The ISCT is proud of its rich history of expert faculty and speakers, aligning with some of the most prominent healthcare organizations in radiology. One such institution is the Mayo Clinic, ranked #1 in more specialties than any other hospital in the country. We consider ourselves lucky that one of their top providers is not only on our faculty, but presenting a number of innovative talks on computed tomography at our CT Program this June. Cynthia H. McCollough, PhD, FAAPM, FACR is one of the leading minds in CT research, serving as the director of Mayo Clinic’s CT Clinical Innovation Center, where she leads a team of physicians, scientists, and research trainees to find better ways to detect and quantify diseases using computed tomography.
As a professor of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Dr. McCollough’s expertise spans topics related to quantitative assessment of material composition, disease progression/regression, and organ function to radiation dose optimization. Her focus areas at the Mayo Clinic’s CT Clinical Innovation Center include:
- Quantifying, radiation dose monitoring in CT imaging patients, by developing improved tools for estimating radiation dose during CT scans. She’s also dedicated to providing accurate and balanced information to patients about the benefits and safety of CT scanning.
- Noninvasive evaluation of material composition using dual energy CT, including characterization of kidney stones, identifying gout and automating the removal of iodine or calcium-containing signals from data sets.
- Optimizing CT examination and radiation dose protocols through use of human and model observers, while ensuring image quality. Her team works to determine the minimum dose levels needed for specific diagnostic imaging tasks.
- Translation of emerging CT technology into routine clinical practice, collaborating with multiple departments to implement advanced clinical exams, ex: CT enterography and dual energy CT.
At this year’s CT Symposium, Dr. McCollough will have the opportunity to share her team's findings and provide expert insight during the following presentations and workshops:
Session: Technical Developments | Monday June 20th, 2016 at 8:50 am
Session: Radiation | Monday June 20th, 2016 at 9:45 am
Session: Radiation | Monday June 20th, 2016 at 10:25 am
Session: Radiation | Monday June 20th, 2016 at 10:42 am
Session: Radiation | Monday June 20th, 2016 at 10:49 am
Session: Dual Energy | Tuesday June 21st, 2016 at 2:30 pm
- Dual Energy CT Identification of Implant Rupture and Extracapsular Silicone Following Breast Implantation
Session: Dual Energy | Tuesday June 21st, 2016 at 5:05 pm
Dr. McCollough can be reached on Twitter at @chmccollough. Feel free to reach out to her to learn more about her innovation team, view publications and explore her professional highlights including serving as a U.S. representative to the International Electrotechnical Commission’s CT standards Committee since 2002.