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Dr Armato Elected AAPM Fellow

We would like to congratulate Samuel Armato III, PhD on being elected as a Fellow of the AAPM, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine!  An AAPM Fellowship is a recognition of Dr. Armato's distinguished contributions to medical physics over the course of his career.

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CT Scans Preformed on Art Institute of Chicago Mummies

In late February, Dr. Michael Vannier and dedicated medical staff joined researchers from the Oriental Institute to examine two of the Art Institute of Chicago's Egyptian mummies, Paankhenamun and Wenuhotep. 

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Interventional Radiology Present at Black Women's Expo

Dr. Rakesh Navuluri and a host of dedicated volunteers from the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medicine attended the 2014 Black Women's Expo on the weekend of March 28th - 30th.  The team spoke with hundreds of women at their booth and spoke at a "Ask the Doctors" seminar who were interested in interventional radiology treatment options for fibroids and varicose veins.

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Dr Giger Accepted as Drexel University ELATE Fellow

Congratulations to Maryellen Giger, PhD on being accepted as a 2014-2015 Fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program at Drexel University.

The program aims to "advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities" by providing individual and collective learning and growth opportunities.

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Dr Straus Awarded AMSER Excellence in Education Award

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Straus on being recognized for his dedication to medical education with the 2014 Association of University Radiologists's Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER) Excellence in Education Award.

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Resident Eric Blaschke Wins Chicago Radiological Society Lasky Award

Congratulations to third year radiology resident Eric Blaschke on winning the Chicago Radiological Society's Lasky Award.

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Dr Drukker Received Honorable Mention for Poster of SPIE Medical Imaging 2014 Conference

Congratulations to Karen Drukker PhD for receiving an honorable mention for her poster at the SPIE Medical Imaging 2014 - Computer-Aided Diagnosis Conference in San Diego. The poster was for her paper, "Roles of biologic breast tissue composition and quantitative image analysis of mammographic images in breast tumor characterization", Karen Drukker PhD, Maryellen L Giger PhD, Fred Duewer PhD, Serghei Malkov PhD, Chris I Flowers MD, Bonnie Joe MD, Karla Kerlikowske MD, Jennifer S Drukteinis MD, John Shepherd PhD.

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Dr Oto Receives 2013 Editor’s Recognition Award with Special Distinction

Congratulations to Dr. Aytekin Oto on receiving the 2013 Editor’s Recognition Award with Special Distinction.  Dr. Herbert Kressel, Editor of RSNA's Radiology, notes that Dr. Oto is being recognized for his, "outstanding efforts as a reviewer for RADIOLOGY. This recognition is given to the top 5% of journal reviewers."

Both Dr. Kressel and the Department of Radiology congratulate Dr. Oto on his accomplishments.

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Dr Chen Awarded Funding by the University of Chicago Center in Beijing

We are pleased to announce that Drs. Chin-Tu Chen and Young-Kee Kim’s proposal for the 2014 Chicago-Beijing Detector R&D Workshop to the University of Chicago Center in Beijing has received significant funding for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Dr.

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Imaging Residency Program Selected for AAPM/RSNA Grant

We are proud to announce that our Imaging Physics Residency program received significant funding and recognition from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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Many of our Faculty Recognized as Top Radiologists in Chicago

Chicago Magazine has identified several of our faculty as some of Chicago's top radiologists this year, comprising nearly half of their list.  For more information on each radiologist, please click their name.

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Dr Giger Elected as SPIE Board Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Maryellen Giger on being elected as a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics!

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Nuclear Medicine Achieves ACR Accreditation

We are proud to announce that our Nuclear Medicine team has achieved a three-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent, rigorous review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

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Dr. Oto Appointed as Associate Editor of Genitourinary Imaging in Radiology

We are thrilled to announced that Dr. Aytekin Oto has been appointed as an Associate Editor for Genitourinary Imaging in RSNA's journal Radiology.  Dr. Oto will take on these duties in January 2014.

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Education Exhibit Honors at RSNA 2013

We would like to congratulate Adam Starkey, applications and web programmer with the Human Imaging Research Office (HIRO), and Daniel Ginat, Assistant Professor of Radiology, for their work and receipt of awards for their education exhibits at the 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America this week. 

