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7th Annual Medical Technology Showcase to be held on Capitol Hill

Enhancing patient care through advances in biomedical imaging

Academy of Radiology Research

The Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) is holding the Seventh Annual Medical Technology Showcase on April 12, 2016 from 5pm-7pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room (325 Russell Senate Office Building) in Washington, DC.

The annual Medical Technology Showcase is a one of a kind event where attendees will explore eleven individual display areas, each focused on a unique and innovative imaging technology to address conditions such as kidney, prostate, brain and lung cancer; TBI in women; neonatal MRI, and even smoking cessation. What is especially compelling about this annual event is that each display area features:

  • an advocate for patients who have benefitted from the technology;
  • an academic researcher who has researched the highlighted disease (often with NIH support);
  • an industry developer who manufactures a cutting-edge technology to combat or treat the disease.

The goal for this event is to educate all attendees -- policymakers, advocates and the public -about the positive impact that imaging technology has on patient care; the value of NIH-funded academic research; and, the importance of effective collaboration among academia, industry and patient advocacy groups. Imaging technology continues to have a significant impact on patient care by enabling earlier detection, more accurate diagnoses, and increasingly more effective treatment options for patients.

Imaging plays a vital role in many areas of medicine that require particular care and precise anatomical guidance. This life-saving function of advanced imaging will be articulated by four patients in attendance:

  • Blakely Murphy is the first person in the world to experience both conventional brain surgery and a second, less invasive brain surgery utilizing advanced image guidance cutting her recovery time from 2 years to one week!
  • Cindy Parlow Cone, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in soccer, whose professional career was cut short at 24 years old suffering from post-concussion syndrome;
  • Barbara Cole, a national spokesperson who is learning to live with the devastating impact of early onset Alzheimer's disease; and,
  • Beth Calabotta, a scientist in the biotechnology field who is facing the challenges of a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.


The Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) is a partnership of patient advocacy groups, academic radiology departments, and industry partners that collectively advocate for imaging research at the National Institutes of Health. To learn more, please contact or visit

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