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    CT Scans: An Inside Look at the Scan that Looks Inside [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Computed tomography scans, better known as CT scans, were invented in 1972 by a pair of scientists. Their invention so revolutionized modern medicine that they were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1979. Since 1980, CT scans have been widely used by doctors to get a closer look at the body’s internal workings. In fact, there were 70 million CT scans performed in the U.S. in 2011 alone. In this infographic from Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center in Dallas, you’ll learn more about the history of CT scans and how doctors use them to diagnose problems such as cancer, infection, disease, and more. If your doctor recommends a CT scan for you, remember that the procedure is simple and takes only a short time to complete. Please share this infographic with your friends and family!

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    What Information Do Mammograms Provide?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    A mammogram is an imaging test generally prescribed for women over the age of 50. Mammograms use X-rays to identify changes or areas of concern in the breasts. They are one of the primary diagnostic tools used to detect breast cancer. A mammogram image will show if there is a lump or mass in the breast tissue. Your doctor can see the size and shape of any growths, and often make a diagnosis based on this information. Benign breast masses are often round and show smooth edges, while a malignant or cancerous mass is irregular in shape. A mammogram will also show calcifications, or calcium deposits, in the breast tissue. Calcifications are generally harmless effects of the aging process, but a clumping of these masses could indicate cancer. If you have had a mammogram previously, your current results will be compared with those of the past to identify any changes.

    At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, we provide state-of-the-art digital mammography to aid in the early diagnosis of breast cancer. You can learn more about receiving a mammogram in Dallas by calling (888) 530-1053. Check out our blog for more information about breast cancer and the benefits of regular diagnostic imaging. 

    Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center Review - Dallas, TX

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    Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center offers the most advanced x-ray services in the greater Dallas area. Whether you’re looking for a routine checkup or suspect that something may be wrong, we’re happy to help. To find out more about our many imaging options, including digital x-rays and CT scans, call (888) 530-1053 or visit our website.

    Tips for Reducing Anxiety about MRIs

    Last updated 9 months ago

    An MRI scan is a painless imaging diagnostic used to diagnose injury and disease. During the hour-long imaging process, you will lie still inside the MRI machine. It is common to feel anxiety about receiving an MRI, but your doctor and the imaging center staff can help you to feel more comfortable during this process.

    Learn What to Expect
    Many people feel anxious about the unknown. Learning what your experience will be like can help alleviate fear and worry before your imaging appointment. Talk to your doctor or call the imaging center to find out if you can schedule a tour. Ask to see the MRI machine so you will know what it looks and sounds like well in advance of your scan date.

    Practice Breathing and Relaxation
    Teaching your body to relax can help you overcome anxiety in many situations. Learn some simple slow breathing and visualization techniques that will make you feel more comfortable and relaxed. Use these techniques during your MRI to help your body and mind feel calm.

    Ask for a Sedative
    Especially if you are claustrophobic, a sedative can help you relax further so you will not feel fear while you are inside the machine. Talk to your doctor beforehand and ask if you can be prescribed a sedative. He will make sure you are given the best medication for your needs in order to safely alleviate anxiety during your scan.

    Listen to Music
    Many patients prefer to listen to music to drown out the sounds of the MRI machine and help them relax. Familiar and calming music can put your mind at ease. If you’d like to listen to your own mix of music, call your imaging facility ahead of time to ask if this is possible.

    At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, we want you to feel comfortable and confident during your MRI.  If you would like to learn more about receiving an MRI or schedule an appointment to visit our Dallas facility, call us today at (888) 530-1053. We provide more information about MRIs, CAT scans, and other diagnostic imaging on our website. 

    Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center Review

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