Mike Bassett

Mike Bassett

Mike Bassett has spent more 15 years working for newspapers and magazines, and has written about medical imaging for a number of publications, including Health Imaging, Imaging Economics and Diagnostic Imaging. He currently resides in Holliston, Mass. You can reach him at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a&gt;, or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/fiercehealthit">@FierceHealthIT</a&gt; on Twitter.

Stories by Mike Bassett

Microwaves an alternative to mammo for breast cancer screening?

While screening modalities such as mammography are effective at detecting early breast cancers, they can be problematic since they subject patients to ionizing radiation, as well as discomfort caused by compressing the breast in order to produce diagnostically useful images.
One possible alternative, as described in anarticlein the current issue of the journalReview of Scientific Instruments,could be the use of microwaves.

FDA issues update discouraging 'keepsake' ultrasounds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a revisedconsumer updatethat "strongly discourages" the use of fetal ultrasound imaging and Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors for non-medical reasons, such as "keepsake" videos.

The growing importance of breast density notification laws

Five years ago, the state of Connecticut became the first to require that women be told they have dense breasts and that insurance cover ultrasound scans for those women. Since then, another 18 states have enacted similar laws, and Congress is considering similar legislation, as well.