The traditional MRI, although capable of producing more detailed images than an X-ray or CT scan, does have some drawbacks. You have to lie very still for a long time in a narrow tunnel-like space inside the MRI machine to obtain proper images. Here are some of the recent advances in MRI technology and how they benefit you:
- High-Resolution Images: Higher magnetic field strengths of the newer MRI machines ensure very high quality images compared to the lower magnetic fields of the traditional MRI machines. However, the 1.5T MRI machine is considered ideal for most MRI procedures. It can create better images than the lower strength 1.2T MRI machines, and because of the variety of coil options and established protocols can potentially produce better images than a 3T MRI machine. From a cost standpoint, a 1.5T MRI scan also costs half as much as a 3T MRI scan.
- Faster Procedure: The advances in technology and magnetic field strengths have shortened the amount of time the patient has to lie still in the magnet for the procedure, which could be upto an hour or longer with older MRI machines. At Houston MRI, the average time spent in the magnet is about 15-20 minutes.
- Comfortable Experience: When patients are comfortable during the procedure they will be able to lie still and this improves the quality of the images. The advanced short bore MRI systems are about 50% shorter than traditional MRI systems and also wider ensuring a more comfortable patient experience.
At Houston MRI & Diagnostic Imaging we utilize short bore High-Field 1.5 tesla MRI scan systems for High-Resolution imaging.
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.