Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Announces Recipients of 2014 Toshiba Young Investigator Awards (YIA)

Vienna, Va., Aug. 5, 2014 – The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the recipients of the 2014 Toshiba Young Investigator Awards (YIA), which were recently presented at the 9th Annual Scientific Meeting (SCCT2014), held July 10–13, 2014, in San Diego, Calif. Supported by an educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., the Toshiba YIA Program is designed to enhance the research, writing and oral presentation skills of those who are within five years of completing a training program. In addition, the program may provide the catalyst for some trainees to become future thought leaders in the field of cardiovascular imaging.

“Toshiba is committed to understanding the needs of radiology residents and fellows, and we develop advanced imaging technology in support,” said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “Toshiba and SCCT are committed to supporting the development and education of the young investigators, as they are the cardiovascular CT imaging leaders of the future.”

Each applicant submitted a mini-manuscript of 1,000 words concerning research related to the technical and clinical advancement of cardiovascular CT. Five finalists were selected to give an oral presentation at SCCT2014. All five finalists will be granted a complimentary SCCT membership for one year. Of the finalists, two winners have been recognized. This year’s Toshiba YIA Program winners are:

Mariana Diaz-Zamudio, MD
Quantitative Plaque Burden from Coronary CT Angiography Noninvasively Predict Lesion-specific Ischemia in Intermediate Coronary Lesions

Elizabeth George, MD
Gravitational Gradient in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm During CT Angiography as a Sign of Disturbed Hemodynamics and Adverse Clinical Outcomes

The other three finalists for this year’s Toshiba YIA Program are:

Amit Pursnani, MD
Early Resting Myocardial CT Perfusion for the Detection of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Patients with CAD

Ravi Sharma, MD
Incremental Diagnostic Accuracy of Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Over Coronary Angiography Stratified by Pre-Test Probability of Coronary Artery Disease and Severity of Coronary Artery Calcification

Michelle Williams, MBChB
Comparison of Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Imaging with Fractional Flow Reserve and 15O-water Positron Emission Tomography in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

SCCT is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT). 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 visit 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

SOURCE: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation