NEWS | November 14, 2011

Chaudhari wins two awards for medical imaging


Abhijit J. Chaudhari, assistant professor of radiology, recently received two honors recognizing his contributions to medical imaging.

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Abhijit Chaudhari

The Nuclear Medical and Imaging Sciences Council (NMISC) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers awarded Chaudhari the 2011 Bruce H. Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Science Award. Chaudhari received the award at the 2011 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference in Valencia, Spain, on Oct. 26.

The IEEE gives the Hasegawa Award annually to a young individual in recognition of significant and innovative contributions to the field of medical imaging science. Judges evaluate nominees based on the technical merit of their contributions and the creativity of their research. The award consists of $1,500, a certificate and a plaque.

The American College of Rheumatology selected an image from Chaudhari as the winner in the Still Image Category of the college's 2011 Annual Image Competition. Chaudhari received the award at the college's annual meeting in Chicago last week.

The winning image is from a research project on which Chaudhari is the principal investigator, "PET-CT Imaging of the Finger Joints in Psoriatic Arthritis." The image will be featured in an upcoming issue of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, as well as on the Rheumatology Image Bank website.

Chaudhari investigates advanced clinical imaging technologies to study the pathogenesis of arthritis and cancers. He concentrates on early detection of disease and early monitoring of response to treatment.

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