Scheduling Phone: 719-375-2595 | Scheduling Fax: 719-387-8745 info@swdc-cs.com

Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs

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Phone Numbers

SCHEDULING PHONE: 719-375-2595
SCHEDULING FAX: 719-387-8745
OFFICE PHONE: 719-380-7210
OFFICE FAX: 719-380-7510

Address

2020 N ACADEMY BLVD, SUITE 155
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80909

Hours of Operation

MONDAY 7:00AM-7:00PM

TUESDAY 7:00AM-7:00PM

WEDNESDAY 7:00AM-7:00PM

THURSDAY 7:00AM-7:00PM

FRIDAY 7:00AM-7:00PM

Evening and Saturday appointments available upon request

MRI Colorado Springs Imaging | Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs

Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs is committed to ensuring that our patients & referring physicians receive excellent, personalized care and attention.

Service

Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs is pleased to help you with all of your diagnostic needs. We are committed to providing our patients with the greatest service and care throughout the entire process, from scheduling the appointment to receiving the results.

Comfort

Southwest Diagnostic Centers provides unsurpassed patient care and comfort. We are a leader for patient satisfaction in diagnostic Colorado Springs imaging.

Physicians

Southwest Diagnostic Centers is dedicated to working with referring physicians to guarantee that they get the quality images they need for the best patient care possible.

Our highly trained physicians and staff enjoy working with you to achieve a trusted diagnosis.

Why choose Southwest Diagnostic Centers for Colorado Springs imaging?

Here at Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs we are a small, free-standing facility that ensures the experience is as comfortable as possible for our patients when they come to us for Colorado Springs imaging. Our entire staff is focused on ensuring that every patient receives personalized and caring service for MRI Colorado Springs. We offer quick and convenient scheduling to fit each patient’s needs. We are efficient, cost effective, and make the diagnostic process as smooth as possible.

At Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs (SWDC-CS), we understand the importance of scheduling appointments that provide flexibility for patients with busy life styles.

Access to the center is very patient friendly. The patient can be dropped off at the front door of the facility and one of the staff will be glad to assist them into the center. As needed, we will be happy to provide valet services to assist a patient with their parking needs so that a patient can take full advantage of our Colorado Springs imaging services.

Advantages of scheduling at SWDC-CS include:

  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment for Colorado Springs imaging services
  • Referral requests may be faxed or telephoned to our office
  • STAT consults with the radiologist
  • STAT written reports within 2 hours
  • Same day service for referrals with a 24-hour report turn-around time to the referring physician
  • A dedicated scheduler to assist with appointments to accommodate individual needs and perform pre-authorization and insurance benefit confirmation
  • Assistance with your pre-authorizations
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Plan your visit | Frequently asked questions about MRI Colorado Springs or Colorado Springs Imaging

Important Information

Please notify us prior to scheduling if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have a brain aneurysm clip.
  • You suspect or know that you are pregnant or nursing.
  • You have had a recent surgery (within 6 weeks) with surgical clips/pins/plates in the skin or inside the body.
  • You have ANY implanted devices of any kind that have a magnet or battery.
  • You have EVER had an incident where a metal fragment entered your eye? Was the metal taken out?

If any of the following applies to you, you may NOT have a MRI exam:

PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER WIRES
INTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR

What insurance does Southwest Diagnostic Center accept?

We participate with the following insurance networks for MRI Colorado Springs examinations

** Indicates that we may require authorization.

We will assist with scheduling and pre-certification. Fax prescription, insurance information, patient demographics and clinical notes to (719) 380-7510 or (719) 219-2389.

NPI# 1033164991

2020 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 155, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Insurances accepted PDF

Aetna **
Blue Cross Blue Shield **
Cigna **
Medicaid**
Tricare **
First Health
Great West **
Humana **
Injury Finance**
Kaiser Permanente PPO/POS
Medicaid**
Medicare
Medicare Complete (all)**
Pacificare**
Rocky Mountain Health **
Secure Horizons **
Tricare **
United Healthcare **

This includes, but is not limited to the following:

