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Outpatient medical centers like HMI are one of the best-kept secrets in the healthcare community and can provide major benefits. An MRI at a hospital can cost upwards of $2,000 for the technical part, which does not include additional radiologist interpretation fees.
Outpatient medical centers usually run significantly less. On average, the global charge for an MRI at HMI is approximately $500, depending on test complexity, need for IV contrast and payor fee schedules. With this approach, you only have to deal with one bill instead of waiting for all the different pieces to arrive after a hospital visit.
Our outpatient imaging centers have free parking, provide faster in-and- out times and have state-of-the-art equipment.
Computed Tomography (CT) of the body uses a combination of X-rays and computer to create imagines (pictures) of your internal organs including bones and tissues. The images are produced by the X-ray beam circling the body multiple times, this allows for different angles to be captured and creates a (2D) cross-sectional “sliced image”. The computer then combines and stacks the images to produce a sectional image of the designated body part.
Images from a CT scan are much more detailed than a regular X-ray and help your doctor detect a variety of diseases and conditions. Having a CT scan is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate.
In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives. Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you might be pregnant and discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, medications you’re taking, and allergies.
You will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for a few hours beforehand. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. These medications must be taken 12 hours prior to your exam.
On Thursday January 24th, Houston Medical Imaging had a successful Open House presenting their newly renovated Imaging Center and 3T MRI located at 9180 Katy Fwy St. 100, Houston, TX 77055.
An arthrogram is an x-ray procedure in which x-ray dye (iodinated contrast) is injected into a joint (shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle). This allows the radiologist to better identify normal structures, loose bodies, abnormal growths, as well as damage to ligaments and the joint capsule. The arthrogram is frequently performed in conjunction with a post-arthrogram MRI (magnetic resonance image).
Today, December 28, 2018, Houston Medical Imaging announced that their outpatient imaging facility will be open to schedule MRIs on their new Ultra High Field 3T MRI GE Pioneer machine. The imaging center is located at 9180 Katy Fwy St. 100, Houston, TX 77055.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).
Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy utilizes ultrasound in order to precisely biopsy a suspicious mass visible at ultrasound. Typically, suspicious microcalcifications are biopsied using stereotactic guidance, while masses are biopsied using ultrasound-guidance. The radiologist may choose to use a skinny needle, core needle or vacuum-assisted biopsy device. When biopsying suspicious masses, we typically use the Mammotome™ vacuum-assisted needle. This has been shown to be the most sensitive and specific method to perform ultrasound-guided biopsy, minimizing the risk of a nondiagnostic biopsy or sampling error.
Minimally invasive biopsy is preferred to open surgical biopsy. Your physician however may choose to perform a surgical biopsy, particularly if the lesion lies too close to the skin or chest wall, or simply cannot be adequately defined at ultrasound. Additionally, better cosmetic results may be possible with an excision of a likely benign lesion such as a fibroadenoma.