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Center for Care & Discovery's High-Resolution CT Used to Reconstruct a 14,000-year-old Skull

Associate Professor of Radiology, Christopher Straus, and Technical Director of the Human Imaging Research Office (HIRO), Nick Gruszauskas, assisted the Field Museum in reconstructing the 13,000 to 15,000-year-old skull of the Magdalenian Girl, which was excavated in southwestern France in 1911.

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Breast Imaging Publication Round-Up - 2013

We would like to acknowledge our Breast Imaging radiologists, fellows, and researchers for another excellent year in conducting research!  We encourage everyone to review the following papers.

Abe H, Schacht D, Sennett CA, Newstead GM, Schmidt RA.Utility of Preoperative Ultrasound for Predicting N2 or Higher Stage Axillary Lymph Node Involvement in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer.American Journal of Roentgenology. 2013; 200:696–702.

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Dr Dill Published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology

Dr. Karin Dill is the lead author of ACR Appropriateness Criteria Imaging for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, a paper that will appear in the print addition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology in December, 2013.

The potential impact and value of this work is described succinctly in the paper's abstract:

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Dr Paushter Appointed Chair of RSNA Multisystem/Special Interest Subcommittee

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Paushter has been appointed as Chair of the Multisystem/Special Interest Subcommittee of RSNA’s Education Exhibits Committee.  During this three-year appointment, Dr. Paushter will lead the team that is, “responsible for reviewing and selecting all education exhibits in Multisystem/Special Interest proffered for the Annual Meeting."

Congratulations to Dr. Paushter for this recognition of his valuable contributions to and leadership in radiology education.

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Breast Imaging & Oncology Physician-Authored Paper on MRI-Detected Breast Cancers Published

Breast Cancer Detected on an Incident (Second or Subsequent) Round of Screening MRI: MRI Features of False-Negative Cases was published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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Dr Dill Appointed to RSNA Cardiac Subcommittee

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Karin Dill has been appointed to the Cardiac Subcommittee of RSNA’s Scientific Program Committee.  During this three-year appointment, Dr. Dill will be part of the team that is, “responsible for reviewing and selecting all scientific papers in Cardiac Radiology proffered for the Annual Meeting [and] the organization of special symposia."

Congratulations to Dr. Dill for this recognition of her valuable contributions to and leadership in cardiac radiology.

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Drs Pu and O'Brien-Penny Co-Authored Popular Article in Academic Radiology

Drs. Yonglin Pu and Bill O’Brien-Penny co-authored one of Academic Radiology’s top five most downloaded articles during the first half of 2013, “Prognostic Value of Metabolic Tumor Burden from 18F-FDG PET in Surgical Patients with Non-small-cell Lung Cancer”.

The article is freely accessible until October 31st, 2013.

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Breast Imaging Radiologists Published in Academic Radiology

Congratulations to the Breast Imaging Section’s Drs Abe, Schacht, Kulkarni, Shimauchi, Yamaguchi, Sennett, and Jiang on having Accuracy of axillary lymph node staging in breast cancer patients: Comparison between MRI and ultrasound by an observer performance study published in the November issue of Acad

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Maryellen Giger Named Editor-in-Cheif of New SPIE Journal - Journal of Medical Imaging

The SPIE’s new quarterly journal, the Journal of Medical Imaging, will debut in early 2014 with Maryellen Giger, PhD, as Editor-in-chief.  The SPIE reports that the scope of the journal will initially, “mirror that of the annual SPIE Medical Imaging symposium.

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Dr Chen Awarded Funding by the University of Chicago Center in Beijing

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Chin-Tu Chen’s proposal for the Advances in Management and Prevention of Electrical Injury symposium to the University of Chicago Center in Beijing has received significant funding for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Dr. Chen’s proposed work and pre-existing collaboration with Chinese partners will help serve the University’s mission of facilitating international collaboration between scholars.

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UChicago Breast Imaging Affiliated Radiologists Published in RadioGraphics October 2013 Monograph on Breast Cancer Screening

Congratulations to Drs Jacob Ecanow, Hiroyuki Abe, Gillian Newstead, David Ecanow, and Jan Jeske on having their article, Axillary Imaging and the Current Status of Axillary Staging: What the Imager Should Know, published in RadioGraphics’s October 2013 Monograph on

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Dr. Ginat-Authored Article Makes the Cover of the American Journal of Neuroradiology

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Ginat for having images from his article, Imaging of Cosmetic Facial Implants and Grafts, appear on the cover of the September issue of the American Journal of Neuroradiology.  This article was co-authored by Dr. C Schatz.

