Department of Radiology

Hossein Nejadnik Received 2014 RSNA Trainee Research Prize

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Hossein Nejadnik, MD, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Daldrup-Link Lab, received a Trainee Research Prize from the 2014 RSNA Annual Meeting for the study, "Diagnosis of Stem Cell Apoptosis in Arthritic Joints with MRI".

The Trainee Prize was created in 1994 by the RSNA Program Committee to recognize the contribution of residents to the RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. In later years it was expanded to include fellows and medical students and in 2005 was renamed Trainee Research Prize.

Congratulations, Hossein!

Dr. Gambhir Named Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Photo of Sanjiv Sam GambhirPlease join us in congratulating Department Chair Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir who has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. This honor is bestowed on AAAS members by their peers for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

The accomplishments of the new Fellows will be celebrated at the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting, convening this year under the theme "Innovations, Information, and Imaging." At the Annual Meeting, the new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 14 February from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum in San Jose, California.

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Shannon Walters wins 2014 Aunt Minnie Award for Best Radiologic Technologist Educator

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 9.57.01 AM.pngStanford Radiology's Shannon Walters, co-manager of the 3DQ Lab has won the 2014 Aunt Minnie Award for Best Radiologic Technologist Educator. Congratulations Shannon!

Aunt Minnie's press release:
"Best Radiologic Technologist Educator
Winner: Shannon Walters, Stanford University

As one of the three co-managers of the 3D and Quantitative Imaging (3DQ) Lab at Stanford University, Shannon Walters is heavily involved in the training and education of technologists who are rotating through the facility.

Walters first became a radiologic technologist during a stint in the U.S. Army from 1997-2003, where he handled MRI duties at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, among other locations. Upon reentering civilian life, he became an MRI technologist at Stanford, left the university for a job as a 3D technologist in Michigan, and finally returned to Stanford, becoming co-manager of the lab 18 months ago.

Walters enjoys the fact that 3D technologists are on the cutting edge of technology, using high-tech methods to solve the clinical problems of the day, such as helping colleagues in the catheterization lab get C-arm angles faster.

Technologists working in the 3DQ lab at Stanford have slowly been expanding their responsibilities, taking over duties once performed by radiologists, such as vascular measurements.

"Technologists are able to take over knowledge and processes from the radiologist and do them in a reliable manner," he said. "We are right there, able to solve problems right now; we are able to do it ourselves."

Working in 3D is key to the expanding role of technologists in healthcare, Walters believes. While technologists performing CT and MRI scans are helping to answer specific clinical questions, such as by ruling out disease, 3D technologists are going a step further by helping to demonstrate the pathology in an image.

"I like the fact that we are on the edge of technology, and we are pushing it every single day," he said.

Radiology Researchers find Brain Abnormalities in Chronic Fatigue Patients

DSC_0696_4x5.jpgDr. Zeineh was the lead author on a study that found distinct differences between the brain images of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome versus their healthy counterparts.
Additional co-authors are former fellow James Kang, MD; former professor of radiology and neuroradiology chief, Scott Atlas, MD; professor of radiology and psychiatry and behavioral sciences Allan Reiss, MD; and senior author Jose Montoya, MD, professor of infectious diseases and geographic medicine.
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Center for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Technology at Stanford (CAMRT) Well-received by NIH Visitors

DSC_7027-large.jpgGary Glover’s longstanding MR Technology NIBIB center program received a nearly perfect score after an NIH/NIBIB site visit this week aimed at reviewing the renewal of the program for another 5 years.

Dr. Glover learned of the exceptional outcome yesterday morning around 10AM and has not stopped smiling since then. The renewal of this grant will support the CAMRT team out to 2020. Congratulations to Gary, Dan Spielman, John Pauly, Brian Hargreaves, Brian Rutt, Mike Moseley, and the staff and students supporting this amazingly productive program.

At nearly 20 years, this is our longest running NIH-funded Center Program in the Department and the 2nd longest NIH award in the Department.

Urvi Vyas Shares her work in MRgFUS with Vice President Joe Biden

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Vice President Joe Biden delighted attendees with a visit to the 4th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound in Bethesda, MD. Our very own Urvi Vyas, PhD, a research associate in Dr. Kim Butts Pauly's lab, spent a good 5 minutes discussing transcranial MR-guided Focused Ultrasound. Her abstract was, "Acoustic Simulations of tcMRgFUS in Patient Specific Models: Validation with Experiments".

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2014 Canary Challenge was a Huge Success!!

The 2014 Canary Challenge bike ride surpassed it's goal to raise $1 million to support the important cause of cancer early detection!

"'We’re so happy to see the growth of the fundraiser and dedication from our repeat riders and sponsors over the years,' says Don Listwin, founder of Canary Foundation. 'We’ve created some cycling routes that highlight the best road riding that the Peninsula has to offer, along with distances for everyone, from the 5k to 100 miles.' The ride also has rest stops with gourmet food and espresso.

The Canary Challenge featured over 1000 riders, 108 teams, and nearly 200 volunteers. Many riders have a personal reason for riding in the Canary Challenge and many have been touched by cancer in their lives. Participants understand that early detection offers more opportunity to treat and overcome cancer. Canary Challenge participants on average, fundraise over $1200 each, though the fundraising minimum for individuals is $400." - Emily Smith, Canary Foundation.

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Canary Challenge Fundraiser Sept 27th: Funds raised directly support the Stanford Department of Radiology

2014 Canary Challenge logoDon’t forget about the exciting opportunity to help raise funds for research in the Radiology Department through the Canary Challenge bike ride on September 27th and to support the important cause of cancer early detection. The Canary Challenge is a fundraiser sponsored by the Canary Foundation and the Radiology Department with proceeds benefiting the Radiology Department and the Canary Center at Stanford.

This year's ride promises to be even better than last year with a new start location at HP headquarters next to the Stanford Technology and Innovation Park. The event offers options for every level of participation including bike rides at 50 km, 75 km, 75 miles and 100 miles, a 5K walk/run/family bike, and also volunteer opportunities.

Teams are encouraged for this ride so please join one of the many Radiology department teams or start your own with your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you at the finish line and celebrating another great fundraiser with live music, great food, and entertainment.

Please visit to sign up and to obtain more information.

If you cannot participate but would like to make a donation please go to and click donate or search for your favorite team and donate directly to them.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Bree Mitchell, the Deputy Director for the Canary Center at Stanford.

Dr. Larson Received RSNA Honored Educator Award

david-larson.jpgDavid Larson, MD has earned a 2014 RSNA Honored Educator Award. The RSNA Honored Educator Award is awarded to select individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to radiology education through the RSNA. The award serves as a benchmark of academic productivity in support of a meaningful and successful radiology career.

Congratulations, Dr. Larson!

2014 Stanford Radiology ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Chair of Radiology at Stanford University, Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, accepted the challenge from Stanford Neuroradiology Fellow, Ram Srinivasan, and in turn challenged all the Vice Chairs, Associate Chairs & Section Chiefs of Radiology at Stanford University.

Let the Ice Bucket Challenge begin!

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD [view video]
Richard Barth, MD [view video]
Garry Gold, MD [view video]
Lawrence "Rusty" Hofmann, MD [view video]
Susan Kopiwoda [view video]
David Larson, MD [view video]
Ann Leung, MD [view video]
Jake Mickelsen [view video]
Kim Butts Pauly, PhD [view video]
Sylvia Plevritis, PhD [view video]
Andrew Quon, MD [view video]
Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD [view video]

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