AARP Health Care Options
Accordia National
ACE/ESIS
ACEC Health (PHCS)
ADIN Healthcare
AIG
Allrad
American Speciality
AmeriPlan Health
Ancillary Care Services
ANPAC
APWU
Assurant Health
Bankers Life
Beechstreet
Benesight
Blue Cross Blue Shield **
Bunch and Associates
CCN
CNA
Colorado Farm Bureau
Colorado Laborers Health and Welfare **
CoreChoice
Corvel**
Coventry
Crawford and Company
Eighth District Electrical
El Paso County Workers Compensation
Empire Fire and Marine
Evercare
Evolutions Healthcare Systems
First Health
Fortis (PHCS)
Gallagher Bassett
Golden Rule (United Health Care)
GEHA **
Genex
Guardian (through PHCS or Multiplan ONLY)
Hartford
Health Advantage Network
Health Special Risk
HR Medical / Marrick Medical Finance
IGS Services Group Corporation
Injury Finance
Integrated Health Plan
Liberty Mutual **
Lumenos
Magnetic Imaging Services (MIS)
Mail Handlers (First Health)
Maksin Management Group
Marrick
MDIA
Mega Life and Health
Multiplan (PHCS)
My Mattrix
National Preferred Provider Network
The National Radiology Network
Network Synergy Group
One Call Medical **
Orchid Medical**
OWCP**
Pacificare**
Peak Vista Community Health Ctr **
Pinnacol Assurance **
Plan Vista Solutions
PPO USA (GEHA)
Premier Healthcare Exchange
Principal Life (PHCS)
Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
Raytel
Relevant Healthcare **
Republic Indemnity
Rocky Mountain Health Plans
RTW
Safeco
Sedgwick Claims Management
Spreemo
Tech Health
Three Rivers Provider Network
Time Insurance (PHCS)
TNRN
Travelers
Tricare for Life
UMR
United American
USA Managed Care Organization
US Department of Labor**
US Imaging
Wells Fargo TPA

We accept all AUTO carriers that provide standard PIP benefits for Colorado insured drivers including these network affiliations:

Corvel
Focus Healthcare
American Family
First Health
CCN
Geico
State Farm
Farmers
USAA

We accept most federal and state WORKERS COMPENSATION carriers including, but not limited to:

Sedgwick Claims Management
US Department of Labor
One Call Medical
Pinnacol Assurance
First Health
CCN
OWCP
AIG
Gallagher Bassett
RTW
Liberty Mutual
Hartford

We accept LITIGATED cases with a signed lien and signed letter of protection from the patient’s attorney.

What should I know about scheduling?

Schedule Your MRI Colorado Springs Diagnostic Appointment with Our Accommodating Staff in Colorado Springs, CO

At Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs (SWDC-CS), we understand the importance of scheduling appointments and MRI Colorado Springs that provide flexibility for patients with busy life styles.

Hours of operation are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday
Evening and Saturday appointments are also available upon request
To schedule, call (719) 380-7210
Fax scheduling requests to (719) 219-2389 or (719) 380-7510

Some procedures may require that the patient stay for a while following the procedure in order that the staff may observe them for any possible side effects of the procedure. Our staff will instruct them on how long to plan on being at our facility.

What if I've had the same body part scanned before?
If you have had a previous MRI Colorado Springs scan done on the same body part, let our staff know, and we can have our radiologists compare the new images with the old ones to track changes or progress. Even if the scan was performed at a different facility, we will still be able to compare the images.
Does Southwest Diagnostic Centers accept payment plans?
Please contact our facility at (719) 380-7210 if you have special financial needs for an MRI Colorado Springs.
How do I get the results of my tests?

The results of your exam will be available within 24 hours and will be sent to your referring doctor.

The results of your MRI Colorado Springs will be available within 24 hours and will be sent to your referring doctor.

How to prepare
  • If you are anxious before your MRI Colorado Springs examination, be sure to cut back on caffeine prior to the test. Ask a family member or friend to accompany you, and if you have severe anxiety, call and ask your physician if they can prescribe you a sedative.
  • You may bring a favorite CD or choose from our selection of music to listen to during the exam.
  • In most cases, there are no restrictions on what you may or may not eat or drink prior to the exam, and you should take your regular medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing without any metal embellishments or buttons. We can also provide a paper gown for you to wear during the exam.
  • All jewelry, watches, and body piercings must be removed prior to the exam.
  • Please plan to be at our facility for approximately 90 minutes to allow for the exam, paperwork, and waiting for your images to be produced.
  • Please bring all insurance information, including your insurance card. You may also be responsible for a deductible or co-payment, so be sure to check with your insurance provider.

FAQ about Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) &  MR Arthrograms

What is an MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a sophisticated diagnostic technique that uses magnetic fields, radio waves, and a computer to generate detailed, cross-sectional images of human anatomy. These can be digitally viewed on a computer screen, or printed onto film.

 

MRI is completely non-invasive and painless, and does not use radiation as with x-ray or CT scanning. The use of an MRI can reduce the need for exploratory surgery, as the physician is able to see important clinical information through this diagnostic imaging.

Because it produces better soft-tissue images than x-rays can, MRI is most commonly used to image the brain, spine, thorax, vascular system, and musculoskeletal system (including the knee and shoulder).

Contact us today to schedule an MRI Colorado Springs.

