ASRT Foundation Announces Spring 2015 Grant Recipients

May. 18, 2015

The ASRT Foundation has announced the recipients of its spring 2015 research grants.

The research grant recipients and their projects for this spring are:

Targeted US Contrast to Perform Molecular Imaging Within the Injured Spinal Cord

Kevin Evans, Ph.D. R.T.(R), RDMS,RVS, FSDMS, of The Ohio State University, along with co-investigator Kevin Volz, M.S., RVT, received a grant of $10,000 in May 2015. Their research focuses on the development of a more effective and less painful method of neural tissue imaging, allowing for an earlier neural inflammation diagnosis that could have profound benefits clinically. The goal of this research is to increase the level of evidence of the utilization of targeted ultrasound contrast, which ultimately could advance its use to clinical practice. 

Understanding the Microbial Community and Dynamics within Radiation Therapy Treatment Centers

Elva Dawson, Ed.D., R.T.(T), of the University of St. Francis, along with co-investigators Leia Levy, M.Ad.Ed., R.T.(T), and Ben Whitlock, Ph.D., received first-year grant funds totaling $3,260 in May 2015. Their research focuses on informing radiation therapists about microorganisms in the work environment so as to empower the therapists to make better choices about infection control procedures, both in terms of the type of control measures used and how these measures should be focused. This will serve to improve awareness among the treatment staff so that more attention can be placed on personal control procedures in order to provide a safer working environment for both patients and therapists.

Compression Device for Medical Imaging

James N. Johnston, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(CV), of Midwestern State University, along with co-investigators Dr. Dale McDonald, Dr. Salim Azzouz, Ryian Williams, an engineering student, and Rachel Whetley, a radiography student, received a grant of $9,874.30, in May 2015. Their research focuses on developing a functioning clinical version of a radiolucent (invisible to x-ray imaging) device that will apply uniform compression across an obese or morbidly obese person’s abdomen. Such a compression of tissues, in general, would reduce the quantity of radiation necessary to produce the image and improve the overall quality of the radiographic examination.

The research grant program provides radiologic science professionals with funding to conduct a research project in affiliation with an academic or clinical institution.

Grant recipients submitted applications and were selected based on the strength of their proposal and alignment with the overall mission of the ASRT Foundation. The Foundation’s Research and Grants Advisory Panel evaluated grant applications and made recommendations to the Board of Trustees for funding. Recipients were then approved by the Board of Trustees.

Applications for the fall 2015 grant programs are being accepted through Aug. 1. To learn more about the research grant programs and how to submit a letter of intent before the proposal deadline, please consult the research grant application packet.