Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Radiology Associates of Tallahassee and The Women’s Imaging Center is located on the corner of Mahan and Phillips Road at 1600 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. Please visit our Contact Us page for more information.
Do you accept X-Rays on a walk-in basis and what are the hours?
Yes, we accept walk-ins for X-Rays Monday through Friday.
Do I need a doctor’s order for an exam?
Yes, Radiology Associates requires a doctor’s order for all exams done at our facility.
Can I walk in for a CT, MRI or Ultrasound?
We do not accept walk-ins for these exams. To schedule an appointment, please contact your doctor to obtain a written order for your exam.
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.
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.
If I have a joint replacement, can I have an MRI?
Yes, the hardware used for joint replacements are titanium (as are pins, screws and paltes) and are compatable with the MRI magnet.
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
- Brain Anerurysm clips
- Cardiac Pacemakers
- Cochlear implants
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
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 do I get a copy of my records?
Please call (850) 878-4127 and ask for records. A CD with your records will be made available for you to pick up.
How soon can I pick up my report?
We release reports 5 business days after your exam. If you need your report sooner, contact your doctor’s office.
Do you have a wheelchair I can use?
Yes, we have a limited number of wheelchairs available for your use.
We are an in-network provider for:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Capital Health Plan
- United Health Care
- Universal Healthcare / Medicare Masterpiece
As a courtesy to our patients we will file claims with the following, although we are not an in-network provider for:
- Great West
- Private Healthcare Systems
- United Benefits