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 debuts January 17, 2015 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

The Health Museum

The Health Museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. The Health Museum is the most visited health museum of its kind in the country serving more than 180,000 visitors annually, and 2.5 million visitors and counting since its inception in 1996. Located in the heart of the city’s rich and varied Museum District, The Health Museum’s mission is to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body.

Visitor Information

Admission to The Health Museum is $7 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over, and $9 for adults ages 12 – 64. All children ages 2 and under are free. Active and retired military receive half-off general admission for up to four people. Valid ID required. Tickets are available online at Discounts can only be redeemed at the museum’s ticket desk. For group discount rates and school field trip information, call 713-337-8451. For more information about the museum or its programs, visit The Health Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Information provided by Robin Cavanaugh of Cavanaugh & Company.

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