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A Collaborative Treatment
Over the last year, the Divisions of                                                            TheY-90 therapy utilizes
Nuclear Medicine and Molecular                                                                  complex agents that
Imaging, and Interventional Radiology                                                           are attracted to the
and Image-guided Medicine have                                                                  high blood flow areas
collaborated to advance the                                                                     of a tumor. These
treatment of metastic cancer through                                                            microscopic beads
the use of Yttrium-90 (Y-90) therapy.                                                           deliver radiation directly
These divisions extensively identified                                                          to the tumor, sparing
and discussed patient needs, involved                                                           healthy tissue that
other divisions and departments, and                                                            is commonly at risk
explored additional methods of this                                                             when using traditional
therapy to advance beyond the daily                                                             chemotherapy. TheY-90
procedural needs and look forward         The Divisions of Interventional Radiology and         therapy is segmented
to future refinements.                    Nuclear Medicine have collaborated to streamline into two different
                                          the clinical use of Y-90 cancer treatment.            agents: the SIR-Spheres
In the summer of 2008, Drs.                in a “test run”, where a tracer        and Thera-Spheres. Both agents
Kevin Kim, David Schuster, Jaime           (Tc99m-MAA, macroaggregated            are primarily used for multiple            is now looking forward to the
Montilla and Bruce Barron met              albumin) is used in place of the       types of liver cancer, specifically        educational aspects of what they
to discuss how to incorporate              Y-90 agent to “map” the arterial       metastatic disease. SIRSpheres             have accomplished, as well as, the
Y-90 therapy into their mainstream         anatomy of the liver, as well as the are composed of resin and target             opportunities to advance this
clinical practice. This discussion         probable amount of radioactive         colorectal cancer, neuroendocrine          technology to the next level. This
led to an implementation plan              carrier that may bypass the liver      tumors, melanoma, breast cancer            group has already presented their
based on patient care. The group           during the therapeutic procedure. and cholangiocarcinoma that has                 data during the annual Society of
participates in various tumor board        This information will be utilized      spread to the liver and lymphatic          Interventional Radiology Meeting last
meetings, which include members            to plan the highest level of           metastases.TheraSpheres,                   March, and was also invited to share
of Radiation Oncology, Nuclear             radiation dose that can be safely      introduced at Emory in the Spring          their findings this summer at the
Medicine, Interventional Radiology,        administered for treatment             of 2009, are composed of glass             Society of Nuclear Medicine Meeting
Abdominal Imaging (MR and CT),             purposes. After this, the patient’s    micro-beads which specifically             and Cardiovasular and Interventional
Medical Oncology and Surgical              eligibility is reassessed by the       target hepatocellular carcinoma            Radiology of Europe Meeting in
Oncology. During these sessions,           collaborating divisions, at which      in high-risk patients among other          September. Dr. Kim drew attention
the clinical scenarios of patients are     point Nuclear Medicine can             metastatic disease.When used in            to the fact that this endeavor
reviewed to determine patients that        determine the dosage of the            theY-90 therapy, an interventional         is a “comprehensive package”
may be eligible for alternatives to        agent and schedule Interventional radiologist uses the “map” created              offering advancements clinically
systemic chemotherapy. This process        Radiology to deliver the therapy.      from the “test run” to guide a             and educationally, and presents
established Dr. Kim as the primary                                                catheter through the artery to the         opportunities for research funding.
contact for patients that may be           Through the patient-focused            tumor site. A Nuclear Medicine
considered for Y-90 therapy. If and        approach, one can easily see           radiologist then administers the           This collaborative effort is a prime
when a patient is referred to Dr. Kim,     that this process is interwoven        radioactive microbeads directly to         example of how the sharing of
he evaluates whether the therapy           between the divisions to the           the blood supply of the tumor. The         knowledge and experience has
may be beneficial to the patient           point that they perform as one         complexity and involved nature             provided a seamless system to select
and if the patient meets specific          team. When asked for the key           of this treatment warrants the             the right patients to receive the state-
requirements.                              element of collaboration success       extensive review process before this       of-the-art, most effective and safest
                                           Dr. Kim simply stated,“Layers.         treatment, and also incorporates           treatments. Dr. Kim recognized,
When an appropriate patient is             Multiple safety layers. Meaning        a follow-up visit to verify success.       “We cannot forget our dedicated
identified, Dr. Kim then works with        there are more people involved to Throughout the therapy, the                     and committed divisional staffs.
Nuclear Medicine to determine the          contribute their expertise”.           Radiation Safety Office (RSO) is           Without their help in coordinating
best course of treatment. At this          Dr. Montilla explained that            present to prevent or monitor              clinic, patient care, procedure, device
point, Abdominal Imaging is often          through “constant communication potential spills.The therapy delivery             availability and radiation safety, none
consulted to contribute their area of      within the divisions and cross-        portion is also overseen by one of         of what we discussed can happen.”
expertise. Once the multidisciplinary      departmentally, all areas of           the nuclear medicine physicians.           From this point on, the collaborative
evaluation has concluded and the           radiology and oncology had                                                        team looks forward to exploring the
patient is deemed a candidate for          knowledge to contribute that           Having concentrated on the                 next available treatments they can
the procedure, Nuclear Medicine            facilitated the evolution of the       procedural aspects over the                provide for their patients.
arranges for the patient to participate    process that is in place today.”       last year, the collaborative group
                                                                                                                             - Monica Salama, Communications Manager
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State of Department
The State of the Department
“May you live in interesting       also appointed Dr. John Votaw     centered                                              goals include
times.” ~ unknown, often           as Vice Chair for Research,       care. Indeed,                                         attaining top
attributed to Chinese              and two new chiefs-of-service     this facility                                         10 status
proverb                            [Dr. Michael Terk for Emory       has among                                             among US
                                   University Orthopaedic and        the highest                                           academic
Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 has been     Spine Hospital (EUOSH), and       patient
a most interesting time, one                                                                                               medical
                                   Dr. Jaime Montilla as Assistant   satisfaction                                          centers ranked
paradoxically characterized by     Chief of Service for Emory        measures         On September 30, 2009,
enormous challenges, some                                                             Dr. Meltzer delivered her annual     for quality
                                   University Hospital Midtown       in Emory
setbacks and tremendous                                                               State of the Department Address. and 90th
                                   (EUHM)]. We also have             Healthcare.                                           percentile for
achievements. In the               recruited or promoted             Nearly 18 months ago we
summation of last year’s State                                                                              customer service. This is
                                   several senior staff members      took our initial step toward           a stretch goal and there
of the Department Address,         into key leadership positions.    subspeciality integration of
I pointed out that financial                                                                                is much work to do. It
                                   These include Cynthia Wood,       our radiology services at              is daunting to note that
challenges were brewing for        our Human Resources               EUHM. Drs. Small (Chief
