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Ferenc Jolesz First Monday Research Seminars

The Department of Radiology holds a monthly Ferenc Jolesz Seminar series presented by Harvard Medical School investigators, as well as speakers from other institutions, on a wide range of topics related to image-guided therapy. These seminars honor the late Dr. Ferenc Jolesz who founded the multidisciplinary image-guided therapy program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is widely known as a founding father of the field of image-guided therapy.

Upcoming Seminars

Fides Schwartz, MD: Photon-counting CT – What is it and what do we do with it?

DATE: Monday, March 4th, 2024
TIME: 12:15pm-1:15pm
LOCATION: Anesthesia Lecture Hall and via Zoom –

Located at 45 Francis Street entrance on the L1 level. Enter through the sliding doors at the 45 Francis Street entrance, go straight through the lobby. You will be on the 2nd floor. Take a left onto the 2nd floor hallway called “the Pike”. Continue straight until you see the Mary Horrigan Connors elevators on your right. Take these elevators to level L1. When you exit the elevators, look directly to your left. There will be a set of double doors with a sign for the Anesthesia Department. Enter through these double doors and continue straight until you reach a wall. Make a left and the room will be straight ahead.

Fides Schwartz

Fides Schwartz, MD
Research Associate in Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Lead Investigator
Center of Advanced CT Translation and Innovation (CACTI)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Photon-counting Computed Tomography (PCCT) has emerged as a transformative technology with the potential to herald a new era of clinical capabilities. This lecture provides a comprehensive exploration of PCCT, explaining its foundational principles, touching on the diversity of its implementations by various vendors, and showcasing the broad spectrum of clinical applications it enables. We spotlight the inherent challenges of PCCT and the innovative breakthroughs that enabled key features of PCCT, such as enhanced spatial and contrast resolution, material discrimination, and radiation dose efficiency. These principles will be highlighted with examples of the diagnostic opportunities that PCCT offers, opportunities that are poised to make it a pivotal tool in advancing patient care and medical research. Imaging of diseases that were previously invisible or challenging to detect with prior cutting-edge technology is becoming a possibility in many sub-specialties which underscores the imperative for continued exploration and integration of PCCT into routine clinical practice.

Fides Schwartz is currently a Lead Investigator in the newly established Center for Advanced CT Translation and Innovation (CACTI) in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research interests are in the streamlining of processes for CT imaging within diverse imaging departments, especially for the new technology of PCCT. She is involved in research with all divisions using the PCCTs installed at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Emergency Department and Shapiro Center). Previously, she received her MD at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at Basel University Hospital in Switzerland and research fellowships in the Duke University Department of Radiology, Durham, NC.

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