Iowa Radiology Blog

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 Iowa Radiology

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

Life Without Smoking: What to Expect

Nov 12, 2020 1:15:00 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Quitting smoking is hard. Nicotine is highly addictive, so even occasional smokers can become dependent on it. Maybe you started by sharing a cigarette with friends and then found yourself reaching for one when you felt stressed, tired, or bored. In time, it can become difficult to imagine life without smoking. How does this happen?

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Topics: health tips, CT scan

Can I Be Tested for Lung Cancer If I Don’t Have Symptoms?

May 22, 2020 12:41:42 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Are you wondering if now is a good time to get tested for lung cancer, even if you’re not currently experiencing any symptoms? Getting a screening early is a good idea to make sure you’re healthy or identify potential cancer before it spreads. 

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Topics: cancer, health tips, CT scan

Smoking and Your Health in the Age of COVID-19

May 5, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

It’s been understood for decades that tobacco smoking is the single leading cause of lung cancer, causing an estimated 1.5 to 2 million deaths per year. Eighty-five percent of lung cancers occur in current or former smokers. This year, there is a new reason to quit smoking: COVID-19. Recent studies indicate that when infected with the novel coronavirus, tobacco smokers are more likely to develop severe infections, to need mechanical ventilation, and to die as a result of the illness. This is not surprising, given that smoking causes damage that inhibits the lungs’ ability to clean and repair themselves. Along with getting plenty of exercise, eating healthy, and managing stress, avoiding cigarettes is one if the top ways to keep your immune system in good working order during the pandemic.

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Topics: cancer, health tips, CT scan

Brain Awareness Week 2019—CT and MRI Imaging

Mar 11, 2019 11:16:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Each year since 1996, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives promotes Brain Awareness Week. The initiative brings together people from academia, government, and professional and advocacy groups to celebrate the brain and promote brain research that supports prevention, treatment, and cures for brain disorders.

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Topics: CT scan, MRI scan

Scanxiety Is Real, but You Can Take Steps to Reduce It.

Nov 9, 2017 8:23:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

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.

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Topics: cancer, CT scan

My Doctor Ordered a CT Scan. What Should I Know?

Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If your doctor has ordered a CT scan, you may have lots of questions: Why do I need a CT scan? Why not use another type of imaging? Are there risks involved? Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about CT imaging. Make sure to get satisfactory answers to all of your specific questions before you consent to any medical procedure.

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Topics: CT scan

CT Scans: Weighing the Risks and Benefits

Oct 31, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

A CT scan can be an important diagnostic tool, but like most medical procedures, it carries a degree of risk. It’s important to understand how the procedure works and consider the risks and benefits before deciding with your doctor whether it’s right for you.

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Topics: cancer, health tips, CT scan

MRI vs. CT (CAT) Scan: Which is Best for My Brain Imaging Needs?

Oct 25, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Determining whether an MRI or CT (or CAT) scan is more appropriate for your imaging needs may seem challenging, but there are several factors that can make the decision easier. Some of these considerations include whether the need for imaging is emergent; the conditions or body parts being examined; your age, size, and ability to calmly remain still in an enclosed space; potential adverse reactions to contrast agents; and cost of the procedure. Below are four factors of an MRI vs CT brain scan to consider regarding the procedure that’s right for you.

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Topics: CT scan, MRI scan

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