Boasting a population of more than 85,000 residents, Edinburg, TX is home to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a bustling agricultural area, and is now home to Houston Medical Imaging’s seventh facility.
On April 19, 2021, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed HMI and the new 3T Siemens Healthineers MAGNETOM Lumia MRI scanner to Hidalgo County. This state-of-the-art scanner enables dramatic reductions in exam times with accurate results. Dr. Stenoien, Mr. Font, Russell Hernandez, and Brian Mobley were just some of the HMI family present at the ceremony.
Working in collaboration with Dr. Stephen A. Harrison and the South Texas Research Institute, HMI Edinburg will be at the forefront of research imaging, particularly for the new MRI NASH (Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis) protocol. Dr. Harrison is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and is internationally known for his research in hepatitis C and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease with over 150 peer reviewed publications. With the data collected from this research, HMI and Dr. Harrison will be able to turn diagnoses into the ability for clinical trials and drug therapy for those affected by liver cirrhosis and hemochromatosis, without the immediate use of a liver biopsy.
In addition to enhanced image quality, the Siemens Lumina 3T is capable of reduced scan times and quieter exams. Complete with the new innovated flex coils, which provide an alternative to traditional extremity coils while improving image quality with more channels per coil, the Edinburg magnet is the first 3T in the area and will be a pillar of excellence for HMI.
“MRI imaging is vital to the continued progression for finding effective treatment for those who suffer from Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and we are so excited to be a part of it.” -Russel Hernandez, Senior MRI/CT Technician.
HMI Edinburg is located on 2502 W. Trenton Rd. Edinburg, TX. The facility will officially open its doors on May 3, 2021.