When you have your annual screening mammogram, the radiologist—a doctor with specialized training to read and interpret such images— examines your mammogram and then sends a report to your referring physician. But how do radiologists interpret what they see in mammography images? Today, we’ll give you a glimpse into the types of features and patterns on mammograms that cause radiologists to take a closer look.
Aug 4, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Caring for another person, whether a child, parent, spouse, or another loved one, is often much more than a full-time job. When someone is dependent on you, it’s easy to start thinking that you simply don’t get to take care of yourself anymore—their needs can seem so much more pressing. The fact is, though, that you can’t effectively take care of anyone else when your own needs go unmet for long periods of time. While you may well have to put some of your own priorities on hold during times of great need, self deprivation shouldn’t become the new normal.
Jul 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM
Although successfully completing breast cancer treatment is always cause for celebration, the fight doesn’t end there. It is important to follow your doctors’ instructions for follow-up care to help you stay healthy, deal with potential side effects of treatment, and remain vigilant against recurrence or new kinds of cancer. Typical follow-up care after breast cancer involves ongoing physical exams and breast imaging and may also include genetic counseling, continued hormone therapy, bone density testing, pelvic exams and pap tests, and other tests specific to your condition and treatment.
Topics: breast cancer
Jul 15, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Comfort is important for everyone, particularly during unusually stressful situations. When children have to endure medical procedures, however, providing comfort is vital. Medical procedures, including radiologic imaging, and the strange machines, loud noises, discomfort, and unfamiliar people and surroundings that can accompany them can create a great deal of stress for anyone—especially kids. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do as a caregiver to help your child through these often difficult situations.
Topics: customer service
Jul 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM
What is cardiac calcium?
Over time, the LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol in our blood can accumulate in artery walls, particularly after they have been damaged by factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, or diabetes. White blood cells attempt to digest the cholesterol, creating plaque. When this plaque builds up the in the arteries, they narrow, making the heart work harder. The plaque deposits can burst, creating a clot that can block blood flow and lead to a heart attack or stroke, so the body defensively creates calcium deposits around the arterial plaque in an attempt to prevent it from bursting. Therefore, determining the presence and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries can provide valuable information about a patient’s heart health.
Topics: cardiac calcium scoring
Jun 25, 2016 3:30:00 PM
In the past, patients with cancer and other conditions were strongly advised to rest and save their energy. We have come to understand, however, that exercise can actually increase the amount of energy patients have as well as provide a wide range of other physical and psychological benefits.
Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM
If you’re doctor has ordered a CT scan, you may have lots of questions: Why do I need a CT scan? Why not use another type of imaging? Are there risks involved? Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about CT imaging. Make sure to get satisfactory answers to all of your specific questions before you consent to any medical procedure.
Topics: CT scan
Jun 6, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Iowa Radiology supports the recommendations of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that women begin having annual mammograms at age 40. According to Breastcancer.org, finding breast cancer early reduces the risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more.
May 31, 2016 3:00:00 PM
When you need to undergo a medical procedure, it’s natural to have a lot of questions. What is routine for healthcare providers often involves a great deal of new information for patients. In non-emergency situations, don’t hesitate to ask your provider to slow down and explain things at a pace you can follow, and make sure to ask any questions that you have before consenting to a procedure or taking a medication. In this article, we’ll look at medications that are commonly prescribed to help patients overcome claustrophobia and anxiety in order to successfully complete an MRI exam.
May 13, 2016 4:00:00 PM
A sonohysterogram or saline infusion sonogram (SHG) is a minimally invasive ultrasound imaging procedure that allows a radiologist to examine the interior of the uterus and the endometrium. One reason your doctor may recommend a sonohysterogram is to investigate the cause of infertility or repeated miscarriages.
Topics: women's imaging