How to Choose a Mammography Facility

Mar 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

You know you should be getting annual screening mammograms, but how do you choose where to go? One of the first steps you should take in preparing for your mammogram is learning about the facilities in your area and choosing one that provides high quality care. Here are five questions you should ask before making your appointment:

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Topics: mammography, breast imaging center of excellence, breast imaging, cancer screening

March Is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Mar 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (called endometrium) grows outside the uterus, intruding into the pelvic organs (the ovaries and fallopian tubes) and other tissue lining the pelvis. This tissue grows, thickens, and bleeds with a woman’s normal menstrual cycle, but cannot exit the body like normal menstrual blood. Instead, it becomes trapped, causing painful irritation, scarring, adhesions, and cysts called endometriomas. It can be very painful and frequently goes undiagnosed for many years. Global support groups designate March for events to raise awareness of this disease and help reduce the number of women suffering worldwide.

 

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Topics: women's imaging, ultrasound

Screening Saves Lives in the Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Mar 5, 2017 8:07:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “Colorectal cancer” is a general term used to describe cancers that begin in the colon or rectum. The American Cancer Society estimates that 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer and 95,520 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, affecting 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women and claiming 50,260 lives. Colorectal cancer currently is the third-leading cancer-related cause of death in women and the second-leading cause in men in the U.S.[1]

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Topics: colorectal cancer, virtual colonoscopy

What Risks Are Associated with MRI?

Feb 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When it was first used on a human subject in 1977, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was an important advance in medical imaging, making it possible for the first time to create detailed images that can provide vital health information without using harmful ionizing radiation. Instead, MRI uses powerful magnets that cause the protons of hydrogen atoms in the body to align in a way that can be translated into three-dimensional images, which can then be examined closely by a radiologist. As a result, MRI is a very safe way for many patients and their doctors to get the information they need to plan an effective course of treatment.

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Topics: MRI, Des Moines MRI scan

MRI vs. CT Scan: What’s the Difference?

Feb 12, 2017 9:39:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When your doctor orders an imaging test, you may well wonder why they select one type of imaging over the other. MRI and CT (or CAT) scans can be used for similar purposes, and several factors play into the decision to use one over the other.

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Topics: CT scan, MRI

Get Heart Smart During American Heart Month!

Feb 5, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. result from heart disease or stroke, amounting to about 2,200 deaths each day. One American dies of stroke approximately every four minutes. Since 1964, February has been recognized as American Heart Month in an effort to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease and reduce its death toll. You can do your part by understanding your risks and taking action to mitigate them with healthy habits and preventive care.

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Topics: cardiac calcium scoring, health tips

February Is National Cancer Prevention Month

Jan 26, 2017 10:28:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

In addition to National Cancer Prevention Month, Thursday, February 2 is National Cancer Prevention Day, and Saturday, February 4 is World Cancer Day, an annual event promoted by the Union for International Cancer Control and aimed at uniting the world’s population in the global fight against cancer. In honor of these national and international initiatives to increase awareness and empower individuals to live healthier lives, we’re sharing tips on the most effective ways to protect yourself against cancer.

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Topics: cancer control, cancer prevention

8 Things to Expect at Your First Mammogram

Jan 15, 2017 10:27:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If you’ve never had a mammogram, you may not know quite what to expect the first time. Don’t let fear of the unknown cause you to miss out on the important health information that mammography screening provides. While getting a mammogram may not be at the top of anyone’s list of favorite things to do, it’s a really quick and easy procedure that could help to save your life. Understanding what’s involved in a mammography visit can help alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling and make the whole experience more comfortable.

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Topics: mammography

January Is National Birth Defects Prevention Month!

Jan 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If you’re expecting a baby (or even if you’re not), you’re probably aware that obstetric ultrasound is commonly recommended at least once during pregnancy. Many parents-to-be look forward to their ultrasound appointment because this is the first time they’re able to get a glimpse of their growing child. While deciding whether or not you want to know your baby’s sex before it’s born might be the top question on your mind, the obstetric ultrasound will provide much more valuable information about your pregnancy and your child’s health and well being. One of the important functions of this test is to screen for birth defects so that parents and doctors can plan a course of action and prepare for any treatments that will be necessary before or soon after birth.

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Topics: women's imaging, ultrasound

5 Resolutions for a Healthy New Year

Dec 29, 2016 12:17:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Have you made a list of New Year's resolutions? Here are 5 that are worth keeping for a healthier 2017!

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Topics: health tips

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