Imaging & Radiology -
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:
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
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 — 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: