self referable services

How Self-Referable Services Work

Time is money, and nothing is more important to our team of doctors in Irving than your time. While going to the doctor is important and vital in some situations, for other occasions, you know exactly what you need. For your convenience, we have created a list of self-referable services of common medical tests and procedures that you can schedule on your own.

One of the benefits of going to a multi-specialty medical group like the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving is being able to get referrals within the network of medical providers. For procedures and tests not listed below, you will still need to consult a specialist; however, for these tests, you can schedule them without seeing a doctor first:

  • Ideal Protein Diet
  • Bone Density Studies
  • Hearing Aids
  • Varicose Vein Treatments
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Physical Medicine
  • Digital Mammograms

These tests are all common procedures that people routinely need. For most patients, they have ordered these tests in the past and understand when they need them again. For example, most women over the age of 45 should get regular mammograms or younger if you have a family history of breast cancer. Trying to lose weight? The Ideal Protein diet offers a medical-based system to help you quickly and safely lose weight and regain your health.

While these particular tests and procedures do not require you to see a physician to schedule, we should remind you that self-diagnosis of serious problems can be dangerous. If you are worried that you have a medical condition, or if you are experiencing problems that cannot be diagnosed by self-referable services, consult a medical professional as soon as possible. For some serious conditions, the faster a medical professional catches a problem, the sooner they can start treatment.

If you are in search for a doctor in Irving, TX, contact MSCI today and schedule an appointment with one of our medical providers. However, if you know exactly what kind of medical test or procedure you need, MSCI can save you time by scheduling a self-referable service directly.

safe holiday season

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and with it comes plenty of activity, both good and bad. For many people, Thanksgiving and the weeks beyond are a time to come together with family and friends. However, as many of us remember from our childhood, there are always a few people that have to bear the grunt work that is inherent to holidays. Cooking food, keeping the house clean, decorating and more all require extra attention, and with the extra activity comes new opportunities for injury. Our Irving clinic wanted to put together a few tips on how to make this holiday season your safest yet.

  • Set and keep an eye on food timers

One of the most common dangers during the holiday is fire, and while fires can pop up in unexpected ways, fire and cooking go together hand-in-hand. Leave something in the oven too long and it can burn, causing smoke. A pan left on the range can become unexpectedly hot. There are many things that can go wrong in the kitchen. One of the best way to avoid the most common hazards is to set a cooking timer. Even if you forget what the timer is for, the alarm will bring you into the kitchen where you can look out for hazards.

  • Don’t overload outlets

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days to put up winter holiday lights. Be extremely cautious, as overloading outlets can be very easy to do with Christmas lights. In general, follow the instructions on the lights. Do not load power cords into other power cords. Try to limit the number of lights you string together as well, as they can overload.

  • Avoid stressful situations

Unfortunately, the holidays are also one of the most common times of suicide. There are a variety of helplines out there that will help you in times of despair. The national Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 all day, and you can also visit their website at Anxiety can also build and result in finding unhealthy outlets, such as alcohol and other substances. If you feel yourself turning towards these things or see someone in your family who is, encourage them to talk to a professional.


We hope you have a great holiday season this year filled with plenty of cheer. Avoid these common hazards and focus on having a great time relaxing with friends and family!


Medical Risk Asseessment in Post-Op Patients with Waist/Hip Ratio and Waist Circumference

A new study might help doctors identify risk factors in patients that undergo elective colorectal surgery, hopefully cutting down on mortality and morbidity after surgery. Previously, doctors relied on BMI (body mass index) to help them identify patients that have higher risk of mortality and morbidity.

A new study, published in Annals of Surgery, reveals that waist circumference and waist/hip ratio might be a better factor to help doctors determine risks. This latest revelation came about thanks to advances in the study of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. To challenge the reliance on BMI as a predictive risk indicator, the study examined a total of 1,349 patients who had operations in 38 centers in 11 countries.

The study found that increasing waist/hip ratio significantly raised the risk of a number of complications. While BMI still could be used to determine risk factors, it was only a reliable predictor for abdominal wall complications, whereas waist/hip ratio and waist circumference helped doctors identify risk factors in other complications. The study concludes that “WHR [waist/hip ratio] is predictive of adverse events after elective colorectal surgery.”

As medicine continues to advance through technology and scientific study, doctors will be able to more accurately predict potential complications of surgery. Our doctors at MSCI are always looking out for new studies like this that help improve our ability to assist patients and improve their quality of life. It’s a commitment we make to our Irving, Texas, community: we don’t just want to better your health; we want to get better at treating you as well.