. Freeman CW, Altes TA, Rehm PK, de Lange EE, Lancaster L, Mugler JP 3rd, Patrie JT, Corbett S, Leiva-Salinas C, Flors L.AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Apr;210:869-875.
  • Earlier seizure onset and longer epilepsy duration correlate with the degree of temporal hypometabolism in patients with mesial temporal lobe sclerosis. Leiva-Salinas C, Quigg M, Elias WJ, Patrie JT, Flors L, Fountain NB, Rehm PK. Epilepsy Res. 2017;138:105-109.
  • FDG PET/MR Imaging Coregistration Helps Predict Survival in Patients with Glioblastoma and Radiologic Progression after Standard of Care Treatment. Leiva-Salinas C, Schiff D, Flors L, Patrie JT, Rehm PK. Radiology. 2017;283:508-514.
  • Radiographic progression in late-onset Rasmussen encephalitis. Leiva-Salinas C, Quigg M. Neurology. 2016 ;87:e108.
  • Detection of parathyroid adenomas using a monophasic dual-energy computed tomography acquisition: diagnostic performance and potential radiation dose reduction. Leiva-Salinas C, Flors L, Durst CR, Hou Q, Patrie JT, Wintermark M, Mukherjee S.  Neuroradiology. 2016;58:1135-1141.
  • Prediction of Early Recanalization and Tissue Fate in the Selection of Patients with the Greatest Potential to Benefit from Intravenous Tissue Type Plasminogen Activator. Leiva-Salinas C, Patrie JT, Xin W, Michel P, Jovin T, Wintermark M. Stroke. 2016;47:397-403.
  • Cerebral Venous Thrombosis and Polycythemia: a Potential Pitfall. Perez-Girbes A, Lemercier P, Leiva-Salinas C. Can J Neurol Sci. 2016;4:1-2.
  • Utilizing dual energy CT to improve CT diagnosis of posterior fossa ischemia. Hixson HR, Leiva-Salinas C, Sumer S, Patrie J, Xin W, Wintermark M. J Neuroradiol. 2016;26:243-7.
  • Purulent chondritis of the cricoid. Leiva-Salinas C, Mukherjee S. Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Dis. 2016;133:137-139.

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