Upstate News

July 8, 2005
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate professor to produce Web-based teaching guide for radiology residents

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Walter Huda, Ph.D., professor of radiology and director of radiologic physics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has received a $75,000 grant from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research and Education Foundation to produce a Web-based teaching tool for use by radiology residents throughout the United States.

“Our objective is to create a highly visual and interactive teaching tool that will educate radiology residents about the underlying physical principles of medical imaging, as well as on the risks associated with exposures to different types of radiation, such as X-rays and CAT scans,” he said.

“Residents will learn using clinical style images to understand how radiologic images are created, and how they can maximize image quality while minimizing any radiation risks for themselves and their patients,” he said. Huda’s collaborator on the project is J. A Seibert, Ph.D., of the University of California.

In 2004 Huda received an $823,446 National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering research grant to investigate ways of maximizing image quality of CAT scans while minimizing patient radiation exposure. CAT scans account for only 10 percent of all diagnostic examinations performed in the United States each year, but contribute about 70 percent to overall patient medical radiation exposure.

Huda resides in Fayetteville.

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