September 13, 2005 -- Below is a list of the candidates for the 2005 edition of the Minnies,'s campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging. This year's campaign featured 206 candidates in 12 categories.

Most Influential Radiology Researcher
Dr. Monzer Abu-Yousef, University of Iowa
Benjamin Archer, Ph.D., Baylor University
Dr. Christoph Becker, Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany
Dr. Wendie Berg, American College of Radiology Imaging Network
Dr. Daniel Berman, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Dr. David Bluemke, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Patrick Colletti, University of Southern California
Dr. Richard Ehman, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Joann Elmore, University of Washington
Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Stanford University
Dr. Barry Goldberg, Thomas Jefferson University
Mark Haacke, Ph.D., Wayne State University
Dr. Claudia Henschke, Cornell University
Dr. Gregory Hundley, Wake Forest University
Willi Kalendar, Ph.D., University of Erlangen, Germany
Dr. Gabriel Krestin, Erasmus Medical Center, the Netherlands
Dr. Christopher Merritt, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Kieran Murphy, Johns Hopkins University
Arthur Olch, Ph.D., Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Dr. Perry Pickhardt, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Mathias Prokop, University of Utrech, the Netherlands
Dr. Philip Ralls, University of Southern California
Dr. Geoffrey Rubin, Stanford University
Dr. Mitchell Schnall, University of Pennsylvania
Nils Schramm, Central Laboratory for Electronics, Research Center Jülich, Germany
Dr. Markus Schwaiger, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Dr. Mark Schweitzer, New York University
Dr. John Sheehan, St. Vincent's University Hospital Blackrock Clinic PET Center, Ireland
Dr. Stephen Swensen, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Patrick Veit, University Hospital of Essen, Germany
Dr. Richard Wahl, Johns Hopkins University
Ge Wang, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Dr. Ralph Weissleder, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Margarita Zuley, Elizabeth Wende Breast Clinic

Most Effective Radiology Educator
Dr. Nafi Aygun, Johns Hopkins University
Stewart Bushong, Ph.D., Baylor University
Dr. Francis Chan, Stanford University
Dr. Jörg Debatin, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
Dr. Lane Donnelly, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Dr. Carl D'Orsi, Emory University
Dr. Georges El-Khoury, University of Iowa
Dr. Marc Gosselin, Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Albert Hammerman, Washington University
Dr. Thomas Hartman, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Charles Higgins, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Brooke Jeffrey, Stanford University
Dr. Mukund Joshi, Jaslok Hospital, India
Heinz Lemke, Ph.D., Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Dr. Katarzyna Macura, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Donna Magid, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Theresa McLoud, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Ellen Mendelson, Northwestern University
Dr. Wallace Miller, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Bruce Porter, First Hill Diagnostic Imaging
Dr. Dolores Pretorius, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Ravi Ramakantan, KEM Hospital, India
Dr. Jordan Renner, University of North Carolina
Dr. Noriko Salamon, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. William Scott, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Marilyn Siegel, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Dr. Wendy Smoker, University of Iowa
Perry Sprawls, Ph.D., Emory University
Dr. Franz Wippold, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Dr. Jack Wittenberg, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Terence Wong, Duke University

Most Effective Radiologic Technologist Educator
Hazel Bourne, Harris County Hospital
Doug Clark, University Health System
Barbara Dehner, Moorhead State University
Charles Fascinati, Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Center
Dr. Bob Gayler, Johns Hopkins University
Ulrika Hamper, Johns Hopkins University
Jeff Killion, Midwestern State University
Angela Lambert, Bluefield State College
Thomas Luby, Anne Arundel Community College
Eileen Maloney, Passaic Community College in New Jersey
Bonnie Rush, Breast Imaging Specialists
Greg Spicer, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
Jane Van Valkenburg, Ph.D., Weber State University

Most Effective Radiology Administrator/Manager
Gordon Ah Tye, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Peg Cooper, Johns Hopkins University
Shannon Doyle, Colorado Springs Radiologists
Patrick Epting, Radiology Associates
David Fox, Baptist Health Medical Center, Little Rock, AR
John Griffith, Epic Imaging, Portland, OR
Betty Heiman, Upright Imaging of Westchester
Gregory Kusiak, Hill Medical Group
Bret McManus, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
Penny Olivi, University of Maryland
Cathy Parsons, Cumberland Medical Center
Roland Rhynus, Florida Hospital
Jeff Schaefer, University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ
Alicia Vasquez, Arcadia Radiology Medical Group

Best Radiologist Training Program
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Duke University, Durham, NC
Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, MN
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of Colorado, Denver, CO
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program
Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Baptist School of Allied Health, Little Rock, AR
Bellin School of Radiologic Technology, Green Bay, WI
Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV
Jackson State Community College, Jackson, TN
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Merced College, Merced, CA
Pima Medical Institute, Las Vegas, NV
San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Theda Clark School of Radiologic Technology, Neenah, WI
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Weber State University, Ogden, UT     
St. Luke's College, Sioux City, IA

