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    Employee of the Month / SUPPORT DIVISION / April 2014

    Last updated 1 day 11 hours ago

    Erica B. / Scheduling

    Erica received an unsolicited recognition from a fellow team member for staying to assist the team when we had calls holding in queue at the end of her business day, instead of leaving automatically because her scheduled shift was over.  Erica is an employee that as a Supervisor we value the fact we can rely on her being on time to open the scheduling phones each day.  She has assisted the team with late coverage due to staffing issues.  Erica has received two different written acknowledgments from patients about her pleasant helpful interaction while on the phone.  One email came from the VP, Payor Relations and Contracting at THR.  She has also been identified by two other team members for being a detail oriented, accurate logger, who staff  repeatedly go to each day to handle time sensitive logging and who continues to receive additional batches of logging throughout the day.  They have both stated she doesn’t stop at her required minimum of 15 daily requisitions. Her overall superior professionalism is demonstrated daily by her timeliness, work ethic on and off the phone, and her continued willingness to assist our patients.

    Here are some fun facts about Erica:

    1)      How many years have you worked at SWDIC?  June 26th will be my 2nd year.

    2)      What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Knowing that the patient I schedule will be receiving optimal care from our facility.

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

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

    5)      What would you do if someone gave you $100 today? Nike running shoes

    6)      What are your hobbies? Boxing/Kickboxing

    7)      Who is your favorite singer/band? Black eyed peas

                    8)      Where did you go to high school/college?  Duncanville High School. I                   graduated college from The University of North Texas

    Congratulations to Irina Hultkrantz, R.D.M.S, R.V.T

    Last updated 14 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!

    What to Expect from Your First Mammogram

    Last updated 14 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.

    Preparation
    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.

    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.

    Results
    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.

    Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center Review

    Last updated 16 days ago

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    • The services were very friendly and quick. Workers were patient and explained step-by-step the process. The person that administered my IV was very good I had no bruising or pain. Good service all around. 

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    Preparing for a CT Scan

    Last updated 21 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.

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