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Youth Movement Sweeps Radiology In 2018 "Minnies Awards"

October 24, 2018 -- If this year's Minnies awards are any indication, radiology is in the midst of a youth movement. From Most Influential Radiology Researcher to Best New Radiology Device, up-and-coming candidates were picked as final winners by the Minnies expert panel over tried-and-true names.

Minnies Awards Winners 2018

It's an interesting outcome, because despite its reputation for technological innovation, radiology also is sometimes cast as a specialty that's, well, a bit traditional. This year's Minnies results indicate that medical imaging could be ready for something new.

That said, this year's edition saw a number of trends consistent with previous year's results. For example, "commoditization" was named the Biggest Threat to Radiology for the fifth year running, while "artificial intelligence" was named the Most Significant News Event in radiology for the third straight year.

Below is a list of this year's winners of the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging. The 2018 winners triumphed over a field of 220 semifinal candidates in 14 categories, based on nominations submitted by members of AuntMinnie.com. To see the full list of semifinalists, click here. And if you'd like to see our comprehensive list of all the Minnies winners over the past 19 years, click here.

Are you curious about the winners? Check out the profiles below to learn more.

Most Influential Radiology Researcher

Minnies winner: Dr. Andrew Rosenkrantz, NYU Langone Health

Dr. Andrew Rosenkrantz started his research career by investigating clinical topics. But as time went on, he found himself drawn more and more to public policy issues -- to the point that he's become one of the most prolific publishers in radiology.

Rosenkrantz received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 2003, and among the clinical rotations, he found radiology to be one of his favorites. Sure, the huge machines were fascinating, but it also seemed like the radiologist was at the center of any real clinical investigation.

"There would be really complex patients or tough diagnostic problems, and the patient would have an imaging study that would make everything clear and saved the day," Rosenkrantz told AuntMinnie.com.

For his residency, he picked diagnostic radiology at the University of Maryland. There, he worked under pioneers of radiology research such as Dr. Eliot Siegel, Dr. Stuart Mirvis, and Dr. Charles White. He also witnessed one of radiology's biggest technology booms when multidetector-row CT exploded in leaps and bounds in the early and mid-2000s.

A fellowship in body imaging at New York University (NYU) followed in 2009, and Rosenkrantz was impressed with how the NYU system managed not only to develop technology but also to bring new clinical applications to the bedside. Upon completion of his fellowship he joined NYU Langone Health.

Rosenkrantz's early research efforts focused on clinical topics pertaining to body imaging, such as prostate MRI. But he soon found himself focusing on public policy, including care delivery, health policy, patient-centered care, and economic issues. He credits many of the research collaborators he's worked with for pulling him in the direction of economics.

Which papers have been his favorites? There are many to choose from -- Rosenkrantz has been lead or co-author on 13 papers covered by AuntMinnie.comin just the past year, which ranged from gender disparities in radiology to political contributions by radiologists. But one of his favorites was a study published in the October issue of Radiology that dispelled the notion that most radiologists are highly subspecialized -- in fact, most radiology services are provided by generalists.

Rosenkrantz plans to continue his research activities in the years ahead while maintaining his focus on public