A Brief History of X-Rays
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by Iowa Radiology
3w ago
A Groundbreaking Discovery On November 8, 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen was experimenting with cathode rays—streams of electrons that were first observed in 1859 by two other German physicists, Julius Plücker and Johann Wilhelm Hittorf. During his experiment, he noticed a glow appear on a screen that was nine feet away, although he had shielded the tube he was using to produce the rays with thick black cardboard. Investigation of this strange phenomenon led to the discovery of a previously unknown form of radiation that could penetrate solid objects. He named this newly discovered r ..read more
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Comparing Methods of Body Composition Analysis
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by Iowa Radiology
1M ago
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 even wearable devices provide body composition data, including estimates of the amounts of fat, muscle, bone, and water present.   Often, the goal of BCA is to determine whether a person has too much or too little fat in the body, putting them at risk for various conditions like cardiovascular issues, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, and heightened susceptibility to inf ..read more
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How Hysterosalpingography Work & What to Expect
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by Iowa Radiology
2M ago
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 to detect blockages and other abnormalities that can interfere with pregnancy. In this article, we’ll discuss how an HSG is performed, how it can help identify the source of female fertility issues, and what to expect if you undergo the exam ..read more
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The Role of X-rays in Cancer Screening & Early Detection
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by Iowa Radiology
3M ago
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, treatments may also be far less invasive and easier for patients to tolerate. X-ray exams play a critical role in screening for breast, lung, and colon cancer ..read more
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Demystifying Body Composition: What It Is and Why It Matters
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by Iowa Radiology
4M ago
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, overweight, or obese. However, these measurements are broad generalizations that were meant to reflect observations of large populations, not guide individual health advice. Because BMI uses no information other than a person’s height and weight, it provides no insight into the amount of fat an individual carries or how that fat might impact their health ..read more
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Visualizing Female Reproductive Anatomy: How an HSG Works
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by Iowa Radiology
6M ago
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 abnormalities in the reproductive system. It’s often used to investigate fertility issues such as recurrent miscarriage or difficulty conceiving. By highlighting the features of the uterus and fallopian tubes, the exam can reveal blockages and uterine anomalies like adhesions, fibroids, and other masses ..read more
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Breast Cancer Survivorship: Life Beyond Treatment
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by Iowa Radiology
7M ago
At the beginning of 2022, there were more than four million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. Breast cancer is an incredibly common illness, affecting approximately one in eight women (12.5%). Fortunately, great strides have been made in early detection and treatment. As a result, more than nine in 10 patients are surviving more than five years after breast cancer diagnosis. While this is positive news, the breast cancer survivorship journey is always a difficult one. In this article, we’ll examine some of the challenges survivors face through treatment and beyond ..read more
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Unveiling the Impact of Low Estrogen Levels
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by Iowa Radiology
10M ago
The Role of Estrogen in the Body Estrogen is the main female sex hormone. However, both male and female bodies produce estrogen as well as testosterone and progesterone, and everyone needs a healthy balance of these hormones to maintain good health. Estrogen helps maintain appropriate levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, muscle and bone mass, brain function, immune response, collagen production, and more. While females often experience health concerns related to reduced estrogen, low estrogen levels are less of a concern for males and usually occur alongside low levels of other sex hormones ..read more
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A Journey through GI Disease: Functional Disorders
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by Iowa Radiology
10M ago
Gastrointestinal (GI) disease encompasses many different types of disorders and can affect any part of the digestive tract, which includes the entire system from the mouth to the anus. Some GI disorders are minor and transitory, while others can be severe and/or chronic. Doctors perform many different types of tests to diagnose the source of GI symptoms. Which is chosen depends on the symptoms that are presenting, the specific health risks of the individual patient, and their health history. In this two-part series, we’ll provide an overview of GI disorders and explore a few common types, inc ..read more
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A Journey through GI Disease: Structural Disorders
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by Iowa Radiology
10M ago
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 exploring a few common types of GI disease, including their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. GI disorders are classified into two main types: functional and structural. The first article in the series focused on functional GI diseases; this one will discuss structural disorders ..read more
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