What is an Aunt Minnie?

The exact origins of the term "Aunt Minnie" are a bit hazy, but it's believed to have been coined in the 1940s by Dr. Ben Felson, a radiologist at the University of Cincinnati. He used it to describe "a case with radiologic findings so specific and compelling that no realistic differential diagnosis exists."

In other words: If it looks like your Aunt Minnie, then it's your Aunt Minnie. Learn more in our AuntMinnieTV segment featuring an interview with Dr. Maurice Reeder, a colleague of Dr. Felson's.

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AuntMinnie's founder, radiologist Dr. Phillip Berman, felt the term was a perfect fit for the radiology website he began to develop in 1999. AuntMinnie.com launched in November of that year, and it soon became a friendly, familiar stop on the Internet for "Radiology Decisions Start HereTM." AuntMinnieEurope.com launched in March 2011 to fit the needs of the European medical imaging community.
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