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Imaging and Radiology

​Our Radiology team takes great pride in providing the highest level of care to every patient.  From minor emergency imaging to critical care, each exam is interpreted by a board certified radiologist.

To schedule an exam, please call our Scheduling Department at 512.654.0123 or a physician's order may be faxed to 512.571.5312.

Pre-registration

Prior to your surgery/procedure, an admissions counselor will call to obtain insurance information and demographics. If an Admission Counselors has not contacted you, please call the Admitting Department five days prior to your visit at 512.571.5304. This process will decrease registration time when you come to the hospital. Upon arrival in our Main Lobby, an Admissions Counselor will review the paperwork with you and answer any questions you may have.  Please bring a valid form of identification and your insurance card.

Upon Pre-registration, an estimate of your insurance related expenses will be provided for your upcoming visit.

Medical Records and Films Release Instructions

The Health Information Management Department provides copies of medical records and diagnostic imaging to the patients upon request.

Who can request medical records or images?
A photo identification with name is required to obtain medical records. A signed Release of Information (ROI) form is required, identifying the patient and/or the entity allowed to pick up the information on the patient's behalf. ROI forms may be obtained from and requested records picked up at the front Information Desk located at the main entrance of the hospital.

Medical records or images may be picked up Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please call 512.654.1226 for more information.

Services

  • Bone Density - Provides a quick, non-invasive method of obtaining precise bone mineral density.
  • CT Scan - A multi-slice CT Scanner can complete most scans in less than one minute with an extremely low radiation dose. 
  • General X-ray and Fluoroscopy - Digital fluoroscopy is used in many minimally invasive procedures, as well as gastrointestinal studies. 
  • MRI Scanner - Featuring a wide-bore MRI scanner which benefits patients who may be claustrophobic.  
  • Mammogram - Digital mammography is complemented by Computer Aided Detection (CAD), a technology which assists radiologists in the early detection of breast cancer.  
  • Nuclear Medicine - The Spect camera provides better detection of abnormalities and is a valuable tool for evaluating coronary disease. 
  • PET CT Scanner - Time-of-Flight technology, provides increased diagnostic confidence and higher sensitivity in small lesion detection.  System sensitivity allows the use of low dose, minimal exposure and shortened scan time. 
  • Ultrasound - Featuring highly specialized vascular software that allows the radiologist an unprecedented view of vessels which may be otherwise difficult to visualize and appropriately assess.

CT Calcium Score

A CT Calcium Score is a simple and painless test which is used to identify and evaluate early stage heart disease.  The patient's chest area (heart) is scanned to identify build-up of calcium or plaque on the walls of the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries).  Calcium in the arteries is a sign of coronary artery disease (CAD). The test takes less than 10 minutes.

Patients may self-refer without a physician order as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Males between the ages of 40-65
  • Females between the ages of 45-70
  • All patients must have at least one of the following risk factors: 
    • Diabetes
    • Current Smoker
    • Obesity
    • Family history of heart disease
    • Cholesterol level greater than 160/LDL
    • Blood pressure greater than 140/90

Note: Persons who are interested in having this exam, but do not meet this criteria must present an order from a physician.

Please call our scheduling department at 512.654.0123 to schedule your exam and discuss the simple preparation for this screening.

Mammogram

A mammogram is a digital X-ray examination of the breasts, used to detect and diagnose breast diseases.

Physician orders are not required for screening mammograms for women aged 40 and over.

Patients are STRONGLY encouraged to bring or have their previous mammogram films delivered to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lakeway by the time of the appointment. This will allow the radiologist to interpret the exam in the shortest time frame.

Two types of mammograms are available:

  1. Screening mammography - Used as a preventive measure for women who have no symptoms of breast disease. A screening mammogram usually involves two views of each breast. This exam takes approximately 30 minutes.
  2. Diagnostic mammography - Involves additional views of the breast, and is used when either an abnormality is found during screening, or when a women experiences breast complaints. All diagnostic mammograms require physician orders. This exam takes between 45-60 minutes.

The American Cancer Society Recommendations

These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. Women with a personal history of breast cancer, a family history of breast cancer, a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer (such as BRCA), and women who had radiation therapy to the chest before the age 30 are at higher risk for breast cancer, not average-risk.

  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so. The risks of screening as well as the potential benefits should be considered.
  • Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women age 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or have the choice to continue yearly screening.
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

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