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Gynecologic Cancer Awareness: Ovarian & Uterine Cancers

Sep 10, 2018 11:38:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Gynecologic cancers affect more than 95,000 women and cause more than 30,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Gynecologic cancers include cancers of the ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina, and vulva. While uterine cancer is the most commonly diagnosed of these, the difficulty of diagnosing ovarian cancer early makes it the most deadly.

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Topics: cancer

Alternatives and Supplements to Mammography Part 2—Breast MRI

Sep 1, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

While mammography is the only breast cancer screening tool proven to reduce deaths through early detection, other methods of imaging are useful when mammography alone doesn’t provide the information needed. MRI is a valuable modality for getting a closer look at confirmed or suspected breast cancer as well as providing additional protection for women at high risk.

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Topics: breast MRI

Alternatives and Supplements to Mammography, Part 1—Breast Ultrasound

Aug 23, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Mammography is the only breast cancer screening tool that has been proven to reduce deaths through early detection. However, other imaging modalities can be valuable when a supplement or alternative to mammography is needed. Women who are unable to undergo mammography or whose mammography images provide insufficient information are often referred for breast ultrasound.

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Topics: women's ultrasound

Why Do I Have Breast Pain?

Aug 14, 2018 3:41:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Although breast pain can be worrying as well as uncomfortable, it is not typically a sign of breast cancer. The most common cause of painful breasts is a fluctuation in hormones, but a number of other conditions can also be at the root of the problem. Read on to better understand what may be causing your pain and when to consult your doctor.

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Topics: health tips

My Mammography Report Says I Have Dense Breasts. Should I Be Worried?

Aug 6, 2018 4:44:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Why does breast density matter?

Beginning this year, all mammography reports in Iowa must contain information about the patient’s breast density and, for patients with dense breasts, information about how density relates to breast cancer risk and screening. As a result, many women are now seeing this information on their mammography reports for the first time. If you’re among them, it’s likely that you have some questions about what it means.

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Mammography FAQ

Jul 26, 2018 12:54:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When and how often should women get mammograms?

Iowa Radiology follows the guidelines set out by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which recommends beginning annual mammography screening at age 40. Research has shown that this screening regimen is associated with saving the most lives and the greatest number of life years. The ACR does not set an upper age limit for mammography, advising women to continue screening for as long as they are healthy and wish to remain so.[1]

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Transvaginal Ultrasound—Why It’s Recommended & What to Expect

Jul 17, 2018 4:06:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Most people are familiar with transdermal ultrasound exams, during which the ultrasound transducer is passed over the surface of the skin to produce images of internal structures. To assess issues related to the female reproductive system, however, doctors sometimes recommend a transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS). This procedure involves placing a specially designed transducer into the vagina to produce clearer images for the assessment of some conditions. 

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Topics: women's ultrasound

What Should I Know About MRI?

Jul 8, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If your doctor recommends an MRI, it’s important to understand both the value of the procedure to your health care plan and the risks it may pose. Below are the basics you should know about MRI before you come to your imaging appointment.

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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Can Cause Chronic Pain

Jun 29, 2018 10:59:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Many women experience pelvic pain during their lives. Often, this is a predictable aspect of menstruation. However, persistent pelvic pain that’s not related to the menstrual cycle can have a wide range of causes, including conditions related to the bowels, urinary tract, and reproductive organs. To investigate the cause of chronic pelvic pain, doctors commonly conduct a physical exam and recommend lab and/or imaging tests.[1] One common cause is a condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) or ovarian vein reflux.

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Topics: pelvic congestion syndrome

How Does a Radiologist See Breast Cancer on Mammography & Ultrasound?

Jun 20, 2018 4:38:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When you look at mammography or ultrasound images, you might wonder how radiologists make any sense of them. How can they identify potential cancers in those Rorschach tests of gray and white? While even the most advanced imaging technology doesn’t allow radiologists to identify cancer with certainty, it does give them some strong clues about what deserves a closer look. Today we’ll discuss a few things that radiologists are on the lookout for when examining mammography and breast ultrasound images.

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Topics: mammography

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