the year ahead, yet had no idea                                                                             Radiology touches more
                                   Manager,Vicki White, filling      of Service) and Montilla               than 2/3 of patients in the
that we were about to enter        a newly-created Nurse             (Assistant Chief of Service),
the largest US /global financial                                                                            health system and thus we
                                   Specialty Director position       and Michael Armstrong                  have the ability to impact
crisis in 80 years. Since then,    in Radiology and Orman            (Assistant Director of
we have also weathered gas                                                                                  these broad EHC goals
                                   Simpson, Administrator            Imaging Services at EUHM)              substantially.
shortages, tornados, floods,       for the Emory Center for          continue to work closely
historical unemployment,           Systems Imaging (CSI).            with subspecialty physician            We are committed to
national strife over conflict-                                       faculty site directors for             Radiology serving as a
of-interest concerns and a         We continue to gain               seven divisions to deliver             leader in quality. Indeed,
flu pandemic. There is a new       leadership momentum in            on-site services.                      the Department of
president, new NIH director,       numerous national and                                                    Radiology is the only of
and new director of the            international professional        Our Division of Community              Emory’s departments to
Centers for Disease Control        societies. Taken together,        Radiology continues to                 recruit a vice-chair level
and Prevention (CDC), and          Department of Radiology           deliver care at EUHM and               Chief Quality Officer (Dr.
health care reform is the          members belong to over            offers expanded services               Applegate). Over the past
primary discussion point in our    100 key committees and            at Emory Johns Creek                   year, we have made gains
nation’s capital and beyond.       oversight boards for academic     Hospital (EJCH), including             in patient satisfaction,
Despite the backdrop of these      organizations.                    interventional and image-              report turn-around time,
formidable external variables                                        guided diagnostic and                  peer review processes
and their influence on academic    Technology                        therapeutic procedures,                and MR safety. To achieve
health centers in general          A top Department of               cross-sectional imaging                excellence in this arena, we
and our world in particular,       Radiology is highly dependent     and comprehensive breast               must develop a culture of
progress on our department’s       on acquiring and applying new     imaging.                               quality and build further on
strategic goals continues.         and developing technology in                                             supportive infrastructure.
We have met milestones             novel ways to enhance patient     This year has been a good
of individual and collective       care.                             one for Grady Memorial                 Teaching
excellence in all three of our                                       Hospital, which was near the
missions (clinical, research       Over the past year, our EUH       brink of financial ruin one            Our teaching programs
and teaching), and have moved      facilities have undergone         year earlier, and has received         continue to grow and
farther along on our path to       substantial renovation to         substantial philanthropic              prosper. The Nuclear
becoming a true destination        serve patients better. Since      resources to mend its sagging Medicine Residency and
department.                        the master building plan          infrastructure. Chief of               our many Fellowships
                                   for new clinic and hospital       Service, Dr. Jack Fountain,            are thriving, as is our
People                             space on the Druid Hills          has helped to responsibly              Medical Imaging Program.
                                   and Midtown campuses              allocate approximately                 The Diagnostic Radiology
As I have noted on many                                                                                     Residency has become
occasions, the caliber and         have been postponed due           $20M toward new radiology
                                   to the recession, this and        equipment and IT. Looking              increasingly competitive
character of our people –                                                                                   over the past several
faculty, staff and trainees        related projects at EUHM          forward, a multi-disciplinary
                                   are especially important to       stroke center is planned,              years, with 771 applicants
– make our department                                                                                       applying for 14 slots (a 12%
truly great. We have added         optimize patient flow and         which is likely to have a
                                   work spaces.                      major component at Grady.              rise over the prior year).
17 faculty to our ranks this                                                                                A particularly exciting
year, including a new division                                                                              development has been the
director (Dr. Mary Saltz) and      Clinical Service                  Quality
                                   In September 2008, EUOSH          Quality is a clear and                 creation of a research track,
a vice chair, Dr. Kimberly                                                                                  in which select residents
Applegate (Vice Chair of           opened its doors, with a          constant principle for
                                   focus on patient and family-      Emory Healthcare, and 2012             spend up to 12 months
Quality and Safety). We have
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State of Department Cont’d
of their four-year residency      sources, has enriched our        interaction between CSI           Although Wall Street is starting
dedicated to a mentored           portfolio over the past year.    and the non-human primate         to show signs of life, our sector
research project. In its first                                     imaging resources at Yerkes.      of the economy will likely be
year, we have matched both        One of the largest research                                        slow to respond. So we will
spots offered.                    initiatives embarked on by       Finances                          continue with the same cost-
                                  the department came to           With the falling financial        saving measures through FY10
Another exciting development fruition over the course of           markets and unemployment          and continue to go forward
has been the growing success      this year as renovation for      locally rising to over 10%,       lean and strong. Faculty and
of our Adopt-A-Resident           CSI at Wesley Woods was          changes in payer mix and          staff recruitment will be more
Program. Three of our talented completed. The mission of           other variables contributed       limited than previous years and
residents, Drs. Jay Patel, John   CSI is to develop, integrate     a shortfall in budgetary          we will choose wisely.
Cheney and Ali Tahvildari, have and translate emerging             projections for FY09 across
been “adopted” by anonymous technologies and facilitate            Emory Healthcare. Our             A silver lining in the financial
donors each of whom pledged the use of novel imaging               departmental Section 8            uncertainties is the American
$2500/year for the duration       methods by basic and clinical    (professional clinical revenue)   Recovery & Reinvestment Act
their training to support a       scientists. This Center          and Section 58 (technical         (ARRA), which earmarked
special project. Projects to      houses an imaging biomarker      revenue) were also suffering.     $10.4B of the $787.2B stimulus
date have spanned topics          development component            As you know, cuts to              dollars toward NIH. Emory
of health policy leadership,      (including a state-of-the-art    expenses (including hiring)       faculty have to date applied for
humanitarian radiology and        radiochemistry lab), human       have been substantial and, as     more than $250M in ARRA
radiology education.              and animal PET imaging           a result, this year has been      grants and our department
                                  devices, a unique combined       a very tight financially. Due     has already begun to reap the
Research                          3T MR/PET prototype,             to the hard work of all, the      benefits.
For the fourth year in a row,     in vivo optical resources        larger Emory Healthcare
our grant-funded revenue has      and image computing core         budget and both                   This has been a challenging,
grown by more than 20% as a services. Recent award of a            radiology section                   yet rewarding year for
result of the efforts of our very supplement to the Atlanta        budgets have                        Emory Radiology. Thanks
talented faculty. A National      Clinical and Translational       been met. Not an                    very much for all you do
Cancer Institute P50 Grant,       Science Institute (ACTSI) will   easy feat in these                  to contribute to our many
among other new funding           further support the close        challenging times!                  accomplishments.

