Iowa Radiology Blog

Alternatives to Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Oct 12, 2021 11:09:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Following a mastectomy to remove breast cancer, some women undergo reconstructive surgery, and some do not. The decision is very personal, and the right choice for each woman is the one that best supports her physical and mental health. Some women delay breast reconstruction surgery so they can take their time to decide. Sometimes, however, reconstruction isn’t possible due to health complications or cost barriers.

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Topics: cancer, health tips, mammography

5 Things to Know About Breast Reconstruction After Cancer

Sep 15, 2021 11:19:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If you have had or are planning to have a mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, you may decide to have reconstructive surgery to restore the shape of your breasts. To make the best choices for your body, mind, and lifestyle, you need information. Here are five things you should know about breast reconstruction.

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Topics: cancer, health tips, mammography

Benefits of Wide-Bore MRI

Aug 24, 2021 10:17:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technology that uses a powerful magnet to produce a strong magnetic field around the body. This magnetic field causes protons in the body to align with it. Then, radio waves are used to disrupt this effect; when the radio waves are turned off, the MRI sensors detect changes in the protons as they come back into alignment. This information can then be translated into images that depict various structures in the body. Doctors can examine these images in detail on a computer monitor.

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Topics: health tips

Why Should I Know My Family Medical History?

Aug 2, 2021 10:27:33 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When you visit a new health care provider, your new patient paperwork often includes questions about not just your medical history but also that of your close family members. Maybe you have sped past this section, filling in whatever happens to come to mind in the moment and perhaps inadvertently leaving out a few details. When your family medical history is incomplete, however, your providers could be missing important information that would empower them to better care for your health.

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Topics: health tips

Why Do I Get Aches & Pains When I'm Active?

Jul 9, 2021 12:07:49 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Benefits of Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Staying active can bring a host of physical and psychological benefits, including

  • Stress reduction
  • Improved energy, mood, and sleep
  • Enhanced cognition
  • Better weight control
  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Reduced risk of falls
  • Reduced risk of many cancers and chronic illnesses
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Topics: health tips

What Is a Deductible, and How Does It Affect My Costs?

Jun 8, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Navigating provider appointments with your family care physician and specialist can be challenging enough; then you receive an insurance explanation of benefits. After deciphering what you are responsible for, do you wonder, “Could I have made a choice that would have lowered my responsibility? or, “What is a deductible, and why was it applied to the services instead of a co-pay?” With the many insurance options that are offered directly to individuals and through employers, it is important to understand the benefits your plan provides. Before pulling out your insurance policy paperwork to review your benefits, let’s talk about deductibles and how they could affect your costs.

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Topics: insurance

Quitting Smoking Is Hard, but Reducing Your Risk of Cancer Death Isn’t.

May 12, 2021 1:15:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If you’re a long-term smoker, you probably don’t need to be reminded that it’s bad for your health. You understand that smoking makes it more likely that you’ll develop lung cancer. If it were easy to just quit, you would have done it by now.

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Topics: cancer, CT scan

Proactive Health Tips for Women in their 50s

Apr 22, 2021 11:15:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

In your 50s, your body changes in important ways. Staying healthy and strong takes more effort than it used to, but it’s well worth it! Follow these tips to feel your best and help your body carry you through this decade with grace.

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Topics: health tips, CT scan

7 Facts About Uterine Fibroids

Apr 6, 2021 4:15:00 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

If you have a uterus, there is a good chance that at some point in your life, you’ll have uterine fibroids. Also known as leiomyomas, fibroids are typically benign smooth muscle tumors that commonly grow in and around the uterus during a woman’s childbearing years. Fibroids don’t usually require treatment, but treatment may be advised if they cause severe discomfort or fertility issues. Here are seven things you should know if you have (or think you might have) uterine fibroids.

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Topics: Iowa Radiology

Iowa Radiology Attains NAPBC Accreditation

Jan 20, 2021 4:41:18 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Continuing a Tradition of Exceptional Service

Iowa Radiology has always been committed to providing exceptional service to our patients and our community. In keeping with that commitment, we are proud to announce our voluntary three-year accreditation with the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Iowa Radiology achieved this accreditation in partnership with the John Stoddard Cancer Center and UnityPoint Health. To attain accreditation, a breast center must demonstrate compliance with NAPBC’s high standards, determined by an assessment of the center’s clinical services, leadership, research, professional education, community outreach, and quality improvement.

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Topics: Iowa Radiology, breast MRI

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