Going in for a CT scan can cause a lot of anxiety. You’re already concerned about the outcome, and then you begin to think about the potential risks associated with the test itself. While it’s always best to consult with Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center about any concerns you may have, here are a few things you should know about radiation and CT scans.
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Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a sophisticated tool used by physicians to see detailed images of the organs and tissues inside our bodies. This minimally invasive test uses no radiation, and is safe for most people. If you have been scheduled to have an MRI, here are 5 tips to help you come prepared for your imaging test.
Do you wake up every morning thinking about preventing breast cancer in your everyday life? We seriously doubt it, but if you are someone with a higher risk for breast cancer due to your family or your age, maybe you should consider paying more attention to preventative strategies. There are some simple and specific changes you can make to help lower your risk for breast cancer.
Computerized Tomography imaging, also known as a CT or CAT scan, is an invaluable tool physicians use to visualize the inside of every part of our bodies.
A wrist fracture is essentially the same thing as a broken wrist, and let’s face it, if you break your wrist, it’s probably going to result in plenty of pain. Depending on the severity of the break, various treatments may be recommended, but how do you know if it’s a fracture and not just a sprain?
If you have been confused in the past by changes in breast cancer screening guidelines, buckle up! Recently, more changes have been passed down as guidelines, so it’s important to make sure you’re knowledgeable.
DEXA scan stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, and the purpose of a DEXA scan is to measure bone loss.
Meet our Employee of Quarter for our Technical Division:
Shauna D., Research Project Coordinator/Imaging Services AA: Shauna demonstrated excellent leadership skills in the recent renovation of Suite 100. She was part of a multi-disciplinary team that met with contractors, architects, and THD building engineering to develop and implement the renovation plan. During the renovation process, she coordinated with several contractors to perform their duties with minimal impact o…n the day to day operation of SWDIC. She also coordinated the purchase, design and installation of new signage, the recovering of the existing seating throughout the suite, and the removal, storage and reinstallation of our precious artwork. All this while performing her regular duties as Research Project Coordinator. Shauna is a valued member of the Imaging Services Team and staff member of SWDIC.
Here are some fun facts about Shauna:
How many years have you worked at SWDIC? 13 years
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Building relationships
What’s #1 on your bucket list? Take a ride in a hot air balloon
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Greece
What’s your lucky number? 82
What’s your favorite food? Anything chocolate
What would you do if someone gave you $100 today? Spend it on my family
What’s your favorite color? Coral
What are your hobbies? Reading books and watching movies
What is your favorite season of the year? Spring
How many are in your family? 3 – my son, my husband, and myself
Who is your favorite singer/band? Coldplay
Where did you go to high school/college? University of Texas at Dallas
You may be shocked to find out about all the sources of radiation that are around us each and every day. What’s more shocking is the amount of radiation that we may be absorbing.
We wanted to share with you our Employee of the Quarter, she actually was awarded last quarter and we will have 2 new ones announced very soon for Quarter 2 as well! This is one of our favorite things to share with our media outlets and showcase our wonderful staff!
Kari O – Patient Care Coordinator, Confirmations: Kari is the reliant and constant performer on the afternoon shift in the confirmations department. I can always rely on her leadership and mentoring of new hires. She is stellar in the way she trains and helping with the QA process of our history sheets. She came to us with a wealth of radiology knowledge in 2017, but offers so much more beyond that with her compassion and patience with fellow workers and our patients. Kari is a true asset to the confirmations department and SWDIC!!
Here are some fun facts about Kari also:
How many years have you worked at SWDIC? 2
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Talking with patients prior to their scans
Cowboys, Rangers, or Mavericks? Mavericks.
What’s #1 on your bucket list? Hiking in Alaska
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Iceland
What’s your favorite food? Chips and queso
What would you do if someone gave you $100 today? Buy new kitchen gadgets
What’s your favorite color? Green
What are your hobbies? Reading, Playing with my dog, doing puzzles
What is your favorite season of the year? Fall
Who is your favorite singer/band? Tim McGraw