MRI Patients -   Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Some common questions about MRI examination and procedures include the following:
Please click on the question to read the answer.

- Do you take my insurance?
Tallahassee Diagnostic Imaging is an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beechstreet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital Health Plan
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • United Health Care
  • Universal Healthcare / Medicare Masterpiece
  • Vista

As a courtesy to our patients we will file claims with the following, although we are not an in-network provider for:

  • Cigna
  • Great West
  • Guardian
  • Private Healthcare Systems
  • United Benefits

- How do I prepare for an MRI?

Prior to your exam

All metallic objects on the body are removed prior to the exam. To decrease anxiety during the exam, ask your physician to prescribe and schedule a sedative to be administered prior to your appointment. TDI has an on-site board certified anesthesiologist available.

Please inform your doctor and our licensed MR technologist ahead of time if any of the following pertain to you:

  • Aortic clips
  • Hearing Aids
  • Insulin pump
  • Metal slivers in eyes
  • Joint replacement
  • Implanted Neurotransmitter
  • Pregnancy
  • Brain Anerurysm clips
  • Cardiac Pacemakers
  • Cochlear implants
  • Prosthesis
  • Shrapnel

What to bring to your exam

  • Any paperwork you doctor gives you, such as patient history, prior MRI studies, and operative report
  • Your medical insurance card and insurance authorization
  • MRI screening form
- What is an MRI scan?
Developed in the 1980’s, Magnetic Resonance Imaging utilizes computers & magnetic fields to provide safe and non-invasive images of the human anatomy. Unlike X-ray & CT scans, MRI uses no radiation.

MRI uses powerful, superconducting magnets which generate a magnetic field 30,000 to 60,000 times stronger than that of the Earth. The strength of the MRI is measured in units called Tesla. 1 Tesla = 20,000 X earth’s magnetic pull.

mri scan

- Is it safe?
Yes. MRI is a safe and effective diagnostic procedure. It does not use ionizing radiation like an X-ray. Like many other medical imaging technologies, MRI has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug administration.
- Do I need an injection for my MRI?
Occasionally, patients require an injection of contrast media intravenously to enhance the images.
- Can I move while I am getting an MRI?
It is important to remain as still as possible during the MRI. However, if you should become uncomfortable or need to speak, the intercom and window arrangement in the room assures that the MRI staff can see and hear you during your study.
- How long will it take to get my results?
Reports will be sent to your physician within 5 business days. You may contact your physician for any information pertaining to the findings.