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    Bone Densitometry 101

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Imaging centers often perform bone densitometry tests, or bone density imaging, to evaluate the health of patients’ bones. It’s a non-invasive radiological test that allows the doctor to identify insufficient bone mass. If you’re scheduled for a bone density scan at an imaging center, keep reading for an overview of what you can expect and why your doctor may have recommended the test.


    Bone densitometry is helpful if you’re at risk of osteoporosis or you have already broken a bone and your doctor suspects osteoporosis. You may be at a higher risk of bone loss if you are a post-menopausal woman, you have a history of smoking or hip fractures, or if you have certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorder. Those who take certain medications, such as steroids, women with low estrogen levels, and those who have received an organ transplant can also benefit from a bone density test at an imaging center.


    Little preparation is needed for this test. If you take calcium supplements, do not take them for 24 hours prior to the test. Wear comfortable clothing that is free of zippers and other metal adornments. Avoid wearing jewelry to the imaging center. Tell your doctor about any changes in your medical history, including recent a barium test or contrast dye injection.


    The technician at your imaging center may use a central or peripheral device to measure your bone density. Central devices work on the hip and the spine, while peripheral devices measure bone mass in a finger, wrist, or heel. The test is completely painless, and it will be over within 10 minutes.


    Your doctor will explain your results to you. If you have a T-score above negative one, you have a normal bone density. A Z-score of negative two or less could indicate a bone mass issue.

    Schedule your bone densitometry today by calling Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center. Dallas-area residents can take advantage of the high-tech equipment in our imaging center and our highly trained radiologists. Schedule your appointment by calling (888) 530-1053 or visit our website for more information.

    Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center Review

    Last updated 11 months ago

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    Let the medical professionals at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center help you receive the expert diagnostic services you deserve. Call our Dallas-based MRI center at (888) 530-1053 to schedule a consultation with an imaging technician.

    An Overview of Coronary Artery Disease

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common type of heart disease and a leading cause of death in the U.S. It occurs when low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol accumulates on the arterial walls of the coronary arteries and forms plaque. Sometimes, patients with this condition will not experience any symptoms. Other patients may experience a blockage of blood flow, or a rupturing of the plaque, which requires immediate medical attention.

    Learn more about safeguarding your heart health by watching this video. This helpful animation, narrated by a doctor, explains how blood normally flows and what happens when problems occur.

    Schedule your coronary CT angiography at an imaging center today. Dallas-area residents are encouraged to contact Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center at (888) 530-1053 to evaluate their heart health.

    The Challenges of Pediatric Imaging

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Some children do remarkably well when they must undergo CT scans or MRIs, while others become a bit nervous. If your child’s doctor has recommended an imaging scan, ask him or her how you can best explain the test to your child. There are a few unique challenges concerning pediatric imaging; here’s a look at a few of them and what you can do to help:

    Minimizing Anxiety

    If your child is young or shy, he may feel anxiety before a CT scan or other test. Explain to your child that he will not feel any pain during an imaging test, and that you will be in the room the whole time. Remember that expectant mothers cannot remain in the room, so if this applies to you, have someone else stay in the room with your child. If your child is old enough to understand, you might consider adding some more details. For example, tell your child that the doctor will take some special photographs to make sure that he or she is healthy. Sometimes, children with special needs can experience anxiety with a change in routine. If your child has special needs, consider asking the staff at the imaging center to allow a brief tour before the procedure to let your child become more comfortable.

    Staying Still

    In order for the CT scan or MRI to produce clear images, your child must remain very still throughout the procedure. This is often the issue that presents the most difficulty for children. Consider bringing items that your child finds comforting, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Very young children may benefit from a pacifier.

    Dealing with Dietary Restrictions

    If a sedative or anesthesia is to be used for the procedure, the doctor will tell you when your child must stop consuming foods and liquids. It can be helpful to schedule the imaging test early in the morning so your child is not as affected by the lack of food.

    For more advice on preparing your child for an imaging test, call the friendly staff at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center. Make your appointment with our Dallas-area imaging center by calling (888) 530-1053. Visit our website to learn more about our services, including MRIs and CT scans.

    Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center Review - Dallas, TX

    Last updated 12 months ago

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    • From the people booking the appointments, those verifying insurance and absolutely everyone I came in contact with couldn’t have been friendlier and knowledgeable and professional than they were.  Great facility and special kudos to Cindy as always, she makes a mammogram almost enjoyable!


    Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center offers superior imaging care for patients in the greater Dallas area. Our team of nurses and technicians can provide you with a comfortable and compassionate experience at our CT scan and MRI center. Call (888) 530-1053 or visit our website for more information on our extensive imaging services. 

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