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    Learn More About Common Medical Imaging Procedures With These Resources

    Last updated 2 years ago

    At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, we offer advanced imaging technology to help diagnose and treat your health problems as effectively as possible. The information in these links explains some of the common medical imaging tests we perform. 

    When you need imaging testing, trust our skilled team to get you the clear, reliable results you need. Weekend appointments are available at our Dallas imaging center for you convenience. Set up your appointment today by calling (214) 345-6905.

    A Look at Ultrasound Technology

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Ultrasounds are one of the most frequently used types of imaging technology. Most people associate ultrasounds with the screenings done during pregnancy to track the development of a baby, but there are other uses for this diagnostic tool. Here is what you need to know about this type of medical imaging technology:

    What Are Ultrasounds?

    Ultrasounds are medical imaging tests that work using sound waves and echoes. During the test, high frequency sound waves are directed at a specific area of the body using a hand-held probe. The sound waves travel through the body, bouncing off objects along the way. At each object, some of the waves pass through while others are reflected to the probe. The information from the probe is transferred to the larger ultrasound machine. Millions of these sound waves are transmitted and reflected per second during an ultrasound. Once the ultrasound is complete, the machine uses the information from the reflective waves to calculate the distance between internal objects. This information is then translated into a 2D image of the targeted area.

    What Are the Types of Ultrasounds?

     The most commonly used ultrasound is the type that produces 2D images. A different type of ultrasound, called Doppler ultrasound, measures moving objects. Doppler ultrasound measures the frequency of sound echoes to determine movement speed. Faster speeds produce higher frequency echoes. Doppler ultrasound is used to determine blood flow rates in the heart and blood vessels.

     Why Are Ultrasounds Used?

     Ultrasound testing is used for a variety of reasons. During pregnancy, doctors use ultrasounds to determine the position and sex of the baby and to track the development. Cardiologists use ultrasounds to diagnose blood flow obstructions. It can also be used to detect kidney stones and tumors. Ultrasound is a preferred imaging technology for many doctors because it’s faster than X-rays and doesn’t involve radiation.

     Ultrasounds are just one of the medical imaging tools we offer at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center. If you need an MRI, CT scan, or other type of medical imaging, make an appointment at our Dallas clinic by calling (214) 345-6905. 

    What is Radiology?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If your doctor has ever ordered an imaging test to diagnose a medical problem, then you’ve experienced radiology. Radiology is broad term that encompasses a number of powerful diagnostic testing tools that help doctors treat everything from broken bones to cancer. 

    This video explains some of the different types of radiology exams. Common tests include X-rays, PET scans, CAT scans, and MRIs. Doctors typically order a particular type of test and send patients to a radiology expert to carry out the exam.

    At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, our doctors rely on advanced imaging technology services and provide quality patient care. When you need diagnostic tests, make an appointment at our Dallas clinic by calling (214) 345-6905. 

    Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center Earns ACR Accreditation

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Dallas, Texas — Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. 

    The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

    The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services

    The Truth about Common Mammogram Myths

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Mammograms have the power to save lives. This incredibly important medical imaging test has helped catch countless cases of breast cancer in the early, treatable stages. Despite the importance of mammograms, harmful myths abound that keep women away from this lifesaving test. Here are some common mammogram myths and the truth behind them, so you can arm yourself with the facts about this imaging exam:

    Mammograms Hurt Too Much

    During a mammogram, the breast is compressed in a few different positions so X-rays can be taken from different perspectives. Many women don’t find the procedure uncomfortable at all. For others, the compression causes minor discomfort or a little bit of pain, but each compression only lasts for a few seconds. Most patients find the test completely tolerable. If you’re concerned about the pain, discuss the issue with the doctor or medical imaging tech. They can prescribe a skin-numbing gel to help you through the procedure.

    You Only Need a Mammogram if Cancer Runs in the Family

    A family history of breast cancer many increase your risk, but breast cancer can happen to anyone. In fact, up to 80% of breast cancer patients don’t have any family members with the disease. Mammograms are important imaging tests for all women to have, regardless of genetics.

    Mammograms Don’t Catch Cancer in Dense Breasts

    If you have dense breasts, mammograms should definitely be part of your healthcare regime. Dense breasts are a risk factor for breast cancer, and mammograms can and do detect tumors in this kind of breast tissue. Because dense tissue makes reading a mammogram a little more difficult, your doctor may recommend that you have an MRI or CT scan in addition to your mammogram – but never in place of it.

    Take control of your health by following your doctor’s advice for mammograms. At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, our compassionate team of imaging technologists will make the process simple, quick, and comfortable for you. We also offer MRIs, CT scans, and many other imaging tests. You can make an appointment by calling (214) 345-6905. 

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