We have a location in Coral Gables with a state of the art open MRI. Our MRI center is ACR accredited and has a board certified Neuro-Radiologist or Orthopedic Radiologist interpreting and reporting.
Welcome to First Choice MRI Center
An MRI is an important tool to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis. The MRI consists of two parts: the image and the read. It is critical that the image quality be high so that it can be properly interpreted. It is also critical that the read be accurate and complete. To that end, of all our radiologists are board certified in diagnostic radiology and have additional certifications in neuroradiology and orthopedic radiology. Our MRI unit is one of the very few 1.0 Tesla High Field Open Panoramic MRIs in South Florida. The open MRI is helpful for those with a fear of closed spaces and for large individuals.
Getting ready for your MRI appointment
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. If you must cancel, please notify us 24 hours in advance as there are many other patients in need. If your doctor has ordered your study to be performed with contrast please do not eat 2 hours before arriving, but continue to drink liquids as usual.
Your MRI technologists can provide you with earphones and music. If you’d like, bring a music CD or a portable music player such as an iPod to listen to during the exam.
If you are anxious about the test, someone can be with you during the exam. Please inform our staff when you check in.
MRIs are not indicated in some cases. Please inform your doctor if you have metal or other devices implanted in your body such as a pacemaker, cochlear implant, a clip on a brain aneurism, a shunt with a telesensor, metal fragments in one or both eyes, implanted spinal cord stimulators or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Please remove any body piercings and inform your doctor about any recent tattoos.
Q&A about your MRI
Exactly what is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive medical test using a powerful magnetic field in conjunction with radio frequency waves; it does not use X-ray imaging. The highly defined images show great detail from many angles and can help your doctor diagnose and monitor treatment for a wide variety of diseases and conditions. An MRI is a less invasive and more precise alternative to x-ray, angiography and CT scanning.
What is it like to have an MRI?
You will lie on a padded, moveable examination table. While an image is being recorded, you must remain completely still. You will hear a slight rapping or thumping sound. Our MRI units are equipped with an integrated communication system, so your technologist will be able to hear you and speak with you at all times.