Open & High Field MRI
Looking for Affordable Open MRI Scans Near Homestead, FL?
What is an MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a safe and painless test that uses magnetism, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of your body’s organs, tissues and structures.
There are no known risks from an MRI scan. It is non-invasive and does not expose you to any radiation. Therefore, the scan can be repeated without any known adverse effects.
MRI may be used to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases that may not be diagnosed correctly with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or CT (Computed Tomography).
How does an MRI work?
MRI uses magnetic fields and radio frequency bursts to move the molecules in your body out of their normal alignment or their normal spinning pattern. As the molecules return to their natural positions, the MRI machine records that activity and uses the information to create detailed images of the organs, tissues and other structures inside your body.
The MRI scanner takes many very thin 2-dimensional pictures, which the computer can assemble into 3-dimensional pictures. This allows the doctor to look layer by layer at the area being scanned and provides greater detail to aid in the diagnostic process.
Since magnetic fields are used to produce the images from an MRI, metal in your body can complicate the diagnostic process. You must inform us if you have a pacemaker, defibrillator, cerebral aneurysm clips, implanted neurostimulators, cochlear implants, etc.
How Do I prepare?
Request an appointment online or call us to book your appointment.
Notify our staff if you have any metal, medical, or mechanical devices in your body. This exam may NOT be performed if you have a cardiac pacemaker, defibrillator, cerebral aneurysm clips or cochlear/internal hearing implants.
You must remove all jewelry and any other metallic objects such as hearing aids, jeans with metal zippers, body piercings and removable dental work. Wearing a sweat suit with no metal may prevent you from having to change into a gown.
Additional prep for MRI with I.V. contrast
If you have impaired kidney function, are diabetic or are 60 years of age or older, you must have a creatinine level test to assess your kidney function. It is important to inform us if you are taking the medication hydroxyurea when making your appointment. Keep hydrated before and after your exam.
Bring with you to your appointment:
Prescription from your doctor
Current insurance card
Authorization number from your insurance carrier
Any forms you completed at home
Credit card or cash for your insurance co-pay
Any relevant imaging studies that you have from another facility, including the reports. We like to compare the MRI with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process
What Do I do when I arrive?
Present your prescription, insurance card and completed forms at the front desk. If any additional forms are required, they will be given to you at this time.
Be sure to inform the receptionist and technologist if you:
Have any compromised kidney function or a history of kidney disease
Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are breast feeding
Are currently taking any medications
Have any metal or implanted medical device in your body
Have hearing aid
Have any relevant studies from another facility
What Happens During the Test?
The MRI technologist will confirm that you are free of all metal both inside and outside your body and review your medical history.
You will then be brought into the MRI room and asked to lie down on the scanning table. The area of your body being scanned will be comfortably positioned in or near a special surface coil. The coil maximizes the administration and recording of the radio frequency bursts and the magnetic fields to ensure the clearest possible images.
The scanning table you are lying on will be moved into the center of the magnet and the test will begin. The machine never touches you. Be sure to remain as still as possible to ensure the best possible images. The technologist will be able to talk to you from outside the room through an intercom during the scan.
Once all of the images have been recorded, the scanning table will move out of the MRI machine and the technologist will return to assist you off the table.
The MRI scan can take from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the area of the body being scanned.
Homestead Diagnostic Center is committed to providing the best and most reliable open & high field MRI services in the industry. If you have any questions for our radiology clinic, please contact us at 305-246-5600 today.