Kate Madden Yee

Kate is an editor at AuntMinnie.com. She joined the editorial team in 2007 after freelancing for the site for six years, and brings two decades of radiology journalism experience to her work, including serving as associate editor for Diagnostic Imaging Scan newsletter.

She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master's degree in fine arts from Pennsylvania State University. Her beats are CT, MRI, and imaging economics and policy.

Articles by this author
Installing DR in the ER: A case study
July 10, 2007 -- ORLANDO - Securing financing for capital expenditures is only the beginning of the complex process of transitioning a department to digital imaging. It is important to thoroughly evaluate the needs of the department and staff workflow patterns before the new technology arrives, but it's also crucial to follow through with training and postinstallation assessment, according to a presentation today at the 2007 American Healthcare Radiology Administrator (AHRA) meeting.  Discuss
It may get worse before it gets better for diagnostic radiology practices
July 9, 2007 -- ORLANDO - Over the next five years, diagnostic radiology practices face five key challenges, according to Dr. Frank Lexa, clinical associate professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia and keynote speaker at this year’s American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA) conference. Lexa cautioned delegates to look soberly at the forces shaping radiology today.  Discuss
The DRA at six months: How outpatient imaging centers are coping
June 26, 2007 -- After looming large for two years, the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 finally took effect this past January. Now, six months into its implementation, U.S. outpatient imaging centers have a clearer sense of what they're up against.  Discuss
Obesity and prostate cancer: Should imaging have a role in screening?
June 7, 2007 -- Prostate cancer remains a significant health concern in the U.S., where nearly 235,000 men were diagnosed with the disease last year. Preliminary research in obese men strongly suggests that these patients are susceptible to more aggressive cancers and higher mortality rates, and traditional prostate cancer screening exams are not always accurate in this population. Experts weigh in on whether screening obese patients with imaging would be a better bet.  Discuss
All hands on deck: How radiological staff can help on hospital ships
November 21, 2006 -- The world and its people have been struck by a number of natural disasters in the last few years. In the aftermath of these kinds of horrific events -- as well as in the daily, ongoing work of providing basic healthcare to poor or developing nations -- medical workers on hospital vessels, including radiologists and radiological technologists, have offered crucial care. Both Mercy Ships and the U.S. Navy are looking for a few good imaging specialists to take part in the humanitarian relief efforts.  Discuss
New study analyzes digital mammography's workflow impact
August 10, 2006 -- A new study by researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago found that digital mammography proved to be more efficient in terms of acquisition time than film-screen mammography, while its interpretation time was longer per exam than for the analog studies.  Discuss
Fuji CR mammo approval offers new option for breast imaging
July 11, 2006 -- Fujifilm Medical Systems USA announced today that the FDA has given final approval to its premarket approval (PMA) application for a full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system based on computed radiography (CR) technology. The approval gives breast imaging facilities a new option for going digital that should prove to be more economical than FFDM systems currently on the market, according to this Technology Review article.  Discuss
Imaging start-up to install conebeam CT breast imaging prototype
May 1, 2006 -- Breast CT has long been dismissed as a breast imaging option due to its higher radiation doses relative to mammography. But if the dose issue could be resolved, CT might just have some potential, according to imaging start-up Koning. The Rochester, NY-based company has developed a new kind of CT, conebeam computed tomography (CBCT), with the hope of revolutionizing breast imaging by producing fast, efficient, and detailed scans, and alleviating the discomfort of breast compression.
Massachusetts bill takes aim at physician self-referral
April 4, 2006 -- Radiology advocates in the U.S. have become increasingly frustrated at their inability to get the federal government to restrict physician self-referral. Now there are signs that such efforts may bear more fruit at the state level, with the state of Massachusetts mulling a ban on the practice for MRI, PET, and linear accelerator services.  Discuss
Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 puts radiology through the grinder
March 3, 2006 -- The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 cuts Medicare reimbursement for imaging services by $2.8 billion over five years. The bill, which goes into effect January 1, 2007, will have a dramatic impact on radiology in the U.S., and has the outpatient imaging industry scrambling to figure out how the law's massive cuts will affect their operations.  Discuss