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 Val M. Runge, MD,
, and Robert and Alma Moreton Centennial Chair in Radiology,
Scott and White Clinic and Hospital, Texas A&M University
Health Science Center, Temple, Texas.
The tremendous growth in radiology in the last decade has
created excellent opportunities as well as challenges for the
community to sustain innovations in applied imaging and continued
interest in the research and academic endeavors in our field.
Bracco Diagnostics has initiated a program that provides
educational opportunities for leading radiology residents in the
United States. Department heads of residency programs were invited
to recommend residents to participate in the program. Each selected
resident wrote a review article; six of these residents wrote
articles that focused on MRI applications of their choosing.
(Additionally, two residents wrote combination CT/MRI papers, which
were reviewed by all the reviewers.) The material for each article
was to come from a review of published literature, supplemented by
each resident's own experience and research activities within his
or her training program as well as their attendance at pertinent
presentations during the 2001 RSNA meeting.
Dr. Val Runge and I reviewed the residents' submitted papers,
and it is our pleasure to announce that this year's Bracco MRI
"Leaders on the Horizon" Educational Grant has been presented to
Dr. Daniel J. Parker from Baylor University Medical Center for his
paper, "Cardiac gating in MRI applications."
Dr. Parker graduated from the University of Utah School of
Medicine and is currently a third-year Radiology Resident at Baylor
University Medical Center. He will begin a fellowship in body
imaging at the University of Utah in 2003. His paper and the other
excellent papers in this section review current areas of interest
within MRI. They offer a critical review of developments reported
in the scientific literature as well as the ongoing efforts within
their own departments.
We hope that the following articles are of educational benefit
to the readers and stimulate other residents and our community to
keep an active interest in applied research and clinical
innovation--an interest that is essential for the continuous
evolution of our field.
Michael V. Knopp, MD, PhD