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Vienna, VA (May 17, 2012) - The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the finalists for the 6th Annual Siemens Outstanding Academic Research (SOAR) Awards. Sponsored by an educational grant from SIEMENS Healthcare, the SOAR Awards support the professional and clinical development of top radiologists and cardiologists.  Applicants submitted abstracts on the designated topic of myocardial perfusion for a special presentation session. Based on the abstracts, a maximum of six (6) finalists were selected by an independent advisory panel to participate in this competitive program.


This year's finalists are:


  • Dual-Energy CT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: Comparison Between Rest and Stress Dual Energy CT Images  
    Sung Min Ko, MD

    Konkuk University Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Association of High-Sensitivity Troponin T with Abnormal Myocardial Perfusion and Extent of Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaque
    Christopher Schlett, MD, MPH

    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Time-Resolved Quantitative CT Myocardial Perfusion Compared with Quantitative 82Rubidium-PET: A Pilot Study
    Richard Coulden, MD

    University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada
  • CTA Stenosis Severity and Its Functional Impact Studied with CFR and TPD (13N-Ammonia PET/CT)
    Erick Alexanderson, MD

    Instituto Nacional de Cardiología "Ignacio Chávez", Mexico City, Mexico
  • Interpretability of Coronary CT Angiography During Myocardial CT Perfusion Imaging Using Intravenous Adenosine Versus Regadenoson: Implications For Study Protocols
    Rohan Poulter, MD

    Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada
  • Prevalence of Artifacts on First Pass CT Myocardial Perfusion and Effects on Diagnostic Ability to Detect Myocardial Infarction or Ischemia
    Karman Tandon, MD

    University of Washington, Seattle, WA

All six finalists will attend the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography in Baltimore, Maryland, July 19-22, 2012. Each finalist will deliver a ten-minute lecture presentation of their work at the Annual Meeting. The abstracts and presentations will be judged by an independent panel, and one winning finalist and two runners up finalists will be recognized. The third runner up finalist will receive a cash prize of $500, and the second runner up will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The winning finalist will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and will be invited to submit his original research manuscript for priority peer-reviewed publication in the JCCT. A review manuscript will also be published in the JCCT, highlighting the findings of the six research abstracts presented in the session. This review manuscript will be prepared by a member of the SOAR Committee.


The program is intended to promote the research and writing skills of the trainees, as well as their oral presentation skills, and may very well provide the catalyst for some trainees to become future thought leaders in the field of cardiovascular imaging.


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About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

(SCCT) is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT). With a membership of approximately 3,500, it is acknowledged and recognized as the representative and advocate for research, education, and clinical excellence in the use of cardiovascular computed tomography. For more information on the society's mission and goals, please visit the SCCT website.  


About SIEMENS Healthcare

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source - from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective.


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