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Vienna, VA (July 31, 2012) - The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the 7th Annual SIEMENS Outstanding Academic Research (SOAR) Award Program winner and finalists, who recently received their awards at the society's 7th Annual Scientific Meeting (SCCT2012), held July 19-22, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland.  
Supported by an educational grant from SIEMENS Healthcare, the SOAR Award Program is designed to promote the research, writing, and oral presentation skills of radiology residents and cardiology fellows and may provide the catalyst for some trainees to become future thought leaders in the field of cardiovascular imaging. Applicants submitted abstracts on the designated topic of myocardial perfusion, and six finalists were selected by an independent advisory panel to give oral presentations during a special session at SCCT2012. One first-place winner and two runner-up finalists received cash prizes, and the first-place winner also has an opportunity to submit his work to the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (JCCT) for possible publication.

Kulin Hemani, SIEMENS Healthcare VP CT, commented, "It is an honor for us to recognize research being conducted in the field of cardiac CT imaging. These creative ideas from dynamic people have the potential to impact and change cardiac CT as we all strive to deliver outstanding patient care. Together with SCCT, we are very proud to contribute to those advancements." 
This year's SOAR Award Program first-place winner is:

Christopher Schlett, MD, MPH 
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 
Association of High-Sensitivity Troponin T with Abnormal Myocardial Perfusion and Extent of Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaque 
This year's SOAR Award Program runner-up finalists are: 

First runner up:
Karman Tandon, MD 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 
Prevalence of Artifacts on First Pass CT Myocardial Perfusion and Effects on Diagnostic Ability to Detect Myocardial Infarction or Ischemia

Second runner up:  
Sung Min Ko, MD 
Konkuk University Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea  
Dual-Energy CT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: Comparison Between Rest and Stress Dual Energy CT Images  
The other three finalists of this year's SOAR Award Program are as follows:

Erick Alexanderson, MD 
Instituto Nacional de Cardiología "Ignacio Chávez", Mexico City, Mexico  
CTA Stenosis Severity and Its Functional Impact Studied with CFR and TPD (13N-Ammonia PET/CT) 
Richard Coulden, MD 
University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada 
Time-Resolved Quantitative CT Myocardial Perfusion Compared with Quantitative 82Rubidium-PET: A Pilot Study

Rohan Poulter, MD 
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada  
Interpretability of Coronary CT Angiography During Myocardial CT Perfusion Imaging Using Intravenous Adenosine Versus Regadenoson: Implications For Study Protocols 
About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography 
(SCCT) is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT). 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 see the SCCT Website at

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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. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world.  
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