Patient Story: Mamosa

A Patient Story: Mamosa

September 4th was a normal morning for Mamosa Foster until she stepped out of her bed and fell to the floor. Her daughter heard her fall and immediately went to her side to ask what was wrong. Mrs. Foster could hear her daughter speak, but she was unable to respond.

Mrs. Foster was unable to tell the paramedics her daughter’s name. When she arrived at Fort Sanders Hospital’s Emergency Room, they informed her daughter she was having a stroke. The staff provided her daughter paperwork and shared the odds of her mother making a full recovery. Needless to say, it was a scary uncertain time.

In the ER, Mrs. Foster recalled being awake and hearing the medical team ask her a number of questions. She laughed as she reflected on how loudly they peppered her with questions. They thought she could not hear them. In reality, she simply could not respond. Following her surgery, she greeted her family by speaking to them. They were shocked and grateful for her recovery. The next day, Mrs. Foster returned home.

When Mrs. Foster reflected on the incident, she proudly shared, “My being taken to Fort Sanders that day and the fact that Dr. Hixson was there to help me was truly a God thing.” Dr. Hixson told her that as soon as he removed the blood clot on her brain, she began speaking to everyone. Mrs. Foster continued, “Dr. Hixson said there was no sign I ever had a stroke. God took care of me and guided his hands.”

Mrs. Foster, a retired school principal, is thrilled to be back to work as a consultant with Knox County Schools.

Physician Highlight: Gayle Roulier, M.D.

Physician Highlight:
Gayle Roulier, M.D.

Born in Dearborn, Michigan, Gayle Roulier was the first in her family to attend medical school. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit followed by residency from Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.
Dr. Roulier chose the field of Radiology because it offers unique and exciting challenges requiring a diverse knowledge of medicine. She also values the opportunity to problem solve alongside a variety of medical specialists. “Mammography adds the bonus of direct patient interaction allowing for physical correlation, patient education and participation in patient care,” said Dr. Roulier. She goes on to explain, “My greatest challenge is diagnosing cancer early and accurately while at the same time minimizing physical, emotional and financial stress to the patient.”

When Dr. Roulier completed her Women’s Imaging Fellowship at Magee Women’s Hospital at University of Pittsburgh, PA, in 1996, she became part of an elite group of fellowship trained mammography imagers. Her partnership with the Vista Radiology group in 1996 allowed her to bring updated practices to patients and physicians in the Knoxville and surrounding areas.

Her dedication to high quality patient care led Dr. Roulier, with the help of local surgeons and the Thompson Oncology Group, to start the regions first multidisciplinary breast clinic allowing for a team approach to breast cancer treatment. “Patients used to receive a diagnosis followed by multiple delays. Now, they meet with a team of multi-specialty physicians who present a treatment plan that was thoughtfully laid out during conference discussions,” explained Dr. Roulier. The patient is then paired with a nurse navigator who works closely with the team of physicians. She continued, “This approach results in reduced patient appointments and ensures coordinated care.”

In her spare time, Dr. Roulier enjoys her husband and five sons. She loves the outdoors and being on the move running, hiking, horseback riding, gardening and camping. On a quiet afternoon, you might find her reading, cross stitching or working her favorite puzzle.

Physician Highlight: Amanda B. Squires, M.D.

Physician Highlight:
Amanda B. Squires, M.D.

Dr. Amanda Squires comes from a long line of physicians dating back to the Civil War.  Originally from central Illinois, Dr. Squires graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans followed by residency at Medical College of Augusta in Augusta, GA.  She completed her imaging fellowship at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN.

With generations of physicians in her family, there was no question which career path she would choose. After much research, she selected the field of radiology.  “Radiology is constantly changing.  It is always challenging. It contributes incredibly to patient care. Outsmarting disease is just plain fun!” says Dr. Squires.

