SCBT-MR 2018 President
Garry Gold, MD FSCBTMR




Dear SCBT-MR Members and Fellows, and Colleagues

I write to you as we are completing the planning phase of the 2018 educational program for this year’s meeting and I want to recognize Susan Ascher’s vision, commitment and leadership in guiding the planning committee to assemble a truly superb program. As I reflect on this effort, I am once again struck by the talent, creativity and incredible knowledge base of our society, and our ability to deliver the highest quality CME course for body imaging. Our society can be proud of this terrific program and its cutting-edge nature, but it truly has an impact if more trainees and radiologists attend.


There are many opportunities to engage with the SCBTMR. You can volunteer to speak at the annual meeting as a fellow or a member.  You can participate in roundtables and debates.  Committees in the society are always looking for active, involved members.  Bringing trainees or junior faculty to the meeting is a great way to get more people involved.  We are actively working to reduce the cost of attendance for attending the meeting.  As we reach out to new members who will become future fellows, they will see our pride in this organization and know that it comes from our commitment to the society and the field. 


The expression of pride emphasizes and reinforces the principal area I am focusing on during my tenure as president: engagement of new members in the society.  Many of us began by coming to the SCBTMR as an author in the scientific session, as a poster or oral presenter.  The scientific session is a highlight of our meeting and an opportunity to get trainees engaged.  In my own experience, presenting in the scientific session made me realize how special our society is, and I committed myself to coming back every year, bringing trainees and new members along as I progressed through my own career.  I would like to challenge each and every Fellow of the society to bring a new person to the meeting in 2018, either as a member of the scientific session or as a new faculty member or fellow just attending for the educational content.


Finally, I would like to thank Michele Whittling, Katherine Robbins, and Jennifer Leeper for all of their help organizing and running the annual SCBTMR meeting and Society.


Best wishes for a wonderful spring!




Garry E. Gold, M.D., FSCBT-MR
President Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance






SCBT-MR strives to provide the highest quality education delivered by involved, accessible experts. We offer a practical balance between advanced and emerging body imaging techniques as well as updates on established techniques. Learn more about the Society of Computed of Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance.



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In this edition of the SCBT-MR newsletter, the editorial staff wanted to highlight Dr. Eric Tamm. He was kind enough to give us some insight into his time at SCBT-MR.

Dr. Eric Tamm joined the SCBT-MR in 2009. He has served on the Program Committee, been chair of the Communications Committee and is currently a member of the Membership Committee.  In 2016 he received the SCBT-MR Outstanding Service Award.

Dr. Tamm, who is a fellow of the society, has always considered SCBT- MR to be the "how-to" society. “The society has such a depth of expertise”, he said, “One of the benefits of this society is that it is technology oriented rather than limited to a particular organ system, which allows for unique "cross-fertilization." At this meeting, you can meet individuals who are developing new techniques in the modalities of CT and MR, whether it is, for example, in the abdomen and pelvis, the musculoskeletal system or the heart.”

Dr. Tamm spoke highly of the culture and approach of the society, “The size of the society, and the outgoing nature of its members, allows one to have meaningful dialogues with experts in a way that is generally not possible at other meetings. Examples of such interactions are the diverse and well attended roundtables, and impromptu hallway conversations. The society also has the ability to target hot topics in any of several broad areas. Within a few days of attendance, one can get up-to-date in a very meaningful way regarding the newest advances in imaging, both through lectures and through discussions directly with experts who are interested in engaging fellow members. In addition, the society's deep interest in the science of imaging also provides a unique opportunity for vigorous discussions on new scientific topics”.  

When discussing junior faculty members, he believes one of the key ways for them to participate in the radiology community in a meaningful and rewarding way is to become involved in a national society. “It is important to avoid the isolation that can develop for a junior faculty member focusing only on the day-to-day responsibilities at a given institution. It is therefore important for professional societies to create and support a variety of opportunities for participation. I believe that the SCBTMR has dynamically and aggressively done just that. This includes the ability to participate in any of its many committees. These committees are one of the key ways that a junior faculty member can develop important relationships for networking and academic development, including career guidance and new career opportunities. The SCBT-MR actively recruits each year new members, particularly junior members, to its many committees.”

