Top 5 Minnies candidates -- 2004 semifinals round

As of September 28, 2004, the following candidates have received the most votes in the semifinals round of the 2004 edition of the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's event recognizing excellence in radiology. Two finalists will be selected from each category to compete in the final round of voting.

The entries are presented in random order. As a result, the order of listing below in no way indicates the relative vote ranking of a candidate compared with other candidates in the same category.

The AuntMinnie.com Team

Most Influential Radiology Researcher

  • Dr. Laszlo Tabar, University of Uppsala & Falun Central Hospital, Sweden
  • Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Stanford University
  • Dr. Paul Chang, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Elliot Fishman, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Perry Pickhardt, University of Wisconsin

Most Effective Radiology Educator

  • Dr. Emanuel Kanal, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. David Stephens, Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. Barry Goldberg, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Dr. Barry Siegel, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
  • Dr. Donna Magid, Johns Hopkins University

Most Effective Radiologic Technologist Educator

  • Debra McMahan, Santa Barbara City College
  • Cindy Rapp, Swedish Medical Center
  • Bob DeJong, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Jane Van Valkenburg, Weber State University
  • Mary Anne Owen, Medical College of Georgia

Most Effective Radiology Administrator/Manager

  • Jeffrey Bernard, University of Texas Southwestern
  • Julie Hughes, Scottsdale Healthcare
  • Erwin Schwarz, Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Penny Olivi, University of Maryland
  • Patrick Epting, Radiology Associates, New Port Richey, FL

Best Radiologist Training Program

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, MN

Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program

  • Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, New York, NY
  • Weber State University, Ogden, UT
  • Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Most Significant News Event in Radiology

  • Offshore radiologists reading U.S. studies
  • MRI researchers win Nobel Prize
  • Clinical validation of PET/CT scanners
  • Introduction of 64-slice CT scanners
  • Impact of the Internet on radiology

Biggest Threat to Radiology

  • Ongoing shortage of qualified staff
  • Increased use of medical imaging by physicians in other specialties (turf battles)
  • Offshore radiologists reading U.S. studies
  • Decline in Medicare and third-party reimbursement rates
  • Malpractice insurance crisis

Hottest Clinical Procedure

  • Cardiac MRI
  • Hybrid PET/CT scanning
  • Breast MRI
  • Cardiac CT
  • Virtual colonoscopy

Scientific Paper of the Year

  • Can computer-aided detection with double reading of screening mammograms help decrease the false-negative rate? Initial experience. Destounis SV et al. Radiology. 2004 Aug;232(2):578-584.
  • Whole-body tumor staging with FDG-PET/CT: Comparison with CT and PET in 260 patients. Antoch G et al. Scientific Sessions, 2004 Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting.
  • Computed tomographic colonography (virtual colonoscopy): A multicenter comparison with standard colonoscopy for detection of colorectal neoplasia. Cotton P et al. JAMA. 2004 Apr 14;291(14):1713-1719.
  • Computed tomographic virtual colonoscopy to screen for colorectal neoplasia in asymptomatic adults. Pickhardt PJ et al. N Engl J Med. 2003 Dec 4;349(23):2191-2200.
  • Estimated radiation risks potentially associated with full-body CT screening. Brenner DJ et al. Radiology. 2004 Sep;232(3):735-738.

Best New Radiology Product

  • Vision PACS software -- Amicas
  • LightSpeed VCT 64-slice CT scanner -- GE Healthcare
  • Sceptre P3 PET/CT scanner -- Hitachi Medical Systems America
  • Aquilion 64 64-slice CT scanner -- Toshiba Medical Systems
  • Magnetom Espree 1.5-tesla MRI scanner -- Siemens Medical Solutions

Best New Radiology Vendor

  • HIPAAT
  • Medicsight
  • Zonare Medical Systems
  • Point Biomedical
  • i3Archive

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