Medical Physicists Pei-Jan Paul Lin and Frank D. Corwin Publish AAPM Task Group 272 Report

Portrait of Pei-Jan Paul Lin, Ph.D.    Portrait of medical physicist Frank Corwin
Richmond, VA – January 2022 - Pei-Jan Paul Lin, PhD (first author), professor and Chair of the Division of Diagnostic Medical Physics, and Frank D. Corwin, PhD, assistant professor, along with many other American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) physicists recently published, "Report of the AAPM Task Group 272: Comprehensive acceptance testing and evaluation of fluoroscopy imaging systems."

The abstract states, "Modern fluoroscopes used for image guidance have become quite complex. Adding to this complexity are the many regulatory and accreditation requirements that must be fulfilled during acceptance testing of a new unit. Further, some of these acceptance tests have pass/fail criteria, while others do not, making acceptance testing a subjective and time consuming task. The AAPM Task Group 272 Report spells out the details of tests that are required and gives visibility to some of the tests that while not yet required, are recommended as good practice. The organization of the report begins with the most complicated fluoroscopes used in interventional radiology or cardiology, continues with general fluoroscopy and mobile C-arms. Finally, the Appendices of the report provide useful information, an example report form and topics that needed their own section due to the level of detail."

The AAPM Task Group 272 was established in November 2015 with the goal of defining testing procedures for fluoroscopic imaging systems, including conventional, mobile C-arm, and interventional/angiography systems, thereby establishing a comprehensive acceptance test procedure for practicing medical physicists.

Dr. Mark S. Parker Receives Distinguished Educator Award from American Roentgen Ray Society

Portrait of Mark Parker MD FACR in white coat

Richmond, VA – January 2022 - Mark S. Parker, M.D., FACR, Professor and Thoracic Imaging Section Chief, is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS). The award is designed to celebrate and honor inspirational educators in the field of radiology with a track record of improving the society's educational program through innovative educational activities that result in improved participant competence and performance which ultimately leads to improved patient outcomes, the award goes to a single physician each year.

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., Chair VCU Department of Radiology, expresses excitement that, "Dr. Parker's talents and contributions have been recognized on the national level by one of Radiology’s premier societies."

Dr. Mark Parker is well-known throughout VCU as a dedicated educator of medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. As a Cardiothoracic Radiologist, Parker established the VCU Lung Cancer Screening Program. He also contributes to the evolving information related to COVID-19 by serving as the ARRS Course Director for the Virtual COVID-19 Symposium, which is attended by radiologists worldwide.

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Dr. Mark S. Parker Course Director of ARRS COVID-19 Virtual Symposium

Richmond, VA – January 2022 - Mark S. Parker, M.D., FACR, was course director of the American Roentgen Ray Society COVID-19: Prevailing Clinical, Imaging, Healthcare, and Economic Issues of 2022 Virtual Symposium.

During the symposium, radiologists across multiple subspecialties and experts in epidemiology, public health, and oncology delivered sessions focused on the principal problems still plaguing physicians.

Dr. Parker opened the symposium with session, "Current State of COVID Mutations and Variants" and Michael P. Stevens M.D., VCU Division of Infectious Diseases, presented an afternoon session, "Status of Vaccines and Therapies for COVID."

The COVID-19: Prevailing Issues of 2022 Symposium was offered virtually and on demand.

Dr. Parker Collaboration Published in Annals of Medicine and Surgery

Mark Parker M D dictating C T scan findings in a reading roomRichmond, VA - January 2022 - Mark S. Parker, M.D., FACR, Professor and Thoracic Imaging Section Chief in collaboration with colleagues from other institutions recently published, "Pulmonary Barotrauma in COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis" in the Annals of Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Parker notes, "we have seen a significant increase in barotrauma in COVID patients, on the order of 11-20% pre-delta variant during which time this article was written, and as high as 40% with the delta variant. It comes in various forms such as spontaneous pneumothorax, spontaneous tension pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, pneumopericardium, pneumoperitoneum, pulmonary interstitial emphysema, pneumatocele-air cyst formation and subcutaneous air and may occur with both high-flow nasal cannula and mechanical ventilation."

Dr. Gregory Vorona Presents at the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology Annual Meeting

Portrait of Gregory Vorona M D in a white lab coatRichmond, VA – January 2022 - Gregory Vorona, M.D., Assistant Professor and Pediatric Radiologist at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, presents four cases at the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology (ASPNR) 4th Annual Meeting held in-person January 7-9, 2022 in Miami, FL.

