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What You Should Know about Breast Density and Cancer Screening

Jan 27, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Since 2017, Iowa law has required mammography providers to include information about breast density in mammography reports. You may have questions about what this information means for you, your health, and the effectiveness of your breast cancer screening.

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Topics: breast MRI, mammography

What Options Are Available for Breast Cancer Screening?

Jan 13, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Approximately one in eight women (12.5%) develops breast cancer in her lifetime. Because of the prevalence of breast cancer in women, doctors and medical associations recommend screening—looking for signs of disease when no symptoms are present. Mammography has been the gold standard of breast cancer detection for decades and remains a critical component of routine screening. Other technologies, however, can be valuable supplements—or in some cases, even replacements—for screening mammography.

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Topics: women's ultrasound, breast MRI, mammography

Follow Up After a Screening Mammogram

Dec 30, 2019 12:19:00 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Receiving a call after a screening mammogram is a source of worry for many women. While it’s natural to be concerned, it’s helpful to keep in mind that the vast majority of women who are called back for follow up after a mammogram (more than 9 in 10) are not found to have breast cancer.[1] This is because there are a number of benign conditions that can raise the suspicion of breast cancer when they appear on mammography images. To determine whether a feature found on a mammogram is actually cancer, your doctor will order follow-up testing.

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Topics: mammography

What Is Body Composition Analysis?

Dec 16, 2019 11:45:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Body composition analysis is the process of assessing the content of fat, muscle, and bone in the body. Body fat can be measured in a variety of ways, including using calipers to measure subcutaneous fat (fat stored beneath the skin), special scales, and hydrostatic weighing. While BMI is commonly used to determine whether a person is underweight, overweight, or obese, it is not an accurate measure of fat content in the body or risk of obesity-related disease. To get the most accurate and complete information, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry body composition analysis, better known as a DXA BCA, is the gold standard.

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Topics: DEXA

Help for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Dec 2, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Pain and periods often go together. More than half of women regularly experience pain during their menstrual cycle, which can sometimes interfere with the ability to participate in and enjoy everyday activities.[1] While many women experience painful periods without any identifiable underlying cause other than normal uterine contractions, sometimes, period pain has a treatable source. One of these is pelvic congestion syndrome.

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Topics: pelvic congestion syndrome

November Is National Family Caregivers Month!

Nov 18, 2019 10:50:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Since 1997, November has been recognized in the U.S. as National Family Caregivers Month. At this time each year, we honor the everyday heroism of the more than 40 million Americans who serve this role. The AARP Public Policy Institute determined that that in 2013, family caregivers provided 37 billion hours of care to adults who needed help with everyday activities, estimating the economic value of this work at $470 billion.[1]

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Topics: health tips

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