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
                                                                                                         - Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR
                                                                                                           Chair of Radiology



Foster a Culture of Recognition
Dr. Meltzer outlined the department’s      their work on improving Interventional         system-wide; Dan MacFarlane and the
achievements for Fiscal Year ‘09 in the    Radiology operation; Marcus Foster             decision support team for their help in
above article and in more detail at the    and his team for their successes at            guiding our decisions with hard data and
State of the Department Address. As        Grady and the revenue cycle recovery           chasing every dollar during fiscal year-
you can see, it was a banner year for us   after Radnet Go Live; Mo Salama, Joe           end close; Jane Goldberg for her work
given the economic environment and the     Medley and the IS team for their work          in the opening of EUOSH; Amy Comeau
constraints it has placed on all of us. So,on the RIS implementation, the new             and Greg Pennington for their work
my message here is one of recognition. I   PACS design and their efforts to keep          in marketing and referring physician
encourage all of us, starting with myself, our existing PACS functional until it is       engagement.
to recognize and thank those around us     replaced; Linda Gunsby for her work
who actually got the job done.             with the Service Excellence Committee;         Again, it is important for every leader in
                                           Starla Longfellow for her work on              Radiology to recognize and thank their
With this in mind, I thank: Chuck Powell policies, procedures, workflow, and              direct reports and those with whom
and Monica Salama for their work on        overall quality initiatives; Dan Crawley       they had direct contact on projects that
the Radiology Leadership Academy; Dale and Willie Arnold for their work on                made last year a successful one for our
Walker for keeping our renovations         continually improving the                           department. It is also important that
on track and representing our              Report Turnaround Times                             our staff thank their own colleagues
department at the various organizational (reaching a record low                                for the minor and major things they
initiatives;Vivian Smith for her financial median of 8:57 minutes in                           do every day. Let’s not take each
stewardship and attention to detail;       August); Michael Armstrong                          other for granted and let’s foster a
Mariana Teodorescu for keeping those       for facilitating the transition                     culture of recognition in Radiology.
grants coming; Jane Vitali and Linda       to a subspecialty practice
Smith for their work on the conversion and other operational                                      - Habib Tannir
of section 58 to hospital operations;      engagements at EUHM and                                  Administrative Director,
Chrystal Barnes and Richard Wright for                                                              Emory Healthcare Imaging Services
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IN THE LEAD
Attention to Excellence
Kimberly E.Applegate, MD, MS, FACR, has               Dr. Applegate has expressed                                     quality and safety through guideline
been appointed to the newly created position          her hopes that “as professionals                                development, education and member
of Vice Chair of Quality and Safety for the           in radiology (radiologists,                                     engagement.
Department of Radiology. In this position, Dr.        technologists, nurses,
Applegate provides leadership and oversight           administrators), we should come                                    Dr. Applegate’s many contributions
for the development, implementation, and              to work each day and try to make                                   to academic medicine include
monitoring of practice quality improvement            patient care better. That is one                                   an impressive publication record
and safety programs throughout Radiology.             way that I define a professional.                                  and dedication to teaching and
In her role, she participates in efforts to           The work is never done and that                                    mentorship of the next generation
integrate quality programs throughout Emory           makes it a learning experience                                     of professionals. She has authored
Healthcare, as overseen by William Bornstein,         and rewarding when we make a      Dr. Kimberly Applegate           approximately 100 research and
MD, PhD. Dr. Applegate also continues to              difference for others.”           has become the first             education articles, 16 book chapters,
engage in clinical activities and applying with her                                             Vice Chair of Quality    and edited two books. She is a sought
                                                      Dr. Applegate is internationally          and Safety for the       after visiting professor and speaker
a wealth of expertise in Pediatric Radiology.                                                   Radiology Department and has mentored numerous pre-
                                                      known for her scholarly
The initiatives that stem from this position          approach to health care policy, practice quality and post-doctoral trainees.
branch-out to touch every area of Radiology.          improvement, evidence-based imaging, pediatric
As the department lead for Quality and Safety         radiology and for the dynamic leadership                Dr. Applegate is the recipient of several
initiatives, Dr. Applegate serves as Chair of the     she has brought to many professional                    research grants, awards and scholarships
Practice Quality Improvement Committee,               organizations. As the 2008-2009 President               including an American Roentgen Ray Society
lead efforts to optimize clinical protocols, and      of the Association of University Radiologists           Scholarship.
establish metrics to benchmark our successes          (AUR), she directed the premier bridging
and align with the Emory Healthcare Office of         society supporting radiology’s academic                 Dr. Applegate has been an assistant editor to
Quality. In the educational arena, she plans to       interests of quality in clinical care, excellence       the Journal of the American College of Radiology
develop a professionalism elective and integrate      in teaching and discovery. She also serves on           and Radiology. In 2000, she served as the RSNA
these lessons into each clinical rotation. The        the Steering Committee for the national Image Editorial Fellow from North America and has
need for quality has also been recognized on          Gently Campaign, an effort to reduce radiation created and co-edited the Statistical Concept
a national level, presenting opportunities for        exposure to children receiving medical                  Series for Radiology. From 2001-2004, she
Dr. Applegate to be on the forefront of this          imaging; on the National Council on Radiation chaired the RSNA Program subcommittee on
relatively new scientific field as new grants         Protection; and as Chair of the Pediatric               Health Services Policy & Research.
and funding become available. Not only will           Safety Committee for the Society of Pediatric The well accomplished reputation that
these initiatives address the clinical, educational   Radiology. Other roles have included service as Dr. Applegate has earned through her constant
and research aspects of our department,               President of the Radiology Alliance for Health efforts to ensure quality and safety through
Dr. Applegate has taken on the task of                Services Research, President of the American professionalism, procedure follow-through, and
addressing quality of care for patients, quality      Association for Women Radiologists and                  creating a safe environment for faculty, staff
of work environment and quality of business           Representative to the National Quality Forum and patients is now focused on the Emory
management.                                           for the American College of Radiology. Elected Radiology department. We are very lucky to
                                                      to the American College of Radiology Steering have her level of expertise and professional
HELPING HANDS                                         Committee, she is dedicated to improving                drive leading our Quality and Safety initiatives.

