Iowa Radiology Blog

Comparing Methods of Body Composition Analysis

Apr 8, 2024 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

An analysis of your body composition can provide valuable information about your health. Various methods of body composition analysis (BCA) assess the content of fat, muscle, and bone in a person’s body. Many modern scales and...

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How Hysterosalpingography Work & What to Expect

Mar 12, 2024 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

If you’ve struggled to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term, your doctor may order a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to investigate the cause. This imaging test allows a radiologist to visualize the uterus and fallopian tubes...

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The Role of X-rays in Cancer Screening & Early Detection

Feb 12, 2024 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Cancer screening helps save lives by finding developing cancers early, before they begin to cause symptoms. Generally speaking, the earlier a cancer is detected, the more successfully it can be treated. With early-stage cancers,...

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Demystifying Body Composition: What It Is and Why It Matters

Jan 9, 2024 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Healthcare providers often look at patients’ body mass index (BMI) as an indicator of health and potential risks. We’re told that “normal” BMI is between 18.5 and 25, and anything outside this range is classified as underweight,...

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Visualizing Female Reproductive Anatomy: How an HSG Works

Dec 11, 2023 8:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

What is an HSG?

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a real-time X-ray test that examines the uterus and fallopian tubes. It relies on fluoroscopy, which allows doctors to visualize the flow of contrast dye as it occurs to identify...

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How Do I Know If I’m Infertile?

Dec 7, 2022 10:40:25 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Fertility Changes Over Time

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant, you may be surprised at how long it can take. While women tend to be most fertile in their 20s, many in the U.S. have been waiting longer to start their families....

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Life After Menopause: Coping with The Effects of Low Estrogen

Nov 5, 2022 10:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Menopause and the years of shifting hormone levels that lead up to it (called perimenopause) cause changes in the body that affect both mental and physical health. Decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone influence not just...

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Should I Be Shielded During Radiologic Imaging?

Oct 11, 2022 9:12:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

If you’ve had X-ray imaging done in the past, you may remember having a lead shield laid over part of your body to prevent radiation from reaching areas that are not being imaged. In the 1950s, radiologists began shielding...

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Diagnosing Gastrointestinal Disorders

Dec 2, 2021 10:40:51 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Doctors have several types of tests at their disposal to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. These include lab tests, MRI, CT, ultrasound, X-ray, colonoscopy, and more. Often, doctors order a type of moving X-ray called...

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Where Do Penguins Go to Get MRIs?

Nov 3, 2021 3:32:50 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

The staff at Blank Park Zoohave been treating "Chiquita," a two-year old female Magellanic penguin for a chronic limp. When examinations and treatments failed to resolve her limp they determined that more advanced imaging like...

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