Iowa Radiology Blog

What Is Breast Density & How Does It Affect Cancer Screening?

Jan 5, 2018 8:35:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

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...

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Phyllodes Breast Tumors

Dec 28, 2017 8:57:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Breast masses can take many different forms, some cancerous and some benign. Phyllodes tumors are among the less common types of breast mass.

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What Should I Know About Mammograms and Breast Density?

Nov 26, 2017 1:29:00 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

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...

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National Mammography Day Is a Reason to Celebrate!

Oct 20, 2017 8:20:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

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...

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When Should I Get My First Mammogram?

Oct 8, 2017 8:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

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...

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Mammography Recommendations FAQ

Aug 10, 2017 8:50:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

There is a lot of talk about mammograms in the news lately. You’ve likely seen a variety of recommendations and opinions about whether to have mammograms and if so, when to start, how often to get them, and what kind to get. It’s...

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The Advantages of 3-D Mammography

Aug 3, 2017 11:21:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

An important advancement in women’s health care, screening mammography has come a long way since it began to gain acceptance in the 1950s. Over time, technological advances have resulted in continual improvements in image quality...

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How to Prepare for Your First Mammogram

Jul 23, 2017 8:47:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Deciding to have your first mammogram is an important step in protecting yourself against breast cancer. Randomized controlled trials suggest that mammography screening reduces the odds of dying of breast cancer by 15–20% for...

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Mammogram, Breast Ultrasound, & Breast MRI—What’s the Difference?

Jun 29, 2017 4:14:00 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Mammography is the standard for breast cancer screening, but it’s not the only imaging method that doctors use to get information about breast conditions and possible cancers. In some cases, ultrasound or MRI are chosen to...

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What Should I Know About Breast Calcifications?

Jun 22, 2017 5:11:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

My doctor said my mammogram showed calcifications. Is that bad?

Calcifications are very common, especially after menopause. In fact, they appear on roughly half of mammograms of women over age 50, and they typically are not cause...

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