Top GI radiologist delivers BIR/Canon Mayneord Award at UKRCO

16 July 2018

Perry - Canon LogoThe BIR/Canon Mayneord Award  was this year delivered by renowned international expert Professor Perry J. Pickhardt on Monday 2 July to an audience of radiologists, radiographers, scientists and oncologists gathered at UKRCO in Liverpool.

In his engaging talk, Professor Pickhardt said colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.  This is a preventable disease and even early cancers are effectively treatable. In many parts of the developed world it is either under-screened or not screened at all, whilst in parts of the USA arguably too many colonoscopies are performed, which reveal many tiny polyps, very few of which will ever turn into cancer. He went on to describe the optimum screening process using CT colonography and then outlined the polyp to cancer sequence, CT colonography overview, and covered both static and dynamic predictors. He finished with a positive message that a prolonged window exists for colorectal cancer prevention and early detection and that CT colonography is highly attractive for population screening.

Professor Pickhardt has a worldwide reputation as a clinician, academic, and educator in GI imaging. He is currently Chief of Gastrointestinal Imaging at the University Of Wisconsin School Of Medicine and Public Health, and the Medical Director of Cancer Imaging at the centre. Originally graduating in physics, he had a career in the US Navy as a radiologist, including a period at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

BIR President Andy Rogers said “Professor Pickhardt’s talk was a tour-de-force of the current evidence surrounding the diagnosis of colon cancer and the important role of CT Colonography (CTC) in that diagnosis. It was a pleasure to welcome Perry to UKRCO and I wish him every success in forwarding the cause of colon cancer screening by CTC.”

After the lecture, Professor Pickhardt was presented with a commemorative trophy. He said, "I was truly honoured to receive the BIR/Canon Mayneord Award and be given the opportunity to deliver a lecture at UKRCO in Liverpool.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director Canon Medical, who presented the award, said, ”It is crucial that we, as society, take note and act on the extensive knowledge and experience of people like Professor Perry Pickhardt, because early intervention with diseases like colon cancer means outcomes are so much better for patients, and affordable for healthcare systems that are increasingly over stretched.”

Read more about Professor Pickhardt’s work in this article inAJR.

CT Colonography Performance for the Detection of Polyps and Cancer in Adults ≥ 65 Years Old: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

(Free access to this article is offered through the BIR’s membership of the American Roentgen Ray Society’s Global Partner Network)

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