Medical Imaging Students Volunteer in the Community
Members and friends of                                               education as a means                  providing
the Georgia Sigma Theta                                              to reinforce the                      food to
chapter of the Lambda                                                connection between                    homeless
Nu Honor society from                                                informed food                         families,
Emory’s Medical Imaging                                              choices and improved                  participat-
Program completed                                                    quality of life.” The                 ing in both
one of their community                                               Lambda Nu members                     the Kidney
service projects for the                                             spent a Saturday                      Foundation      The group worked together to
year in August. The                                                  morning preparing                     and Breast      prepare meals on the food-line.
society volunteered at                                               meals that would be                   Cancer walks, walking dogs and even
                         Medical Imaging Program students and
“Project Open Hand”,     faculty volunteered at Project Open Hand.   provided to those                     helping to build a playground for a
an organization whose (Left to Right: Lamiis Khalifi, Dr.William     with chronic illnesses.               community in Atlanta. Two of the
mission is to “help      Undie, Jonathan Undie, Shalethia Glover,                                          members have received scholarships
people prevent or        Jesse Farthing, Sahar Mansouri, Dawn Moore, The Georgia Sigma                     from the national society. The
better manage chronic Samiha Kedir, Love Lah, and Aurora Compton.) Theta Chapter of                        chapter plans to remain active in the
disease through Comprehensive                    Lambda Nu is an active chapter that                       community and is always looking for new
Nutrition Care™, which combines                  has participated in a variety of activities.              opportunities to serve.
home-delivered meals and nutrition               Previous activities have included
                                                                                                                  - Barbara J. Peck MBA, RT(R)(QM)
                                                                                                                   Asst. Program Director, Medical Imaging Program
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AWARDS & RECOGNITION
                     Perry Sprawls, PhD                             Kimberly Applegate, MD, MS
                     Professor Emeritus                             Vice Chair of Quality and Safety
                     Distinguished Emeritus                         25 Most Influential in Radiology
                     Dr. Perry Sprawls has been recognized as
                     Distinguished Emeritus by the Emeritus         As a member of the Steering Committee
                     College. This honor has been bestowed          for the Image Gently Campaign,
                     on Dr. Sprawls for his many years of           Dr. Applegate has contributed to the
                     continued contribution to the medical          awareness of reducing unnecessary radiation
                     community.                                     exposure to children. This campaign, led by the Alliance for
                                                                    Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, ranked #8 as a mover
Dr. Carolyn Meltzer, Chair of Radiology, nominated                  and shaker in the radiology industry by RT Image magazine,
Dr. Sprawls for this esteemed award. The Emeritus College           the only national, weekly magazine for radiology professionals.
of Emory explains: “The Distinguished Emeritus Reception
is an annual event hosted by the Emeritus College honoring          RT Image recognized the campaign for its efforts including
the achievements of Distinguished Emeritus faculty from             interventional radiology. “Through easily accessible online
across the University. Distinguished Emeriti are those whose        teaching materials and checklists, the ‘Step Lightly’ Campaign
contributions to academia, the University, and the community        helps interventional radiology providers use the lowest dose
have continued beyond retirement, and are chosen by a               necessary to perform interventional radiology procedures on
selection committee based upon nominations received.                                       children.” The article goes on to point
The criteria for selection include contributions made to                                   out, “The team approach that Image
the University, recognition received by those outside the                                  Gently emphasizes includes ensuring
University, and activity in retirement years.”                                             that the technologists, nurses, doctors,
                                                                                           and anyone else who is involved in
Dr. Sprawls became Professor Emeritus of Radiology                  pediatric care are educated about radiation safety.” Image
at Emory University School of Medicine, in 2005, at the             Gently has included all the educational materials on their web
conclusion of a 45-year tenure on the faculty that began in         site for complementary download.
1960 with the Department of Physics.
                                                                    This achievement is preceded by other successes of the
                                                                    Image Gently campaign, which include a joint effort with
                                                                    the ACR to successfully add CT dose in children to the
                Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD                              list of 34 national goals for safety by the National Quality
                William P. Timmie Professor and Chair               Forum (NQF). The only other radiology-related item on the
                                                                    list is contrast media safety (both iodinated contrast and
                Board of Chancellors                                gadolinium contrast risks).
                 Dr. Meltzer has been appointed to the Board
                 of Chancellors for the American College of         We are very fortunate to have a leader of the Radiology
                 Radiology (ACR). The mission of the ACR is         Community serving as our Vice Chair of Quality & Safety. If
                 to serve patients and society by maximizing        you would like to get more involved in the efforts of quality
the value of radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine        & safety here at Emory, please contact Dr. Applegate at
and medical physics by advancing the science of radiology,          keapple@emory.edu.
improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the   Read the complete 25 Most Influential in Radiology list in the
socio-economics of our practice, and providing support for          Sept. 7 issue of RT Image. www.rt-image.com
research and continuing education programming. The Board            For more about the Image Gently Campaign visit: www.imagegently.org
of Chancellors is the ACR’s executive body, overseeing all of
its business and affairs toward furthering the priorities of our
field in government relations, education, and quality and safety.                      Srini Tridandapani, PhD, MD
                                                                                       Assistant Professor of Radiology

                 Raghuveer Halkar, MD                                                  2009 American Roentgen Ray
                 Professor of Radiology                                                Society (ARRS) Scholar
                 ICANL Board of Directors                                             The ARRS Scholar Award has enabled
                                                                                      Dr. Tridandapani to embark on a tailored
                 Dr. Halkar has been selected to serve on                             course of study in biomedical engineering
                 the Board of Directors for the Intersocietal                         and biostatistics as related to the field of
                 Commission for the Accreditation of                cardiac CT. The course of study assists him as he conducts
                 Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).             a series of experiments to prove the efficacy of ultrasound
                 This organization sets the standards and           as a gating device for optimizing the acquisition of cardiac
reviews accreditation for all aspects of nuclear cardiology,        CTA. In addition to guidance from the lead mentor, Dr. Arthur
nuclear medicine and PET imaging. The maintenance of these          Stillman, Dr. Tridandapani will benefit from the mentorship of
standards is then put into place through site visits.               a team of experts in Radiology and Biomedical Engineering.
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RESEARCH READY
Integrating Research
                                                                                                        recognition or modified screening
The Vice Chair for Research is charged        current researchers have been                             processes for the technologists.
to continually enrich the prestige of         instrumental in keeping Emory                             In close collaboration with Dr.
Emory Radiology Research. In June, Dr.        on the cutting-edge. This solid                           Applegate, Dr.Votaw is developing
John Votaw accepted this objective with a     foundation is ready to reach                              new processes to improve our
vision to incorporate research into every     out to those with investigative                           service and image quality. Since
aspect of the department. Explaining          interests and help them to use                            many research projects originate
his motivation, he said, “Though these        resources that will enable all                            from a need in the clinical areas,
times are tight, this is an opportunity for   areas to grow.                       Dr. John Votaw       increasing collaborations and
us to focus within and come together                                               steps up to take     continued advancements in quality
as a united department. Research has          Research has already begun to        on the role of Vice will deliver more accurate images
something to offer to all missions, with      increase its presence within         Chair for Research and provide opportunities for
mutual benefits to all members of the         education by the addition            in the Department
                                              of the Residency Research            of Radiology.        growth in research.
department.” The initiatives that will
take top priority as Dr.Votaw begins          Track. Beginning in 2010, two resident            Throughout all of these initiatives, the
his vice chairmanship include engaging        slots within the current program will be          necessity to increase communication
more of the department in research,           reserved for those with a concentration           is critical. Tangible avenues to become
effectively incorporating research into       in research. Over the next academic               involved in research will be distributed
education, enhancing opportunities for        year, the projects will be plotted and            through e-mail and announced in the
quality improvement, and increased            educational goals will be set for the             newsletter. The Emory Rad Report will
communication of research activities.         pioneers of this program. In addition             also begin to feature a Message from
                                              to residency opportunities, Dr.Votaw              the Office of Research. Dr.Votaw has
Dr.Votaw has begun to build                   strives to efficiently incorporate medical        expressed an openness and willingness
relationships between the clinical and        students into the research labs. This             to meet with any and all faculty. Feel free
research faculty to initiate the process      symbiotic relationship relieves the               to contact him directly.
of integrating research throughout the        scientists from daily tasks, while giving
department. He stated that at this time       the students an opportunity to gain a             Dr.Votaw approaches these initiatives
of little growth in budgets, we must focus    sense of how a research lab functions.            with determination, passion and a
on strengthening our relationships to         Such tasks may include maintaining                positive outlook, as he steps into the
enhance collaborative projects. Through       the laboratory, updating databases or             role of Vice Chair for Research. Please
our relationships we can continue to          marking regions on a myriad of images.            take a moment to congratulate him on
build the momentum that is fueling our                                                          this professional accomplishment and
rise in NIH ranking and our reputation        In the area of Quality & Safety, Research         ask him how you can get involved in
as an innovative institution. The             will endeavor to improve measurements             the continued success of our research
                                              of quality by seeking new ways to                 endeavors.
                                              increase accuracy, perhaps with computer
GRANT AWARD                                                                                                   - Monica Salama, Communications Manager



