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Southwest X-Ray is setting a new standard with the only DIGITAL PET/CT in El Paso.

Digital PET/CT’s key role in diagnosis, staging, and treatment follow-up is rapidly growing as it brings vast improvements in sensitivity, volumetric resolution, and quantitative accuracy. This offers the opportunity to manage radiation dose, reduce scan times, and more accurately detect small lesions.

 Digital PET/CT was designed to optimize the experience of every stakeholder, from patient, to technologist, to radiologist, and to provide the clinical insights needed to inform the care path and improve patient care. Clinicians are highly impressed with DIGITAL PET/CTs ability to enhance small lesion detection in oncology and neurology, and to reduce the Radiation dose needed for these exams

Reduced patient scan times has a positive impact on image quality, patient comfort, and clinical throughput. The digital technology is built to help reduce scan times. 


We can now perform CAT scan procedures in less time with a lower radiation dose and higher diagnostic value. An intelligent combination of radiology and cardiology clinical capabilities in a feature-rich configuration ensures that the SCENARIA 128 slice CT Scan provides extremely powerful clinical value. This state of the art equipment helps us to enhance patient care and expand clinical applications.

CT or CAT scans, revolutionized x-ray diagnosis by allowing physicians to view wafer-thin cross-sections of internal anatomy, all without the need for surgery. CT accomplishes this by bringing together the imaging capabilities of the x-ray with the highly sophisticated processing power of computers. CT is used for a broad spectrum of imaging needs. For example, brain, spine, neck, chest, sinuses, abdomen, and joints. CT also is used to evaluate the extent of trauma injuries.

We provide specialized exams for breast imaging, pediatric, vascular and musculoskeletal ultrasounds.

Our noninvasive Vascular Laboratory is one of the key components of our ultrasound services. Non-invasive testing allows patients to be examined using Doppler/Color flow ultrasound techniques free of the risks and discomforts of other exams.


In preparation for your exam

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Depending on the type of ultrasound exam you have, you will be asked:

  • Not to eat or drink for up to 6 hours before your appointment, or
  • Drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to your exam and avoid urinating.

This will ensure a full bladder when the exam begins.

Molecular breast imaging (MBI) is an FDA approved technology used in addition to mammography in detecting breast cancers as small as 5mm. MBI uses an injection of a short lived radiotracer (tc-99m sestamibi), at a relatively low dose, that accumulates more in cancerous tissue than it does in normal tissue. After the sestamibi has been administered, patients are imaged with a special scanner that can show where the sestamibi has accumulated. Because cancerous tissue accumulates more than normal tissue, the images show clear differentiation between tumors and surrounding tissue.

The Hologic Selenia DIGITAL mammography system is available to our patients. This is a state of the art system that incorporates digital Computer Aided Detection (CAD). When CAD is activated, it provides clinicians with R2 CAD, an added tool for the recognition of cancers at earlier stages

Southwest X-Ray is leading in the transition from outdated analog equipment. More than a single technology, Selenia represents an integrated suite of technical advances, pushing the science of mammography forward.

Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

DXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to fracture.

An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Southwest X-Ray provides a complete radiography suite.

Lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract radiography, also called a lower GI or barium enema, is an x-ray examination of the large intestine, also known as the colon. This examination evaluates the right or ascending colon, the transverse colon, the left or descending colon, the sigmoid colon and the rectum. The appendix and a portion of the distal small intestine may also be included.

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or MR) is a safe and comfortable medical imaging procedure available in any of our five Southwest X-Ray locations.
An MRI can make a virtual image of any part of the body, such as spine, brain, internal organs, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, bones, central nervous system, and flowing blood detecting possible areas of particular attention.

If you believe you may suffer from any of these conditions, an MRI can ideally perform the following:
    •    Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis (MS)
    •    Brain Tumors Diagnosis

The AnyScan SPECT – Nuclear camera offers speed and accuracy for total body imaging including Cardiac perfusion studies.

Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials called “radiotracers” that are typically injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The “radiotracer” travels through the area being examined and gives off energy in the form of gamma rays which are detected by a special camera and a computer to create images of the inside of your body. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures and offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages.

About Southwest X-Ray

Here at Southwest X-Ray we are dedicated to helping people of all ages with a range of diagnostic imaging services for early diagnosis and improved health care. Our services include X-Rays, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Mammography, Bone Density (DXA Scan, DEXA Scans), MRI, CT-Scans and now Molecular Breast Imaging.

We currently have 5 Southwest X-Ray locations in El Paso, Texas near you! Our newest location is in Downtown El Paso!