INTRODUCTION: COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY
would like to thank our CT reviewers: Rendon C. Nelson, MD,
Vice Chairman, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical
Center, Durham, NC; and Lawrence N. Tanenbaum, MD, New Jersey
Neuroscience Institute and Seton Hall University, Edison, NJ.
One of the most compelling reasons for pursuing and maintaining
a career in academic radiology is the continual opportunity to work
with young, bright, and enthusiastic individuals, many of whom will
shape the future of our specialty. From a clinical standpoint,
there are rewards in helping trainees develop new skills and a fund
of knowledge. From an academic standpoint, there are rewards in the
identification and cultivation of unique talents. This includes
learning the various aspects of a research project such as
developing a hypothesis, gathering background information,
designing the study, collecting and analyzing data, presenting the
results at scientific meetings, preparing a manuscript, and
applying for external funding. The entire process requires
considerable effort, patience, and time, but the rewards for both
the mentor and the trainee can be substantial.
Bracco Diagnostics has a long history of providing educational
and research opportunities for residents and junior faculty in
radiology. In this supplement to
, six radiology residents, hand-selected by their program
directors, were invited to submit review articles on topics related
to helical CT. (Two residents chose to write about topics that
included both CT and MR imaging, and both of these papers were
reviewed by all four reviewers.) As you can see from the Table of
Contents of this supplement, the selection of topics is not only
varied but pertinent. Material for the articles was to come from a
review of published literature, supplemented by research experience
within the resident's own department as well as their attendance at
pertinent presentations during the 2001 RSNA meeting.
After review of the manuscripts, Dr. Lawrence Tanenbaum and
myself are pleased to announce that the article entitled
"Percutaneous interventions in the management of spinal pain" by
Dr. Ravi Cherukuri, from The University of Pittsburgh, has been
selected to receive this year's Bracco CT "Leaders on the Horizon"
Educational Grant. For his efforts, Dr. Cherukuri will receive an
unrestricted educational grant of $5000. He received his
undergraduate training and his medical degree from the University
of Pennsylvania. He plans to pursue a fellowship in musculoskeletal
radiology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.
On behalf of Bracco Diagnostics and
, Dr. Tanenbaum and I want to congratulate all of the residents on
their excellent contributions, and we hope that you agree that the
future of radiology is in good hands.
Rendon C. Nelson, MD