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 …

The Role of Diagnostic Imaging Centers During COVID-19

What is the Role of an Imaging Center? A medical imaging center is a facility staffed by board-certified, association-trained imaging specialists who have experience in symptomatic and preventative medication. A medical imaging center offers the comforts of a relaxed, professional atmosphere while delivering state-of-the-art imaging and quality patient care. At Alliance MRI, our team of diagnostic imaging specialists continuously works …

What You Should Know About Diagnostic Imaging During COVID-19

As the effects of the COVID-19 infection continues to unfold, Alliance MRI continues to prioritize the health and safety of our patients. We want to reassure you that Alliance MRI is here for you, working with your healthcare insurance to provide you with safe and high-quality medical imaging. We are following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) …

What is an MRI with Contrast

Alliance MRI is a trusted resource for imaging procedures in the Houston area, and our facilities offer state-of-the-art radiology with quality patient care. Our locations offer standard imaging procedures, but also more specialized diagnostic services like MRIs with contrast. But what exactly is an MRI with contrast, and why would you need it over another imaging procedure? What is the …

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 …

Overpriced Diagnostic Imaging Centers

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Affordable Medical Imaging: Hospital-based vs Freestanding Centers When comparing the cost of imaging services from hospital-based versus freestanding outpatient centers, it’s clear that privately-owned facilities are more affordable for the average patient. Medical imaging services such as an MRI or CT scan are commonly used to assist in the diagnosis of health concerns ranging from a broken bone to cancer. …

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 …

How to Prepare for an MRI

An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, plays an essential role in diagnosing and determining injuries with joints, ligaments, spine, brain, and more. The MRI machine uses radio waves and strong magnetic fields to generate detailed images of the patient’s body. Something that is critical to know is that MRI procedures are non-invasive, painless, extremely safe and require very little preparation. …

How MRIs Can Be Beneficial for Personal Injury Cases

Following an accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you’re unsure about the extent of your injuries. Your doctor and other health care professionals will document your injuries and formulate a treatment plan. A standard procedure would include an X-ray, but sometimes hidden injuries cannot be detected without an MRI. An MRI differs from an …

MRIs for Cancer Detection

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MRI 101 An MRI, also known as magnetic resonance imaging, is a procedure that can help doctors detect cancer in the body and any signs that it may have to spread to other areas. MRIs also help doctors plan for cancer treatment if something is detected. The MRI procedure is a safe, painless procedure that uses extremely strong magnetic fields …

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

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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 …

Do MRIs Cause Harm?

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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 …

Arthrogram VS. MRI: What are the Key Differences?

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What is an MRI? Often times patients will experience pain or changes in the body that cannot be defined from a physical exam. The pain could be a chronic issue that has increased over the years or from an acute injury that needs immediate attention. A physician may order an MRI to further evaluate the issue and get a close …