When a doctor recommends an MRI scan, the first question you’ll need to ask yourself is where you want to get your imaging procedure done- a hospital or an outpatient imaging center.  Where you decide to go for your procedure is an important decision and can vary from patient to patient. When it comes to an imaging center, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible, but we know it may not be the right decision in your effort to heal. There are various benefits to each so we are here to provide you with the tools to make the best decision.


 First up, the hospital. The hospital is the first place anyone goes when there is an emergency or if there is something that doesn’t seem quite right. Some benefits of a hospital is that a hospital is there whenever you need it. It’s obviously open 24 hours and there are always doctors available. As well as this, hospitals sometimes have research facilities so they are always getting better and better when it comes to researching. With that being said, hospitals quality of care is outstanding, they will always have what you need. Nevertheless, some down sides of a hospital are that they are sometimes highly expensive. Depending on what kind of insurance you have, you could be paying up to a third more in costs.

Outpatient Imaging Center

Next up, outpatient imaging centers. These are your local freestanding doctor’s offices that are native to your city and have no ties to the hospital. The benefits of an outpatient imaging center are that it is a more personalized experience. They aren’t as crowded as hospitals can be because the imaging center is just that, an imaging center. There are not people in the outpatient facility that need help other than people who need an imaging center.

Another, benefit is that outpatient facilities usually have a small connected staff. So every time you walk into one, it will most likely be the same people and the same doctor. There is no jumping through hoops and wasting time trying to find the doctor that examined you two weeks ago. As well as this, outpatient facilities can be less expensive, but that depends on where you live, what kind of insurance you have and what kind of procedures you are getting done. The downside to an outpatient imaging center is that you may not have access anytime you want. You will have to make an appointment with the doctor and they do not have 24-hour access like hospitals do.

We hope these tips will help you decide if a hospital or outpatient imaging center is best for you. If you’re in the market for an outpatient imaging center, we’d be happy to help you with your case. We offer services ranging from women’s imaging to radiation oncology and various diagnostic imaging scans. Give us a call to book your appointment!