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Hediyeh Baradaran Selected as Editorial Fellow

Hediyeh Baradaran, MD

The American Journal of Neuroradiology is pleased to announce Hediyeh Baradaran, MD, as our seventh Editorial Fellow.

Dr. Baradaran attended Weill Medical College of Cornell University and then completed residency and fellowship at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Baradaran has authored over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is the recipient of the Scholar Award in Neuroradiology from ASNR and the General Electric Radiology Research Academic Fellowship Award from General Electric–Association of University Radiologists. Dr. Baradaran has a particular research interest in cerebrovascular disease.

During this Editorial Fellowship, she will participate in all AJNR activities including, but not limited to, manuscript evaluation and selection, editorial-related research, and conferences. The AJNR family is very pleased to welcome Dr. Baradaran.…

The Mind’s Eye Redux

When asked about what he’d be thinking about during his weekend rounds at the 2019 Master’s Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club, current #3 golfer in the world and 3-time major champion Brooks Koepka, thought about an article published in 2003 in the American Journal of Neuroradiology1 before answering.  “Nothing,” he said.  “I have no thoughts. When you have nothing to think about, it’s easy.”  Unfortunately for Koepka, Tiger Woods gave him something to think about when he birdied #15 to take the lead. Koepka ended up finishing 1 stroke behind Woods in a 3-way tie for second place. While Koepka has very likely never heard of the American Journal of Neuroradiology, and had not really read the paper from 2003, his simple answer is a proof-of-concept of Dr. Ross’ paper that showed decreased fMRI activity in highly skilled compared to less skilled golfers.

—Keith B. Quencer, MD, Department of Radiology,
University of Utah School of Medicine
—Kevin S. Quencer, JD, Knoxville, Tennessee

  1. Ross JS, Tkach J, Ruggieri PM, et al. The mind’s eye: functional MR imaging evaluation of golf motor imagery. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2003;24:1036—44

Following an International Meeting From Home: Is It Possible?

Traditionally, annual international meetings are events to attend: a place to share a poster presentation or give an oral presentation, moderate a session, or simply to learn something new over multiple days. Preparation for the meeting includes planning the journey and choosing the most interesting lectures to attend. In recent years, it has also become easier to follow international meetings remotely, with improving availability of content online. The Radiological Society of North America and European Society of Radiology meetings, for example, allow online streaming of almost all the lectures, to help spread knowledge while increasing the visibility of the meeting worldwide.

Social media can also be a very useful tool; with the large availability of smartphones and tablets, many attendees now shares “live” snapshots of the meetings. Of the numerous types of social media services, Twitter is often the best suited for these purposes as it allows for live “micro-blogging” of events. For example, searching for the hashtag #ASNR18 allowed live following of many lectures during the last ASNR meeting, with numerous important take-home messages posted from multiple simultaneous talks.

Going deeper, one of the most tweeted lectures was “Review of Modern Classification and Nomenclature of Vasoformative Lesions” by Deborah R. Shatzkes, with near 110 tweets in almost 2 hours, including many pictures of the slides. The visibility of that lecture, and the whole session, got over the limits of the attending audience, reaching people worldwide (this author was actually enjoying the lecture from Italy).

Furthermore, Periscope, a Twitter spin-off app, allows live recording of a session, as during the Keynote lecture by Andy De Lao about the role of the Neuroradiologist in the 21st century.

Such sharing of content is an opportunity for all involved: the meeting organizers and the speaker can increase their visibility (and thereby their reputation) …

#AJNR Vessel Wall Imaging Tweet Chat Summary

Miss out on the March 2018 AJNR Tweet Chat? No worries, catch up on all the discussion.

March 2018 Chat – Vessel Wall Imaging

Hosted by Drs. Mahmud Mossa-Basha (@mossabas) & Waleed Brinjikji (@WBrinjikji).

The discussion covered VW (vessel wall) MRI protocols at different institutions, scenarios for which VW-MRI is most useful, and awareness of availability/utilization by referring clinicians. VW-MRI can add value in differentiating intracranial vascular diseases (vasculitis vs. atherosclerosis vs. RCVS) and characterization of vulnerable lesions. Catch all the conversation below!

Tweet Chat Summary 3/6/18

#AJNR Fellowship Tweet Chat Summary

Miss out on the January 2018 AJNR Tweet Chat? No worries, catch up on all the discussion.

January 2018 Chat – Neuroradiology Fellowship: Current Standings & Future Directions
Hosted by Drs. Darel Heitkamp (@DarelHeitkamp), Aaron Kamer (@apkamer), and Nicholas Koontz (@nakoontz).

The conversation covered the current job market, value of a neuroradiology fellowship (both 1 yr & 2 yrs), what to look for when applying to fellowship programs, & future directions. The consensus was that neuro trained radiologists are well prepared for both private practice & academics. Neuroradiology was referred to as the most marketable of all fellowships (… by a chest radiologist even). Read through the tweets to find out more details!

Tweet Chat 1/30/18