As an example of the benefits of committee membership, Dr. Eric Tamm noted that as Chair of the Communications Committee he “greatly enjoyed, and was highly motivated by, the energy and enthusiasm of my fellow committee members, particularly the spontaneous generation by those members themselves of new ideas and opportunities that they implemented with their colleagues. For example, the development of the opportunity for junior faculty to have Case Studies published on the web (Case in Point) and in JCAT (thanks to the generous support of its editor-in-chief) to provide a "doorway" to enter the world of authorship, the development and maintenance of the CT/MR imaging protocol database as a "how to" resource, and the creation of a social media "voice" for the Society. Participation in a society committee, on self-initiated projects with fellow highly motivated volunteers, is a unique and highly rewarding and satisfying endeavor that enriches in a way that is different from, and complementary to, that which we derive from our day-to-day work as radiologists.”

Dr. Tamm also spoke of the society’s research, educational and networking/mentoring opportunities. “Scientific abstracts, scientific and educational posters, roundtables, and workshops provide multiple ways that a junior faculty member can initiate, and then grow, their participation within our society and develop the important skills necessary for being a well-rounded academic radiologist.  The society also offers "mixer" events to bring new or "early" members into contact with those who are more established that allows for collegial discourse and the development of meaningful professional relationships. “

“But beyond this is the overarching culture of the society”, he said, “I feel it is inherently understood that the purpose of our Society is to provide a gathering place, where colleagues can engage in fellowship, to learn and to share.”


Hidden Figures

By Nicole B. Racadag, MSJ, managing editor, ACR Bulletin, and Dara L. Fox, freelance writer, ACR Press


Although diversity and inclusion have improved in medicine overall, the radiology profession faces continuing challenges and special opportunities.

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Granville C. Coggs, MD, FACR, staff radiologist at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, evaluates an X-ray.
 (Image courtesy of Andricka Hammonds, U.S. Department of Defense.)

Marcus F. Wheatland, Sr., MD, was the first African-American radiology specialist and the 11th president of the National Medical Association, the largest and oldest national organization representing African-American physicians and their patients in the United States.

When William E. Allen, Jr., MD, FACR, arrived for his ABR examination in 1935, he was directed to take the freight elevator because the hotel manager said African-Americans could not share one with the white guests. Allen rode to the top floor, took the oral exam, passed it, and became the first black diplomate of the ABR. He later became the first black member of the ACR, the first black fellow in 1945, and an ACR Gold Medalist in 1979. Leslie L. Alexander, MD, FACR, made medical history when he was elected as the first black vice president of the ACR BOC. Granville C. Coggs, MD, FACR, Tuskegee airman, inventor, and radiologist, was accepted to Harvard University and went on to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Ivy O. Brooks, MD, followed her dream to become a physician at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and later served as secretary to the National Medical Association's Section on Radiology. She was the first woman appointed chief of radiology at the Tuskgee Veterans Administration Medical Center.

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Executive leaders across academic and private practice are invited to attend the RLI Leadership Challenges Symposium, July 20–22, 2018, in Arlington, VA. This intimate and limited attendance event is designed to help seasoned leaders — academic chairs, vice chairs and department administrators, as well as practice presidents and CMOs ― work through a host of health care and management challenges, in collaboration with top radiology and business specialists.

The comprehensive program, led by course chair Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR and industry experts including Geoffrey D. Rubin, MD, MBA, FACR, and Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, offers tactical guidance on the best ways to improve department efficiency, adapt to new payment models, provide greater value, negotiate more effectively and better understand the financial implications of leadership decisions. Meeting participants will also explore practical case studies that illustrate the most effective strategies being used by academic institutions and practices nationwide to solve academic department issues.  



Congratulations to Dr. Phillip Costello will become president of ARRS in late April 2018. 

SCBT-MR members are invited to share news and update their fellow members or themselves. This is a great opportunity to share awards, achievements, promotions, or praise a fellow member. Member News will be published in the SCBT-MR quarterly newsletter. Please send the information you wish to share to with the subject line "Member News".


These cases were also approved to be published in JCAT

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SCBT-MR is trying to increase the society's out reach of and involve more members in society information. The communications committee hopes to use social media to create a space where members can stay up to date, and connect on society news. As well as learn from recent research and  members can share and discuss relevant materials.  Follow us, and interact with the various posts. The more interaction on the social media pages, the boarder viewership.




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