Minnies 2006 semifinal candidates

Below is a list of the candidates for the 2006 edition of the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging. This year's campaign features 211 candidates in 13 categories.

Most Influential Radiology Researcher
Dr. Beryl Benacerraf, Harvard University
Dr. Kevin Berbaum, University of Iowa
Dr. David Bluemke, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. William Boonn, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Matthew Budoff, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Dr. Marcelo Di Carli, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Damian Dupuy, Brown University
Flemming Forsberg, Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Stanford University
Dr. Claudia Henschke, Cornell University
Dr. C. Daniel Johnson, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Willi Kalendar, Ph.D., University of Erlangen, Germany
Dr. Gabriel Krestin, Erasmus Medical Center, the Netherlands
Dr. Kieran Murphy, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Konstantin Nikolaou, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany
Dr. Mathias Prokop, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Dr. Bruce Rosen, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Noriko Salamon, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Mitchell Schnall, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Joseph Schoepf, Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. John Ulmer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

Most Effective Radiology Educator
Dr. Gerald Abbott, Brown University
Dr. Douglas Beall, University of Oklahoma
Stewart Bushong, Ph.D., Baylor University
Dr. Guillermo Carrera, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Christine Chung, University of California, San Diego
Dr. David Dowe, Atlantic Medical Imaging
Dr. Georges El-Khoury, University of Iowa
Dr. Stan Garber, Campbell River Hospital, Canada
Dr. Barry Goldberg, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Nicholas Gourtsoyiannis, University of Crete, Greece
Dr. Albert Hammerman, Washington University
Dr. Clyde Helms, Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Laura Liberman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Bruce McClennan, Yale University
Dr. Theresa McLoud, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Wallace Miller Jr., University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Matthias Prokop, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands
Dr. Ravi Ramakantan, King Edward Memorial Hospital, India
Dr. Donald Resnick, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Geoffrey Rubin, Stanford University
Dr. Stephen Schabel, Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. Raju Sharma, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Dr. Marilyn Siegel, Washington University in St. Louis/Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Dr. Evan Siegelman, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Jorge Soto, Boston University Medical Center
Dr. Thomas Stavros, Sally Jobe Comprehensive Breast Centre
Dr. Furqan Tejani, Long Island College Hospital

Most Effective Radiologic Technologist Educator
Troy Albrecht, Theda Clark Medical Center
Marilyn Baird, Monash University, Australia
Melissa Brown, Madigan Army Medical Center
Rick Carlton, Grand Valley State University
Richard Fries, Shore Memorial Hospital
Joanne Greathouse, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Michael Latimer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Cuba
Kathy Martensen, University of Iowa
Diane Mayo, St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital
Connie Mitchell, University of Nebraska
Joanne Niewood, University of Pennsylvania
Scott Oaks, West Hills Community College
Kevin Powers, American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Joy Renner, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Judy Rose, Merced College
Susan Sanson, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
Carole South-Winter, Southeast Technical Institute
Jane Van Valkenburg, Ph.D., Weber State University
Sharon Wu, Henry Ford Community College

Most Effective Radiology Administrator/Manager
Gordon Ah Tye, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Andrea Dietz, Quantum Imaging and Therapeutic Associates
Shannon Doyle, Penrad Imaging
Patrick Epting, Radiology Associates of West Pasco
David Gorman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Karen Hall, The Alfred Hospital
Gregory Kusiak, The Hill Medical
Penny Olivi, University of Maryland
Laura Pierce, Stanford University
Vivian Prinster, Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Donovan Spamer, Lenox Hill Radiology
Greg Thon, Summit Medical Center
Alicia Vasquez, Arcadia Radiology Medical Group
Cindy Vest, University of Iowa

Best Radiologist Training Program
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Brown University, Providence, RI
Duke University, Durham, NC
Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
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 Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
Pima Medical Institute, Tucson, AZ
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
South Plains College, Lubbock, TX
Theda Clark School of Radiologic Technology, Neenah, WI
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Most Significant News Event in Radiology
FDA clearance of first computed radiography digital mammography system
Growth of cardiac CT angiography
Impact of the Internet on radiology
Increased scrutiny of physician self-referral abuse
Introduction of first dual-source CT scanner
Introduction of new CPT codes for 3D studies
Media coverage of harmful effects of radiation
New reimbursement level for rubidium-82-based PET exams
Passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
Pending sale of Eastman Kodak Health Group
Softening job market for radiology professionals
United States Pharmacopeia report on errors in radiology

Biggest Threat to Radiology
Decline in Medicare and third-party reimbursement rates
Fee-splitting with cardiologists
Increased scrutiny of imaging utilization by third-party payors
Increased use of medical imaging by physicians in other specialties (turf battles)
Increasing cost of technology acquisition
Increasing radiation dose from new imaging technology
Lack of innovation in radiology
Limited-licensure programs for radiologic technologists
Malpractice insurance crisis
Offshore radiologists reading U.S. studies
Reduced competition due to consolidation of imaging vendors
Softening job market for radiology professionals
Unnecessary radiation dose to patients

Hottest Clinical Procedure
3D/4D ultrasound
Breast MRI
Cardiac CT angiography
CT lung screening
Hybrid PET/CT scanning
MR angiography
MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy
Thermal ablation of tumors
Virtual colonoscopy
Whole-body CT screening

Scientific Paper of the Year
Assessment of cardiovascular risk status at CT colonography. Davila JA et al. Radiology. 2006 Jul;240(1):110-115.