When is an MRI needed?
An MRI scan produces very detailed images and provides specific diagnostic information to help rule out disease and facilitate medical, surgical, or other treatment.
I'm pregnant - what should I know about MRI?
Your doctor will determine whether you should have an MRI scan. If you are pregnant or could be pregnant, please call us so we can consult with your physician and discuss the situation with you.
Who should NOT have an MRI?

Most patients can have an MRI exam, however there are a few exceptions. People with the following should not have an MRI:

 

  • A pacemaker or artificial valve in your heart
  • Wire sutures or surgical staples
  • An insulin pump
  • An aneurysm clip
  • An ear implant
What happens during an MRI scan?
Examination time depends upon the part of the body being examined, but typically ranges from 15 to 45 minutes. You will be asked to remove all jewelry and metal. Remember, the magnet will stop wristwatches and erase credit cards and bank cards, so don’t take them into the exam room with you. You will be provided a secure place to store these items during your examination.
For most types of exams, the MR technologist will wrap a special coil around the body part that is being examined. The coil helps concentrate the radio frequency pulses.
The MR technologist then will position you on a padded, movable table that will slide into the opening of the scanner. Although the technologist will be controlling the procedure from an adjacent room, he or she will be able to communicate with you at all times.
During the scan, you will hear a series of pulsing noises that sound like knocking or banging. These are normal sounds produced by the equipment. Southwest Diagnostics Centers offers a wide variety of music to help pass the time and ease anxiety while undergoing MRI Colorado Springs.
You are welcome to bring your favorite music selection in CD format.
We are sorry, but personal listening devices (i.e., iPod or CD players) are not safe to operate within the MRI suite.
Who performs MRI scans?
A technologist generally conducts the MRI scan under the guidance of a radiologist. The radiologist will review the results of the scan and then the images along with a written report will be sent to your referring doctor.
How do I prepare for an MRI scan?

In most cases, you don’t have to do anything to prepare for the MRI scan. Unless you are instructed otherwise, you may eat and drink as normal and can continue to take any prescribed medications.

 

If you are having a scan of the abdomen or pelvis, do not eat or drink anything two hours before the appointment. This is important to ensure high-quality pictures.

Some procedures may require that the patient stay for a while following the procedure in order that the staff may observe them for any possible side effects of the procedure. Our staff will instruct them on how long to plan on being at our facility.

  • If you are anxious before your exam, be sure to cut back on caffeine prior to the test.
  • Ask a family member or friend to accompany you, and if you have severe anxiety, call and ask your physician if they can prescribe you a sedative.
  • You may bring a favorite CD or choose from our selection of music to listen to during the exam.
  • There are no restrictions on what you may or may not eat or drink prior to the exam, and you should take your regular medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing without any metal embellishments or buttons. We can also provide a paper gown for you to wear during the exam.
  • All jewelry, watches, and body piercings must be removed prior to the MRI Colorado Springs examination.
  • Please plan to be at our facility for approximately 90 minutes to allow for the exam, paperwork, and waiting for your images to be produced.
  • Please bring all insurance information, including your insurance card. You may also be responsible for a deductible or co-payment, so be sure to check with your insurance provider.
What is a contrast MRI scan?

In an MRI contrast scan, a clear non-radioactive liquid will be injected into the vein; usually in your arm. This contrast agent makes certain details appear clearer. If your doctor orders a scan with contrast, you will need to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day after the scan.

 

Contact us today for a contrast MRI Colorado Springs.

What is an MR ARTHROGRAM?

The term “arthrogram: means “study of a joint.” In an MR arthrogram, fluid is placed into the joint, followed by an MRI scan. The addition of the fluid greatly enhances the quality of the examination. MR arthrography is more accurate and provides more information than a conventional MRI scan in many instances. This examination gives your doctor important information about any problems with your joint.

 

Southwest Diagnostic Centers performs many types of Colorado Springs imaging services, including arthrograms.

How is an MR ARTHROGRAM done?
The skin over the area where the injection will be given is cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The physician injects a local anesthetic to numb the area and a thin needle is inserted into the joint. Contrast material (fluid) is injected into the joint. In some cases, a small amount of medication or air may also be injected. During the injection of the contrast agent, patients may feel some slight pressure or discomfort as the joint is distended. The sensation is temporary. Some soreness may be present at the injection site for up to 24 hours.
What should I do after an MR arthrogram?
Patients may resume non-strenuous activities immediately after the procedure. Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours following the procedure. There may be mild discomfort of the joint following the exam. You may apply ice to the joint and take a mild pain relief medicine such as Tylenol but avoid aspirin. The discomfort will disappear within 1-2 days after the exam.

