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    Congrats to Natalie Whitaker on Getting Certified in PiYo!

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Congrats to our very own Natalie Whitaker from the Marketing Department on getting certified in PiYo! "PiYo gives you hardcore definition, intense calorie burn, and allover strength without weights, without jumps, and without destroying your body." Chalene Johnson, creator of PiYo

    What to Know About Coronary Artery Disease

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Coronary artery disease causes a substance called plaque to build up inside the arteries of your body, restricting blood flow and putting you at risk for a future heart attack. This type of heart disease is the most common form of heart disease in the United States, accounting for nearly 400,000 deaths annually. Coronary artery disease can be diagnosed using coronary CT Angiography, a medical imaging technique that evaluates the flow of blood through your veins to look for areas of concern.

    Understanding Coronary Artery Disease

    In patients with coronary artery disease, plaque buildup inside the arteries can cause many health problems. Over time, plaque buildup causes the arteries to become narrower and less flexible, restricting the amount of blood that can flow through them. This makes the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body, putting excess stress on your cardiovascular system. If the plaque inside your arteries ruptures, a blood clot will form in an attempt to address the injury to the artery wall. This blood clot may completely block the flow of blood through the artery, leading to a heart attack.

    Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease

    If your physician suspects you may be suffering from coronary artery disease, he may order tests or diagnostics to evaluate your cardiovascular health. Coronary CT Angiography, or coronary CTA, uses high-speed X-ray imaging to provide three-dimensional images of the blood flowing through your veins and arteries. This diagnostic allows your physician to determine if there are areas where the arteries have been narrowed by plaque. Other diagnostics that may be used to diagnose and evaluate coronary artery disease include echocardiography, chest X-ray imaging, and electron-beam computed tomography (CT).

    If your physician has ordered imaging diagnostics to evaluate your cardiovascular health, call Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center today at (214) 345-6905 to set up your appointment. We offer MRI, CT scans, radiology, and more at a time that is convenient for you. Click through our website to learn more about our diagnostic services and what to expect from your visit to our imaging facility.

    Employee of the Month/ TECHNICAL DIVISION / May 2014

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Don R. / MRI -  Don does an outstanding job and works tirelessly researching and perfecting protocols.  He is friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and if he doesn’t know the answer to something, he will not stop until he gets an answer.  He does everything in his power to make sure that the technologists are able to perform the best scans possible in order to give the radiologists everything they need to do their reading.  His performance when it comes to our research studies is top notch and his peers and upper management notice his efforts and call him an outstanding employee!

    Some fun facts about Don:

    How many years have you worked at SWDIC?  14

     What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Taking on new challenges every day

    Cowboys, Rangers, or Mavericks? Rangers

    What's your favorite food? Lasagna

    What would you do if someone gave you $100 today? Donate it to DFW Rescue Me (

    What’s your favorite color? Blue

    What are your hobbies? Playing guitar, audio/video projects, going to the park and the lake with my dog, Dewey (in picture)

    What is your favorite season of the year? Fall

    Who is your favorite singer/band? Townes Van Zandt

    Spotting the Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Coronary artery disease, also called heart disease, is the leading cause of death in the United States. The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is chest pain, also called angina. Angina may manifest as a heavy, numb, burning, squeezing or otherwise uncomfortable feeling in your chest. You may also feel discomfort in your back, neck, jaw, or arms. Other common symptoms of coronary artery disease include feeling short of breath, feeling weak or dizzy, nausea, and sweating. You may also experience heart palpitations, or the feeling that your heart is beating irregularly or skipping beats. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your medical provider immediately. He may schedule one or more imaging diagnostics to determine the condition of your heart and arteries to begin treatment immediately. 

    Medical imaging is an important step in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, we offer coronary CT angiography as an effective and non-invasive diagnostic tool to aid your physician with your treatment. You can find out more about coronary CTA and the other services available at our Dallas imaging center by calling (214) 345-6905 or clicking through our website.

    Employee of the Month / BUSINESS SERVICES / May 2014

    Last updated 10 months ago


    Crystal Najera / Support Systems Crystal has taken the initiative in keeping our server communications and requests with THR and Merge organized and accurate. The knowledge she has obtained independently is invaluable to SWDIC and will assist us in sustaining our server management and maintenance needs.  Crystals’ behind the scene efforts and additional contributions above and beyond her normal duties have made the lives of our employees, physicians, patients and vendors so much more efficient and effective. 

    Here are some fun facts about Crystal:

    1)      How many years have you worked at SWDIC?  6

    2)      What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Helping people find solutions that allow them to work smarter, not harder.

    3)      What’s #1 on your bucket list? Sky dive

    4)      If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Ireland

    5)      What’s your lucky number - 7

    6)      What's your favorite food? Chicken Wings

    7)      What would you do if someone gave you $100 today? Pay a bill and buy a lotto ticket.

    8)      What are your hobbies? Playing sand volleyball, volunteering for Girls Rock Dallas ( and working in my yard.

    9)      How many are in your family? 5

    10)   Where did you go to high school/college? New Mexico State University and UT Dallas

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