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Vienna, VA (August 03, 2012) - The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the recipients of the 2012 Toshiba Young Investigator Award (YIA), which were recently presented at the society's 7th Annual Scientific Meeting (SCCT2012), held July 19-22, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland. Supported by an educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., the YIA Program is designed to promote the research, writing and oral presentation skills of those who are within five years of completing a training program. In addition, the program may provide the catalyst for some trainees to become future thought leaders in the field of cardiovascular imaging.

Each applicant submitted a mini-manuscript of 1,000 words concerning research related to the technical and clinical advancement of cardiovascular CT. Five finalists were selected to give an oral presentation at SCCT2012. All five finalists will be granted a complimentary SCCT membership for one year.

Of the finalists, three recipients have been recognized. This year's YIA Program recipients are:

Marcelo Nacif, MD, PhD, Radiology and Imaging Sciences - National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD, USA
3D Left Ventricular Extracellular Volume Fraction by Low Radiation Dose Cardiac CT: Assessment of Interstitial Myocardial Fibrosis

Daniel Obaid, MD, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Identification of Vulnerable Coronary Plaque Using Single and Dual Energy CT - Verification Against Histology and VH-IVUS

James Otton, MBBS, MBiomedE, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Four-Dimensional Image Processing of Myocardial CT Perfusion for Improved Image Quality and Noise Reduction 


The other two finalists for this year's YIA award are as follows:  


Marcio Bittencourt, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA 
Coronary CT Angiography for Prediction of All-Cause Mortality 


Stefan Sawall, Institute of Medical Physics, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Low-Dose Cardiac- and Respiratory-Gated Myocardial Perfusion Imaging of Free-Breathing Mice

"Toshiba is focused on developing advanced imaging technology and believes in supporting residents and fellows who are innovators in their field," said Doug Ryan, vice president, Marketing and Strategic Development, Toshiba.  "Toshiba and SCCT are committed to supporting the development and education of the young investigators, as they are the cardiovascular CT imaging leaders of the future."  

About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

(SCCT) is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT). SCCT 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 at:


About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at