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July 27, 2011


VIENNA, VA, July 26, 2011 – The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the winners of the Toshiba Young Investigator (YIA) award that were recently presented at the society’s 6th Annual Scientific Meeting. Sponsored by an educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., the YIA award supports the professional and clinical development of those within five years of completion of a training program.

The finalists each submitted a mini-manuscript of 1,000 words, concerning research related to the technical and clinical advancement of cardiovascular CT. Each finalist also gave an oral presentation at the 6th Annual Scientific Meeting. All five finalists will be granted a free year of SCCT membership, and two winners have been recognized.

The winners of this year’s YIA are:

Amit Patel, MD. University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. “Detection of Myocardial Perfusion Abnormalities Using Ultra-Low Radiation Dose Regadenoson Stress Multidetector Computed Tomography”

Brad Traeger, PhD. North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. “Characterization of Anatomic (AOA) versus Effective Orifice Area (EOA) and Pressure Recovery of Native Aortic Valve Stenosis (NAS) Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Computed Tomography (CT) Derived In Vivo Aortic Valve-Root Geometry (IVG)”

The other three finalists for this year’s YIA award are as follows:

Onkar Jha, MD. Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. “Evaluation of Left Atrial Appendage Stasis with Multidetector Computed Tomography: A Comparison with Trans‐esophageal Echocardiography”

Takehiro Nakahara, MD. Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan. “‘Replacement Injection’ Methods May Enable Better Visualization in the Right Heart”

Ryo Nakazato, MD. Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. “Incremental Value of Epicardial Fat Volume Over Coronary Calcium Scoring for Predicting Myocardial Ischemia by Positron-Emission Tomography and Obstructive Coronary Artery Stenosis by Invasive Angiography”

About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

(SCCT) is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT). With a membership of approximately 3,500, 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:

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at

About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning digital products, such as LCD TVs, notebook PCs and hard disc drives; electronic devices and components, such as semiconductors; social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 490 companies, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$77 billion).