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Imaging Services That Fit Your Schedule

Texas Health Resources is making it more convenient for patients to access a variety of imaging technologies.

People lead hectic lives; and between work, school and other commitments, it can be difficult to fit essential diagnostic or preventive tests into their schedules. As a result, many Texas Health hospitals have implemented additional weekday and weekend appointment times to accommodate busy individuals.

“We want our patients to be treated like family,” says Linda Wren, A.R.R.T., Outpatient Radiology manager at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. “Offering extended hours is a great way to show we care.”

Get Up and Go

Texas Health Arlington Memorial offers extended screening mammography appointments on weekday mornings beginning at 7 a.m. Mammography appointments also are available on Saturday mornings.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford schedules magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for outpatients between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and computed tomography (CT) scans can be scheduled as early as 7 a.m.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth provides CT, MRI and bone density test appointments on weekdays starting at 7:30 a.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Since February of 2009, the Doris Kupferle Breast Center has also offered appointments on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Going forward, appointments will also be offered every other Thursday evening.

“We want to accommodate people’s schedules as best as we can,” says Glenda Langevin, registered X-ray technologist and team leader of the Imaging Department at Texas Health Southwest. “It’s great for individuals to come at their convenience and receive quality care at the same time.”

Priceless Pictures

Consider the following imaging modalities to learn why some pictures are worth much more than a thousand words.

• Computed tomography (CT) scan — CT imaging uses X-rays and computers to produce images of internal body structures. Physicians turn to CT images to identify traumatic internal injuries, guide biopsies and plan for surgeries.

• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — This test produces images of the same structures as a CT scan, but utilizes a magnetic field and radio frequency pulses instead of X-rays. A physician may order an MRI to diagnose many conditions, including tumors, artery blockages and breast cancer.

• Mammography — A mammogram uses X-rays to produce images of the breast, allowing physicians to check for the presence of cancerous tumors. The American Cancer Society recommends women have an annual mammogram beginning at age 40.

• Ultrasound — This imaging modality produces 3D pictures of internal organs and is useful in guiding procedures, evaluating blood flow blockages and viewing babies in the womb.

For more information about imaging services at a Texas Health hospital, please visit TexasHealth.org/imaging or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Fall/Winter 2009)

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