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Innovations in Imaging: Townsen Memorial's Advanced Diagnostic Services Part 1

Townsen Memorial Health System’s Imaging Center in Katy, Texas

At Townsen Memorial Health System, embracing innovation is a core part of our mission, which is why we strive to employ the latest technologies, treatments, and methods to enhance your health outcomes. Today, we delve into the cutting-edge medical imaging machines utilized across our Imaging Centers. In this series, we'll explore the capabilities of these state-of-the-art technologies, from MRI and CT scanners to ultrasound and X-ray machines, highlighting their pivotal roles in diagnosis and treatment, and letting you know at which of our convenient and accessible locations you can find them.

MRI Machines

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machines use a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to generate detailed images of the inside of the body. They are used for diagnosing conditions involving soft tissues, such as the brain, spinal cord, joints, muscles, and organs like the liver, kidneys, and heart. It can help diagnose a wide range of conditions, including tumors, injuries, infections, and neurological disorders.

Townsen Memorial Health System employs three types of MRI machines across its imaging facilities:

1.5T 450 Wide Bore MRI 

This machine operates at a magnetic field strength of 1.5 Tesla (T), which is a measure of the strength of the magnetic field. The "Wide Bore" refers to the size of the opening of the MRI machine. Wide-bore machines have a larger opening compared to traditional machines, making them more comfortable for patients, especially those who may feel claustrophobic. They are suitable for a wide range of diagnostic procedures and can accommodate larger patients or those with mobility issues.

1.5T 450 Wide Bore MRI Machines are available at Townsen Memorial Imaging Centers in Humble and Katy.

1.5T MRI 

This is a traditional MRI machine operating at the same magnetic field strength of 1.5 Tesla. While it may not have a wide bore, it still provides high-quality images and is suitable for most diagnostic procedures. However, patients who are claustrophobic or larger in size may feel more comfortable in a wide-bore machine.

1.5T MRI Machines are available at Townsen Memorial Imaging Centers in Med Center, Spring, and Southwest.

0.3T Open MRI

Unlike traditional MRI machines, open MRI machines do not enclose the patient in a tunnel. Instead, they have open sides, which can help alleviate feelings of claustrophobia and accommodate patients who are larger in size or have difficulty lying still. Open MRI machines may have slightly lower magnetic field strengths compared to traditional machines, but they are still capable of producing diagnostic-quality images. They are often preferred for pediatric patients and individuals with anxiety or mobility issues.

0.3T Open MRI Machines are available at Townsen Memorial Imaging Centers in Med Center, Spring, and Southwest.

CT Scanners

CT (Computed Tomography) scanners use X-rays and computer processing to create detailed cross-sectional images of the body. They are indispensable for diagnosing a wide range of conditions, including:

Trauma: CT scans are often used to assess injuries to the head, chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system resulting from trauma, such as fractures, internal bleeding, and organ damage.

Infections: CT scans can identify areas of inflammation or infection in various parts of the body, aiding in the diagnosis of conditions such as pneumonia, appendicitis, and abscesses.

Vascular Conditions: CT angiography is a specialized CT technique used to visualize blood vessels and diagnose conditions such as aneurysms, arterial blockages, and vascular malformations.

Guidance for Procedures: CT scans can be used to guide needle biopsies, drain abscesses, or assist in surgical planning by providing detailed images of the anatomy.

Overall, CT scanners are versatile diagnostic tools that provide valuable information across a wide range of medical specialties, helping healthcare providers make accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions.

CT Scanners are available at all Townsen Imaging Centers.

Advanced Medical Imaging at Townsen Memorial Health System

We hope you enjoyed this peek at how these advanced diagnostic services empower our healthcare providers to deliver superior care while ensuring convenience and accessibility for patients across our network of locations. Stay tuned for the next installment as we uncover the transformative impact of these innovations on diagnosis and healthcare delivery within the Townsen Memorial Health System! You can learn more about our Imaging Centers here, or give us a call if you have any questions or inquiries!

Imaging Centers