Iowa Radiology Blog

Why BMI Isn't Enough: The Limitations of Body Mass Index

Jul 16, 2024 7:32:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Body mass index (BMI) is widely used to determine whether someone is over or underweight. For many people, it can provide a reasonable indication of this; however, BMI has several limitations. Because it is calculated using no...

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What Can HSG Reveal About Fertility Issues?

Jun 4, 2024 7:13:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Fertility issues, including difficulty conceiving and recurrent pregnancy loss, can have many different causes. Doctors often order a variety of tests in the effort to learn why a patient has trouble getting or staying pregnant....

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A Brief History of X-Rays

May 6, 2024 7:12:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

A Groundbreaking Discovery

On November 8, 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen was experimenting with cathode rays—streams of electrons that were first observed in 1859 by two other German physicists, Julius Plücker and Johann...

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Comparing Methods of Body Composition Analysis

Apr 8, 2024 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

An analysis of your body composition can provide valuable information about your health. Various methods of body composition analysis (BCA) assess the content of fat, muscle, and bone in a person’s body. Many modern scales and...

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How Hysterosalpingography Work & What to Expect

Mar 12, 2024 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

If you’ve struggled to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term, your doctor may order a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to investigate the cause. This imaging test allows a radiologist to visualize the uterus and fallopian tubes...

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The Role of X-rays in Cancer Screening & Early Detection

Feb 12, 2024 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Cancer screening helps save lives by finding developing cancers early, before they begin to cause symptoms. Generally speaking, the earlier a cancer is detected, the more successfully it can be treated. With early-stage cancers,...

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Demystifying Body Composition: What It Is and Why It Matters

Jan 9, 2024 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Healthcare providers often look at patients’ body mass index (BMI) as an indicator of health and potential risks. We’re told that “normal” BMI is between 18.5 and 25, and anything outside this range is classified as underweight,...

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Visualizing Female Reproductive Anatomy: How an HSG Works

Dec 11, 2023 8:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

What is an HSG?

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a real-time X-ray test that examines the uterus and fallopian tubes. It relies on fluoroscopy, which allows doctors to visualize the flow of contrast dye as it occurs to identify...

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Breast Cancer Survivorship: Life Beyond Treatment

Nov 8, 2023 8:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

At the beginning of 2022, there were more than four million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. Breast cancer is an incredibly common illness, affecting approximately one in eight women (12.5%). Fortunately, great strides have...

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Hereditary Breast Cancer: BRCA Mutations & Beyond

Oct 9, 2023 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

While there are several steps we can take to reduce cancer risk, some risk factors, like breast density and genetic makeup, are beyond our control. Although around one third of breast cancer cases are thought to arise from...

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