Last updated 8 days ago
Congratulations to Irina Hultkrantz, R.D.M.S, R.V.T for obtaining her registry in Vascular Technology. To obtain certification through The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, candidates must meet strict eligibility, prerequisite, and experience requirements. They must also pass a rigorous multi-hour comprehensive exam in both vascular technology and vascular physics and instrumentation. The RVT exam typically has a pass rate of only 58-59%. We are so proud of Irina for obtaining this remarkable achievement!
Last updated 8 days ago
Mammography is an important diagnostic tool that your doctor can use to detect the presence of breast cancer. While the frequency with which women should undergo mammograms varies from individual to individual, in general, it is recommended that women schedule annual mammograms beginning at age 40. If you’re getting ready to schedule your first mammogram, take a look at this brief overview of what to expect.
In order for the mammogram to provide clear and accurate images of your breast tissue, you will need to undress above the waist. You will be given a gown to wrap around yourself when you undress. After you are undressed, your breasts will be positioned for the mammogram by the technologist who is conducting the procedure.
Once your breasts have been positioned on the mammogram machine’s platform, they will be gently compressed. This allows the machine to produce the clearest images possible of your breast tissue. An upper plate or paddle made of plastic will be lowered onto your breasts to gradually compress them. The technologist will then use the mammogram machine to take X-rays of your breast tissue. You will likely be positioned for more than one X-ray image, with the breast compression lasting a few seconds for each image. You may experience some discomfort while your breasts are compressed—if this discomfort is severe, your technologist may use less compression.
After your mammogram, your X-rays will be examined by a radiologist. The radiologist will look for any abnormalities that could be signs of breast cancer. Once the radiologist has evaluated the images, you will receive the results. Mammogram facilities are required to deliver results within 30 days, but you will likely hear back from the facility sooner. If any abnormalities are detected in the images, you may be asked to undergo further diagnostic testing.
At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, we offer digital mammography services to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care. We also take steps to make sure every patient is comfortable during her mammograms. For more information, call our mammogram and MRI facility in Dallas at (888) 530-1053.
Last updated 15 days ago
Has your physician recommended that you have a CT scan? If so, you may be unsure about what to expect. This video explains how you can prepare for a CT scan.
It is important to let your physician know if you have any conditions which may affect your eligibility for undergoing a CT scan. Pregnancy, claustrophobia, and allergies to contrast dye may all make you ineligible for getting a CT scan, so let your doctor know about any of these conditions before your appointment at the imaging center. Watch this full video clip to learn more steps that you should take before a CT scan.
If you need to schedule a CT scan in Dallas, turn to Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center. We offer a variety of imaging services, including CT scans, MRI scans, and mammograms. To find out more, call (888) 530-1053 today.
Last updated 18 days ago
If you have ever had a broken bone, you’ve probably experienced at least one type of diagnostic imaging. X-rays are the most widely used form of imaging currently in use by radiologists, and can provide an accurate picture of fractures, joint injuries, arthritis, and more. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, offers an even deeper look inside the body. MRIs provide doctors with more complete imaging results than other methods, and allow them to diagnose everything from joint problems to cancer. CT scans and MRIs are similar in that you must lie on a special table that moves into the imaging machine, but both are painless and give doctors a unique view of your body structures. Explore this infographic from Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center in Dallas to see how imaging is used. Please share with your friends and family.