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Dr Paushter Appointed Associate Editor of Abdominal Imaging

Congratulations to Dr. David Paushter on being appointed as an Associate Editor for the journal Abdominal Imaging.

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Dr Giger to Become Inaugural Fellow of the Institute for Molecular Engineering

Congratulations to Maryellen Giger, PhD, who has been invited to become the inaugural Fellow of the Institute of Molecular Engineering.  This special recognition has been designed for the IME’s colleagues at the University of Chicago and at Argonne National Laboratory whose, “level of contribution to the advancement of the vision and mission of the IME that goes beyond simple collegiality.”

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Dr. Oto Recognized with RSNA Honored Educator Award

Dr. Aytekin Oto, MD, has been recognized for his contributions to the Radiological Society of North America with the Honored Educator Award.  The award marks, “an individual’s dedication to furthering the profession of radiology by delivering high-quality educational content for the RSNA.”

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Dr. Chen Awarded Funding by the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

Congratulations to Chin-Tu Chen, PhD, on being awarded funding for his project: Production and Utilization of Alpha-Emitters for Image-Guided Radionuclide Therapy of Cancer.  This project is being supported by the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center and Argonne National Laboratory.  Dr.

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Former Resident Adam Travis Received Roger A Baumann Award for the Best Trainee Paper Presented at SIIM

Adam Travis, who completed his residency with the University of Chicago - Department of Radiology in June, received the 2013 Roger A Baumann Award for the best trainee paper presented at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine Annual Meeting.

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Quantitative DCE-MRI of Prostate Cancer Research to be Funded by National Cancer Institute

On August 1st, 2013, Dr. Gregory Karczmar and Dr. Aytekin Oto will be awarded funding for their proposed research on quantitative dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) MRI of prostate cancer by the National Cancer Institute.  Dr.

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Drs Baron and Stacy Nominated for Faculty Physician Peer Role Model Award

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Baron and Dr. Scott Stacy for their nominations as Faculty Physician Peer Role Models.  The Physician and Medical Student Professionalism Committee, which created and oversees the award, notes that, “the Faculty Physician Peer Role Model award recognizes the physician faculty member who best exemplifies the qualities of medical professionalism.

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The University of Chicago the First Academic Center to Offer New Radiotherapy Xofigo

Dr. Daniel Appelbaum recently treated a patient with metastatic prostate cancer with a novel radiotherapy, making the University of Chicago the first academic center worldwide to provide this newly FDA-approved therapy.  Xofigo (Ra-223 dichloride), given by simple intravenous injection, can both significantly improve survival and markedly reduce bone pain in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).  Furthermore, unlike more conventional systemic therapies, side effects to this drug are usually negligible.

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Dr Giger Accepts the A. N. Pritzker Professorship

Congratulations to Maryellen Giger, PhD, who has been appointed the A. N. Pritzker Professorship effective July 1st, 2013.  This appointment was recommended by Dean Polonsky and Provost Rosenbaum, and was approved by the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Giger was chosen for this honor to reflect the respect in which she is held by her colleagues and in appreciation of her outstanding contributions to scholarship, teaching, and the intellectual community of the University.

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Dr Sammet Awarded Funding for MRI Guided HIFU Mediated Chemotherapeutic Drug Delivery to the Prostate in-vivo Pilot Project

Dr. Steffen Sammet has received funding from the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center for his program pilot project, MRI Guided HIFU Mediated Chemotherapeutic Drug Delivery to the Prostate in-vivo.  Dr. Sammet thanks the Center and notes that, “this [award] will enable us to further advance this promising treatment method at the University of Chicago.”

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Medical Education Manager, Mandy Velligan, Presented Abstract at Annual AUR Meeting

Medical Education Manager, Mandy Velligan, and Dora Miller (University of Washington) recently had an abstract accepted for the annual Association of University Radiologists meeting.  The abstract titled To Skype or not to Skype: That is the Question was presented as a poster during the AUR meeting in Los Angeles on April 11, 2013.

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Dr Gregory Katzman Appointed Vice Chair of Operations

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gregory Katzman has agreed to serve as the Vice Chair of Operations, effective May 20, 2013.

