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Presentation on Research Utilizing Konica Minolta’s Technology Receives Top Honor, Magna Cum Laude Award, at RSNA Annual Meeting, one of Largest International Conferences on Radiology

Tokyo (January 10, 2017) – Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) announces that two presentations made by research institutions on research utilizing dynamic chest radiography, a technology under development by Konica Minolta, received awards – a top honor, a Magna Cum Laude award; and a Certificate of Merit award at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), which is one of the largest international conferences on radiology, held in Chicago, USA, from November 27 to December 2, 2016.

Titles of award-winning presentations and award winners

Magna Cum Laude award
(Top honor)
Dynamic Chest Radiography Using Flat Panel Detector System: Technique and Applications
Y. Yamada, MD, PhD, Boston, MA, M. Ueyama, MD, PhD, T. Abe, MD, T. Araki, MD, PhD, H. Hatabu, MD, PhD, S. Kudoh, MD, PhD
Certificate of Merit award CH143-ED-X
Fundamentals of Dynamic Chest Radiography: Low-Cost and High Performance Functional Imaging
R. Tanaka, PhD, Kanazawa JAPAN, S. Sanada, PhD, I. Matsumoto, K. Kasahara, MD, PhD, K. Sakuta, RT, Y. Kishitani

Attended by approximately 60,000 people this year, the RSNA’s annual meeting featured presentations by the world’s leading experts in various fields, seminars, as well as 1,867 education exhibits. During the Announcement of Education Exhibit Awards, Magna Cum Laude awards, Cum Laude awards, and Certificate of Merit awards were given to 28, 67, and 302 presentations, respectively.

The Magna Cum Laude award given to Dr. Yamada for a presentation on research utilizing Konica Minolta’s dynamic chest radiography is the top honor given by the RSNA, and is awarded only to presentations that demonstrate superiority in clinical application, in addition to technical excellence. Dr. Tanaka received a Certificate of Merit award for a presentation on research utilizing the same Konica Minolta technology. The awards given to these two presentations indicate that the RSNA has high expectations for dynamic chest radiography.

Dynamic chest radiography

Dynamic chest radiography currently under development by Konica Minolta is a modality to provide sequential chest radiographs using a dynamic flat panel detector system with a large field of view. It captures radiographic images consecutively for 10 to 15 seconds with a patient receiving almost the same level of radiation as they do when conventional routine frontal and lateral chest radiographs are taken. The sequential chest radiographs (dynamic image) allow medical professional to obtain dynamic morphological information regarding respiratory and circulation, and also provide findings related to pulmonary ventilation and blood flow dynamics as slight changes in pixel value. This technology can obtain the morphological and pulmonary ventilation information of a patient in a natural standing or upright-seated position, which, along with its cost efficiency, makes it advantageous over CT and MRI scans.

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

The RSNA was established in 1915 and is one of the world’s largest societies of radiology with more than 50,000 members. Its annual meeting is held in Chicago from late November to early December. The RSNA was involved in the development of DICOM – a de facto standard for medical imaging – and is among the world’s most influential organizations in the field of radiology.
In conjunction with the annual meeting, the world’s largest radiology exhibition is held. In this year’s exhibition, RSNA 2016, 659 companies and organizations, including Konica Minolta, showcased their products.

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