Multiple Residents Awarded During CRS Poster Session

Congratulations to four of our current residents who entered the most recent Chicago Radiological Society's poster session on January 19th, 2017. Three of the presenters, Drs. Jo, Alexander, and Jilani, were awarded the Pinsky Award for their work. Three categories, MSK, IR, and Quality and Safety, were featured.  The award winners were provided 5 minutes to present their work and each resident was awarded $100.

Anup Alexander

Title: Effectiveness of High-Fidelity Simulation on Radiology Trainees in the Diagnosis and Management of Adverse Contrast Reactions
Authors: Anup Alexander, Rishi Ramakrishna, and Carina Yang.

Our project involved radiology trainees participating in simulation scenarios of adverse contrast reactions based off the American College of Radiology’s Manual on Contrast Media (v10.2). We aimed to equip all participants with the appropriate skills to recognize and manage contrast reactions effectively. A pre- and post-simulation subjective survey and objective assessment were administered. The subjective survey evaluated comfort levels while the objective assessment evaluated medical knowledge. After participating in all contrast simulations, our data shows that participants are better equipped with the skills to immediately diagnose and manage the patient.  Training will help improve the care that is delivered to patients and in turn develop a safer environment.

Danial Jilani

Title: Radiographic Complications in Image-guided Islet Cell Transplantation
Authors: Danial Jilani, Mikin Patel, Christopher Doyle, Osman Ahmed, and Steve Zangan

The research focuses on percutaneous transhepatic intraportal implantation of islet cells and the associated radiographic complications.

Stefanie Jo

Authors: Stephanie Jo, Michael Vannier, Miriam Domowicz, and Nancy Schwartz.

Our project is developing a novel model of osteoarthritis utilizing transgenic mouse model targeting epigenetic modifier DOT1L.  Micro CT evaluation of mouse hindlimb showed decreased connectivity density and increased maximal trabecular thickness.  Further analysis will be performed to evaluate if this mouse model accurately reflects human osteoarthritis.

Margaret Mulligan

Title: Virtual Simulation in Enhancing Procedural Training: Initial Experience with Fluoroscopy-guided Lumbar Puncture
Authors: Margaret Mulligan, Monther Qandeel, Anup Alexander, Saad Ali, Rishi Ramakrishna, and Carina Yang.

Performing a successful fluoroscopically-guided lumbar puncture (FGLP) requires a combination of anatomic knowledge and technical skill. Traditionally, technical skill is achieved by performing the procedure on patients, which can be stressful to both the patient and the operator, as well as result in increased radiation exposure. We have developed a FGLP module on the ImmersiveTouch platform, which digitally replicates the procedural environment with a hologram-like projection of anatomy that can be interacted with by using an interactive visual-haptic system. In a small pilot survey, all participants thought the training module realistically replicated the anatomy visually through the reconstructed 3-D images and the simulated fluoroscopy images. Those with prior FGLP experience also thought the haptic feedback produced as the virtual needle traversed different tissue textures was realistic. All participants perceived the module to have educational value in preparing and obtaining technical skill prior to real FGLP.