During residency, Dr. Squires discovered a passion for deepening her knowledge of radiology.  Her love of learning led her to forge a friendship with Dr. László Tabár, a visionary physician, researcher, and educator who has contributed significantly in the fight against breast cancer. During her studies, Dr. Squires uncovered a great need for breast imagers which led her to choose her sub-specialty.  “Breast imaging is uniquely challenging.  We try to find cancer as small and as early as possible,” said Dr. Squires.  With an expectation of a low percentage of false positives, she admits her role can be stressful and emotionally draining – yet very rewarding.  “Patients come to us living a healthy normal life.  When we say ‘breast cancer,’ their world comes crashing down in a matter of seconds.”  Dr. Squires explains, that while the road is extremely stressful for patients, it is incredibly rewarding to know she found the cancer in its infancy preventing it from growing into a killer.

Dr. Squires joined Vista Radiology, PC in October 2008.  This summer, she received an invitation to join The American College of Radiology (ACR) professional medical society.  ACR reviewers are typically from academic backgrounds which makes Dr. Squires designation even more significant. In her role, she will review images to ensure breast centers are maintaining a high standard of quality.  “The role is really important because women’s lives depend on the images being obtained as perfectly as possible,” said Dr. Squires.

In her spare time, Dr. Squires enjoys spending time with her family. She likes to read, listen to audio books, assemble puzzles on the family dining room table and relish in the love of reading she’s instilled in her two children.

Patient Story – Ted

A Patient Story – Ted

“I am feeling just fine – as if it never happened”

– Ted, Stroke Patient

Ted turned to get out of bed. He immediately realized the right side of his body was completely numb. As he fell to the ground, he landed just out of reach of his phone on the night stand. With all of his best efforts, he could not reach the phone to call for help. Later that afternoon, his wife Margaret, arrived home from work to find her husband on the bathroom floor. Ted had crawled from his bedroom to the bathroom down the hall. His lips were blue and he was unable to move. Margaret immediately called 911.

Ted recalls being lifted into the medical helicopter. The next morning he awoke to his wife and step-daughter by his side. “Everything was working and I felt fine,” said Ted. “I was asked by a nurse if I wanted to take a walk and we looped around my hospital floor. I walked several more times that day on my own.” Ted was released from the hospital two days following his stroke.

During a follow up visit with Robert Hixson, M.D., an Interventional Neuroradiologist with Vista Radiology, he explained to Ted that he had suffered a stroke as a result of a brain clot. Dr. Hixson removed the clot through a minimally invasive proceedure which enters directly through the veins. Ted was thankful for his outcome and the work of Dr. Hixson. “I am feeling just fine – as if it never happened,” said Ted. He is enjoying his time back on the lake this summer.

Vista Radiology Announces Collaboration with Diagnostic Imaging, PC

Vista Radiology Announces Collaboration with Diagnostic Imaging, PC

Knoxville, TN Vista Radiology is proud to announce a new collaboration with Diagnostic Imaging, PC expanding reach in west Tennessee.  The joint relationship will provide access of over 40 subspecialty radiologists to the greater Memphis area.

About Diagnostic Imaging, PC

Diagnostic Imaging, P.C. was founded in 1986 with the opening of Memphis’ first free-standing outpatient imaging center. The mission of the organization is to provide the highest quality and most cost effective medical imaging service possible for our patients and the entire healthcare community in a considerate, respectful and timely manner.

Many years of providing outpatient imaging services including MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Imaging, Mammography, Radiography and Fluoroscopy blended with numerous years of professional service provision in a hospital setting enables the physicians and staff to provide the most comprehensive radiologic services available.

Accuracy, attention to detail, timeliness, convenience and a caring attitude are the hallmarks of Diagnostic Imaging’s services.

About Vista Radiology, PC

With Vista Radiology specialists on your team, you get expertly analyzed results you can trust every time. Vista Radiology is the largest and most sub-specialized radiology practice in East Tennessee with over 40 Board-Certified radiologists.  Vista delivers 24-hour tele-radiology services to ensure you get the answers you need quickly.

Partnership with hospitals and doctors is something Vista Radiologists take to heart.  When every minute counts, our team is on call to ensure timely results.  We have physicians, processes and technologies to guarantee coverage at all times, making high-quality radiology care a 365-day specialty. With our team of leading radiologists, Vista provides a distinguished level of expertise through the combination of radiology sub-specialties, minimally-invasive procedures and a partnership mindset to deliver quality patient-focused care.