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Why does magnet strength matter?

Stronger MRI magnets produce better and more detailed images, which help provide the most accurate diagnoses. We have the highest field strength available in Central Florida.

Why are more channels important?

The higher the number of channels the better the diagnostic quality. We have the only 32 channel 3T MRI in Central Florida.

Is Neuro Imaging Winter Park's 3T an improvement over other 1.5 and 3T MRI's?

Yes. The combination of the 32 channels with 3T results in added details for improved diagnostic accuracy. Neuro Imaging Winter Park is ACR accredited.

Is a scan on Neuro Imaging Winter Park's 3T MRI more expensive?

No. Even though the cost of our 3T MRI is much greater than all other area MRIs (including other 3T's), the charge to patients and insurance companies is the same as for scans that are obtained on inferior quality scanners.

Is Neuro Imaging Winter Park's 3T safe?

Yes. Our 3T MRI scanner is FDA approved and as safe as other MRI scanners.


MRI uses a magnetic field in combination with radiowaves to create images of the body. The patient lies on a movable table, which is positioned so that the body part being examined is placed in the center of a doughnut-like cylinder.

The patient will be given ear plugs or headphones with music during the exam, which usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.

A series of loud knocks will be heard during the MRI because of the machinery adjusting the magnetic field and radiowaves to obtain the best possible images.

Typically, the MRI exam will be made up of between 5 and 10 types of images, each taking between 2 and 5 minutes to obtain. The patient will need to remain motionless during each of these image acquisitions. A small break of a few seconds will be given in between image acquisitions, but the table cannot be repositioned until the end of the exam.

Once the examination is completed, the patient is free to leave. The images are then sent digitally to a subspecialty-trained radiologist for interpretation. The results are then delivered and/or faxed to your referring doctor the same day or the following morning. If it is an urgent case, you will be escorted to the waiting room, while our radiologist discusses the findings of the case with your referring doctor, who will then decide the next plan of treatment.


MRI provides exquisite detailed anatomy of the human body. There is no radiation involved with MRI, so it is considered safer than X-rays and CT scans. MRI is usually the modality of choice for imaging the brain, spine, joints, extremities, and often the abdomen and pelvis. Currently, CT scan is certainly preferred for imaging the lungs, bowel, and kidney stones. Occasionally, after an MRI is obtained, a CT scan is needed to further evaluate a particular abnormality to improve the diagnostic accuracy.

MRI should not be performed if the patient has a pacemaker or is in first trimester pregnancy. There are certain other conditions which may be unsafe for an MRI. Please read our MRI screening form to see if you are qualified for an MRI.


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