Bracco Diagnostics Inc., recognizing the importance of research and innovation for the ongoing development of Radiology, has sponsored an opportunity to encourage budding radiologists to develop and refine their research skills.
INTRODUCTION: MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
Radiology is a profession of continuous innovation and
scientific exploration. The pace of development and opportunities
for discovery are accelerated by parallel advances in other fields,
including electronics, computers, and image processing. To maintain
our field at the cutting edge of medicine, it is critical that
Radiology residents take an active interest in research and fill
the academic ranks with talented scientists.
Bracco Diagnostics Inc., recognizing the importance of research
and innovation for the ongoing development of Radiology, has
sponsored an opportunity to encourage budding radiologists to
develop and refine their research skills. Department chairmen and
residency program directors were invited to recommend residents of
extraordinary research potential to participate in this Bracco
program. Each of the selected residents has written a scientific
review article, five focusing on CT, five focusing on MRI. The
material for each article was to come from a review of literature
supplemented by each resident's experience and research activities
within his or her training program, as well as by knowledge gained
from their participation in the 2002 RSNA meeting.
Dr. Michael Knopp and I reviewed the residents' papers in the
MRI category, and it is our pleasure to announce that this year's
Bracco MRI "Leaders on The Horizon" Educational Grant has been
presented to Luis C. Maas, MD, PhD.
Dr. Maas is currently a third-year resident in Diagnostic
Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He earned
his SB, SM, and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and his MD degree from Harvard Medical School.
We hope that the following articles are of educational benefit
to the readers and will stimulate other residents in our community
to keep an active interest in Radiology research and innovation, an
interest that is essential for the continuous evolution of our
Martin R. Prince, MD, PhD
would like to thank our MRI reviewers: Michael V. Knopp, MD,
PhD, Novartis Chair & Director of Imaging Research, Ohio State
University Medical Center, University Hospitals, Radiology
Department, Columbus, OH; and Martin R. Prince, MD, PhD, Professor
of Radiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New