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Advantages to using Non-Hospital MRI and CT Scan Centers

Advantages to using Non-Hospital MRI and CT Scan Centers
Advantages to using Non-Hospital MRI and CT Scan Centers

Advantages to using Non-Hospital MRI and CT Scan Centers

Most people get advanced imaging studies such as MRI or CT scans performed at a hospital rather than an independent diagnostic imaging center. Perhaps they mistakenly believe that hospitals can provide better quality images or that the charges at an independent imaging center may be higher. Nothing could be further from the truth! Allow us to shatter these myths and then some.

  • Technology and Expertise: The majority of accredited outpatient diagnostic imaging centers use up-to-date imaging equipment. The MRI or CT scans are performed by equally credentialed technologists and interpreted by board-certified radiologists.
  • Costs: The cost of an MRI, CT or other radiology exams can be 2 to 6 times more in a hospital-based imaging center than in an independent diagnostic testing facility. Without sacrificing any quality or care, these imaging exams cost less because:
    • Less overhead. Fewer layers of management than in hospitals and no government bureaucracy. Hospitals incur extra overhead because they must stay open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • More focused services. Independent diagnostic centers perform more common, non-invasive radiology tests in an environment designed for your convenience and savings.
  • Compassionate and Caring Atmosphere: Sitting in a hospital waiting room awaiting your turn to undergo a procedure can be intimidating. An independent diagnostic imaging center affords a more personalized setting that allows you to relax knowing your care is in good hands.
  • Convenience: Imaging centers, like Houston MRI & Diagnostic Imaging, offer multiple locations, a simple and easy appointment process and shorter wait times. Hospitals often offer patients one location and because of this, scheduling is more difficult, and wait-time can be quite lengthy due to emergency needs. Our parking is convenient, close in and, best of all, free of charge.
  • Insurance Coverage: Another common misconception is that the insurance company requires your testing be performed at a hospital. In reality, most outpatient imaging centers accept Medicare, Medicaid, and many commercial insurances.

For high-quality, advanced imaging studies at reduced costs visit Houston MRI ® & Diagnostic Imaging or call 713-425-8190 to book your appointment.

Our mission at Houston MRI ® & Diagnostic Imaging is to provide the patients and physicians with affordable medical diagnostic imaging in a warm and patient-friendly environment. It is our goal to make the medical imaging procedure as pleasant as possible. Our promise to our communities is "hospital quality imaging without the hospital costs," with efficient service to both our patients and physicians.