Why MRI at North Houston X-Ray and Imaging Center?

You have lots of good reasons for having your MRI performed at North Houston X-Ray and Imaging Center. We can do your MRI TODAY!

MRI Houston
MRI Houston

Hitachi Airis Elite Open MRI in Houston

Hitachi Airis Elite Open MRI in Houston
Hitachi Airis Elite Open MRI in Houston
  • We perform your MRI with the Airis Elite: the best and latest technology available — open, spacious, comfortable, and quiet.
  • We can set you up for a same-day appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome!
    Each of our doctors is a board-certified radiologist.
  • Our friendly staff is caring and highly qualified.  From the moment you walk through our door, your comfort and well-being are our priority.
  • For most examinations, you’re in and out in less than 90 minutes, often less than an hour.
  • The results of your MRI are faxed to your doctor the same day, and the final report is sent within 24 hours.
  • We have plenty of free parking, and we’re conveniently located off I-45, just three miles north of I-610 North.

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Top of the line technology

We accept most insurances

Board-Certified Radiologists

Lots of Free Parking

Houston’s Top Open MRI, with Comfort and Space

Patients who could feel claustrophobic in a “tunnel” MRI, particularly patients who are a bit heavy, generally have no trouble in our open MRI. And it’s a pleasant experience even for your child. A friend or family member can sit with the patient and hold their hand while we perform the scan. We make each patient comfortable with cushioned pads, soft pillows, and sponges that are specially formed to fit both the body and the needs of the test.

MRI, Diagnosis without X-rays or Surgery

MRI gives your doctor a safe, efficient method to diagnose many medical conditions without using harmful X-rays. Because MRI is noninvasive, it enables doctors to detect and treat many conditions without surgery or biopsy. This makes MRI an excellent method to safely examine the soft tissue of the body, including organs, muscles, and tendons.

Safe Diagnostic Method

MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves, which have no known harmful effects. However, some patients who have certain medical conditions, for example, pregnancy and some kinds of metallic or electronically implanted devices, cannot have an MRI test. A metallic implant does not necessarily mean you cannot be diagnosed with an MRI. Please consult with your doctor or MRI technologist.

Doctor’s Referral for an MRI

Since your doctor is qualified to say if an MRI scan is the best approach, we need a referral from them before we can perform the scan. The referral also gives us the information we need to perform the proper study for your conditions.

Preparing for an MRI Scan

Unless we are performing specific scans of the abdomen or pelvis, you won’t have any restrictions on what you eat or drink before we perform your MRI scan.

Jewelry and other metallic items can interfere with the scan and should be removed. You can leave those items in our dressing rooms. Your clothing should not have hooks, snaps, zippers, or anything metallic.

You are welcome to wear sweats, shorts, or loose clothing. We also have gowns or scrubs you can change into and wear for the scan.

What to Expect During an MRI Scan

For your scan, we will ask you to lie down on the scanning table, generally on your back. We will use pillows, blankets, and sponges to make you comfortable. Then, we will place an MRI coil around the part of your body to be scanned. This coil directs the magnetic energy to the area your doctor has asked us to scan. The scan lasts for about 30-45 minutes. During this time, we will ask you to lie still.

Sounds You Will Hear During the Scan

While the MRI system scans, you will hear a faint, variating knocking sound. The scan process produces this sound. If you would rather not hear the sounds, we can give you earplugs. We also have a variety of music to help you relax, and you’re welcome to bring your CDs, MP3 player, iPod, etc. A two-way intercom system allows you and the technologist to communicate.

What to Tell the Technologist Before the Scan

If you have a pacemaker or any other surgically implanted device in your body, please let the technologist know that. Also, tell the technologist if you have had any previous surgeries, including heart surgery to implant a pacemaker or any other devices, brain surgery to implant aneurysm clips, back surgery,  or cochlear implants. In addition, let the technologist know if you are pregnant or have a history of working with metal or if you work or have worked in the metal trades.

Delivery of MRI Results

We fax a preliminary report to your doctor when the radiologist reads your film, usually on the same day. Your doctor will be sent the full, transcribed report on the next business day.

Open MRI  Has High Quality

Images from our Hitachi OPEN MRI Systems compare very well to those generated in a closed system. Using state-of-the-art technology and aggressively pursuing the latest developments in protocols has allowed us to improve the quality of scans generated by Open Advanced MRI dramatically.

Should Anyone Not Have an MRI?

MRI is not at all dangerous to most patients. However, the strong magnetic field can disrupt implanted metallic devices such as pacemakers, heart valves, and aneurysm clips. For this reason, people with certain medical conditions cannot have an MRI.

MRI’s for Children

Your child can certainly have an MRI. You may stay in the scan room and hold your child’s hand during the scan. This way, you and your child can be free from apprehension about the procedure.

I’m Pregnant. Should I Have an MRI?

Although there are no known side effects from MRI, MRI is usually not recommended for patients who are pregnant, especially in the first trimester.

Interpreting the MRI Scan

Your scan is read by a board-certified radiologist, a medical doctor with specialty training in reading diagnostic images. Such images include X-rays, CAT scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs. Your doctor will be sent the radiologist’s report.

Book Your Appointment Now

We appreciate your trust and we’re honored to serve you!

  • When we get your appointment request, we’ll call you to set up a time that works for you. We’ll also send you an email so you know we received your request.
  • Our goal is to call you within one business hour. We call for after-hour requests first thing the next business morning.
  • Some insurance companies require pre-approval for certain scanning procedures. Making an appointment gives us a chance to help you request that approval.