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SCCT Announces Finalists for the 11th Annual SOAR Awards
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Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Announces Finalists for the 11th Annual Siemens Healthineers Outstanding Academic Research (SOAR) Awards


Vienna, VA (May 19, 2017) – The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the finalists for the 11th Annual Siemens Healthineers Outstanding Academic Research (SOAR) Awards. Sponsored by Siemens Healthineersthe SOAR Awards Program supports the professional and clinical development of a select number of early career radiologists and cardiologists. Early career physicians and scientists who have completed a cardiovascular CT imaging training program within the last four years were encouraged to apply. From the submissions, six finalists were selected by an independent advisory panel to participate in this competitive program.

This year’s finalists are:

Integration of Regional Calcium Density and Volume Predicts Five-Year All-Cause Mortality in Age-, Sex-, and Agatston Score-Matched Patients

Zhen Qian, PhD

Comparison of the Effects of ECG Gating and Breath-holds on Visualisation of the Coronary Arteries in Neonates

Jonathan Weir-McCall, MBChB

Initial Experience with a Rapid Non-invasive On-site Estimation of CT Fractional Flow Reserve

Robbert van Hamersvelt, MD

Detection of Changes in Plaque Composition in Response to Changes in LDL by Coronary CT Angiography

Balaji Tamarappoo, MD, PhD

Modeling the Relationship Between Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) and Cause-specific Mortality as a Function of Age

Seamus Whelton, MD, MPH

Radiomics is Capable of Identifying High Risk Atherosclerotic Plaques using Coronary CT Angiography

Márton Kolossváry, MD


All six finalists will attend the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography in Washington, DC from July 6-9, 2017. During a dedicated session at the meeting, each finalist will deliver a ten-minute presentation of their work. The abstracts and presentations will be judged by an independent panel and one winning finalist and a runner-up finalist will be recognized.

The winning finalist and the runner-up finalist will receive cash prizes at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 9, 2017. In addition, the winning finalist will be invited to submit his or her original research manuscript for priority peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

For more information about the 11th Annual SOAR Awards Program, please visit SCCT’s Website.


About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

SCCT is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography. The Society 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 see the SCCT website at

About Siemens Healthineers

Siemens Healthineers is the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG enabling healthcare providers worldwide to meet their current challenges and to excel in their respective environments. A leader in medical technology, Siemens Healthineers is constantly innovating its portfolio of products and services in its core areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and in laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine. Siemens Healthineers is also actively developing its digital health services and enterprise services. To help customers succeed in today’s dynamic healthcare marketplace, Siemens Healthineers is championing new business models that maximize opportunity and minimize risk for healthcare providers.

In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens Healthineers generated revenue of €13.5 billion and profit of over €2.3 billion and has about 46,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available at

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