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  • First Impression

    August 1, 2015

    Numbers in the News

    2 The number of times the transition to ICD-10 as the new national coding standard has been delayed since the rule was first published in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read how radiologists are preparing for the transition, which—barring another act of Congress—goes into effect on October 1.

    80 The approximate number of hotels RSNA offers to annual meeting attendees, with many rooms available at discounted rates. Reserve your hotel rooms via the RSNA housing system.

    90 Percentage of patients with chronic plantar fasciitis who experienced relief after undergoing ultrasound therapy during research conducted at one Nebraska clinic. Read more about the growing benefits of ultrasound therapy—including its effectiveness in treating carpal tunnel syndrome.

    8 The number of ”Reasons to be Optimistic about the Future of Radiology,” according to the title of a Career 101 presentation by Jonathan Berlin, M.D., M.B.A., as part of the RSNA 2015 Resident & Fellow Symposium. Read more on the symposium and about the recent RSNA Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC) meeting.

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    In Memoriam

    Carol A. Mittelstaedt, M.D. Mittelstaedt

    Ultrasound pioneer Carol A. Mittelstaedt, M.D., known to all as “Dr. Mitt,” died March 12, 2015, at 69.

    Dr. Mittelstaedt, who grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1971. She completed a radiology residency at the same institution in 1975, finishing her fellowship in diagnostic ultrasound at the University of California, San Diego in 1976, studying under Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine Editor Emeritus George R. Leopold, M.D.

    During her lengthy career at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, Dr. Mittelstaedt founded the clinical ultrasound service and was one of the first women appointed to the faculty of the Department of Radiology where she served as director of ultrasound until 2004. She also founded a school of sonography at UNC.

    A fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), Dr. Mittelstaedt’s lengthy service to AIUM included serving as member of its board of governors from 1995 to 1998.

    She researched and authored two globally acclaimed medical textbooks: Abdominal Ultrasound and General Ultrasound, as well as numerous related articles. Dr. Mittelstaedt was a frequent invited lecturer at many national and local radiology conventions as well as foreign medical convocations in Chile, Egypt, Hong Kong and Thailand.

    In her position as a leader in both the AIUM and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, Dr. Mittelstaedt mentored and supported the careers of many young sonologists who later became leaders in the ultrasound community. Her efforts to introduce ultrasound to young faculty inspired many to choose ultrasound as their main specialty of interest.

    Anna S. Lev-Toaff, M.D. Lev-Toaff

    Anna S. Lev-Toaff, M.D., a prolific researcher and respected clinician, died April 3, 2015, from complications secondary to multiple myeloma. She was 60.

    Dr. Lev-Toaff served as a professor of radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania since 2008. Prior to that, she served on the faculty at Thomas Jefferson University for 18 years and at Temple University from 1986 to 1990. After receiving her bachelor’s and medical degrees at New York University, she trained in surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Dr. Lev-Toaff completed her radiology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and earned her fellowship in abdominal imaging at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Lev-Toaff was an accomplished academic physician and radiologist, specializing in abdominal imaging with exceptional skills in gastrointestinal radiology and ultrasound. She was elected to fellowship in the American College of Radiology, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound for her many accomplishments in research, education, clinical and volunteer work for various radiology organizations.

    She published 75 papers and over 100 abstracts, and presented more than 200 invited lectures. Dr. Lev-Toaff also co-edited the textbook, Clinical Pelvic Imaging: CT, Ultrasound and MRI.

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