NIH MERIT Award
                     Dr. Andrew Taylor, Professor of Radiology,       Dr.Taylor is being honored for his work related to the study
                     Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular       “Development of Tc-99m renal tubular tracers,”which he has lead
                     Imaging, has been honored with an NIH            for the past 25 years. Malgorzata Lipowska, PhD, is a co-investigator
                     MERIT Award. Dr. Taylor has been an              on the project and Luigi Marzilli, PhD, a previous co-investigator, is
                     NIH investigator for the past 20 years and       currently an important consultant.
                     is currently Principal Investigator on two
                     RO1 grants, one to develop Tc-99m renal          Investigators are not allowed to apply for a MERIT Award. Selection
                     radiopharmaceuticals and the second to           is made by NIH staff and members of the Advisory Councils based
                     develop a decision support system to interpret   on new and competing renewal grant applications from established
                     renal scans.                                     investigators that are prepared and submitted in accordance with
                                                                      conventional NIH procedures coupled with a record of exceptional
                       The National Institutes of Health (NIH)        research productivity.The MERIT Award is designed to provide
recognizes researchers who have demonstrated superior                 selected investigators with an opportunity to gain up to ten years of
competence and outstanding research productivity by the highly        grant support. Specifically, the MERIT Award provides investigators
selective Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award. The        with long-term, stable support to foster their continued creativity
MERIT Award is given to fewer than 5% of NIH funded investigators     and spare them some of the administrative burdens associated with
and has become a symbol of scientific achievement in the research     frequent preparation and submission of research grant applications.
community.The Award was initiated by the National Institutes of
Health in l986 to provide long-term support to investigators with     Please extend your congratulations to Dr. Taylor as he is recognized
impressive records of scientific achievement in research areas of     for his dedication and progressive developments that have contributed
special importance or promise.                                        to the advancement of medicine.
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MESSAGE FROM THE VICE CHAIR FOR RESEARCH
The MR/PET has Arrived!
The MR/PET has                                                                                                               investigators – not
completed its final                                                                                                          only in time savings,
design stage and                                                                                                             but in having registered
relocated from the                                                                                                           images for easy fusion
Siemens factory to the                                                                                                       and interpretation. This
Center for Systems                                                                                                           might be particularly
Imaging (CSI) at the                                                                                                         important for patients
Wesley Woods campus.                                                                                                         who are cognitively
This unique arrangement                                                                                                      impaired or who have
is one of only two                                                                                                           Alzheimer’s disease and
US trial sites. The                                                                                                          cannot tolerate being
unit has the capacity                                                                                                        in scanners for a long
for complementary,                                                                                                           time.
simultaneous functional
brain imaging. This         The MR/PET is comprised of a 3T Trio MRI into which a head-only PET insert is fitted.This
                                                                                                                              The second advantage
device promises to          unique arrangement allows the MRI and the PET to operate concurrently.                            is that it is known
allow the evaluation                                                                                                          that the neural state
of living human neural processing not            scanner that fits inside the tunnel of a              of the patient is the same during both
previously possible.                             standard 3T clinical MRI scanner. Great               acquisitions. It will be known that the
                                                 effort had to be expended to develop                  functional information from the MR and
Emory took possession, at the                    electronics that can operate in the                   the functional information from the PET
beginning of September, of the PET               high magnetic field environment. The                  are separate realizations of the same
head insert that is the final component          picture above shows the scanner now at                underlying neural processing. It is hoped
of a combined MR/PET scanner. This               the second floor of the Wesley Woods                  that this will lead to more sensitive
scanner is one of only four in the world. campus of the Center for Systems                             studies of neurophysiology.
It is a state-of-the-art prototype device        Imaging (CSI).
that arose from collaboration among:                                                                   MR and PET scientists at CSI are
Universitat Tubingen, The Institute of           This scanner is capable of simultaneously             exploring the limits of this new device.
Neuroscience and Medicine in Juelich             collecting PET and MRI images. This                   They have plans to use the total
Germany, the Massachusetts General               is as opposed, for example, to a PET/                 information collected to improve the
Hospital (MGH), Emory, and Siemens.              CT scanner where the CT is collected                  images from each modality. It is quite
The PET head is a self-contained PET             and then the bed moves and the PET                    possible that the images derived from
                                                                                is collected.          the combined device will be superior
                                                                                The first              to ones collected from stand-alone
                    David Schuster, MD                                          and obvious            scanners. For more information,
                    Director of Nuclear Medicine &                              advantage is           please contact Orman Simpson [(404)
                    Molecular Imaging                                           convenience            712-1024] at the Center for Systems
                                                                                for both the           Imaging.
                                Baowei Fei, PhD                                 patient and                        - JohnVotaw, PhD, Vice Chair for Research
                      Assistant Professor of Radiology
                           and Biomedical Engineering
                                                                                     Hui Mao, PhD
                 Georgia Cancer Coalition                                            Associate Professor of Radiology
             (GCC)Distinguished Cancer Scholar                                       Outstanding Postdoc Mentor
    As a recipient, the awardee is authorized to use the title                       At this year’s Emory University Postdoctoral Research
    Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar. This                      Symposium, Dr. Hui Mao was awarded Outstanding
    competitive and prestigious award carries with it a grant                        Postdoctoral Mentors of 2009 by the School of Medicine.
    of an annual sum of money for five years payable to Emory                        The “One in a Hundred” Award is given to post-doc
    University and is to be used to further the cancer research                      mentors for his/her mentoring of postdocs and based
    program.                                                                         on the quality of the research training; support for
    The Georgia Cancer Coalition established the Distinguished                       their professional
    Cancer Clinicians and Scientists program as the cornerstone                      networking and
    of its research agenda. The selection of the scholars                            career advancement;
    is closely aligned with the National Cancer Institute’s                          availability for advice,
    “Extraordinary Opportunities in Cancer Research,” which                          both scientific and
    has identified areas of discovery that hold promise for                          professional; and going
    making significant progress against all cancers.                                 beyond the call of
                                                                                     duty for trainees.
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NEW GRANT
Motion Correction and Quantitative Image Analysis for Kidney MR Imaging
Principal Investigator:             Co-Investigators:
Baowei Fei, PhD                     John Votaw, PhD
Diego Marin, MD, PhD                Xiaofeng Yang, MS

