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

Atlanta, GA MRA Cost Average $3,600
Chicago, IL MRA Cost Average $3,300
Dallas, TX MRA Cost Average $3,300
Houston, TX MRA Cost Average $3,500
Los Angeles, CA MRA Cost Average $3,200
Miami, FL MRA Cost Average $3,500
New York, NY MRA Cost Average $4,000
Philadelphia, PA MRA Cost Average $4,000
Phoenix, AZ MRA Cost Average $3,300
Washington, DC MRA Cost Average $3,700

Specific MRA Procedures and National Cost Averages

MRA Brain Cost Average $3,300
MR Angiography Neck (MRA MRI Neck) Cost Average $3,500
Chest MRI (Angiography) Cost Average $3,900
MRA of Abdomen Cost Average $4,700
MRA of Pelvis Cost Average $3,700
MRI of Lower Extremity Cost Average $6,700
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Featured Facilities that Perform MRA

Name Location Average List Price
Whidbey General Hospital Coupeville , WA $7,700
Sumter Regional Hospital Americus , GA $6,100
Open-sided MRI of Stillwater Stillwater , OK $2,700
Lake Region Hospital Fergus Falls , MN $3,600
Hazleton Health and Wellness Center Hazleton , PA $2,925
Lakes Region Radiology Laconia , NH $3,300
Adirondack Diagnostic Imaging of Queensbury , NY $2,925
Health Bridge Imaging, LLC Belpre , OH $3,000
Advanced Medical Interpretations Pelham , AL $2,700
Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center Danville , VA $3,000
Foote Health System Jackson , MI $5,300
Blue Mountain Diagnostic Imagning Pendleton , OR $2,925
Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Mitchell , SD $5,600
Aurora Imaging Grand Forks , ND $2,700
Clifton-fine Hospital Star Lake , NY $7,900
North Idaho MRI Coeur D Alene , ID $2,775
Alaska Innovative Imaging Anchorage , AK $3,400
Maysville MRI, LLC Maysville , KY $2,775
Pocomoke Imaging Center Pocomoke City , MD $3,100
Dunlap Memorial Hospital Orrville , OH $6,800
Grande Ronde Hospital La Grande , OR $6,800
Tri-lakes Diagnostic Imaging Branson , MO $2,700
Northampton Imaging Center Northampton , PA $2,925
Albemarle Hospital Elizabeth City , NC $3,100
Jerold Phelps Community Hospital Garberville , CA $9,100
Salina Regional Health Center - Santa Fe Campus Salina , KS $5,100
Blessing Hospital Quincy , IL $8,400
Boca Raton Community Hospital Boca Raton , FL $5,000
Florida Hospital Wauchula Wauchula , FL $6,500
Diagnostic Radiologic Imaging Worthington , MN $3,100

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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