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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Announces Finalists for the 8th Annual Toshiba Young Investigator Awards (YIA)

Vienna, VA (May 06, 2014) - The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the finalists for the 8th Annual Toshiba Young Investigator Awards (YIA).  Underwritten by Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., the YIA program supports the professional and clinical development of top radiology residents and cardiology fellows within five years of completing a training program.     

Each applicant submitted an abstract and a mini-manuscript of 1,000 words concerning research related to the technical and clinical advancement of cardiovascular CT. Each of the five finalists will be granted a complimentary SCCT membership for one year, a $1,000 travel stipend and free registration to the 9th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Each finalist will give an oral presentation at the 9th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, Calif., July 10-13, 2014. The manuscripts and presentations will be judged by an independent panel, and two winners will be recognized. The award winners' manuscripts will be eligible for priority peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

"The SCCT and Toshiba share the commitment to fostering the development of radiology residents and cardiology fellows to become tomorrow's diagnostic imaging leaders," said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. "Toshiba's continued sponsorship of this award is a testament to our mission to make a difference by supporting innovative solutions and new approaches to quality patient care and safety in medical imaging."

This year's finalists are:

Mariana Diaz-Zamudio, MD
Quantitative Plaque Burden From Coronary CT Angiography Noninvasively Predict Lesion-specific Ischemia In Intermediate Coronary Lesions

Elizabeth George, MD
Gravitational Gradient in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm during CT Angiography as a Sign of Disturbed Hemodynamics and Adverse Clinical Outcomes

Amit Pursnani, MD
Early Resting Myocardial CT Perfusion for the Detection of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Patients with CAD

Ravi Sharma, MD
Incremental Diagnostic Accuracy of Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Over Coronary Angiography Stratified by Pre-Test Probability of Coronary Artery Disease and Severity of Coronary Artery Calcification

Michelle Williams, MBChB
Comparison of Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Imaging with Fractional Flow Reserve and 15O-water Positron Emission Tomography in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

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: www.SCCT.org.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at www.medical.toshiba.com.

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