Jefferson Students Win Best Poster at 2013 SVU National Conference

Melanie Kinkler and Deborah Rodgers, vascular sonography students in the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson School of Health Professions, won for best student poster at the 2013 Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) Conference. Their poster, “Delayed Appearance of Aortic Pseudoaneurysm,” discussed the rare findings of an aortic pseudoaneurysm case and the significance of treating it.

“Winning the poster presentation award is an honor, especially because this is my first year as an ultrasound student,” said Kinkler. “I am very passionate about what I am currently studying, so I put a lot of effort into writing up and researching this case study, rather than just viewing it as a school project.  I really enjoyed being able to share and teach other sonographers from all over the country about such a rare complication that they will probably never come across in their career.”

Kinkler was not familiar with aortic pseudoaneurysms until she met a patient diagnosed with it at her clinical site. Though an extremely rare finding, an aortic pseudoaneurysm is usually fatal and must be repaired immediately.  Without repair, the aneurysm can rupture, causing rapid death.

For more information, contact Sienna Choi, 215-503-1918 or sienna.choi@jefferson.edu