FAQ about CT scans

What is a CT scan?
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a computer enhanced x-ray study. The CT scanner rotates around the patient’s body, sending out x-ray beams. Crystals positioned at the opposite points of the beam pick up and record the absorption rate of the varying thickness of tissue and bone. A computer integrates these images to create a two dimensional image of the body.
What are the risks of a CT scan?

Radiation – As with any x-ray procedure, radiation is a risk. However, CT scans are designed to obtain the most information with the least possible radiation exposure.

For more information on MRI Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs imaging or CT examinations in Colorado Springs, contact us.

What are the benefits of a CT scan?
  • Greater Accuracy – CT scan images may give more detailed results than other diagnostic techniques.
  • Earlier Detection – CT scans can often detect the smallest abnormalities, allowing treatment to begin early, when chances for cure are greater.
How should I prepare for CT scan?

These are general guidelines. Your healthcare provider or our facility will give you complete detailed instructions before your appointment.

If oral or IV contrast is to be used, you may be advised to avoid food or fluids 4-8 hours before the test. Depending on the body part being scanned, you may be asked to drink a mixture called contrast that will aid in the evaluation of your exam. Certain types of studies also require an IV contrast material, which will be an intravenous injection. It highlights certain structures, making the results more readable.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You’ll want to be comfortable prior to and during the test. (You’ll change into a smock for a full body scan.) Remove jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, dentures, etc. before a head scan.

What can I expect during a CT scan?

When you enter the exam room, you will be asked to lie on the scanner table. A technologist, who is trained in the use of this specialized equipment, will assist you into the correct position. The table will then be moved into the scanner’s opening to perfectly align the body part to be studied. After each image is taken, the table will advance slightly to scan the next portion. The cross-sectional images are taken by the computer, somewhat like “slices of bread.”

As you are moved through the scanner, relax and remain as still as possible. If a scan of your chest or abdomen is being done, you will be asked to hold your breath with each picture. This is to avoid any blurring of the image created, caused by breathing movements. Each picture takes only five seconds to complete. The technologist will tell you when to breath.

I'm pregnant - can I have a CT scan?
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, please let your health care provider know before scheduling this exam.
What will happen following a CT scan?

You may resume your regular diet and medication schedule immediately after the exam, unless your physician has advised you differently.

Some Colorado Springs imaging procedures may require that the patient stay for a while following the Colorado Springs imaging procedure in order that the staff may observe them for any possible side effects of the procedure. Our staff will instruct a patient on how long to plan on being at our facility.

Contact us for more information on a CT or MRI Colorado Springs examination.

About Us

Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs (SWDC-CS) was formed to provide its patients with state-of-the-art imaging services. SWDC-CS is dedicated to providing friendly and expedient service for our physicians, patients, and their families.

It is SWDC-CS’s vision to bring the most recent and progressive technology to Colorado Springs. We are committed to providing exemplary patient and physician customer service through one-on-one relationships with our personable staff in a safe and relaxing environment.

Meet our team

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Martin J. Farrell

Martin J. Farrell

Owner at Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs

At Southwest Diagnostic Centers of Colorado Springs, we believe in providing true care for our patients. In an age where many medical facilities try to cut corners, we give our patients the best quality and service.

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A very professional office with courteous staff. The waiting area has plenty of comfortable seats, although there was no wait for my appointment.

The ultrasound technician Kelly made this the most pleasant medical diagnostic experience I have had. She was kind, knowledgeable, and patient with me. She answered all the questions I had, and explained exactly what she was doing and what she was looking for. Her honestly and compassion helped set my mind at ease. Keep up the great work Kelly, the medical system needs more people like you!

Although I hope to not need any more medical diagnostics in the future, I would highly recommend this place to anyone that does. Thank you, Southwest Diagnostics!

Kyle Reed

I had a really good experience with all the staff there! I was told that I could walk right in for my X-rays or wait until my MRI and everyone was really nice and helpful. The place looks like it’s been remodeled and there wasn’t anything I would do differently. I would come back again.
Betty Green

Great place we were in and out, no waiting, staff was nice and welcoming, the gal doing my MRI made me feel comfortable. No complaints!!
Ashley Diana

Love that you can walk in, no appt. Very friendly staff. Kudos to Janie, for making me feel comfortable. She was fast and efficient, kind and professional.
Karen Migneault

5 stars!

Trystan Cline

All of the staff I encountered were super nice and friendly, They are very fast and effective as they got me scheduled the day after my order was sent (10/23). The tech, Diana, was super friendly and made sure I was comfortable through out the entire procedure. My whole experience was great, and my doctor already has my report (10/25)!! You guys rock! Thank you!

Harley Connell, CMA

The information from their website was extremely helpful and answered a lot of questions that I had. I learned a lot.

Mark David

Very nice place and friendly people.

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