Funding Organization: Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute/ URC Emory University

Significance: Progressive diseases of the kidney and                 transplant survival, however, there is a lack of non-invasive
development of renal failure requiring dialysis or renal             comprehensive reproducible clinical tests that are readily
transplantation is becoming an alarming healthcare issue in          available. Safe, noninvasive, fast and reproducible imaging
the United States. The prevalence of obesity is the largest of       technique of renal structure and function may provide a
any nation with estimates of 23% of the population meeting           better alternative to fulfill the important unmet clinical need.
clinical definition for obesity. Diabetes and hypertension
related to obesity have also been increasing. The current            The overarching aim is to improve outcomes of therapy and
incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and dialysis               kidney transplant survival by improving monitoring of disease
is 45,000 and 23,000 new cases per year, respectively.               and measurement of treatment effects. We will develop
Treatment of endstage renal disease is transplantation, but          an MRI technology comprised of comprehensive modules
transplants may fail acutely and subacutely due to surgical          including rapid image acquisition technique, automatic image
and immunological complications, or chronically due to               processing and motion correction algorithms, and statistical
immunological rejection or anti-rejection medication                 and quantitative analysis components that may be packaged
toxicity. Therapies are being formulated for the major               and made immediately available to the clinical centers caring
causes of progressive renal disease and for improving kidney         for renal disease patients.

CHECK IT OUT
Jani AB, Fox TH, Whitaker D, Schuster DM. Case study of anti-1-amino-3-F-18 fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid
(anti-[F-18] FACBC) to guide prostate cancer radiotherapy target design. Clinical Nuclear Medicine 2009 May;34(5):279-84.

Johnson AJ, Chen MY, Swan JS, Applegate KE, Littenberg B. Cohort Study of Structured Reporting Compared with
Conventional Dictation. Radiology. 2009 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Lubarsky M. Board Examination Without Representation: Residents and the ABR. Journal of the American College of
Radiology. 2009 Aug; 6(8): 594-596.

Pineda N, Sharma P, Xu Q, Hu X,Vos M, Martin DR. Measurement of hepatic lipid: high-speed T2-corrected multiecho
acquisition at 1H MR spectroscopy--a rapid and accurate technique. Radiology. 2009 Aug;252(2):568-76.

Wang L, Goldstein FG, Lah JJ, Meltzer CC, Levey A, Holder CA, Mao H. Alterations in cortical thickness and white matter
integrity in mild cognitive impairment measured by whole brain cortical thickness mapping and diffusion tensor imaging. AJNR,
Amer. J. Neuroradiology, May, 30(5):893-9, 2009.

                 Yang L, Peng XH, Wang YA, Wang X, Cao Z, Ni C, Karna P, Wood WC, Gao X, Nie S, Mao H. Receptor-
                 targeted nanoparticles for in vivo imaging of breast cancer. Clin Cancer Res; 15:4722-32. 2009.
                 The research done in Dr. Hui Mao’s lab collaborating with Dr. Lily Yang’s lab in the Department of Surgery has
                 lead to the development of a new biomarker targeted molecular imaging diagnosis of breast cancer. Featured on
                 the cover of Clinical Cancer Research in July, the article details the properties of the “smart magnetic nanoparticle
                 probes” that trace and bind to breast cancer cells and make cancer tissues visible by MRI. The study is a part of
                 NIH Funded Emory Molecular and Translational Imaging Center (P50).

Yu W, Williams L, Camp VM, Malveaux E, Olson JJ, Goodman MM. Stereoselective Synthesis and Evaluation of Syn-1-Amino-
3-[18F]Fluorocyclobutyl-1-Carboxylic Acid as A Potential PET Brain Tumor Imaging Agent. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry,
2009; 17:1982–1990.

