Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we do! We accept all PPO insurance. Here are some common providers we work with:
-Anthem Blue Cross
How long will it take for me to get my results?
While your Open MRI results will not be ready immediately after your scan, they should be ready within twenty-four hours. Once they are available, we’ll send them over to your doctor. We are forbidden from discussing your results directly with you, so please contact your physician and they should be able to explain your results to you.
Am I able to pay cash and how much does it cost?
Yes we accept cash payments. Pricing can be found here:
MRI starting at $350
Xray starting at $50
Ultrasound starting at $100
Are same day appointments available?
Yes, we accept same day appointments. Please call us for more information.
Will I be able to drive after getting an MRI scan?
Unless you have taken a sedative or a medication with specific restrictions, you should be perfectly available to drive afterwards. MRI scans do not have any physiological effects.
Would it be okay to bring a family member or a friend with me into the MRI room?
Definitely. Though we make sure that your MRI scan is as comfortable as possible, it can often be stressful for some people. We recommend that you bring someone with you whether it is a close friend or a relative into the scanning room. They will then be able to sit with you during the Open MRI scan. Children should always be accompanied by a parent of guardian. Make sure that you do not bring or wear any metal with you into the MRI room. If you have a pacemaker, you shouldn’t even enter.
What should I expect from my MRI Scan?
It will ultimately depend on the area of your body that’s being scanned. The scan itself could take anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes. Our technicians should be able to tell you just how long it will take when you schedule it. When undergoing the scan, the technician may place a special belt around the area to be scanned and a special headrest for you. Your Open MRI scan won’t start until the technician is sure that you are comfortably positioned. All the way throughout the process, you will be able to properly communicate with your technician. You can even watch a movie during the scan with one of our medical visors and glasses.
You will not feel anything during the scan itself. The scanner will emit light rumbling noises, but it is actually a lot quieter than traditional closed MRI scanners. While it’s in process you should try to remain as still as possible because any movement in the scanned area might blur the images and alter the results of the scan. The less you move, the clearer the resulting image will be.
What can I bring with me into the MRI room?
Only non-metal items are allowed inside the MRI room. All jewelry, cell phones, coins, keys, glasses, watches, dentures, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, and credit cards can and should be left outside the scanning room in a secure area.
How should I prepare before my Open MRI scan?
For your appointment, be sure to bring your driver’s license, insurance information, and doctor’s prescription. Our staff will make sure to ask you about your medical history in order to verify that it is indeed safe for you to receive an MRI scan.
Be sure to wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing such as sweatpants. For modesty reasons, dresses and skirts are discouraged. Metal objects can ruin your MRI scan, so avoid wearing any sort of metal during your examination (jewelry, body piercings, zippers, hair pins, belt buckles, etc.) and remove any makeup from the area to be scanned. You should also inform the technicians if you have any tattoos in the scanned area beforehand. Makeup and tattoos, after all can contain metal particles in them. If you don’t own any suitable clothing, we can provide a gown.
There are no dietary restrictions for an Open MRI scan and you can take your regular medications as usual prior to the examination (unless your doctor says otherwise).
Do I need a prescription from my doctor?
Yes. All patients need to provide a doctor’s prescription before receiving an Open MRI scan.
Are Open MRI scans safe for everyone?
Open MRI scans are an extremely safe procedure for most people. Our technicians will be sure to ask you about your medical history prior to the scan in order to verify that it is also safe for you. Some of the people who aren’t candidates for an MRI are:
- People with cardiac pacemakers. MRI scans can be fatal to people with these devices, for the magnetic field of the MRI machine can affect certain parts of the pacemakers.
- People with aneurysm clips. Not all aneurysm clips in the brain are MRI safe. You should check with the surgeon who installed the clips in the first place.
- Pregnant people. MRI scans should not be performed on pregnant people unless there is a strong medical indication.
- People with other probably dangers, such as heart valves, any sort of metal inside the body (joint replacements, pins, screws, etc.), hearing aids, or neurostimulators.
If any of these risks apply to you, be sure to tell your doctor. You should also inform the technicians before the scan itself. They will confirm that it is actually safe for you to proceed with the Open MRI scan.
How are Open MRI scans different from traditional MRI scans?
A closed MRI scan takes place in a small dark tunnel full of magnets. Meanwhile, in Open MRI scans the patients are open to the air on all sides for their comfort and magnets are only placed above and below. Open MRI machines are a lot quieter, as well as friendlier to patients struggling with claustrophobia.
What is the difference between an MRI and an X-Ray or a CAT scan?
MRI scans are able to produce images of organs and other bodily tissues in great detail without the need for any harmful radiation. These are used to evaluate conditions such as musculoskeletal disorders, traumatic injuries, blood flow, tumors, eye abnormalities, and heart malformations, among others. Meanwhile, X-Rays and CAT scans are often only used to examine the skeletal system due to the densities that they can perceive.
What is an MRI scan?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An MRI scanner creates detailed images of the body by using radio waves and magnetic fields. These are completely safe and don’t have any side-effects.