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Patient Services
Diagnostic Imaging Services

First Choice Orthopeadics is committed to providing advanced imaging technology, aiding our physicians to make confident healthcare decisions about your care. MRI provides an unparalleled view of inside the human body using a huge magnet, radio waves and computer technology to produce high quality images. MRI exams are safe, painless and are used to diagnose many conditions involving the brain, spine, joints, muscles and blood vessels.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

How does it work? MRI relies on the radio frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum. The body is made up primarily of water and fat, which have many hydrogen nuclei. Hydrogen nuclei have properties that when placed within a magnetic field will align themselves in the same direction and spin when a radio frequency wave is introduced. This spin creates heat, which is released from the spinning nuclei and collected by the scanner to produce an image through specialized computer processing.

A typical imaging session averages 30 minutes, or longer depending on the type of information required by your physician. You can help to make your images spectacular by simply relaxing and remaining as still as possible during the exam. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the MRI exam.

During your MRI examination, a technologist will be with you and will be able to see you at all times. For your convenience, an intercom system is built into the MR imaging machine so that if you need anything, the technologist will be right there.

First Choice Orthopaedics state-of-the-art, high quality MRI center is located on the ground floor of Marina Towers where we operate a GE 450 MRI Gem Suite.  Our imaging room is physically positioned to capitalize on the expansive view of the Indian River, promoting patient relaxation and soothing fear and anxiety.

Digital X-Ray

An X-Ray is a medical diagnostic test that physicians use to diagnosis and treat their patient’s medical conditions. It is the oldest and most commonly used form of medical testing. An X-Ray is a painless and quick test for the patient to endure. It involves exposing the part of the body that is being examined to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

First Choice Orthopaedics utilizes leading-edge digital GE X-Ray technology on-site at our practice, allowing our physicians to easily and readily access your X-Rays so that diagnoses can be made quickly and accurately.

"All I can say is I had an amazing experience. The staff was very friendly explained all the processes I need to go through and really help me out. I didn’t have to wait long and the appointment didn’t take long all in all I would recommend this place to anybody."

David G.

"I would like to thank everyone for their smiles and attitudes. They were great! The front desk so helpful as always. Thank you all."

Edward H.

"They have the BEST office staff and surgeons I have ever had, and I have had ALOT! I will be going back again to have my other knee replaced as soon as this one heals. So happy I found this doctors office, could not ask for any better care then they have given me already."

Jackie R.

"Everybody is courteous concerned educated and sticks to the task at hand. The therapists are always asking questions to evaluate your progress and to keep moving you forward .I look forward to the new exercises for me to do and the progress I make through my effort and time spent in physical therapy."

John S.

"100 percent the best medical place I’ve been. I didn’t wait more than 5 minutes to be called in. My PA is very knowledgeable and helpful. I received X-rays, an MRI, and diagnoses all in one day. Then I received a treatment plan the following week. 10/10. Couldn’t ask for a better visit."

Susan S.

"Dr Vliegenhart and Valerie are both amazing! They work so well together and have helped me tremendously with my back issues. Very professional and do everything they can to help you and find the best solution for the issues you have. I’m very grateful."

Nicole S.

"I have been going to First Choice Orthopaedics for about 7 years now and do highly recommend them. From the front desk to all nurses, doctors and all the other medical professionals are top in caring for their patients and the patients’ families."

Alan W.


First Choice Orthopaedics
709 South Harbor City Blvd, #100
Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: 321-802-5850




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