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Stony Brook doctor wins radiology website award

Stony Brook University Hospital's Dr. Michael Poon won the Scientific Paper of the Year award from the radiology website, the university announced Monday.

The website recognized Poon for a study that showed that computed tomography can reduce unnecessary treatment for emergency room patients with chest pains.

Computed tomography, commonly known as a CT scan, creates detailed images of structures inside the body using multiple X-rays called slices.

Poon led a team that published the study in the Aug. 6 issue of the Journal of American College of Cardiology. The study, titled "Associations Between Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography and Reduced Unnecessary Hospital Admissions, Length of Stay, Recidivism Rates and Invasive Coronary Angiography In the Emergency Department Triage of Chest Pain," looked at the treatment of nearly 900 patients who came to the emergency room with chest pain. Half received standard care, which is mostly observation, while the other half was evaluated with coronary computed tomographic angiography.

Patients who received standard care were 5.5 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital and their stays were 1.6 times longer than those who received the coronary computed tomographic angiography.

Stony Brook said in a news release that it has adopted the use of the scans as part of its standard care. The university said that using the scans for triage could save the health care system millions of dollars.

The website describes itself as "the first comprehensive community Internet site for radiologists and related professionals in the medical imaging industry." It announced the awards Oct. 30.