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    • R&E Grants— the Real Impact

    • To assess the effect of an R&E grant, a survey of past recipients is conducted every five years. In 2013, many impressive accomplishments and noteworthy findings were shared by more than 360 respondents.

      The chart (right) conveys how an R&E grant can be a catalyst for a career in research and education, a critical first step for future funding and a pathway to leadership in organized radiology. Through annual funding of the very best projects and investigators, the R&E Foundation is proud to play a role in building the future of our specialty.

      In addition to the survey, frequent communication with grant recipients, review of final grant reports and testimonials, the Foundation is kept apprised of how grant recipients are developing new imaging techniques, methods and modalities that will lead to improved outcomes and enhanced patient care.

      In the 2013 survey, respondents shared some of the clinical impact their projects and subsequent research are having on healthcare, including:

      • Early exploration of FDG-PET to detect unknown primary tumors of the head and neck helped establish this technique as standard of care at many institutions.

         
      • Intra-arterial chemotherapy for retinoblastoma is now the standard treatment for advanced intra-ocular retinoblastoma performed in over 30 countries.

         
      • Establishment of CT angiography and perfusion imaging has significantly influenced the triage of stroke and brain tumor patients worldwide.

         
      • Development of 3D GRASE ASL (a method for the simultaneous acquisition of a 3D volume of ASL data) is now used clinically to assess brain perfusion non-invasively.

         
      • Development of a viable treatment method for chronic tendinopathy using ultrasound-based biomarkers to track changes.

         
      • BOLD venography sequence, now known as susceptibility-weighted imaging, is widely used in clinical practice to detect microbleeds and to characterize brain tumors and other neurodegenerative disorders.

         
      • MR angiography techniques are now used on millions of patients every year with life-saving results.

         
      • Diffusion imaging in the pre-therapy setting of head and neck cancer is paving the way for individualized cancer therapy in the future.

      The Foundation is grateful to our donors and our researchers for making these advances possible.The Grants & Awards Booklet featuring the 2013 projects can be viewed at RSNA.org/grantsbooklet. 

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