What to Look for in a Great Imaging Center

April 6, 2017 – 3 min read

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If your doctor has ordered an MRI, CT scan, ultrasound or other diagnostic or imaging service, you have options. While you could choose to use a hospital facility for these types of imaging tests, you can also use a non-hospital MRI imaging center that can perform the same, high-quality scans for a significantly lower cost than you would otherwise pay.

With a number of imaging centers to choose from, it can be hard to know if you’re making a wise decision. Here are some of the key things you should look for when choosing a non-hospital location:


Let’s face it: having an imaging scan done as an outpatient at a local hospital can be inconvenient. Not only will you likely need to find parking in a busy hospital ramp or parking facility, which may involve a fee, it can be difficult to navigate the maze of hospital corridors to get to the part of the building you need to find for your test. Even a relatively short test can end up taking much longer than it really should.

Non-hospital MRI centers are typically in stand-alone buildings with dedicated parking lots or structures, so getting in, and out, is much simpler than going to a hospital imaging center.


Unless you are lucky enough to have an insurance plan that covers 100% of all of your health care needs, costs matter. Choosing a non-hospital imaging center is a great way to help you keep your costs down.

For specific cost information, check with the imaging center you are considering so there are no surprises when you are presented with the bill for your scan.

High-Quality Equipment

When a doctor orders an imaging diagnostic test, they need to see high-quality images in order to help them diagnose and treat you. To get high-quality images, you need high-quality equipment. Make sure that the imaging center you are considering uses the same type of equipment used by hospital imaging centers.

Skilled and Trained Personnel

It’s not enough to have current, high-quality equipment if the staff doesn’t know what to do with the equipment. Look for an imaging center with experienced, skilled personnel who can put you at ease and handle your imaging needs with care.

Ease of Scheduling

Finally, when you need an imaging scan, you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get on the center’s schedule, or wait months for an open appointment time. Look for a non-hospital MRI center that offers easy, convenient scheduling options.

AHI Offers Convenience, Quality and Affordability, with a Smile!

When you need an MRI, CT scan, ultrasound or other imaging test performed, you can’t go wrong choosing American Health Imaging (AHI). With locations conveniently located across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas, AHI offers the convenience you need. Our highly-trained staff is compassionate and every member of our team is dedicated to ensuring you have a comfortable, positive experience when you visit an AHI center.

To learn more about the AHI difference and to schedule your imaging scan today, contact us online or call us at (855) MRI CHOICE.