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Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Announces Winners Of Siemens Outstanding Academic Research (SOAR) Award Program

Vienna, VA (August 20, 2013) - 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 8th Annual Scientific Meeting (SCCT2013), held July 10-14, 2013, in Montréal, Canada.


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 Technical Developments in CT, and six finalists were selected by an independent advisory panel to give oral presentations during a special session at SCCT2013. One first-place winner and two runner-up finalists received cash prizes, and the first-place winner will also have an opportunity to submit his or her work to the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (JCCT) for possible publication.

This year's SOAR Award Program first-place winner is:  


Francesca Pugliese, MD, PhD
Dynamic Computed Tomography Perfusion Imaging: Performance in the Detection of Functionally Significant Coronary Lesions

This year's SOAR Award Program runner-up finalists are:

First runner up:

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

Second runner up:


Lorenzo Azzalini, MD, MSc
C-Arm Based CT Is Feasible For Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation/Replacement (TAVI/R) Planning

The other three finalists of this year's SOAR Award Program are as follows:

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

Jin-Ho Choi, MD, PhD
Non-Invasive Evaluation of Coronary Artery Collateral Flow Using Transluminal Attenuation Gradient Derived from Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography

Michelle Williams, MBChB, BSc, MRCP
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



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.