MRA Cost and MRA Procedures Information

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a noninvasive, usually painless medical test that helps physicians visualize the up close structure of blood flow within blood vessels helping physicians diagnose and test vascular disease. MRA’s are used to access the narrowing of vessels (stenosis), obstructions such as clots, and other abnormalities such as aneurysms. MRA’s are a form of an MRI that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed three dimensional pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

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MRA Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Atlanta, GA MRA Cost Average $850 - $2,175
Chicago, IL MRA Cost Average $800 - $2,100
Los Angeles, CA MRA Cost Average $750 - $1,950
Miami, FL MRA Cost Average $775 - $2,000
Dallas, TX MRA Cost Average $775 - $2,000
Houston, TX MRA Cost Average $825 - $2,175
New York, NY MRA Cost Average $850 - $2,250
Philadelphia, PA MRA Cost Average $1,100 - $2,775
Phoenix, AZ MRA Cost Average $750 - $1,950
Washington, DC MRA Cost Average $850 - $2,250

Specific MRA Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
MRA Brain Cost Average $500 - $10,800
MR Angiography Neck (MRA MRI Neck) Cost Average $1,950 - $9,500
Chest MRI (Angiography) Cost Average $500 - $7,600
MRA of Abdomen Cost Average $1,450 - $8,200
MRA of Pelvis Cost Average $500 - $7,600
MRI of Lower Extremity Cost Average $500 - $14,900
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Featured Facilities that Perform MRA

Name Location Price Range
Stockton Diag Imag - March Lane Stockton , CA $440 - $1,500
Onslow Radiology Center Jacksonville , NC $600 - $2,025
Taylor Regional Hospital Campbellsville , KY $1,450 - $4,800
Bradford Regional Medical Center Bradford , PA $700 - $2,775
Ncic Fremont , OH $625 - $2,100
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center Lewiston , ME $1,500 - $3,700
Longview Radiologists Kelso , WA $625 - $2,175
Jefferson City Radiologists Jefferson City , MO $550 - $1,850
Herrick Medical Center Tecumseh , MI $1,750 - $7,900
Diagnostic Radiologists of South Florida Pocatello , ID $575 - $1,950
Watertown Memorial Hospital Watertown , WI $600 - $3,800
Chattanooga Imaging Chattanooga , TN $575 - $1,950
Center for Diagnostice Imaging Greenwood , IN $600 - $2,000
South Bend Clinic Radiology South Bend , IN $600 - $2,000
Atlantic Medical Imaging (Cape May) Cape May Court House , NJ $725 - $2,475
Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg Kingsville , TX $575 - $4,000
Mecosta County Medical Center Big Rapids , MI $2,325 - $5,000
Vymed Diagnostic Imamaging/salisbury Salisbury , MD $625 - $2,175
Dekalb Memorial Hospital Auburn , IN $1,500 - $4,100
Wilkes Regional Medical Center North Wilkesboro , NC $1,050 - $2,775
Athens Diagnostic Center Athens , GA $575 - $2,000
St Lukes Center for Diagnostic Imaging St Louis , MO $625 - $2,100
Tolland Imaging Center Tolland , CT $750 - $2,550
Spokane Advanced Imaging Institute Spokane , WA $625 - $2,175
Cassia Regional Medical Center Burley , ID $1,250 - $4,400
Open MRI of Sheboygan Sheboygan , WI $600 - $2,025
Sand Mountain Imaging Albertville , AL $550 - $1,900
Open MRI of Douglas Douglas , GA $575 - $2,000
Southern Ohio Medical Center Portsmouth , OH $900 - $4,000
Advanced Imaging Eden , NC $600 - $2,025

More about MRA Procedures

MRA Procedure Patient Preparation

Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRA exam vary at different facilities. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual. If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative. Notify your physician or MRA technician if you are pregnant. Notify your physician or MRA technician if you have a pacemaker, artificial limb, any metal pins or metal parts in your body (especially in your eyes), metal heart valves, metal clips in your brain, bullet fragments, metal implants in your ear, tattooed eyeliner, or any other implanted or prosthetic medical device. Notify your physician or MRA technician if you have recently had surgery on a blood vessel. You should tell the technologist if you have metal or electronic medical devices in your body or if you are pregnant.

MR Angiography Alternatives

Physicians will often try to diagnose vascular disease with blood pressure measurements, CT scans, or ultrasounds prior to using MRAs. Although contrast angiography is the most popular test amongst physicians to evaluate blood vessels before determining treatment, MRAs are gaining popularity amongst physicians and may soon become the preferred diagnostic test for vascular disease.

What to expect during and after a MRA procedure

Most MRA exams are painless. You will be positioned on the moveable examination table. Some patients, however, find it uncomfortable to remain still during MRA imaging. Straps and bolsters may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging. It is normal for the area of your body being imaged to feel slightly warm, but if it bothers you, notify the radiologist or technologist. It is important that you remain perfectly still while the images are being recorded. MRA exams generally include multiple runs (sequences), each typically a few seconds to a few minutes at a time. The entire examination is usually completed within one hour. If a contrast material will be used in the MRA exam, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm. It is normal to feel coolness and a flushing for a minute or two when the contrast material is injected. If you have not been sedated, no recovery period is necessary. You may resume your usual activities and normal diet immediately after the exam.

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