Author: Southwestern Diagnostic Imaging Center

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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Everyday Habits To Reduce Your Risk For Dementia

If you have had the devastating experience of watching or caring for a loved one with dementia, you understand the toll it takes on the person and everyone around them. Often referred to as “the long goodbye,” you slowly lose that vibrant person you once knew as their cognitive abilities decline. For that reason you may want some guidance on everyday habits to reduce your risk for dementia.

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Top Diagnostic Imaging Tests to Use When Dealing with Cancer

Anyone who is having new or unusual symptoms often worries about the possibility of cancer as the cause. In these cases, the very best scenario is an early diagnosis, which is crucial to prevent the spread of cancerous cells and to increase the chances of success after treatment. To accomplish this, Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center uses various imaging tests to both diagnose and monitor the patient during treatment.

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Is It Safe to Get An X-ray While Pregnant?

Most women understand they should be wary of smoking and drinking during their pregnancy. In addition, certain medications can be harmful to your baby and should be avoided, and, of course, illicit drugs are dangerous for both you and your baby. Common tests like an ultrasound are routinely performed during pregnancy, but is it safe to get an X-ray while pregnant?

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month. If you have had any experience with a loved one who suffered from Alzheimer’s, you understand the devastating toll it takes on everyone connected with that person. Alzheimer’s awareness month gives us the opportunity to instruct those who are unfamiliar with this disease to be able to recognize its symptoms, understand its progression, and then ask for help.

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COVID-19 Updates 5/1/20

Thank you for your support during this unprecedented time. As Texas begins to re-open, we to will be getting back to normal. Beginning May 4th, all patients will be seen without restrictions for their diagnostic tests. Our operational hours will remain Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. However, on May 18th we return to our normal schedule prior to the shelter in place restrictions, open 7 days a week with extended hours. We are here for you and continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Please note we continue to take proper universal precautions by disinfecting our lobbies on a regular basis and disinfecting our procedure rooms between every patient. All of our employees are masked as are our patients. Of course, hand washing and the use of an approved alcohol-based hand scrub is widely in practice. Lastly, all patients are prescreened prior to admitting.

• PHASE 1: May 4 | Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• PHASE 2: May 18 | Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Weekends 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Using MRI To Diagnose And Treat Musculoskeletal Disorders

Known as MRI, magnetic resonance imaging uses radio waves, a computer, and a magnetic field to produce clearer and more detailed images than other types of tests. This is why more physicians are using MRI to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders in major joints, the spine, and soft tissues.

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COVID-19 Updates (3/26/20)

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and try to balance the needs of those with illnesses that require diagnostics. We are adjusting our guidelines to meet those of the Texas Medical Board (TMD) most recent updated press releases. TMD amended the definition of “Continuing Threat to the Public Welfare” 22 TAC 187.57 (c). Guidelines will continue to be adjusted as necessary to meet the TMD and the State of Texas recommendations.

The emergency rule amends the definition of “Continuing Threat to the Public Welfare,” to include actions specifically prohibited by Executive Order GA-09 as it relates to surgeries and procedures that are “not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.”

Effective immediately we will be accepting all patients that our referring physicians deem necessary as defined above. Screening procedures, such as,  screening mammogram, bone density and cardiac scoring will be scheduled after April 18th. (Subject to change) Our goal is to provide unsurpassed patient care to those who are the most in need, while protecting those patients whose elective and routine scans can wait until we can all return safely.

Please note we are taking proper universal precautions by disinfecting our lobbies on a regular basis and disinfecting our procedure rooms between every patient. Of course, hand washing and the use of an approved alcohol-based hand scrub is widely in practice. Lastly, all patients and their guests are prescreened prior to admitting to allow us to take the necessary precautions.

Recent Change(s)

•  Valet – All campus valet service will be suspended until further notice
•  Wheelchair Transport – Professional office building wheelchair transport has been suspended

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

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