Medical Imaging Student Research

2016 Student Research Poster Presentation Day

Tyler Collins

Junior Tyler Collins of Olyphant, presented his research, “MRI & UCL Reconstruction,” a study of the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to aid in the diagnosis and treatment during ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. UCL is known as Tommy Johns surgery, and involves replacing a damaged ligament in the elbow with a tendon from elsewhere in the body.

Adam Strogis

Junior Adam Strogis of Harleysville presented his research, “Treatments of a Glioblastoma Multiforme,” a study of how radiation therapy can improve survival rates of patients with glioblastoma multiforme, a highly malignant and rapidly growing form of brain cancer.

Stephanie Piser

Senior Stephanie Piser of Middletown, Delaware, presented her research, “Ductal Carcinoma in SITU,” a study of the use of mammography to diagnose and treat ductal carcinoma, a common form of non-evasive breast cancer contained to the milk ducts of the breast. Lynn Blazaskie, B.S.R.T. (R), a clinical instructor of medical imaging, served as faculty advisor on the project.

Kristen Kabacinski

Senior Kristen Kabacinski of Duryea presented her research, “Use of Embolization in the Treatment of Splenic Trauma,” a study of the use of embolization, an interventional radiology, in comparison to surgery in the treatment of blunt spleen injuries. Mari P. King, Ed.D., R.T. (R), FAEIRS, professor of medical imaging, served as faculty advisor on the project.

Paige Shaughnessy

Junior Paige Shaughnessy of Binghamton, New York, presented her research, “Diagnostic Ultrasonography and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms,” a study of the use of Doppler ultrasound in the detection and monitoring of abdominal aortic aneurysms, a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to measure the amount of blood flow through the arteries and veins. Paula Pate-Schloder, M.S., R.T. (R) (CV) (CT) (VI), FAEIRS, associate professor of medical imaging, served as faculty advisor on the project.

Zuhey Aguilar

Junior Zuhey Aguilar of Wilkes-Barre presented her research, “Craniopharyngioma in Radiation Therapy,” a study of the use of a high- and low-energy beam of photons in the treatment of craniopharyngioma, a benign tumor in the brain that often involves the optic nerve and can cause the loss of vision.

Breana Mosier

Junior Breana Mosier of Wilkes-Barre presented her research, “Low Dose Computed Tomography and Lung Cancer Diagnosis,” a study of the use of a Computed Tomography (CT) scan for earlier diagnosis and to aid in successful treatment of lung cancer.

Stephanie Jugus

Senior Stephanie Jugus of Laflin presented her research, “Bioresorbable Stents to Treat Coronary Artery Disease (CAD),” a study of a new treatment in cardiac catheterization that uses bioresorbable stents to treat coronary artery blockages. Bioresorbable stents gradually dissolve and are absorbed by the body after three years reducing the risk of future complications such as stent fracture and strut malapposition, a situation where the stent partially detaches from the arterial wall.

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