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Are Imaging Tests Safe For Pregnant Women?

Pregnant patients who need to undergo medical imaging often question if certain scans will affect their baby. It is generally safe to have imaging tests while a woman is pregnant under the recommendation of your physician, and no harm will come to your growing baby. There are reasons for this, and some caveats to consider.

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Why You Shouldn’t Put Off An MRI During The Pandemic

There are multiple and significant reasons why you shouldn’t put off an MRI during the pandemic. Some will be obvious, but others may surprise you. In the beginning of the pandemic many critical tests and routine preventatives were postponed, but now as the levels of the virus decrease, there is no reason to postpone your MRI. Here’s why.

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What You Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Mammograms

Could getting your COVID-19 vaccine affect the results of your mammogram? Maybe. A common side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine is swollen lymph nodes under the arm on the same side as the vaccine injection.

Here are a few things to know about lymph node swelling, the COVID-19 vaccine, and timing of your mammogram.

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COVID Office Policies and Guidelines

Thank you for trusting us with your care. We are doing everything we can to ensure your safety.

PATIENT PARKING ALERT! Parking lot 5 is currently closed for repair, please use lot 8. Click here for the updated map.  

Before entering our center, patients must:

  • Have temperature tested
  • Answer COVID-19 Q&A
  • Sanitize Hands
  • Wear a mask (masks provided if patient does not have their own)

During and after exams:

  • Exercise social distancing
  • All exam and waiting areas are cleaned and sanitized

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What A DEXA Bone Scan Tells You About Your Bone Health

We understand that to remain proactive about our health we should have regular screenings. Colon cancer screenings like colonoscopies, mammograms, blood tests, and skin cancer screenings are all valuable ways to prevent serious disease or catch it while it is still treatable. When we reach a certain age, a DEXA scan can do the same. Let’s discover what a DEXA bone scan tells you about your bone health.

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How Much Does A Radiology Exam Cost?

Would you buy a new car without knowing the price? Of course you wouldn’t. So why should you accept that the cost of your healthcare is a secret and not transparent?

The correct answer is you shouldn’t. If Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center recommends you have an X-Ray,  MRI or other type of radiology exam, it’s time to do your homework and find out how much a radiology exam actually costs.

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Benefits Of Going To An Outpatient Imaging Center

Your physician has referred you for an MRI or other imaging scan, but many patients are not aware that they have a choice of facilities. You don’t necessarily need to go to a hospital setting for your test. You can choose an outpatient imaging center, and in fact, there are multiple benefits of going to an outpatient imaging center instead of a hospital.

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Things You Should Know Before An MRI Scan

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan, or MRI, is one of the greatest tools physicians have for diagnosing many conditions that an X-Ray can not. It looks at organs inside the body using a large magnet and radio waves. If your physician has referred you to have one, here are important things you should know before an MRI scan.

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