Gainesville High Field MRI | FAQ

What are the tests you perform?
We perform MRI’s and MRA’s. MRI: Brain, TMJ, Spine, Orbits, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis, Upper and Lower Extremities MRA: Head, Neck, Chest, Renal Advanced Imaging: MRCP, DTI (diffusion tensor imaging).
Will I be exposed to radiation during an MRI?
No. Unlike traditional X-ray and CT scans, MRI does not use ionizing radiation. The MRI creates detailed images of the body using magnet and sound waves. MRI provides good contrast between the different soft tissues of the body, which makes it especially useful in imaging the brain, muscles, and cancers compared to other medical imaging techniques.
Is MRI safe for everyone?

Although MRI is an effective diagnostic tool, certain medical conditions will prevent individuals from having an MRI. If you have any of the following conditions or devices we may not be able to perform an MRI:
  • Pacemaker
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Cochlear Ear Implant
  • Metal fragments in one or both eyes
  • Certain Aneurysm Clips
  • Other electrical or magnetic activated implants
  • Pregnancy
  • Permanent Eyeliners
  • Body Piercings

It is very important if you are pregnant or if there is a possibility that you may be pregnant, or if you are breast feeding, that you inform your referring physician and our staff prior to your MRI appointment. If you have any of these conditions or devices, please let our scheduling staff know at the time of scheduling. Your referring physician and our radiologists will determine if you can be safely scanned or may recommend an alternative imaging procedure that can be safely performed with your condition or device.
How far will I go into the MRI scanner?
You can go in to the MRI scanner feet first for most MRI studies. The taller you are, the more likely your head will not be under the scanner. If you are having an MRI of the any of these body parts, you will have to go in to the scanner head first: Head/Brain; Cervical/Neck; Shoulder, Thoracic/Middle Back; Elbow
What is the prep for my test?
Most of the tests we perform do not require any preparation. You can eat or drink whatever you would like before your appointment. You can take your medications. If you are on pain medication, we suggest you take the medication prior to your appointment to increase your comfort and tolerance for the test. If possible, wear comfortable clothes with no metal (snaps or zippers). But, don’t worry, we have scrubs for you to change into if necessary.
How much is my MRI going to cost?
Your patient responsibility depends on your insurance coverage. You can call our office at 352-377-3100 and request that our insurance verification department contact your insurance company to confirm your benefits including your deductible, co-insurance or co-pay. Once we contact your insurance, we will give you a call and explain what portion of the cost will be your estimated responsibility. We always call every patient’s insurance before every appointment. We do this to ensure there are no surprises or incurred costs that our patients did not anticipate.
What insurances do you accept?
We accept almost all major insurance plans and discount programs. View All Accepted Insurances
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check or credit card. We also accept Care Credit. If necessary, we can help you apply for a medical credit card, called Care Credit. Care Credit works like a credit card and can be used for any medical expenses.