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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