Kate Madden Yee

Kate is 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
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
A new use for SPECT/CT: Tracking stem cell migration
October 7, 2005 -- Researchers from Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology and Institute of Cell Engineering in Baltimore, MD, have successfully used SPECT/CT to track bone marrow stem cells injected into dogs whose hearts were damaged by heart attack, according to a study published in Circulation.
In-office MRI spurs boom in MSK teleradiology
September 9, 2005 -- Installing in-office MRI scanners in orthopedic practices is becoming increasingly common. And while radiologists worry about losing turf in musculoskeletal imaging, in many cases orthopods who install their own MRI scanners are turning to radiologists -- in particular teleradiology services -- for assistance in reading musculoskeletal exams.
Fischer/Hologic deal spells end for SenoScan FFDM unit
June 30, 2005 -- Fischer Imaging of Denver surprised industry observers last week when it announced plans to sell its mammography intellectual property to Bedford, MA-based Hologic for $32 million. The deal will likely mean the end of Fischer's SenoScan full-field digital mammography (FFDM) product and effectively ends Fischer's participation in the mammography market.
Biotech firm Cell>Point sees promise for oncology SPECT
May 20, 2005 -- Since its introduction in the 1990s, PET imaging has helped eclipse SPECT, which has long been used for oncology applications but lacks PET's image quality. Biotechnology company Cell>Point, however, hopes to capitalize on the large worldwide installed base of SPECT cameras by developing radiopharmaceuticals in new combinations. Their hope is to make oncology imaging as versatile and accurate on a SPECT system as it is on a PET camera.
As cardiac CT interest heats up, so does EBCT, MDCT debate
March 31, 2005 -- Cardiac imaging with multislice CT scanners is threatening to eclipse electron beam computed tomography, the technology that pioneered CT heart imaging. Although many believe that EBCT retains technical advantages over MDCT, practices are increasingly opting for the cheaper and more clinically versatile MDCT scanners -- raising questions about EBCT's future, according to this Technology Review article.  Discuss
CompuMed integrates osteoporosis testing with digital mammography
February 18, 2005 -- Every year osteoporosis affects millions of Americans, and costs the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars to treat. Postmenopausal women, who are most at risk, are often inconsistently tested for the disease. But bone densitometry and medical informatics firm CompuMed is working to address this issue by linking its osteoporosis detection software system to digital radiography equipment.
Computed radiography's (not so surprising) resilience
September 16, 2004 -- In the late 1990s, some predicted that digital radiography would replace computed radiography as the primary digital x-ray solution. But this hasn't come to pass. Rather, it's become clear that CR and DR offer different solutions for different challenges. CR continues to attract facilities that want to enter the digital arena, while utilizing their existing equipment.