Dr. Katzman is taking on this role after having served as the interim Vice Chair of Operations since August of 2011.  Before assuming interim vice chair duties, Dr. Katzman initially joined the University of Chicago’s Department of Radiology in December of 2010 as the Director of Pediatric Neuroradiology.

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Dr Oto Interviewed by NBC Chicago Evening News about HIFU Ablation of Uterine Fibroids

On May 13th, 2013, a NBC Chicago evening news health segment featured a Dr. Aytekin Oto-lead clinical trial that is investigating the use of MR-guided, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation of uterine fibroids.  The report includes brief interviews with both a patient who recently underwent the procedure and Dr. Oto who explains this new technology; the video report is available on NBC Chicago’s website.

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Dr David Schacht to Become a MERITS Faculty Fellow

Dr. David Schacht has been accepted as a University of Chicago Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year.  The MERITS Fellowship helps to facilitate interdisciplinary efforts across fields such as education, sociology, biostatistics, and ethics with an eye toward, "innovative teaching methods, and [undertaking] successful program implementation and evaluation."

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Drs Kao and Wyrwicz Awarded Funding for PET Technology for High-resolution PET/MRI Imaging of the Mouse Brain Investigation

Dr. Chein-Min Kao and Dr. Alice Wyrwicz have received a $50,000 Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies Award from the University of Chicago’s Institute for Translational Medicine. Half of the award will be distributed to the University of Chicago, and the other half will be distributed to NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Dr Giger Awarded Funding for Quantitative Image Analysis of DCIS Investigation

Dr. Maryellen Giger has received a $30,000 Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies Award from the University of Chicago’s Institute for Translational Medicine.  The investigation lead by Dr Giger, with assistance from Drs Gillian Newstead, Suzanne Conzen, and Jeffrey Mueller, is titled Quantitative Image Analysis of DCIS.

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Dr. Funaki one of Castle Connolly's Top Chicago Doctors in 2013

Dr. Brian Funaki has been recognized as one of Castle Connolly's top Chicago area doctors in 2013.  Fewer than 5% of all physicians are awarded with this distinction.  Castle Connolly Medical's roster of top doctors is generated by peer nomination and narrowed by a rigorous review of the nominee's medical training, hospital appointments, and special expertise.

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Dr. Nishikawa to Become a Fellow in the Breast Imaging Society

Congratulations to Robert Nishikawa, PhD, who has been elected to become a Fellow in the Breast Imaging Society.  This recognition will be bestowed on him at this year's Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.

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Dr. Steffen Sammet receives the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s Certificate of Merit Award

Dr. Steffen Sammet’s abstract and presentation, Implementations of a Comprehensive MR Safety Course for Medical Students, will be recognized with the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s (ISMRM) Certificate of Merit Award – Summa Cum Laude.  This award is among the ISMRM’s highest for scientific and educational contributions. 

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Dr. Giger Recognized as One of the Most Influential Medical Physicists in Half a Century

A most sincere congratulations to Dr. Maryellen Giger, who has been selected as one of the International Congress of Medical Physics’ 50 medical physicists with the greatest impact on the field in the last 50 years.  Dr. Giger was nominated for this honor by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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Inaugural Charles E Metz, PhD, Special Topics Course

The first Special Topics Course held in honor of Charles E Metz, PhD will be held this month at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  This course features lectures from Harrison H Barrett, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona.

Public lectures include:

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Dr. Chen Published in Molecular Imaging Journal

Congratulations to Dr. Chin-tu Chen and his co-authors, Dr. J Souris, Dr. J Hickson, Dr. L Msezane, and Dr. C Rinker-Schaeffer, for publishing "Flexible Peritoneal Windows for Quantitative Fluorescence and Bioluminescence Preclinical Imaging" in the January/February issue of Molecular Imaging Journal.

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Dr. Baron Awarded SAR Walter B. Cannon Medal

Dr. Richard Baron, Professor of Radiology and Dean of Clinical Practice, Pritzker School of Medicine, was awarded the Society of Abdominal Radiology's Walter B Cannon Medal.  The Society, whose mission is to promote "leadership and to foster advances in diagnosis and intervention within the areas of gastrointestinal and genitourinary radiology", recognized Dr. Baron for his "outstanding contribution to the field" during the inaugural meeting on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013.

