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.
Jan 5, 2018 8:35:00 AM
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
Nov 9, 2017 8:23:00 AM
You may have heard the term “scanxiety” used to refer to the often intense feeling of anxiety and fear that can surround imaging exams, particularly for patients who have or have had cancer. While scan-related anxiety has not traditionally been a primary concern in cancer treatment, it is gaining attention as an aspect of the illness that deserves more attention.
Nov 1, 2017 4:24:00 PM
Each year, we recognize the contributions of radiologic technologists (RTs) to health care during National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW). Although initially celebrated in July, it was later moved to coincide with Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s discovery of X-rays on November 8, 1895. This year, NRTW is celebrated November 5–11 with the theme, “Positioning to Save Lives.” November 8 is the International Day of Radiology, and its focus this year is on the vital role of radiology in the emergency room in supporting effective care and treatment.
Topics: Iowa Radiology
Oct 20, 2017 8:20:00 AM
In 1993, the third Friday of each October was designated National Mammography Day in an effort to encourage women to get screening mammograms. Today, we take this opportunity to celebrate the contribution mammography has made to women’s health care. Advances in this technology and in our understanding of breast cancer has helped many women to live longer, healthier lives.
Oct 8, 2017 8:15:00 AM
If you’re unsure when and how often you should get a mammogram, you’re not alone. Conflicting recommendations about breast cancer screenings have caused a lot of confusion about what type of screening regimen can best protect women’s health. Because each woman must ultimately make her own decision about how to protect herself from breast cancer, it’s important to have the information you need to make the right choice for your care.