Every February, we recognize American Heart Month, which was first designated by President Johnson in 1964. At that time, more than half of deaths in the U.S. were attributable to heart disease. As of 2011, approximately one third of deaths in this country were due to heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular conditions. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death around the globe.
Feb 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM
Topics: CT cardiac calcium scoring
Feb 4, 2018 9:10:00 AM
World Cancer Day & National Cancer Prevention Month
February is a month to raise awareness of cancers of all kinds. February 4 is World Cancer Day, a global event created to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer through education and encouraging governments and individuals to take action. Here in the U.S., February is National Cancer Prevention Month. There are a number of ways we can participate in the fight against cancer. On the most personal level, we can adopt healthy habits and educate ourselves about known and suspected causes of cancer. On a national and global level, we can help to raise awareness, contribute to reputable research organizations, and reach out to our representatives to tell them that funding cancer research should remain a national priority.
Jan 25, 2018 8:45:00 AM
By now, you’ve probably heard of 3-D mammography, properly called breast tomosynthesis. Unlike traditional mammography, which uses two X-ray images of each breast (one vertical and one horizontal), tomosynthesis uses a series of digital images, which are taken as the mammography machine moves in an arc over the breast. These images are then assembled by computer into a 3-D image that the radiologist can examine in detail. Even though many more images are captured, modern breast tomosynthesis technology can accomplish this using a radiation dose that’s similar to that of a conventional 2-D mammogram.
Jan 14, 2018 9:10:00 AM
What is a hysterosalpingogram?
A hysterosalpingogram is an X-ray exam of the uterus and fallopian tubes. It uses fluoroscopy, which creates a moving picture rather than a single still image, to track the flow of contrast material in the uterus so the radiologist can clearly see the areas of interest.
Jan 5, 2018 8:35:00 AM
In April of last year, Iowa passed its breast density reporting law. As a result, beginning this year, all mammography reports in Iowa are required to include information about the patient’s breast density and, for patients with dense breasts, information about how breast density relates to cancer risk and mammography screening. Here is what you should know about the information you receive with this year’s mammogram results.
Dec 28, 2017 8:57:00 AM
Breast masses can take many different forms, some cancerous and some benign. Phyllodes tumors are among the less common types of breast mass.
Dec 17, 2017 9:05:00 AM
If you suffer from chronic pelvic pain, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 10–15% of gynecological visits in the U.S. are scheduled to address this type of pain, and that it affects close to 40% of women. Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is the name given to chronic pain that results from varicose veins in the pelvic region, similar to pain that can result from varicose veins in the legs. Unlike varicose veins in the legs, the veins that contribute to PCS are not visible from the outside (although women who have this condition may also have visible varicose veins elsewhere in the body).
Topics: pelvic congestion syndrome
Dec 7, 2017 8:45:00 AM
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the underlying cause of 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S, and about 92.1 million American adults suffer from cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of a stroke. A CT cardiac calcium score can help individuals and their doctors understand their risk of cardiovascular disease and related events such as heart attack and stroke, arming them with information they need to best protect their health.
Topics: CT cardiac calcium scoring
Nov 26, 2017 1:29:00 PM
What is breast density?
Breast density refers the relative proportions of fat vs. fibrous and glandular tissue in the breast. Because fat is less dense than other breast tissues, breasts containing a relatively small proportion of fat are considered dense. While dense breast tissue is more common in younger women and women who are at or below a healthy weight, older women and those who carry excess fat in their bodies can also have dense breasts. The only way to know for sure is by using mammography or other breast imaging technology.
Nov 16, 2017 11:05:00 AM
For many patients, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe way to discover important health information. Unlike X- rays or CT scans, MRI does not expose patients to ionizing radiation. However, it’s important to follow protocols to ensure the safety and effectiveness of MRI. To enable your health care team to provide the best possible care and obtain accurate images, take the following steps prior to your exam.
Topics: MRI scan