As an invited faculty member, Dr. Vorona demonstrated his expertise covering challenging topics in pediatric neuroradiology and advanced imaging techniques to colleagues from across the country. He also participated in the "Pediatric Emergency Imaging: Rapid Fire Carousel" and an evening pediatric neuroradiology "Game Show."

Dr. Taryar Zaw Study Collaboration Published in Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography.

Taryar Zaw M.D. white coat portraitRichmond, VA - January 2022 - Taryar M Zaw, M.D., Assistant Professor and Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention (MSK) Radiologist, is one of the authors for collaborative study, "Calcific Tendinosis Reduces Diagnostic Performance of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Detection of Rotator Cuff Tears" published November 9, 2021 in the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography.

Complete list of authors include: Sill, Andrew P. MD; Zaw, Taryar MD; Flug, Jonathan A. MD, MBA; Hartigan, David E. MD; Kransdorf, Mark J. MD; Brinkman, Joseph MD; Fox, Michael G. MD, MBA. 

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S. Mohammad H. Gharavi, M.D.

S. Mohammad H. Gharavi, M.D.

Assistant Professor

S. Mohammad H. Gharavi, M.D.

S. Mohammad H. Gharavi, M.D.

Assistant Professor



West Hospital, South Wing

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Armaghan Faghihimehr, M.D.

Armaghan Faghihimehr, M.D.

Armaghan Faghihimehr, M.D.

Armaghan Faghihimehr, M.D.


M.D. - Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
Internship/Residency - Internal Medicine - MedStar Health, Baltimore, MD

Drs. Seyed Mohammad H. Gharavi and Armaghan Faghihimehr Publish in PET Clinics

Richmond, VA - November 2021 - Seyed Mohammad H. Gharavi, M.D., Assistant Professor in Neuroradiology, and Armaghan Faghihimehr, M.D., a second year radiology resident, publish the review article, "Clinical Application of Artificial Intelligence in PET Imaging of Head and Neck Cancer" in PET Clinics (Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2022, Pages 65-76,)

Pei-Jan Paul Lin, Ph.D. co-authored research accepted by the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics

Richmond, VA - October 2021 - Pei-Jan Paul Lin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Division of Diagnostic Medical Physics, co-authored research with Atsushi Fukuda, Nao Ichikawa, and Kosuke Matsubara titled, "Determination of geometric information and radiation field overlaps on the skin in percutaneous coronary interventions with computer-aided design-based X-ray beam modeling" was accepted for publication by the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics. Follow the link to the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics to read the research.

Drs. Shaimaa Fadl and Mark S. Parker Publish Article in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging

Portrait of Shaimaa Fadl, M.D. in medical white coat     Portrait of Mark Parker MD FACR in white coat

Richmond, VA - October 2021 - Shaimaa A. Fadl, MD, MBChB (first author) and Mark S. Parker, MD, FACR (senior author) from the VCU Health Departments of Radiology and Pathology for the publication of, "Minute Pulmonary Meningothelial-like Nodules" in the RSNA journal Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

Dr. Fadl is an Assistant Professor and Cardiothoracic Imaging and Emergency Radiology specialist. Dr. Parker is a Professor, in Radiology and Internal Medicine Co-Section Chief of Cardiothoracic Imaging, Thoracic Imaging Fellowship Director and Lung Cancer Screening Program Director.

Follow the link to Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging to read the publication.

Dr. Priti Shah presents at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Pi Rho Omega Chapter's 2021 virtual Breast Cancer Forum

Richmond, VA - October 2021 - Dr. Priti Shah, VCU Breast Imaging, and Dr. Vanessa Sheppard, VCU Massey Cancer Center, joined other medical professionals in women's health to discuss breast cancer screening, prevention, mammography, ultrasound, and research at the 2021 virtual Breast Cancer Forum organized by the Pi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The forum in an annual interactive event focused on providing accurate, up-to-date information about breast cancer screening and cancer research. The annual forum is free and open to the public.

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Dr. Tiffany Tucker joins Massey medical director for Links in Pink: Detection is Protection webinar

Richmond, VA - October 2021 - Dr. Tiffany Tucker, VCU Breast Imaging specialist and Assistant Professor, joined Dr. Robert Winn, Medical Director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center, to provide information about the latest trends in breast cancer early detection and prevention during the Links in Pink: Detection is Protection webinar organized by the Virginia chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The Links, an international, non-for-profit corporation founded in 1946, has a long tradition of engaging in educational, civic and inter-cultural activities in communities we serve.

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