Iowa Radiology Blog

What You Should Know about Breast Density and Cancer Screening

Jan 27, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Since 2017, Iowa law has required mammography providers to include information about breast density in mammography reports. You may have questions about what this information means for you, your health, and the effectiveness of your breast cancer screening.

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Topics: breast MRI, mammography

What Options Are Available for Breast Cancer Screening?

Jan 13, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Approximately one in eight women (12.5%) develops breast cancer in her lifetime. Because of the prevalence of breast cancer in women, doctors and medical associations recommend screening—looking for signs of disease when no symptoms are present. Mammography has been the gold standard of breast cancer detection for decades and remains a critical component of routine screening. Other technologies, however, can be valuable supplements—or in some cases, even replacements—for screening mammography.

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Topics: women's ultrasound, breast MRI, mammography

Follow Up After a Screening Mammogram

Dec 30, 2019 12:19:00 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Receiving a call after a screening mammogram is a source of worry for many women. While it’s natural to be concerned, it’s helpful to keep in mind that the vast majority of women who are called back for follow up after a mammogram (more than 9 in 10) are not found to have breast cancer.[1] This is because there are a number of benign conditions that can raise the suspicion of breast cancer when they appear on mammography images. To determine whether a feature found on a mammogram is actually cancer, your doctor will order follow-up testing.

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Topics: mammography

Modern Breast Cancer Screening

Jul 29, 2019 8:33:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Dating back to the 1970s, the use of mammography in breast cancer screening has proven to save lives. Breast cancer screening has evolved dramatically, however, since those early days of direct-exposure film and the need for high radiation doses. Refinements in technique and technology have enabled doctors to successfully detect and treat more cancers at earlier stages, using less radiation than in the past.[1] Today, radiologists have multiple effective tools available for identifying breast cancers as early as possible to give patients the best chance of recovery.

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Topics: women's ultrasound, breast MRI, mammography

Iowa Radiology Announces Abbreviated Breast MRI

Jun 24, 2019 4:25:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Iowa Radiology is proud to announce the arrival of abbreviated breast MRI, the latest advance in breast cancer screening technology. Breast MRI allows radiologists to more accurately detect early-stage breast cancers, especially in patients with dense breasts. However, traditional breast MRI comes with a high cost that insurance companies typically cover only for patients who are at significantly elevated risk of breast cancer. The abbreviated breast MRI exam is much quicker and less expensive than a traditional MRI, but it can detect even very small cancers with similar accuracy.

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Topics: cancer, mammography

Fibrocystic Changes in the Breast

Mar 25, 2019 12:29:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Although it’s important to be aware of changes in your body—particularly if they may indicate cancer—it’s also important to realize that our bodies go through plenty of normal, healthy changes throughout our lives. For women, these often include changes in breast shape and texture.

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Topics: health tips, breast biopsy, mammography

FDA Warns Against Using Thermography in Place of Mammography

Mar 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is thermography?

Also known as digital infrared imaging, thermography is a procedure that uses an infrared camera to produce images that show patterns of heat, including blood flow, at or near the skin’s surface. These images are often used to locate potential sources of disease, such as infections, tumors, and cardiovascular issues.

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Topics: mammography

What Are the Benefits of a 3-D Mammogram?

Jan 20, 2019 11:31:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Mammography has come a long way since a few radiologists began using it to identify breast cancer in the 1950s.[1] From the development and refinement of screen film technology through the 1980s to digital mammography at the turn of the century and modern low-dose 3-D imaging, the steady march of technological improvements has enabled doctors to identify and treat breast cancer at earlier stages and facilitate better outcomes.[2]

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Topics: mammography

What to Expect During Mammography Follow Up

Jan 10, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

You followed your doctor’s advice and got your annual screening mammogram. You left the imaging clinic feeling good about keeping on top of your preventive health care. A couple of days later, however, you were surprised to get a call from your doctor’s office asking you to come in for follow up. You had assumed you’d get a letter a week later saying everything is fine, but now, you are worried about the possibility of breast cancer. What should you expect?

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Topics: mammography

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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