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Charlene Sennett, 1952-2015

We are deeply saddened that Charlene Sennett, MD, a member of the radiology faculty since 2002 and a highly respected clinical specialist in breast imaging, died in the hospital on Monday, March 23, after several months of illness. She suffered a stroke while awaiting a heart transplant. Dr. Sennett, 62, was well known throughout the medical center and the Chicago area as a thoughtful and talented clinician, dedicated educator and fierce advocate for her patients. 

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Dr Giger to Receive AAPM William D. Coolidge Award

We congratulate Maryellen Giger, PhD on being selected as this year's American Association of Physicists in Medicine's William D. Coolidge Award recipient.  The Coolidge Award is the AAPM's highest honor, denoting excellence and distinguished contributions to Medical Physics.

Dr. Giger will receive this recognition at the 2015 AAPM Awards Ceremony and Reception Monday, July 13th, 2015.

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Midwest Interventional Radiology Medical Student Symposium a Success

The first annual Midwest Interventional Radiology Medical Student Symposium was held on Saturday March 14th, 2015.  Dr. Navuluri Rakesh, the Symposium Director, noted that "the event was a huge success.  The Symposium had lecturers from 6 different medical schools and hands-on training simulators from 9 different vendors.

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Medical Student Awarded RSNA Grant for MRI Study

We congratulate Tamari Andre Miller, and her mentor Dr. Daniel Ginat, on being awarded a 2015 RSNA Research & Education Foundation’s Research Medical Student Grant for their study, Using MRI to predict Clinical Outcomes in patients with Locoregionally Advanced Human Papilloma Positive (HPV+) Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma treated with Nab-paclitaxel.

We look forward to the results of this promising research.

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Dr Yang Leads Contrast Reaction Preparedness Training Efforts

Dr. Carina Yang was selected to attend a one-week in depth course at the Harvard Institute for Medical Simulation November 2013.  Upon completion of the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop and with the diligent help of residents Drs.

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Dr Dachman and Virtual Colonoscopy Featured in Science Life

"The University of Chicago Medicine is a leader in an alternative “virtual colonoscopy” that uses a special CT scan to create 3D images of the colon that doctors can use to screen for polyps. The ACS endorses virtual colonoscopies for screening every 5 years. The procedure is far less invasive, often uses a milder preparation solution, and doesn’t require sedation. Physicians or trained technologists insert a small, soft tube into the rectum and inflate the colon with a small amount of carbon dioxide gas. Technologists then use a fast CT scanner to capture images, and that’s it.

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CT Achieves ACR Accreditation

We are proud to announce that our CT 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 Straus Elected Alumnus Honoree to University of Chicago Chapter of AΩA Honor Medical Society

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Christopher Straus has been elected Alumnus Honoree to the University of Chicago chapter of the AΩA Honor Medical Society.  He and his fellow honorees will be honored at the annual AΩA banquet this upcoming March.

Dr. Straus's achievement has been highlighted in multiple University communications.

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Breast CT CAD Improvements Presented at RSNA and Profiled in Aunt Minnie

Drs. Ingrid Reiser and Hsien-Chi Kuo's work on improving CAD techniques for breast CT, including a 3D spiculation feature, was presented at RSNA 2014 and recently profiled in

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Dr Armato to Speak at Mesothelioma Symposium

In early March 2015, Dr. Samuel G. Armato III will participate and speak at the 12th Annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma sponsored by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

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Michael Rozenfeld Selected to Participate in Neuro Startup Challenge

We are happy to announce that Dr. Michael Rozenfeld, Neuroradiology Fellow, has been selected to participate in the Neuro Startup Challenge:

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Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program earns CAMPEP-accreditation

We are proud to announce that our Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program has earned CAMPEP-accreditation.

Thank you to our team of engaged faculty members and staff who have helped to develop this new residency program and earn accreditation!

If you are interested in applying to the program, you can find more information and a link to the application here.

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Dr Sammet earns ARLM Certificate of Achievement

Congratulations to Dr. Steffen Sammet on earning the Academy of Radiology Leadership and Management (ARLM) Certificate of Achievement!

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The Department's Radioisotope and Radiopharmaceutical Program Successfully Manufactures [18F] NaF

The Department of Radiology is excited to share an image of a 32 gram mouse injected with 130 microcuries of the radiopharmecutical [18F] NaF.  The [18F] NaF was manufactured on-site, by the Department of Radiology as part of its radioisotope and radiopharmaceutical production program.  The mouse was imaged for 30 minutes, 45 minutes post injection. Uptake of [18F] NaF is limited to bone only.  Even the small mouse ribs (typically 1 mm or less) can be seen.  

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Dr Chang on RIS/EMR and RIS/PACS in Radiology Today

Dr. Paul Chang was asked to provide some insight on the RIS/EMR and RIS/PACS choices that many institutions are facing:

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Breast Density and Whole Breast Ultrasound

On November 6th, ABC Chicago featured Dr. Kirti Kulkarni and the University of Chicago in an investigative peice on the importance of women being made aware of, and understanding their own, breast density and its role in breast cancer screening, "Dense breasts and breast cancer: More than a mammogram needed?"

Illinois is one of several states that does not require that patients are informed of their breast density, but,

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