What is an Aunt Minnie?

January 5, 2012 -- Q: What is an Aunt Minnie?

A: The exact origins of the term "Aunt Minnie" are a bit hazy, but it's believed to have been coined in the 1940s by Dr. Ben Felson, a radiologist at the University of Cincinnati. He used it to describe "a case with radiologic findings so specific and compelling that no realistic differential diagnosis exists."

In other words: If it looks like your Aunt Minnie, then it's your Aunt Minnie. To view our AuntMinnieTV segment featuring an interview with Dr. Maurice Reeder, a colleague of Dr. Felson's, [  Watch Presentation ].

AuntMinnie's founder, radiologist Dr. Phillip Berman, felt the term was a perfect fit for the radiology Web site he began to develop in 1999. AuntMinnie.com launched in November of that year, and it soon became a friendly, familiar stop on the Internet for "Radiology Decisions Start HereTM".