Minnies 2009 semifinal candidates
Article Thumbnail ImageSeptember 11, 2009 -- Below is a list of the candidates for the 2009 edition of the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging. This year's campaign features 137 candidates in 13 categories.
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Finalists in each category will be chosen by AuntMinnie's expert panel, with winners to be announced in November.

Most Influential Radiology Researcher
Dr. Enrico Bernardi, Ph.D., Civic Hospital, Conegliano, Italy
Dr. Mellena Bridges, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Matthew Budoff, Harbor UCLA
Dr. Fiona Gilbert, University of Aberdeen, U.K.
Dr. Jörg Hausleiter, Deutsches Herzzentrum, Munich, Germany
Dr. David C. Levin, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Perry Pickhardt, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Etta Pisano, University of North Carolina
Madan Rehani, International Atomic Energy Agency
Dr. Kathy Schilling, Boca Raton Community Hospital
Dr. U. Joseph Schoepf, Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. Richard Solomon, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Dr. Jean-Charles Vinet, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
Dr. Ralph Weissleder, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Most Effective Radiology Educator
Dr. Tony DeFrance, CVCTA Education Center
Dr. Terry S. Desser, Stanford University
Dr. Leonard M. Glassman, Washington Radiology Associates
Dr. Barry B. Goldberg, Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute
Dr. Jennifer Gould, Washington University
Dr. Albert Hammerman, Washington University
Dr. Tan-Lucien Mohammed, Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Aliya Qayyum, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Jabi Shriki, University of Southern California

Most Effective Radiologic Technologist Educator
George Berdejo, Montefiore Medical Center
Robin Brothers, Medical University of South Carolina
Daniel Cohen, Brooke Army Medical Center
James Murrell, Pima Medical Institute
Kevin Powers, American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Nanci Saurdiff, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Most Effective Radiology Administrator/Manager
Sandra A. Anderson, Memorial Hospital
Christine Capitan, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Brad Haspel, Valley Hospital
William R. Johnson, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
Christopher Lee, Exempla Healthcare
Raymond Manigault, Medical University of South Carolina
Janet Roe, University of Iowa

Best Radiologist Training Program
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Duke University, Durham, NC
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
New York University, New York, NY
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program
City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Pima Medical Institute, Albuquerque, NM
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Most Significant News Event in Radiology
Canada orders review of 70,000 radiology studies
CMS rejects reimbursement for virtual colonoscopy
Congressional bill to close in-office self-referral exemption
CT dose reduction efforts
Focus on reducing infectious disease transmission in radiology
Impact of healthcare reform on radiology
Pediatric CT overdose at California hospital
Reduced cost of coronary CTA for chest pain versus standard of care
Rhode Island puts interventional radiology unit on probation
Rise of national radiology services provider Imaging Advantage
Shortage of molybdenum-99 radiotracer
U.S. Office of the Inspector General investigates questionable ultrasound claims

Biggest Threat to Radiology
Competition to local groups from national firms (Imaging Advantage)
Competition to local groups from teleradiology services providers
Decline in Medicare and third-party reimbursement rates
Increased scrutiny of imaging utilization by third-party payors
Increased use of medical imaging by physicians in other specialties (turf battles)
Overreaction to concern about CT radiation dose
Potential shortage of medical isotopes
Softening job market for radiology professionals

Hottest Clinical Procedure
3D/4D ultrasound
Breast MRI
Coronary CT angiography
CT lung screening
Digital breast tomosynthesis
Functional CT imaging
Positron emission mammography
Virtual colonoscopy

Scientific Paper of the Year
Contrast-induced nephropathy and long-term adverse events: Cause and effect. Solomon R et al, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, August 2009.

Coronary artery calcification screening: Estimated radiation dose and cancer risk. Kim KP et al, Annals of Internal Medicine, July 13, 2009.

Estimated radiation dose associated with cardiac CT angiography. Hausleiter J et al, Journal of the American Medical Association, February 4, 2009.

Exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation from medical imaging procedures. Fazel R et al, New England Journal of Medicine, August 27, 2009.

High-dose gadodiamide for catheter angiography and CT in patients with varying degrees of renal insufficiency: Prevalence of subsequent nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and decline in renal function. Bridges M et al, American Journal of Roentgenology, June 2009.

Incidence and characterization of 18-FDG PET/CT active lesions not reported on contemporary thoracic CT. Vinet J et al, RSNA 2008 meeting.

Ionizing radiation exposure of the population of the United States. Kase K, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, March 3, 2009.

Recent payment and utilization trends in radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging: Comparison between self-referral and referral to radiologists. Levin et al, Journal of the American College of Radiology, June 2009.

Serial two-point ultrasonography plus D-dimer versus whole-leg color-coded Doppler ultrasonography for diagnosing suspected symptomatic deep vein thrombosis: A randomized controlled trial. Bernardi E et al, Journal of the American Medical Association, October 8, 2008.

Three-year outcomes and cost analysis in patients receiving 64-slice computed tomographic coronary angiography for chest pain. Fazel P et al, American Journal of Cardiology, August 15, 2009.

Best New Radiology Device
Aquilion Premium CT scanner, Toshiba America Medical Systems
CXDI-40G compact digital radiography detector, Canon USA
Celero biopsy device, Hologic
DRX-1 digital radiography detector, Carestream Health
FDR AcSelerate digital radiography system, Fujifilm Medical Systems USA
FlexDR digital radiography system, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA
HI Vision Preirus, Hitachi Medical Systems
inSPira HD portable gamma camera, Neurologica
Mobile Art Evolution line of digital radiography systems, Shimadzu Medical Systems
MX 16-slice CT scanner, Philips Healthcare
Optima MR450w MRI scanner, GE Healthcare
Pica open MRI scanner, Time Medical
Q-Rad Digital digital x-ray system, Quantum Medical Imaging
Somatom Definition Flash CT scanner, Siemens Healthcare
Stereo Navigator PET biopsy device, Naviscan

Best New Radiology Software
2D Cardiac Performance Analysis software, TomTec Imaging Systems
Adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) dose reduction software, GE Healthcare
Aquarius iNtuition (AQi) 4.4 software, TeraRecon
Brilliance Workspace (EBW and Portal), Philips Healthcare
COR Analyzer, Rcadia Medical Imaging
eFilm Workstation 3.1, Merge Healthcare
Enterprise Visualization software, Agfa HealthCare
Fusion Hosted RIS/PACS software, Merge Healthcare
Imagineradiology 5.0, Imagine Software
Philips Utilization Services workflow and optimization software, Philips Healthcare
PureWeb software platform, Calgary Scientific
R2 DigitalNow HD computer-aided detection software, Hologic
RadPort for Radiology 2.0 decision-support software, Nuance Communications
SuperPACS software, Carestream Health
Syngo US Workplace 3.5 software, Siemens Healthcare
VeraLook CT colonography computer-aided detection software, iCAD
Visage CS 3.1 software, Visage Imaging
Vitrea Enterprise Suite software, Vital Images
xDL, DeJarnette Research Systems

Best New Radiology Vendor
Alioscopy
LifeImage
Orbital Therapy
Rcadia Medical Imaging
Targeson
Time Medical

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