The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research and Education (R&E) Foundation has awarded a two-year, $150,000 Research Scholar Grant to Kenneth S. Lee, M.D., assistant professor of musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The title of Dr. Lee’s research project is ‘Quantitative Imaging of the Tendon: Use of Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography as a Biomarker to Predict Tendon Rupture.’ This ambitious project will provide an opportunity for professional and scientific growth for Dr. Lee and, ultimately, lead to improvements in patient care-the mission of the RSNA R&E Foundation.
Dr. Lee has put together a strong team at the University of Wisconsin, including Darryl G. Thelen, Ph.D., Ryan J. DeWall, Ph.D. and Ray Vanderby, Ph.D. In addition, Dr. Lee will work with Mathias Fink, Ph.D., world-renowned professor of physics at the Ecole Supï¿©rieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI). Dr. Fink pioneered Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography, an innovative technique that combines ultrasound and elastography to quanititively measure tissue stiffness in real time.
James P. Borgstede, M.D., Chair of the R&E Foundation Board of Trustees, expressed his appreciation of investigators like Dr. Lee and the donors that make these grants possible. “This year, the RSNA R&E Foundation has awarded over $3 million in grants-a record setting funding level. On behalf of the R&E Foundation Board of Trustees, I would like to thank our donors for funding these inspiring individuals and their research. Their promising projects have clinical and translational implications that will most certainly move our specialty forward.”