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The Art of Medicine: Can You Recognize Aunt Minnie?


Aunt Minnie, the pseudonym most often used by radiologists, describes pattern recognition that is pathognomonic of a disease. Debate exists in medical training as to whether a lengthy workup for symptoms affects diagnostic accuracy, as the Aunt Minnie method usually yields the correct diagnosis rapidly. After training, many unknowingly adopt this method of pattern recognition for symptoms or imaging based off initial impressions. However, this can lead even the most experienced clinician down the wrong path.