What is the Difference Between an Open MRI and a Closed MRI?

open vs. closed mri

At Alliance MRI, we perform several different types of scans and examinations using both open and closed MRI scanners. But what is the difference between the two machines, and which one is right for you? Here are some of the key differences between an open MRI and a closed MRI: A closed MRI is both more powerful and, as a …

New Alliance MRI Locations Now Open in Laredo and Pearland Texas

We are proud to announce that we are bringing our diagnostic imaging services to two new Texas locations! Alliance MRI is expanding to Laredo, in South Texas, as well as Pearland, just Southeast of Houston. Our Laredo location is located in the Northeast corner of town, conveniently right off San Dario and I-35 near West Village Boulevard Road. Our Pearland …

What is the Difference Between a CT Scan and an MRI?

It is easy to get a CT Scan and MRI confused, but from a patient’s perspective, there is a significant difference! Here is a comparison of a CT Scan Vs. an MRI so you know what to expect from both imaging exams. What is a CT Scan? A CT Scan is the same thing as a CAT Scan. This type …

How to Deal with Claustrophobia in an MRI 

Knowledge is a powerful tool for patients who experience anxiety and claustrophobia during an MRI test. The reason doctors order MRI tests is because they need images inside of the body to analyze and treat conditions appropriately. These images are essential to an individual’s health. What is Claustrophobia? Claustrophobia comes from the Latin word claustrum, meaning “a closed-in place.” During the …

Do MRIs Cause Harm?

MRI safety

As with any medical intervention and diagnostic tool, a medical professional must determine whether the health benefit outweighs the risk. For most, an MRI poses minimal to no risk, since it does not utilize radiation, and the benefit can be priceless. For some patients, however, there are several inherent safety concerns that must be considered before undergoing the exam. Most …

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Willis

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Lake Jackson

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Independent Imaging Centers vs. Hospital Facilities

Many people do not realize that they have a choice when doctors tell them they need an imagining exam, such as an MRI, X-Ray, or CT study. If a doctor is affiliated with a hospital, they may guide you toward having it at the same hospital. Still, people may not know that the cost of the exam can be fundamentally …

What is an Arthrogram?

arthrogram

An arthrogram uses imaging equipment to inspect joints such as the elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, etc. It is essentially an image detailing the inside section of a joint. An arthrogram is a two-step process, in which a patient receives a contrast injection into the joint and then either a CT Scan or MRI afterwards. Some of the primary reasons …