First Choice Neurology has 2 MRI Centers in the Miami region. One is an Open MRI which is ARC Accredited – American College of Radiology and the other is a Closed MRI. We have board-certified Neuro-Radiologists or Orthopedic Radiologists interpreting and reporting.
Our Open MRI is located at 9200 SW 72nd Street, Building 4, Miami, FL 33173. Call 786-219-3145 to make an appointment.
Our Closed MRI is located at 9090 S.W. 87th Court, Suite 101, Miami, Florida 33176. To schedule an appointment, call (786) 219-3145.
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.
Our Open MRI is a High Field Panoramic 1.0 Tesla magnet which is perfect for claustrophobic patients. The Open MRI produces images equivalent to a 1.5 Tesla magnet. Our Open magnet is one very few truly open High Field Open Panoramic magnets in South Florida and is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Our 1.5 Tesla Closed MRI is conveniently located in Kendall next to Baptist Hospital and is currently in the accreditation process with the American College of Radiology.
The studies performed at both locations are read by Board Certified Neuro-Radiologists.
Open MRI in Miami
An Open MRI is just like it sounds and decreases the risk of claustrophobia and panic attacks with some patients. In some cases, it is the only alternative for patients. The Open MRI machines have top and bottom magnetic areas and are open on all four sides.
Preparing for your MRI and things to help with anxiety:
1. Ask your doctor for a sedative to take during the test. This can help with claustrophobia and anxiety.
2. Wear clothes that are comfortable.
3. Machines can make some noise. Earplugs are available.
4. Try relaxation techniques while in the machine. Or ask about music options prior to your test.
5. Have a friend or relative accompany you for support. If you do take a sedative, you will need someone to drive you home.
First Choice MRI Center Appointments
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled MRI appointment. If you have to 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, you can bring a CD or a portable music player such as an iPod or a mobile phone 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. Please inform your doctor if you have metal or other devices implanted. Implanted devices may include a pacemaker, cochlear implant, a clip-on a brain aneurysm, a shunt with a telesensor, metal fragments in one or both eyes, implanted spinal cord stimulators or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. No metal is allowed including dentures, retainers, hearing aids, jewelry, belt buckles, hairpins, etc. Please remove any body piercings and inform your doctor about any recent tattoos.
First Choice MRI Center Scanning Hours:
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - Close (MRI)
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - Close (MRI)
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - Close (Open MRI)
Questions about MRI Scans
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 an 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 tapping 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.
Contact First Choice Neurology MRI Center at (786) 219-3145 to make an appointment today. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9200 SW 72nd Street, Building 4
Miami, FL 33173
9090 S.W. 87th Court, Suite 101
Miami, Florida 33176