Zeng F, Mun J, Jarkas N, Stehouwer J,Voll R, Tamagnan GD, Howell L, Votaw JR, Kilts CD, Nemeroff CB,Goodman MM.
Synthesis, Radiosynthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Two Carbon-11 Labeled Reboxetine Analogs: Potential PET Radioligands
for in Vivo Imaging of the Norepinephrine Transporter. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2009, 52: 65-73.
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EXPANDED SERVICES
Portable Hope
The addition of a CereTom Portable CT                                                                   cases will most benefit from the use of
Scanner by NeuroLogica at Childeren’s                                                                   the portable scanner. An assessment
Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston                                                                of the acuity of the patient will dictate
allows the Children’s radiology team to perform                                                         whether the mobile unit is necessary. In
scans on patients who are too medically fragile                                                         most cases, patients will continue to be
to be transported. This uncommon piece of                                                               transported to radiology and use the
equipment has been introduced to the field                                                              non-mobile unit, which is more time
of pediatrics over the last few years, making                                                           efficient and offers the advantage of a
Egelston one of the early adopters. Melinda                                                             64-slice scan. The use of the mobile unit
Dobbs, Manager of Radiology at Egleston,              The new portable CT at Egleston provides an is a great advantage for those patients
explains “In pediatrics, we tend to let new           opportunity to obtain quality images of critical that are too critical to move and in the
technologies be tested in the adult world first, care pediatric patients.                              past may have resorted to another less
because we want to make sure that the technology and image                                             detailed imaging modality.
quality are advanced enough for the unique needs of a child.”
                                                                           Advantages of this CT scanner beyond portability include a
The portable CT was made possible through the donations                    wireless computer console that can be used to initiate the
of Star94 listeners who participated in the Cares for Kids                 scan beyond the radiation barrier of 6 ft. The radiation received
Radiothon November 2008. This unit is an eight-slice scanner,              by the patient is equivalent to the dosage they would receive
optimized for scanning the head and neck, and produces the                 from a traditional CT and within the As Low As Reasonably
same quality as its non-mobile counterpart. The bore of this               Achievable (ALARA) standards. Additionally, the parents or
unit also allows for full-body scans of infants. The movable               critical care providers can be nearby and wear a leaded apron, if
unit weighs in at 750 lbs, which is easily maneuvered through              their child needs their support during the scan.
the use of a “driver” attachment. The compact unit is capable
of delivering the highest quality non-contrast, angiography and            When the scanner arrived in April, all of the CT technologists
contrast perfusion scans in nearly all hospital locations, more            participated in one full week of on-site training. Select
specifically intensive care units (ICU).                                   Superusers have traveled to Boston where they received
                                                                           advanced training in imaging practices and techniques at the
The primary use of this scanner is to review brain anatomy of              NeuroLogica headquarters.
children in the ICU. The setup for a portable scan can range
from 25 – 35 minutes, with an additional 3 – 6 minutes to                  Within the first 42 days of being on-line, 22 critical patients
complete the scan. The non-mobile CT process generally takes utilized the portable CT offering a timely diagnosis with the
10 – 12 minutes for the entire process, because less patient               highest level of technology available in neonatal and pediatric
prep and positioning is involved with standard scans. A task               ICU. The radiology department feels very fortunate to be able
force of critical care physicians, radiologists and radiology staff        to extend their services beyond the radiological suite and is
worked together to established guidelines for determining which thankful for the donations from the Star94 listeners who made
                                                                           this possible.
STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE                                                                                             - Monica Salama, Communications Manager