Most Significant News Event in Radiology
AAPM sets new radiation dose benchmarks
ACC president defends use of imaging by nonradiologists
ACR proposes to develop U.S. imaging standards
Breast MRI in BRCA-positive patients
Clinton surgery fuels cardiac screening debate
CMS proposes Medicare reimbursement cuts
Impact of the Internet on radiology
Increased scrutiny of physician self-referral abuse
Launch of new 64-slice CT scanners
Media coverage of harmful effects of radiation
Overutilization of medical imaging technology
Payors tighten standards for providing imaging services
Softening job market for radiology professionals
U.S. government investigation of imaging leasing contracts
U.S. government promotes healthcare IT initiatives

Biggest Threat to Radiology
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)
Increasing cost of technology acquisition
Malpractice insurance crisis
Offshore radiologists reading U.S. studies
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
Interventional MRI
Interventional radiation oncology therapeutic procedures
Radiofrequency venous ablation
Transhepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS)
Virtual colonoscopy
Whole-body CT screening

Scientific Paper of the Year
Application of Recently Developed Computer Algorithm for Automatic Classification of Unstructured Radiology Reports: Validation Study. Dreyer K et  al. Radiology. 2005 Feb; 234(2):232-329.

Coronary Calcium Measurements: Effect of CT Scanner Type and Calcium Measure on Rescan Reproducibility -- MESA Study. Detrano et al. Radiology. 2005 Aug; 236:477-484

CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Five-Year Prospective Experience. Swensen SJ et al. Radiology. 2005 Apr;235(1):259-265.

Detection of Primary Breast Carcinoma With a Dedicated, Large-Field-of-View FDG PET Mammography Device: Initial Experience. Rosen E et al. Radiology. 2005 Feb; 234(2):527-534.

Full-body cardiovascular and tumor MRI for early detection of disease: Feasibility and initial experience in 298 subjects. Goehde SC et al. AJR. 2005 Feb;184(2):598-611.

Is infiltrate a useful term in the interpretation of chest radiographs? Physician survey results. Patterson HS et al. Radiology. 2005 Apr;235(1):5-8.

MR Angiography of Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease: A Phase III Study of the Safety and Effectiveness of the Blood-Pool Contrast Agent MS-325. Goyen et al. Radiology. 2005 Sept, 236:825-833.

Noninvasive coronary angiography with multislice computed tomography. Hoffmann MH et al. JAMA. 2005 May 25;293(20):2471-2478.

Reference Values for Diagnostic Radiology: Application and Impact. Gray JE et al. Radiology. 2005 May;235(2):354-358.

Systematic Review: Effects of Resident Work Hours on Patient Safety. Fletcher KE et al. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2004 Dec 7;144(11):851-857.

Whole-body PET/CT tumour staging with integrated PET/CT colonography: Technical feasibility and first experiences in patients with colorectal cancer. Veit P et al. Gut. 2005 Jun 14.

Best New Radiology Product
3TP Pharmacokinetic Analysis software, 3TP Imaging Sciences
Aurora breast MRI scanner with RODEO High Res Plus, Aurora Imaging Technologies
Biograph 64 hybrid PET/CT scanner, Siemens Medical Solutions
Brilliance 64 multislice CT scanner, Philips Medical Systems
Cardius-3 triple-head digital gamma camera, Digirad
Digital Now mammography software, R2 Technology
DirectView DR 7500 digital radiography system, Eastman Kodak Health Group
EasyViz RIS/PACS software, Medical Insight
Electric Lift Table-Wrap, Anthro
Horizon Rad Station release 11.0 PACS software, McKesson Information Solutions
Impax ES for Radiology PACS software, Agfa HealthCare
Innova 2100IQ flat-panel cardiac angiography system, GE Healthcare
Interventional radiology coding engine, CodeRyte
Matrix PACS software, Merge eMed
MicroMaxx compact ultrasound system, SonoSite
MultiHance MRI contrast agent, Bracco Diagnostics
NanoSPECT small-animal imaging system, Bioscan
Neuro II intraoperative MRI scanner, IMRIS
Radiologist Dashboard software, Medweb
RTist for Avia PET/CT radiation therapy planning software, Hitachi Medical Systems
ScanDoc, Medsynaptic
Synapse multimodality breast imaging workstation, Fujifilm Medical Systems
Xario ultrasound scanner, Toshiba Medical Systems ultrasound scanner, Zonare Medical Systems

Best New Radiology Vendor
3TP Imaging Sciences
Cardiovascular Systems
Guardian Technologies
Medical Insight
Riverain Medical

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