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 Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography Announces Finalists for the 2013 Siemens Outstanding Academic Research (SOAR) Awards     



Vienna, VA (May 21, 2013) - The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the finalists for the 7th 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 Technical Developments in CT 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:


Dynamic Computed Tomography Perfusion Imaging: Performance in the Detection of Functionally Significant Coronary Lesions

Francesca Pugliese, MD, PhD


Iterative Image Reconstruction Significantly Improves the Accuracy of Semi-Automated Plaque Burden Assessment in Coronary CT Angiography: A Comparison to Intravascular Ultrasound

Maros Ferencik, MD, PhD


C-Arm Based CT Is Feasible For Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation/Replacement (TAVI/R) Planning

Lorenzo Azzalini, MD, MSc


Radiation Dose Reduction of Coronary CT Angiography at Low Tube Voltage on an Integrated Circuit Detector with Iterative Reconstruction

Jian Cao, MD


Non-Invasive Evaluation of Coronary Artery Collateral Flow Using Transluminal Attenuation Gradient Derived from Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography

Jin-Ho Choi, MD, PhD


Radiation Dose Reduction in Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Using Iterative Reconstruction and Patient Tailored Imaging, with Diagnostic Accuracy Compared to Fractional Flow Reserve and Invasive Coronary Angiography

Michelle Williams, MBChB, BSc, MRCP


All six finalists will attend the 8th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography in Montréal, Canada, July 11-14, 2013. 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 or her original research manuscript for priority peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.


For more information about the 7th Annual SOAR Award, please visit here.


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 see the SCCT Website at: