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
Houston, TX MRA Cost Average $950 - $2,475
Dallas, TX MRA Cost Average $850 - $2,250
Phoenix, AZ MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,700
Miami, FL MRA Cost Average $900 - $2,325
Los Angeles, CA MRA Cost Average $800 - $2,100
Chicago, IL MRA Cost Average $950 - $2,475
Philadelphia, PA MRA Cost Average $1,100 - $2,850
Atlanta, GA MRA Cost Average $975 - $2,550
New York, NY MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,625
Washington, DC MRA Cost Average $975 - $2,550

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
Modesto Adv Diag Imag Cntr Modesto , CA $440 - $1,500
Saint Mary's Hospital Amsterdam , NY $1,100 - $2,925
Watson Imaging Center St. Joseph , MO $550 - $1,850
True Medical Imaging Corpus Christi , TX $575 - $2,000
Dickinson Medical Services at Cedar Hill Bark River , MI $625 - $2,100
Focused Imaging of Arizona Yuma , AZ $625 - $2,175
Blue Mountain Diagnostic Imagning Pendleton , OR $600 - $2,025
Madison Parish Hospital Tallulah , LA $1,850 - $6,200
Doctors Hospital of Nelsonville Nelsonville , OH $1,050 - $7,600
Fort Memorial Hospital Fort Atkinson , WI $1,100 - $3,900
Renaissance Imaging Services Florence , AL $550 - $1,900
Southeastern Connecticut Imaging Center Waterford , CT $750 - $2,550
Valley Radiology - Montpelier San Jose , CA $575 - $1,950
Himg Professional Services Huntington , WV $575 - $1,900
Indian River Radiology Vero Beach , FL $675 - $2,325
Riverwoods Advanced Diagnostic Provo , UT $600 - $2,100
Albany Diagnostic Center Albany , GA $575 - $2,000
California Orthopaedic Institute San Diego , CA $440 - $1,500
Mercy Medical Center - Dyersville Dyersville , IA $1,550 - $6,500
Oconee Regional Medical Center Milledgeville , GA $975 - $3,400
Elk Regional Health Center Saint Marys , PA $825 - $4,200
Bowdle Healthcare Center Bowdle , SD $1,350 - $4,800
Smc Regional Medical Center Osceola , AR $1,500 - $5,300
Imaging Associates of Hazleton Hazleton , PA $600 - $2,100
Battle Creek Health System Battle Creek , MI $925 - $3,400
Martin Memorial Diagnostic Services at Saint Lucie West Port St Lucie , FL $675 - $2,325
Northern Radiology Imaging Watertown , NY $600 - $2,025
Open Aire MRI Fort Smith Fort Smith , AR $550 - $1,850
Alliance Imaging Benson , NC $600 - $2,025
Bothwell Regional Health Center Sedalia , MO $2,325 - $5,800

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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