Empowerment
I think we can all agree that our jobs have      hand. Second, each organizational culture has         and coworker distress, and when we see
become more hectic and more complex. This        ingrained norms which may have established            problems, we should either fix them ourselves
challenging environment heightens the risk for   that it is not worthwhile to address what is          or involve others. Additionally, we are
poor communication and error. What can be        clearly wrong, especially if it is in another area.                                 oo
                                                                                                       required to be persistent. T often, we try
done to lessen these dangers and to better                                                             to promote necessary change and give up at
support one another?                             So let’s dispel these two myths! Obviously, we        the first obstacle encountered. If a patient
                                                 confront problems where “someone else” is             is endangered, a coworker disadvantaged, or
Our patients, our organization and our           not going to do the job. We even go as far as         a customer unsatisfied, keep at the problem
colleagues need all of us to assume the role     implementing processes that manage these              until you break through. You may have to seek
of customer advocate. Yet, for a variety         obstructions without truly addressing their           a different path or additional help, but don’t
of reasons, many of us are uncomfortable         causes. And let’s put a new norm into place:          quit. If you find yourself in a situation where
stepping outside our defined boundaries to       When a patient is at risk (potential or                          the norm has become to encourage
address or prevent issues. This unwillingness    actual, clinical or service- related), we all                    apathy, take a moment to assess your
to deviate from our comfort zones leads          have permission and an obligation to say                         situation and take action to make
to patient dissatisfaction and quality lapses.   or do something about it.                                        others aware. Because “someone
There is even a name for it: bystander effect.                                                                    else” may not do it and a norm
Bystander effect arises from two main causes.    Empowering yourself and others is                                that expects us to stand by is not
First, any organization with a large number of   not enough. We have to be aware of                               acceptable…particularly for those
people gives its employees the illusion that     and guard against potential disasters.                           who have chosen a caring profession.
someone else will take care of the problem at    We must be in tune with patient
                                                                                                                     - Chuck Powell
                                                                                                                       Director ofTechnical Operations
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RADIOLOGY RETURNS
Intersociety Meeting
Each summer the American College of                                                                two universities who opened their
Radiology (ACR) hosts an Intersociety                                                              ledger books. Comparatively, the
Conference. The ACR describes the                                                                  societies provided statistics showing
event “as a gathering place for leaders                                                            the quantitative amount of volunteer
in radiology. In this forum each society                                                           work that is needed each year to
has an equal voice, helping to formulate                                                           maintain levels of service and to
solutions to the issues confronting the                                                            continue to progress. Following these
practice of diagnostic radiology and          Emory Radiology was represented at the Intersocietal presentations, the large group broke
radiation oncology.” This meeting             meeting through the participation of Drs. Meltzer,   out into three groups to tackle this
includes members from A to Z, such as         Stillman and Baumgarten.                             large topic by stakeholders; Group
the Academy of Radiology Research to the American Society                1 - Industry and Academics, Group 2 - Private Practice and
of Clinic Radiologists, and Association of Program Directors             Societies, and Group 3 - Payors, Hospitals and Patients.
in Radiology to the Society of Thoracic Radiology. Over 75
radiology professionals were present to discuss this year’s              At the culmination of the meeting the groups shared their
topic “Financing Research and Education in Radiology: Current thoughts, encouraging each representative to report back to
Changes and Future Solutions.”                                           their society with a well-rounded view of the issue at hand.
                                                                         Viewpoints that were shared included the lack of support for
Among the conference attendees were three Emory faculty                  academic medicine, which produces the future radiologists
members, representing their various societies: Dr. Arthur                and the need for a closer alliance between private practice
Stillman was a representative for the ACR and also served on and academic medicine. The ACR has published a white paper
the planning committee; Dr. Carolyn Meltzer represented the              for all radiologists to reference as they discuss solutions.
American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR); Dr. Deborah                   If you would like to get involved, seek out the radiology
Baumgarten represented the Society of Uroradiology                       organization that best applies to you.
(SUR). Background for the discussion was provided by                     - Monica Salama, Communications Manager
                                                                                                                           Adopt-A-
                                                                                                                           Resident
ACR Spotlight                                                                                                              Personalize the
The 86th Annual Meeting and           the RFS Executive Committee.             organization’s leaders. What                giving experience
Chapter Leadership Conference         Two Emory faculty members were           impressed me the most was the               when you fund
(AMCLC) of the American College       honored with Fellowship awards           involvement and knowledge of                a resident’s
of Radiology (ACR) was held in        from the ACR,William Fajman,             many of my fellow residents from            scholarship. Your
Washington, DC May 2-6. This is       MD and Arthur Stillman, MD, PhD.         around the country. Over 180                generosity will
an important annual meeting to        The honor of ACR Fellowship              residents attended the meeting this         enable a resident
educate Radiology leaders from        is earned by fewer than 10% of           year, participating in the specialized      to attend a
around the nation on crucial          all ACR members, and serves as           resident/fellow breakout sessions,          national radiology
legislative issues pertinent to the   recognition from their peers for         lobbying with our state chapters            conference and
specialty and practical strategies    lifetime dedication to the college       during our Capitol Hill visit, and          ultimately will shape
for current economic issues facing    and to the Radiology community.          discussing a multitude of other             the next generation
our practices. In addition, there     In addition, former Emory                issues pertaining to resident               of radiologists.
were informative lectures related     Chairman,William Casarella, MD,          education and well being.                   You can participate
to advancements in practice           FACR, was bestowed with the                                                          in the Adopt-A-
technology, the evolving challenges   ACR Gold Medal for lifetime              I urge everyone in the Emory
                                                                               Radiology community to take a               Resident Program
in public health delivery, the new    service to teaching, research,                                                       through a $2,500
ABR exam/MOC program, and             clinical investigation, and radiologic   more active stake in the future of
                                                                               our specialty and become more               annual commitment
CME opportunities, to mention a       statesmanship. Other Emory                                                           over the span
few.                                  faculty members in attendance            involved with the ACR and the
                                                                               Georgia state chapter. For more             of four years. If
                                      were former ACR president,                                                           you would like
There was a strong Emory              KayVydareny, MD, FACR; Fred              information on how you can
contingent in attendance, including                                            get involved or to ask specific             to explore this,
                                      Murphy, MD, FACR; Carolyn                                                            or other giving
several Emory faculty members         Meltzer, MD, FACR, and one of the        questions, feel free to contact me
and three residents. Greg Frey,                                                at jchenev@emory.edu, or by                 opportunities that
                                      newest members of the Emory                                                          will benefit Emory
MD (PGY-4), Michael Naumann,          community, Kimberly Applegate,                        contacting any of the
MD (PGY-4) and myself, John                                                                 other faculty/resident         Imaging, please
                                      MD, FACR.                                                                            contact:
Chenevey, MD (PGY-2) attended                                                               participants in this
the Resident and Fellow Section’s     As a first time attendee, I was                       year’s meeting.                Brook Brown
(RFS) annual meeting, with Dr. Frey   overwhelmed with the passion                                                         404.727.3989
completing his one-year tenure as     and dedication I saw in the                            - John E. Chenevey, MD        brook.brown@
                                                                                               Radiology Resident, PGY-2
an important resident leader on       meeting’s participants and the                           * Adopted Spring 2009       emory.edu
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GET INVOLVED
Weens Lecture                                                                                   In 1941, Dr. Heinz Weens was the first
                                                                                                radiology resident at Grady Memorial
The 26 Annual Weens Lecture and Resident
        th
                                                                                                Hospital and in the City of Atlanta. During
Alumni Reunion was held on Friday, September 25 at                                              the final year of his residency, WWII
the School of Medicine Building. The evening featured                                           recruited radiologists for duty overseas.
a presentation by Molly A. Faries, PhD, a Professor in                                          This left Dr. Weens to support not only
the Department of History of Art at the University of                                           Grady, but also Piedmont Hospital as
Indiana Bloomington. She will shared her experience with                                        well. Upon finishing his residency in 1944,
“Seeing Through Paint: Art Historical Research Using IR                                         he continued his training in Boston. When
Imaging”.                                                                                       Dr. Weens returned to Emory, he initiated
Dr. Faries is Professor Emerita at Indiana University/                                          the residency training program that first
Bloomington, where she has been                                                                 involved both Grady and Emory University
Professor since 1985, and the                                                        Hospitals. With an enrollment of two residents,
University of Groningen in The                                                       the Emory Radiology Residency Program was a
Netherlands, where she held a chair                                                  reality. By 1947, Dr. Weens had earned the title of an
in technical studies in art history from                                             Associate in Radiology. This appointment punctuates
1998 to 2005. She has directed three                                                 the time that Radiology was separated from Surgery.
long-term infrared reflectography                                                    Within a year, Dr. Weens was made a full Professor
(IRR) research projects, which                                                       and Chairman of the Department.
revealed the under-drawings of the
paintings. This technique allows art                                                 The Weens
historians to study the changes made                                                 Lecture
by the artist when painting. In some                                                 takes place
cases, her work revealed other works                                                 each year
of art, under the completed work of                                                  on the last
art. Her 2003 publication, written and                                               weekend of
co-edited with Professor Ron Spronk,                                                 September,
provides an overview of research           Dr. Faries, bottom right, is seen using   during the
methods and approaches used in the imaging to technically examine a painting.        Emory
field of technical art history: Recent                                               University The reception took place in the lobby of the Woodruff
Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish                     Alumni      Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB).
Painting: Methodology, Limitations & and Perspectives.                               week. We hope that you will mark your
                                                                                     calendar to attend next year.
Dr. Faries received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College, with a
dissertation on the sixteenth-century Dutch painter, Jan van
Scorel.
                                                                                 Annual Emory Radiology
                                        This year’s event was a                     Alumni Reception
                                        success with more than 100 in
                                        attendance, including Dr. Ted         All radiology professionals who have been touched by
                                        Leigh (Diagnostic Radiology           Emory during their career are invited to attend the
                                        1948-1980). Held in the               Alumni Reception in Chicago, during the week of
                                        School of Medicine Building           RSNA.
                                        with a reception that followed,
                                        provided an opportunity for                         Monday, November 30, 2009
                                        colleagues to interact on a                            6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
                                        social level and for alumni to                     InterContinental Chicago Hotel
                                        catchup, as well as share their                           Camelot Ballroom
 Drs. Kay Vydareny (left) & Deborah     experiences with the next
 Baumgarten (right) catchup at the                                                           505 North Michigan Avenue
 cocktail hour before the presentation. generation of radiologists.                               Chicago, IL 60611
                                        The attendance of our alumni
make this event special, solidifying the influence that Emory                 The evening will include light hors d’oeuvres and an
has made on the field of radiology.                                           opportunity touch base with your Emory colleagues.
                                                                              Please visit the Current Events page of the radiology.
On an occasion that commemorates the history of the                           emory.edu website for all up-to-date information.
Emory Radiology Department, we were very privileged
to host, Dr. Faries, a prestigious member of the academic                                        Please RSVP by November 20, 2009 to Laura Padgett:
community who illustrated how imaging techniques are able                                                        Laura.Padgett@emoryhealtcare.org
to assist in revealing history.                                                                                                   or 404.712.5497


                         Visit www.radiology.emory.edu/events-and-lectures for up-to-date event information.
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promising future by building upon the contributions you have made to our successful
department. Become “our” Facebook friend and use Emory Radiology’s profile to stay
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