August 25, 2015 -- Below is a list of the candidates for the 2015 edition of the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging. This year's campaign features 207 candidates in 14 categories.

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Most Influential Radiology Researcher
Dr. William Auffermann, PhD, Emory University
Dr. David Bluemke, PhD, U.S. National Institutes of Health
Dr. Luke Byers, Imgen, Las Vegas
Dr. Dominik Fleischmann, Stanford University
Flemming Forsberg, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Claudia Henschke, PhD, Mount Sinai Hospital
Danny Hughes, PhD, Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute
Dr. Emanuel Kanal, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Dr. Tomonori Kanda, PhD, Teikyo University
Dr. Karla Kerlikowske, University of California, San Francisco
Andrew Maidment, PhD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Robert McDonald, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Dr. Brady McKee, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Dr. Alex Norbash, Boston University
Dr. Gelareh Sadigh, Emory University
Dr. Max Wintermark, Stanford University

Most Effective Radiology Educator
Dr. Leonard Berlin, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Dr. Sanjeev Bhalla, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
David Brown, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Cheri Canon, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. N. Reed Dunnick, University of Michigan
Dr. Nancy Fischbein, Stanford University
Dr. Frank Gaillard, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Dr. Carol Geer, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Dr. Peter Herscovitch, U.S. National Institutes of Health
Dr. Gilbert Jost, Washington University/Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Dr. Daniel Kopans, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Geraldine McGinty, Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Carolyn Meltzer, Emory University
Dr. Erik Ranschaert, Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis
Dr. Geoffrey Rubin, Duke University
Dr. Mary Scanlon, University of Pennsylvania

Most Effective Radiologic Technologist Educator
Robin Brothers, Medical University of South Carolina
John Eichinger, College of Coastal Georgia
Germaine Frosolone, Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT
Frances Gilman, Thomas Jefferson University
Kenya Haugen, University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center
Chad Hensley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Diane Kawamura, Weber State University
Aurora Marinescu, Emory University
Lior Molvin, Stanford University
Rebecca Peterson, Einstein Healthcare Network
Keith Piper, Canterbury Christ Church University
Lisa Riehle, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Most Effective Radiology Administrator/Manager
Robert DeJong, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Mary Lou Lovel, Wake Radiology
Charles Powell, Emory University
Mansle Raines, Medical University of South Carolina
Kevin Rush, TriHealth
Nicole Vaughan, University of Virginia

Best Radiologist Training Program
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Duke University, Durham, NC
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
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
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Radiology, New York, NY
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program
Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
California State University, Northridge, CA
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, U.K.
Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
University of Charleston, Charleston, WV
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Minnesota, Rochester, MN
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Most Significant News Event in Radiology
CMS approves CT lung cancer screening for smokers
FDA issues warning on keepsake ultrasound scans
FDA launches probe of gadolinium contrast after clinical studies on brain deposition
New digital breast tomosynthesis systems arrive on U.S. market
New imaging accreditation rules from Joint Commission go into effect
New Medicare payment codes approved for digital breast tomosynthesis
Opposition grows to maintenance of certification requirement for physicians
Proposal to fold American Board of Nuclear Medicine into American Board of Radiology
RSNA celebrates 100th anniversary of annual conference
U.S. Congress eliminates sustainable growth rate formula
USPSTF rejects broader mammography screening guidelines

Biggest Threat to Radiology
Code bundling of radiology procedures
Commoditization of radiology services
Competition to local practices from teleradiology and national radiology groups
Concerns about CT radiation dose
Consolidation of healthcare systems
Decline in Medicare and third-party reimbursement rates
Declining job market for radiology professionals
Declining number of medical students picking radiology in Match
Increased use of medical imaging by physicians in other specialties (turf battles)
Shift of radiology reimbursement away from fee-for-service model
Use of artificial intelligence to interpret medical images
Utilization controls that could lead to lower procedure volume

Hottest Clinical Procedure
3D printing of internal anatomic structures
Automated breast ultrasound
Cardiac CT angiography
CT lung cancer screening
Digital breast tomosynthesis
Image-guided lung ablation
PET for Alzheimer's disease with new radiopharmaceuticals
PET/MRI

Scientific Paper of the Year
A comparison of diagnostic imaging ordering patterns between advanced practice clinicians and primary care physicians following office-based evaluation and management visits. Hughes DR et al, JAMA Internal Medicine, January 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Assessment of the radiation effects of cardiac CT angiography using protein and genetic biomarkers. Nguyen PK et al, JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, August 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Benefits, harms, and cost-effectiveness of supplemental ultrasonography screening for women with dense breasts. Sprague BL et al, Annals of Internal Medicine, February 3, 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Ebola virus disease: Radiology preparedness. Bluemke DA et al, Radiology, February 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Gadolinium-based contrast agent accumulates in the brain even in subjects without severe renal dysfunction: Evaluation of autopsy brain specimens with inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy. Kanda T et al, Radiology, July 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Identifying women with dense breasts at high risk for interval cancer: A cohort study. Kerlikowske K et al, Annals of Internal Medicine, May 19, 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Intracranial gadolinium deposition after contrast-enhanced MR imaging. McDonald RJ et al, Radiology, June 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Long-term prognosis after coronary artery calcification testing in asymptomatic patients: A cohort study. Shaw LJ et al, Annals of Internal Medicine, July 7, 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Low-dose computed tomography screening for lung cancer in a clinical setting: Essential elements of a screening program. McKee BJ et al, Journal of Thoracic Imaging, March 2015.

