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May 17, 2012


Vienna, VA, May 16, 2012 – The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the finalists for the 6th Annual Toshiba Young Investigator Award (YIA). Sponsored by an educational grant from 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 finalist will give an oral presentation at the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting, July 19–22, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland. All five finalists will be granted a free year of SCCT membership, a $1,000 travel stipend, and free registration to the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting. Two winners will be announced at the meeting, and their manuscripts will be eligible for priority peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (JCCT) and the work will be highlighted on the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting website. 

The five finalists and their topics are:

  • Marcio Bittencourt, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
    Coronary CT Angiography for Prediction of All-Cause Mortality
  • Marcelo Nacif, MD, PhD, Radiology and Imaging Sciences – National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD, USA
    3D Left Ventricular Extracellular Volume Fraction by Low Radiation Dose Cardiac CT: Assessment of Interstitial Myocardial Fibrosis
  • Daniel Obaid, MD, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Identification of vulnerable coronary plaque using single and dual energy CT – verification against histology and VH-IVUS
  • James Otton, MBBS, MBiomedE, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia
    Four-dimensional image processing of myocardial CT perfusion for improved image quality and noise reduction
  • Stefan Sawall, MD, Institute of Medical Physics, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
    Low-Dose Cardiac- and Respiratory-Gated Myocardial Perfusion Imaging of Free-Breathing Mice

For more information about the 6th Annual Toshiba Young Investigator Award, please visit

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

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.