Please call (305)-294-0011 (extension 7) to make an appointment.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a state-of-the-art imaging procedure that produces very detailed pictures of internal body structures. It is used to identify tumors, neurological problems, orthopedic injuries, blood vessel flow, and other medical conditions via magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves that create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body.
The MRI machine produces 3D images that can be viewed from different angles. MRI is a noninvasive way for your doctor to examine your organs, tissues and skeletal system. It produces high-resolution images of the inside of the body that help diagnose a variety of problems.
At Advanced Urgent Care Marathon, our MRI machine can provide data on the following areas of your body:
Breast (coming soon)
Spine: cervical, lumbar, thoracic
MRI is only available at our Marathon location.
IS MRI SAFE?
To date, there are no known adverse side effects of MRI. The scanner has full approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). MRI images are produced using magnetic field and radio waves unlike X-ray equipment that uses radiation to obtain images. The MRI scanning delivered at our office is generally painless and causes little or no discomfort to patients.
WHAT DO I DO DURING AN MRI?
MRIs usually take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to perform, depending upon the area being scanned. During this time, patients will lie on a padded table, and will be placed inside the core of the MRI. It is critical that patients remain completely motionless once inside in order for the machine to capture accurate imagery.
WHEN DO I GET MY RESULTS?
MRI studies will be interpreted by a Board Certified Radiologist within 24-48 hours. The assessment will be relayed to your referring physician and/or to you via your Patient Portal.
HOW DO I MAKE AN MRI APPOINTMENT?
To make an MRI appointment, please call us (305)-294-0011 (extension 7).
HOW MUCH DOES MRI COST?
At Advanced Urgent Care, we are pleased to offer MRI studies for affordable cash prices.
For cash-paying patients, our MRI fees are:
$575 (without contrast)
$625 (with contrast)
KeysKares members are offered an additional 10% discount on MRIs.
For patients paying with insurance, the cost is based upon your insurance coverage and deductible.
PLEASE NOTE: Since MRI is a new addition to Advanced Urgent Care, we are currently only contracted with Medicare, Florida Blue, and Worker's Comp for MRI. More insurance plans will be accepted shortly. We appreciate your patience.
Preparing for Testing
Patients should be aware of any metal implanted inside of their body and inform the Radiology Technologist of any implants prior to being scanned. This includes pacemakers, metal joints, screws, plates, defibrillators, shrapnel, artificial heart valves, etc.
Patients may eat regularly before an exam, and as soon as the usual 30 to 60 minute scan is completed, patients may return to their normal activities.
We recommend that patients wear loose, comfortable clothing. Metal objects such as keys, watches, jewelry, dentures, hearing aids, eyeglasses, credit cards and other metallic belongings should be left at home or with whoever accompanies the patient. Metal clips, fasteners, buttons, hairpins, locks, eyelets, etc. on clothing may interfere with the exam.
No deodorant or cosmetics should be worn during the MRI.
Pregnant and breast-feeding mothers should notify the Radiology Technologist, as well as those with kidney or liver problems receiving "with contrast" dye.
Patients are encouraged to bring earplugs if they prefer them as the machine can be loud.
While most patients may easily close their eyes, relax, and even drift to sleep, those who have issues with small spaces (i.e. claustrophobia) should mention this to the Radiology Technologist ahead of time. Patients will be given a "call button" to immediately notify the Technologist of any discomfort or issues. If necessary, consider having your referring physician call in a light sedation medication.
When you arrive at our Marathon location for your MRI, please do not go to the MRI trailer to check in. Follow the signs to the lower level of our main building and meet our MRI team to register.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.