February 4, 2015

‘Beyond The X-Ray’ exhibit open through May 3 at The Health Museum

Ready to play doctor? The Health Museum is bringing an exciting new exhibit to Houston which explores medical imaging and spans the ways doctors look inside the human body without surgery. Beyond the X-Ray debuted January 17 and runs through May 3, 2015. Through graphics and multimedia, the exhibit focuses on understanding and learning new advances in the use of X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Axial Tomography (CAT), Ultrasound, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and three-dimensional imaging technology.

“We are pleased to bring Beyond the X-Ray to Houston for the first time,” said Anna Hawley, Chief Operating Officer of The Health Museum. “In keeping with our goal to educate all on the mysteries of medical science, this interactive exhibit let’s our guests play doctor with a fun learning tool that will capture their imaginations and increase their knowledge of imaging,” she said.

Developed by Museum of Science, Boston, with partial funding by the Small Business Administration, Beyond the X-RAY hosts four major interactive areas.

In Five Windows on the Body, visitors interact with movies that let them “fly” through the body using and comparing different medical imaging while answering the questions of: What is a PET scan? How does an MRI work? What’s new with 3-dimensional ultrasound? What can a CT scan show you that an X-ray cannot?

With Fly Through the Body, guests control the speed zooming through an ear or colon while exploring how CT scan images can be used to create 3-dimensional movies.

Radiologist for a Day allows visitors to get up-close and personal with lung images and learn what doctors actually see in X-rays, CT scans and PET scans when they make a diagnosis.

The Art of Imaging merges art with science. This gallery of medical images is a collection of art works created by doctors and other artists exploring how medical imaging technologies can create new ways of visualizing our bodies and the world around us.

The Health Museum is located at 1515 Hermann Drive in the Museum District. For more information on the Beyond the X-Ray, please visit www.thehealthmuseum.org.