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  • MeetDr. Cheong

    Voted by Peers as aTampa Top Doctors
    • Board Certified/Fellowship Trained
    • Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • Specializes in Disorders of the Hips & Knees
    • 2013 and 2014 “Attending of the Year” University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • The Only surgeon offering a Lateral Total Knee Replacement in West Florida.
  • Get Back to Activities You Enjoy Lateral Approach Total Knee Replacement

  • Regain movement & strengthComplex Joint Reconstruction

  • Restore function with the most intricate procedure Limb Preservation Surgery

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant & Benign disorders of the musculoskeletal system Orthopedic Oncology


MRI Equipment

GE 1.5 Tesla High-field Superconductor

Modality Description

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the area of interest including bone, muscle, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue. No radiation is involved in MRI.


(not compatible with MRI)
If you have a pacemaker or a cardiac defibrillator you CANNOT have an MRI. Please call to cancel your appointment and check with your ordering physician to discuss an alternative type of imaging.

Possible Contraindications

(information required)
If you have any of the following please contact the MRI department at 727-461-6026 x1665.

  • Implanted Neuro Simulators
  • Brain Aneurysm Clips
  • Implanted Pumps or Devices
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Metal in eyes or face

What To Wear

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Avoid clothing with any metal
  • Remove hair clips/pins
  • Leave all unnecessary jewelry at home (wedding rings are okay)

The exam usually takes 30-45 minutes, although some areas of the body can take up to 1 hour. You should plan to spend a minimum of 1 hour at our facility. Punctuality is a must. Please help us keep everyone on schedule by showing up at your appointed time.

Music can be listened to during the exam. We have a selection of CDs to choose from, or you can bring your own CD if you wish.

Joint replacements such as knees and hips do not present safety problems.

Your ordering physician will give you your results at your follow up appointment.

If you require films, a CD, or a report of your MRI please contact the x-ray department. We required notice and there are fees for films and CDs.

OAWF no longer prints films for patients or attorneys, X-rays and MRI exams are only available on a CD. A request should still be through the Radiology Dept at the Clearwater office.

MRI Suite Directions

We offer MRI services from two locations:

The Clearwater Office

430 Morton Plant Street
Suite #301
Clearwater, FL 33756

Located on the ground floor of the PTAK Ortho & Neuro building, next to the café. The PTAK building is opposite the Axelrod Pavilion. Please do not go to the Axelrod Pavilion, the OAWF MRI is not affiliated with the Carlisle Imaging Center.

Please call this office at Ext.1465 if further directions are needed.

The Trinity Office

2044 Trinity Oaks Blvd
Suite 110
Trinity, FL 34655

Please call this office at Ext.1464 if further directions are needed.




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Patient Testimonials

Patient Testimonails - David Cheong MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Cheong is one of the best doctors we have ever had, and a real credit to OAWF and Mease Countryside Hospital. His skill and personality are impeccable and when we asked the nurses how they enjoyed working with Dr. Cheong, they couldn’t say enough about his skill and treatment of the patients and nursing staff.