Imaging & Radiology at Clear Lake Hospital

Imaging & Diagnostic Services

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital offers a complete spectrum of imaging & radiology services, including a wide array of outpatient imaging & diagnostic services. Our highly specialized team of radiologists, technologists, nurses, electrophysiologists and cardiologists have access to a range of diagnostic imaging and radiology services.

    Imaging & Radiology Services:

    Computed Tomography (CT)

    A diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles and organs. CT scans may be performed to aide in a patient's diagnosis. Tumors, internal bleeding and internal injuries may be better visualized through the use of CT.


    We offer the following CT scans:


    • CT Scan - 64 Slice Low-Dose

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Uses magnetic fields and radio frequencies to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues and bones. Unlike X-rays or CT scans, MRIs do not use ionizing radiation. We offer the following best-in-class MRI machines:


    •  3 Tesla MRI

    •  3 Tesla Wide-Bore MRI

    •  1.5 Tesla Wide-Bore


    A mammogram is a breast X-ray that can show small, early stage cancers. We offer the following screenings:


    • 3D screening mammogram 
    • Diagnostic mammogram
    • Bone Density Scan


    A physician order for your screening mammogram is not required. Saturday appointments are available. Learn more about the Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at Clear Lake.

    Nuclear Medicine

    Nuclear medicine — uses small amounts of radioactive materials to examine organ function and structure. Positron emission tomography (PET) is a type of nuclear medicine that uses radioactive materials, a special camera and computer to evaluate organ and tissue functions. Tests include:


    • Bone scan - diagnoses bone diseases, infections or injuries
    • Brain scan - evaluates brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, seizures, tumors and strokes
    • DaTscan - SPECT- brain imaging to assist in the evaluation of adult patients with suspected Parkinsonian syndromes
    • Hepatobiliary scan - identifies gallbladder disorders and bile duct obstructions
    • Lung ventilation and perfusion scan (VQ scan) - measures air and blood flow in and out of the lungs
    • Lymphoscintigraphy - evaluates the lymphatic system and identifies lymph nodes for removal
    • Octreoscan - whole-body scans that identify rare neuroendocrine tumors
    • Renal scan - evaluates Kidney blood flow and function
    • Parathyroid scan - identifies abnormal parathyroid glands that cause hyperparathyroidism


    Positron emission tomography (PET) is a type of nuclear medicine that uses radioactive materials, a special camera and computer to evaluate organ and tissue functions. Our PET/CT uses innovative software to produce highly accurate scans rapidly, a critical advantage because longer scans increase the chance of patient movement which can interfere with image quality. The table moves in a single continuous motion through the scan, which reduces patient movement compared to the stop-and-start motion of traditional scanners. This allows for less exposure to radiation and fewer retakes. 


    The types of PET scans we offer:

    • FDG F-18 - most common PET scan which can detect brain disorders (including brain tumors, memory disorders and seizures), cancer and central nervous system disorders
    • Axumin (fluciclovine F-18) - this scan can achieve early detection of recurrent prostate cancer after surgery or radiation
    • NETSPOT Ga-68 - this scan can locate the smaller neuroendocrine tumors that do not show up on a typical FDG F-18 PET scan

    Other Imaging Services Offered

    • X-ray
    • Ultrasound
    • Echocardiogram
    • Mammography
    • Bone Density Testing
    • Fluoroscopy
    • Barium X-ray
    • Angiography
    • Myelogram
    • Interventional radiology

    Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital
    18300 Houston Methodist Dr.
    Houston, TX 77058