Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, describes the mission and unique advantage of the Webster Center.
The primary mission of the Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation is to develop and promote imaging methods that ensure the lowest achievable level of patient exposure to radiation.
Following the example set by its namesake, Edward (Ted) W. Webster, the Center is dedicated to improving patient safety by sharing dose-reduction methods developed at Mass General with radiologists, technologists, and other imaging scientists around the world.
The Webster Center, founded by Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall in fall 2010, works toward its goals through:
The Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation offers national and international visiting fellowships for radiologists and technologists interested in CT radiation dose as it pertains to daily clinical practice.
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The Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation has been founded in memory of the late Edward (Ted) W. Webster, PhD (1922 - 2005), who distinguished himself as an outstanding leader, educator, and scientist during his 47 years in the Mass General Department of Radiology and on the Harvard Medical School faculty. His leadership roles included radiation safety officer, chairman of the Radiation Safety and Radioactive Drug Research Committees and the Committee on Research, and director of the Division of Radiological Sciences.
He was an active member of many national and international organizations, including the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation III (BEIR III) Committee for the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council. He also contributed significantly to the works of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Council on Radiation Effects and Measurement, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Council on Radiation Protection (ICRP), and the Atomic Bomb Casualty Committee.
In addition, Dr. Webster was a pioneer in the field of radiology education. He was instrumental in the development of the radiological physics curriculum and examination system for the American Board of Radiology and he founded and directed the New England Roentgen Ray Society's course in radiological physics which, for more than 20 years, was a primary vehicle for the training of radiology residents in New England.
DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
Chairman Emeritus, Mass General Department of Radiology
Divisions of Thoracic and Cardiac Imaging,
Director of CT, Mass General Department of Radiology
Abdominal Imaging & Intervention
Nuclear medicine & molecular imaging
Thoracic imaging & intervention
Vascular imaging & intervention
Team: Dushyant Sahani, Naveen Kulkarni
Ranks #5 in top cited papers in peer-reviewed Investigative Radiology: Prakash P, Kalra MK, Kambadakone AK, et al. Reducing abdominal CT radiation dose with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction technique. Invest Radiol. 2010;45(4):202-210.
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Team: Debra A. Gervais, Shauna Diguna
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