Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a simple, safe and painless diagnostic procedure that obtains images from inside the body by bouncing high frequency sound waves off parts of the body and capturing the returning wave echoes as a real time visual image. There is no x-ray or injections involved with the exam. This exam is beneficial in examining many of the body’s internal organs.

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X-Ray


X-Ray
is a simple exam that captures an image of bone and soft tissue. This x-ray is analyzed by a radiologist for a diagnosis. The procedure usually takes 15-20 minutes.

Intravenous Pyelogram is an exam in which a contrast agent is injected into the body and x-rays are taken as it passes through the urinary tract. The contrast agent enhances the x-rays and helps the radiologist examine and diagnose problems in the kidneys and urinary tract.


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Fluoroscopy

  • Fluoroscopy – a procedure that utilizes a fluoroscope to view internal organs of the body. This is useful during diagnostic injections and pain management procedures.
  • Myelography – used to detect a tumor, an infection or other problems with the spine such as a herniated disc and spinal stenosis. It is a diagnostic exam that is performed on the spinal cord and/or nerves by injecting a contrast agent into the spinal canal. X-rays are taken immediately following the injection. The entire procedure takes approximately 30 minutes
  • Arthography – type of imaging study designed to diagnose problems within a joint with the aid of a contrast agent. When the contrast is injected into the joint, it enhances the visualization of the joint structure. This exam is usually followed up with an MRI scan of the affected joint.
  • Upper GI – An exam in which the patient is asked to drink a contrast agent (barium) and then an x-ray exam of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine) is performed.
  • Barium Enema (BE or lower GI) – An exam in which the patient’s colon is filled with barium and then followed by an x-ray of the large intestine to help identify abnormalities.

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Nuclear Stress Test

Nuclear Stress Test (Gulf Coast West location only)
Nuclear stress test is an assessment of blood flow to the heart. This assessment is done in two parts, at rest and during stress.

  • Rest Phase: A radioactive compound that localizes in the heart is injected in the vein of your arm, followed by the scan of your heart with the help of a gamma camera that detects the presence of the injected compound in your heart.
  • Stress Phase: This component involves treadmill exercise (or a pharmacological agent that will be administered instead of having the patient exercise on a treadmill). Before this phase begins, the tech will place several small electrodes (small pads) on your chest. These electrodes are then connected to an electrocardiograph (ECG) which monitors the rhythm of your heart. A second injection of the radioactive compound is given during exercise, and a second scan of your heart is performed.

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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a well established imaging modality. A nuclear medicine exam is a safe and painless procedure which utilizes radioactive material to detect, diagnose and treat disease. It can often identify abnormalities early in the progression of a disease, a time when a more successful treatment may be possible.

Unlike most radiology technologies, which provide images of the anatomy, Nuclear Medicine can visualize and study the physiology, or the way that your body functions. The most common procedures performed are for evaluation of bones, lungs, liver and gallbladder, kidneys, heart, thyroid and parathyroid glands. The exam is performed by a certified nuclear medicine technologist and read by a physician that is specialty trained in nuclear medicine.

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MRA

MRA is a study of the blood vessels that lead to the brain, kidneys and legs.  It utilizes magnetic resonance technology to detect, diagnose, and aid in the treatment of heart disorders, stroke and blood vessel diseases.

MRA can be conducted with or without the use of contrast material.
Magnetic Resonance Angiography is used at the CIR in investigations of the detection of unruptured intracranial aneurysms.

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Welcome to Gulf Coast MRI

Gulf Coast MRI & Diagnostic is an outpatient imaging center that has been providing excellent patient care and service since 1994. We have multiple locations in the greater Houston area with convenient and free parking directly in front of our centers.

Our physicians and staff are dedicated to giving patients the utmost care and comfort. Gulf Coast MRI & Diagnostic is committed to providing our referring physicians with the best quality and service possible.

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