Below you will find the services we offer to our patients and referring physicians. . .

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X-ray,Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI),

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General X-Ray

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation just like visible light. They can be emitted by specially designed machines which create photons (individual X-ray "particles") with high energies which can pass through the body and be detected by X-ray sensitive film. Structures that are dense (such as bone) will block most of the photons, and will appear white on developed film. Structures containing air will be black on film, and muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as shades of gray. Metal and contrast media (intravenous or oral contrast) blocks almost all the photons and will appear bright white.


The basic science of X-ray generation and detection is the key behind general radiographs of the body, mammography, fluoroscopy (real-time imaging on video screens), and computed tomography (CT).
 





 

Computed Tomography (CT)

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Computed Tomography (otherwise known as CT or "CAT" scanning) combines advanced computers and rotating x-rays to create highly detailed cross sectional computer generated images of body parts and internal organs in order to detect different disease processes. The exam is fast, patient friendly and has the unique ability to detect and diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions and abnormalities. It is frequently used as the primary diagnostic tool for early detection of tumors, infection, inflammatory conditions, stroke, obstructions, trauma and kidney stones. At East Texas Open MRI & Diagnostics, these examinations are performed by certified x-ray technologists, and every examination is directly supervised and interpreted by board certified specialists in diagnostic radiology.

 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an exciting new technology which allows your doctor to have the clearest possible look at your internal anatomy. MRI does not use x-rays or radiation. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to provide computerized images, which appear as "slices" of the anatomy, for the radiologist to determine the differences between healthy and abnormal tissue. Your doctor will use this information to help determine the course of your treatment.

Originally, MRI exams were only performed in a tunnel-like structure (Closed MRI). Some patients experienced symptoms of claustrophobia. At East Texas Open MRI & Diagnostics our Open MRI system is open on three sides. This allows you to speak with staff and family members during the procedure, and generally makes for a more pleasant experience. This can be particularly helpful for small children and those who feel uncomfortable in tight or confined spaces.

 

 

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