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In order for doctors to treat you, they often must be able to see inside of you. At Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, we offer radiology services that are highly specialized. Our full-service department strives to meet all patient and clinician needs in diagnostic imaging. Our imaging team is committed to providing outstanding care while utilizing state-of-the-art technology, including the first 3T MRI in East Texas.


Our hospital offers the most powerful and convenient technology for a confident patient diagnosis

What is an MRI?

A magnetic resonance (REZ-oh-nans) imaging scan is usually called an MRI. An MRI does not use (X-rays) and is a noninvasive medical test or examination. The MRI machine uses a large magnet and a computer to take pictures of the inside of your body. Each picture or “slice” shows only a few layers of body tissue at a time. The pictures can then be examined on a computer monitor. Pictures taken this way may help caregivers more easily find and see problems in your body. Each scan usually takes between 25 to 60 minutes.


This GE Discovery MR750 3.0 T magnet delivers strong whole-body gradients, resulting in fast and accurate reproducible scans in high definition ( much like a high definition television). This powerful technology, coupled with enhanced imaging techniques, helps physicians to make a more confident diagnosis for their patients.

  • Acquires twice the amount of signal as 1.5T MRI scanners resulting in better images and shorter exam time.
  • Automatically corrects image if movement occurs during exam.
  • Detached table for patient comfort and ease of use with a weight limit of 500lbs.

1.5T MRI-

  • HD gradients deliver high fidelity and high image quality
  • Propeller software to remove patient movement for high scan quality the first time.
  • Image-enhancing software that provides clear angiography images without injecting content.


  • Vertical magnet that allows a wide patient gap as well as a nearly 360 degree viewing angle.
  • 1.5T like image quality in truly open systems
  • Integrated body coil for large patients.
  • Full-range high-end applications
  • 550lbs. Weight limit.

What will happen during the MRI examination?

mri machineA regular MRI machine is large cylinder-shaped tube surrounded by a circular magnet. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown and to remove all jewelry, earrings, piercings, or other metal objects. Technicians will help you lie on a moveable examination table that slides into the center of the magnet. The body part being tested may be kept in place with a cradle or straps, and you will be required to hold very still. Your technician will sit behind a window during the MRI scan; however, your technician will be able to see, hear, and speak with you at all times.

You must lie very still during the scan. If you move, the MRI scan pictures may not be clear. You will hear very loud banging noises during the series of scans. The noise is caused by the magnets moving. You will be given earplugs or ear muffs to help soften the noise of the MRI machine.

Some MRI examinations require the administration of intravenous contrast material to help your body part show up better in the pictures. The contrast material is put through an intravenous line (IV) started in a vein in your hand or arm.

What are the different types of MRI examinations?

An MRI can be used to evaluate

  • brain
  • neck
  • spinal cord problems
  • joints


dmrAn MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnet to make diagnostic images of the body. Since it does not use x-rays, there are not known harmful effects to your body. However, since it does use a strong magnet, certain types of metal within the body could be pulled toward the magnet and potentially harm you.

Do not wear any jewelry including rings, earrings, necklaces, or watches. You may be required to take off any clothing that has metal hooks, buttons, zippers, or other metal items on it.

What Is An Ultrasound?

Medical sonography (ultrasonography) is an ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images. Ultrasound has been used by sonographers to image the human body for at least 50 years and has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine.

Most ultrasound examinations are done using a sonar device outside of your body, though some ultrasound examinations involve placing a device inside your body.

You may need to undergo an ultrasound for a variety of reasons. Ultrasound may be used, among other things, to

  • Evaluate abnormalities of the muscles
  • Evaluate flow in blood vessels
  • Guide a needle biopsy
  • Guide the biopsy and treatment of a tumor
  • Check your thyroid gland
  • Study your heart
  • Diagnose some forms of infection
  • Diagnose some forms of cancer
  • Reveal abnormalities in the scrotum and prostate

What Is a CT?

A CT scan — also called computerized tomography or just CT — combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles to produce cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside your body.

The resulting images can be compared to a loaf of sliced bread. Your doctor will be able to look at each of these slices individually or perform additional visualization to make 3-D images. CT scan images provide much more information than do plain X-rays.

A CT scan is particularly well suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can also visualize the brain and — with the help of injected contrast material — check for blockages or other problems in your blood vessels

Your doctor may recommend a CT scan to help:

  • Diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumors and fractures
  • Pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot
  • Guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy
  • Detect and monitor diseases such as cancer or heart disease
  • Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding

What is an X-Ray?

An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones.

X-ray beams can pass through your body, but they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle look like varying shades of gray.

For some types of X-ray tests, contrast medium — such as iodine or barium — is introduced into your body to provide greater detail on the X-ray images. Some people experience side effects from contrast material. X-ray beams also expose you to small doses of radiation, but the benefits from these tests far outweigh the risks.

  • Fractures and infections. In most cases, fractures and infections in bones and teeth show up clearly on X-rays.
  • Arthritis. X-rays of your joints can reveal evidence of arthritis. X-rays taken over the years can help your doctor determine if your arthritis is worsening.
  • Dental decay. Dentists use X-rays to check for cavities in your teeth.
  • Osteoporosis. Special types of X-ray tests can measure the density of your bones.
  • Bone cancer. X-rays can also reveal tumors in your bones.


  • Lung infections or conditions. Evidence of problems such as pneumonia, tuberculosis or lung cancer can show up on chest X-rays.
  • Enlarged heart. One of the signs of congestive heart failure is an enlarged heart, which shows up clearly on X-rays.
  • Blocked blood vessels. Injecting a contrast material that contains iodine can help highlight sections of your circulatory system so they can be seen on X-rays.


  • Digestive tract problems.
  • Swallowed items. If your child has swallowed something like a key or a coin, an X-ray can show it.
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