Iowa Radiology Blog

A Journey through GI Disease: Structural Disorders

Jul 27, 2023 1:21:00 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Gastrointestinal (GI) disease includes several different disorders and can affect any part of the digestive tract. Some are minor and resolve quickly, while others can be serious or chronic. In this two-part series, we’re...

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Low-Dose CT Screening for Early Lung Cancer Detection

Jul 10, 2023 12:45:00 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Lung cancer is the single deadliest form of cancer worldwide and accounts for approximately 20% of cancer deaths in the U.S. Lung cancer deaths climbed steadily from 1930 through 1990, when 91.1 out of every 100,000 men died of...

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The Role of Sedatives in Brain MRI Exams

Jun 22, 2023 12:45:00 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Brain MRI can be an invaluable tool for the diagnosis and monitoring of a variety of conditions. However, some patients find it extremely difficult to successfully complete the procedure. That’s because MRI can involve extended...

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Brain MRI—Why, How, & What It Can Tell Your Doctor

Apr 27, 2023 11:00:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

A brain MRI (also known as a head MRI) allows a radiologist to examine not only the brain itself but also the bones of the skull, the optic and cranial nerves, the blood vessels connected to the brain, the muscles, fat, and...

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Screening for Osteoporosis with a DEXA Scan

Mar 31, 2023 11:34:54 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Osteoporosis affects an estimated 10.2 million people over the age of 50 in the US. The condition causes bone fragility due to deterioration and loss of density, resulting in fractures for approximately half of women and a third...

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What Can a Chest X-Ray Tell Me?

Mar 3, 2023 1:49:00 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

A chest X-ray can provide valuable information about the condition of your heart, lungs, and surrounding structures. Doctors often order them to investigate respiratory or cardiac symptoms or to check for damage after a chest...

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Early Lung Cancer Detection

Jan 30, 2023 11:25:58 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common type of cancer in the U.S.[1] One of the reasons lung cancer is so deadly is that symptoms often don’t appear until the disease has reached an advanced...

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What’s the difference between CT and MRI?

Jan 2, 2023 10:07:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are frequently used by medical professionals to visualize internal body structures. Both technologies are capable of producing detailed three-dimensional images, and...

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When Should I Seek Help for Pelvic Pain?

Dec 30, 2022 10:31:01 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Both men and women experience pelvic pain for a variety of reasons. In many cases, pelvic pain goes away on its own. Sometimes, however, it can be a sign of a serious or chronic condition that needs treatment. Below are some of...

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When and How Often Should You Be Screened for Breast Cancer?

Dec 19, 2022 9:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

When should mammography begin?

In recent years, differing guidelines for mammography screening offered by various groups of medical professionals have sparked confusion among patients. With a range of professional opinions, it...

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