Computer-aided detection as evidence in the courtroom: Potential implications of an appellate court's ruling. Brenner et al. AJR. 2006 Jan;186(1):48-51.

Computer-aided detection in screening CT for pulmonary nodules. Yuan et al. AJR. 2006 May;186(5):1280-1287.

Cost-effectiveness analysis of weekday and weeknight or weekend shifts for assessment of appendicitis. Doria A et al. Pediatric Radiology. 2005 Dec;35(12):1186-1195.

Deaths attributed to x-ray contrast media on U.S. death certificates. Wysowski D et al. AJR, 2006 Mar;186(3):613-615.

Effectiveness of noninvasive diagnostic tests for breast abnormalities. Bruening W et al. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2006 Feb.

Flying blind: Using a digital dashboard to navigate a complex PACS environment. Morgan MB. SCAR 2006.

"Flying through" and "flying around" a PET/CT scan: Pilot study and development of 3D integrated 18F-FDG PET/CT for virtual bronchoscopy and colonoscopy. Quon et al. SNM 2006.

Global and regional left ventricular function: A comparison between gated SPECT, 2D echocardiography and multi-slice computed tomography. Henneman et al. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. 2006 Jul 25 epub.

Improving the efficiency of gynecologic sonography with 3-dimensional volumes: A pilot study. Benacerraf et al. JUM. 2006 Feb;25(12):165-171.

Multidetector computed tomography for acute pulmonary embolism. Stein et al. N Engl J Med. 2006 Jun 1;354(22):2383-2385.

Orthopedic hardware complications diagnosed with multi-detector row CT. Ohashi et al. Radiology. 2005 Nov;237(2):570-577.

Prenatal exposure to ultrasound waves impacts neuronal migration in mice. Ang et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2006 Aug 10 epub.

Prevalence of noncalcified coronary plaques by 64-slice computed tomography in patients with an intermediate risk for significant coronary artery disease. Hausleiter et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Jul 18;48(2):312-318.

Radiologist use of and perceived needs for patient data access in the interpretation process. Boonn W. SCAR 2006.

Women's susceptibility to tobacco carcinogens and survival after diagnosis of lung cancer. Henschke et al. JAMA. 2006 Jul 12;296(2):180-184.

Best New Radiology Device
Accusorb MRI RF shielding material, Millimeter Wave Technology
CardiArc cardiac SPECT system, CardiArc
Cardius-3M mobile triple-head gamma camera, Digirad
CO²Efficient endoscopic insufflator, E-Z-EM
CXDI-50C digital radiography panel, Canon Medical Systems
D-SPECT cardiac SPECT system, Spectrum Dynamics
Discovery DEXA system, Hologic
DryStar 5503 dry-process mammography printer, Agfa HealthCare
FCRm computed radiography mammography system, Fujifilm Medical Systems USA
Gemini TF PET/CT system, Philips Medical Systems
Infinix CF-i/SP cardiac cath lab, Toshiba Medical Systems
Kodak Point-of-Care CR-ITX 560 computed radiography system, Eastman Kodak Health Group
Regius 370 CR computed radiography system, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging
SceptreC cardiac PET camera, Hitachi Medical Systems America
Signa HDx 1.5-tesla MRI scanner, GE Healthcare
Somatom Definition dual-source CT scanner, Siemens Medical Solutions
SomoVu breast ultrasound system, U-Systems

Best New Radiology Software
B-CAD 2.0 breast ultrasound CAD software, Medipattern
CardIQ Fusion nuclear cardiology fusion software, GE Healthcare
CareStream information systems software, Eastman Kodak Health Group
Citra Mammography Applications Suite, R2 Technology
DICOM Services Grid, Acuo Technologies
DICOMetrix PACS performance monitoring software, L-Cubed Medical Informatix
Fusion Response treatment tracking software, Cedara Software/Merge Healthcare
Horizon Optical Imaging optical image management software, McKesson
Impax Mobile wireless image distribution software, Agfa HealthCare
InSight Services financial management software, Amicas
Integrad Web RIS/PACS software, Dynamic Imaging
IQQA-Liver image visualization software, EDDA Technology
MedInformatix RIS software, MedInformatix
RADAR reporting and communications software, RADAR Medical Systems
RadSuite productivity software, Emageon
Segment image analysis software, Linköping University/Lund University Hospital
SonoDoc 3D ultrasound image management and reporting software, Medsynaptic
syngo InSpace 4D software, Siemens Medical Solutions
Veriphy test-results management software, Vocada
Voxar 3D Enterprise software, Barco
Xpress.cardiac cardiac SPECT software, UltraSPECT

Best New Radiology Vendor
Breakaway Imaging
Spectrum Dynamics
SuperSonic Imagine

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