Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a safe, advanced technique that allows the medical professionals to see high-resolution, highly detailed images of organs and tissues. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiology consists of a 1.5T and a 3T magnet located in the O’Quinn Medical Towers and two 1.5T magnets as well as our newest 3T located at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Baylor St. Luke’s is one of two facilities in the country to have the Philips Ingenia 3T which is the first-ever digital broad band MR scanner. The Ingenia generates a magnetic field that is exceptionally detailed, which expands stroke imaging and neuro-functional capabilities. We are proud to be a leader in the imaging industry by offering this advanced technology.
MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. Small devices, called coils, may be placed around the area being studied. These devices help send and receive the radio waves, and improve the quality of the images.
Since they use magnetic fields instead of X-Rays, MRIs do not expose patients to radiation and can be used repeatedly.
In addition to a closed MRI, Baylor St. Luke's is taking imaging to new heights offering Houston's first site for a new panoramic, wide-open, high-field MRI.
MRI technology has progressed significantly in recent years, enhancing the radiologist ability to diagnose and treat a range of conditions and, as a result, improve patient outcomes as well. These conditions include:
- Eye problems
- Bone and joint damage
- Breast cancer
- Inner ear abnormalities
- Pituitary gland disease
- Blood vessel narrowing or blockage
- Cardiac abnormalities
- Disease of the spine or spinal cord.
- Uterine fibroids