Magnitude of impact, overall and on subspecialties, of transitioning in radiology from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes. Fleming M et al, Journal of the American College of Radiology, July 23, 2015.

Online social networking for radiology. Auffermann WF et al, Academic Radiology, January 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Provider feedback about imaging appropriateness by using scores from order entry decision support: Raw rates misclassify outliers. Sistrom CL et al, Radiology, May 2015.

Radiographic imaging for patients with contagious infectious diseases: How to acquire chest radiographs of patients infected with the Ebola virus. Auffermann WF et al, American Journal of Roentgenology, January 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Rationale and design of the Measuring Athlete's Risk of Cardiovascular Events (MARC) study: The role of coronary CT in the cardiovascular evaluation of middle-aged sportsmen. Braber TL et al, Netherlands Heart Journal, February 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Surveillance PET or PET/CT in head and neck cancer patients after treatment: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prognostic studies. Sheikhbahaei S et al, SNMMI meeting, June 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

The shift in outpatient advanced imaging from private offices to hospital facilities. Patel BP et al, Journal of the American College of Radiology, July 1, 2015. To learn more about this paper, click here.

Universal CT dose reduction: Should a policy of providing patient shielding be required? Byers LA et al, RSNA meeting, December 2014. For more information on this paper, click here.

Best New Radiology Device
Aquilion Lightning CT scanner, Toshiba America Medical Systems
bk3000 ultrasound scanner, Analogic
Carestream Touch ultrasound scanner line, Carestream
DX-D 100 wireless digital radiography system, Agfa HealthCare
EggQus AOS 100E compact bone densitometry system, Hitachi Aloka Medical
EmpowerCTA+ contrast injection system, Bracco
FDR D-Evo II digital radiography system, Fujifilm Medical Systems USA
Koning Breast CT scanner, Koning
Lumify app-based ultrasound transducer, Philips Healthcare
Maestro PACS controller device, Maestro Devices
Magnetom Terra 7-tesla MRI scanner, Siemens Healthcare
MyLab Gamma ultrasound scanner, Esaote North America
NeuViz 128 CT scanner, Neusoft Medical Systems
RU-3000 universal digital radiography system, Rayence
SenoClaire digital breast tomosynthesis system, GE Healthcare
Sofia automated whole-breast ultrasound system, iVu Imaging
Sonimage HS1 portable ultrasound scanner, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging
WS80A with Elite women's imaging ultrasound scanner, Samsung Electronics America

Best New Radiology Software
Ablation Confirmation CT ablation software, NeuWave Medical
AlphaPoint image analysis algorithm, RadLogics
Clinical Collaboration Platform, Carestream
cSound 4D cardiac ultrasound software, GE Healthcare
DG Suite, DICOM Grid
DoseWatch Explore, GE Healthcare
DoseWise Portal, Philips Healthcare
FFRCT fractional flow reserve CT software, HeartFlow
Mach 7 Universal Worklist, Mach7 Technologies
Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) management software, Ikonopedia
Merge One cloud-based ambulatory software, Merge Healthcare
Neiman Almanac, Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute
NilRead viewer software, Lexmark International
PaxeraUltima 360 software, Paxeramed
Portal image exchange software, Agfa HealthCare
RadIQ educational platform, Massachusetts General Hospital
REALiCE 3D/4D ultrasound visualization software, ContextVision
Smart Localizer software, Blackford Analysis
Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging ultrasound software, Toshiba America Medical Systems
Synapse Cardiovascular 6.0, Fujifilm Medical Systems USA
T-smart tomography reconstruction software, Shimadzu Medical Systems USA
Teamplay cloud-based collaboration network, Siemens Healthcare
TomTec-Arena software, TomTec Imaging Systems
VioSuite Image Management and Vitality Solutions Business Intelligence software, Vital Images
Visage Ease Pro mobile diagnostic app, Visage Imaging
VolparaDensity 3.0 software, Volpara Solutions

Best New Radiology Vendor
AffordAScan
Blue Earth Diagnostics
Northwest Medical Isotopes
OncoVision
PointClickCare
RadLogics
Zebra Medical Vision

Click on the above links to learn more about each vendor.

Best Radiology Mobile App
ContrastTx (iOS), Mayo Clinic
CT Anatomy (iOS), iCat Medical Software
CTisus iQuiz: The HD Edition (iOS), Dr. Elliot Fishman
Diagnostic Imaging Pathways (iOS), Department of Health (Western Australia)
Diagnostic Radiology -- Fundamentals of Thoracic Imaging (iOS), BestApps
Figure 1 (Android, iOS), Figure 1
Mammography Localizer (iOS), Dr. John Bisges
MeVis Lung-RADS (Android, iOS), MeVis Medical Solutions
NeuroRad for iPad (iOS), RadLynx
Rad Signs (iOS), Joel Stein
Radiology 2.0: One Night in the ED (iOS), Daniel Cornfeld
Radiology Assistant (Android, iOS), BestApps, Capcode
Radiology Signs (Android), Androidmedics
Radiology Toolbox Pro (iOS), Softcode Systems
Radiology Tutor (Android, iOS), Jonathan Colledge
Radiopaedia (iOS), Radiopaedia.org
RadsBest (iOS), Medocratic
RadU -- Radiology University (iOS), Dario Souza
Thoracic Radiology Differential Diagnosis Lists (iOS), RadiologiQ
Viewbox (iOS), Viewbox Holdings

Click on the above links to learn more about each app.


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