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Dr. Stacy Receives RadioGraphics' Editor's Recognition Award

Congratulations to Dr. G Scott Stacy, who has been awarded RadioGraphics’ 2012 Editor’s Recognition Award.  RadioGraphics is a bimonthly continuing medical education journal published by the Radiological Society of North America.  Editor, Dr. Jeffrey Klein, noted that “the efforts of expert physicians and scientists such as Dr. Stacy are key to maintaining the high quality of published educational materials for which our journal has become known.”  Dr.

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Dr. David Paushter Appointed As Department Chairman

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Paushter has agreed to serve as the Chair of the Department of Radiology, effective January 10, 2013.  The Dean of the Biological Sciences Division, Dr. Kenneth Polonsky, imparted that, “David has served as an extremely effective spokesman and advocate for the Department and its faculty and I am confident that the Department will continue to flourish under his leadership.”

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Dr. Straus Spotlighted for His Role in Founding the Scav Hunt

Dr. Straus was the focus of a November At the Forefront article which highlighted his role in founding the world famous Scav Hunt.  Staff writer Megan E. Doherty cites Dr. Straus’s “penchant for visual thinking,” which sparked his passion for radiology and medical imaging, as an inspiration for the Hunt.  Here are some further of the details the story:

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Drs. Sidky and Pan Win Physics in Medicine & Biology Citations Prize

Congratulations to Emil Sidky, PhD and Xiaochuan Pan, PhD for winning the 2012 Physics in Medicine & Biology Citations Prize (the Rotblatt Medal) for their paper, “Image Reconstruction in Circular Cone-BeamComputed Tomography by Constrained, Total-Variation Minimization,” published in 2008.  Drs.

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Dr. Patrick La Riviere’s 'Emerging Imaging Technologies in Medicine' Published

Emerging Imaging Technologies in Medicine, edited by Dr. Mark Anastasio and Dr. Patrick La Riviere, was published earlier this month by Taylor & Francis.  This volume, “surveys a number of emerging technologies that have the promise to find routine clinical use in the near- (less than five years), mid- (five to ten years) and long-term (more than ten years) time frames.

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UCMC Quality Fair Poster Winner!

Radiology's poster on Patient Satisfaction was one of 3 winners at the UCM Quality Fair held October 16, 2012.  Congratulations to all Radiology employees for all your efforts in making this possible!  The results you have achieved are commendable and reflect a commitment to patient care. 

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Patrick La Riviere and Maryellen Giger Mentor High School Students

Drs. La Riviere and Giger participated once again as hosts for the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society's Summer High School Research Program.  Dr. La Riviere mentored Kyler Gillespie in developing a novel approach to high-resolution X-ray imaging, while Dr. Giger oversaw Kathy Rodogiannis's project on quantitative image analysis of ductal carcinoma in situ.

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Kenji Suzuki, PhD's study featured in article in Communications of ACM

Studies on machine learning in medical imaging lead by Kenji Suzuki, PhD in collaboration with Samuel Armato III, PhD and Heber MacMahon, MD were featured in the article "Better Medicine Through Machine Learning" in the News section of the premier magazine Communications of the ACM.

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Cancer Research Foundation Award Given to Dr. Steffen Sammet

Congratulations to Steffen Sammet, MD, PhD, MS, DABR who's proposal for a Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Award has been accepted. The award is $75,000, to be awarded in two installments. The goal of the Young Investigator Awards is to enable promising young investigators to initiate successful scientific careers.

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Kevin Little won second place in an IEEE student paper competition

Kevin Little, a fourth-year student in the Graduate Program in Medical Physics, won second place in the student paper competition at the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference held Oct 23-29 in Valencia, Spain. Kevin's paper was entitled, "Sinogram Restoration in Computed Tomography with a Non-Quadratic, Edge-Preserving Penalty."

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Samuel Armato III, PhD, was one of Five Speakers at a U of C Symposium

Samuel Armato III, PhD, was one of five invited speakers at a symposium organized by the University of Chicago Department of Physics to honor the career of Professor Isaac Abella. Each speaker was a former student of Dr. Abella. Dr. Armato's presentation, "Perception and the Physics of Medical Imaging," conveyed the idea that medical imaging requires both fundamental physical principles and an ultimate interpretation by an expert human observer.

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