Imaging

ETMC Tyler Radiology has a support area we call Radiology Prep and Holding where we’re able to help patients who may not normally be able to tolerate some exams. We help them get through procedures with specialized nursing support.

Our nursing staff has experience in the handling of patients who are going to have imaging procedures, and they are involved in post procedure care as well.

Standing orders by the radiologists can be implemented for patients who require IM/PO sedation.

Assessment

The patient is assessed by nurses prior to the administering of sedation (or medications). This includes completing the MRI safe screening form, a nursing assessment, making sure any labs that are needed are completed prior to test and starting an IV if necessary. With this service, we provide total care for the sedated patient. We prefer to manage the patient rather than have them self medicate prior to procedures.

Self-medication issues

Self medication does not always work, can be taken too early (or too late), and it may interfere with the screening forms that need to be completed. If a patient has self medicated before completion, it creates the need for a family member to complete it, and we may not get a history that is as accurate. To ensure patient safety, when we find out that the patient will be self medicating, we take them to RPH. Because we are concerned with patient safety, this will often delay the patient’s procedure time.

Important phone numbers

Request a report or image copies903-531-8200
Diagnostic radiology/x-ray903-531-8657
Diagnostic radiology/x-ray : fax903-535-6863
CT scan903-531-8675
Ultrasound903-531-8680
Special procedures903-531-8661
MRI903-535-6363
MRI : fax903-535-6510
Nuclear medicine903-535-6406