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May 19, 2009


Finalists to Present Submissions and Winners Named at Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography Annual Scientific Meeting

TUSTIN, California — May 19, 2009 — The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), the leading international professional society dedicated to research, education and clinical excellence in cardiovascular computed tomography (CT), has named the finalists of the third annual Young Investigator Award. Sponsored by Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. through an unrestricted educational grant, the Young Investigator Award will be awarded to two residents or fellows in either radiology or cardiology for their patient care research in the categories of technical and clinical advancement of cardiovascular CT.

This year’s five finalists for the Young Investigator Award are:

  • Thananya Boonyasirinant, M.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Comprehensive Multidetector Computed Tomographic Assessment for Noninvasive Coronary Sinus Imaging and Myocardial Infarction Correlation in Ischemic versus Non-ischemic Cardiomyopathy: Implications for Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
  • Salvatore Carbonaro, M.D., Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.
    • An International, Multidisciplinary Update of the 2006 Appropriateness Criteria for Cardiac Computed Tomography
  • Iyad Daher, M.D., University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
    • Impact of Cardiac Computed Tomographic Angiography Findings on Planning of Cancer Therapy in Patients with Concomitant Structural Heart Disease
  • Mouaz Al-Mallah, M.D., Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich.
    • The Impact of Coronary Computed Tomography on Post Resource Utilization
  • Chirapa Puntawangkoon, M.D., Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C.
    • Elliptical Geometry of Left Ventricular Outflow Tract (LVOT) Results in Underestimation of LVOT Area by Echocardiography Compared to Planimetric Measurement by Cardiac Computed Tomography (CCT)

An independent panel of five editorial advisors reviewed the submitted papers for scientific accuracy, as well as originality, creativity and writing style. The five finalists will present their work at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Annual Scientific Meeting, July 16-19, 2009 in Orlando, Fla. Two finalists will be awarded the Young Investigator Award at the SCCT Annual Scientific Meeting. The award includes a $2,500 cash prize, trophy, an opportunity for priority peer-reviewed publication in the JCCT, and recognition at a Toshiba-sponsored dinner.

“Toshiba’s support of this award over the past three years demonstrates the company’s commitment to supporting future imaging leaders and innovations to improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. Daniel S. Berman, president, SCCT. “Programs like the Young Investigator Award cultivate pioneers, who will ultimately enhance the safety, comfort and effectiveness of medical imaging.”

“Toshiba and SCCT believe in fostering the development of radiology residents and cardiology fellows to become tomorrow’s diagnostic imaging leaders,” said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “Toshiba is proud to support worthy programs like the SCCT’s Young Investigator Award, which inspires innovative solutions and new approaches to quality patient care and patient safety in medical imaging.”

About SCCT

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography is a professional medical membership organization with more than 3,600 members that addresses all issues pertaining to the field of cardiovascular computed tomography. For more information, please visit

About Toshiba

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $77 billion. For more information, visit