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

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

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
Schneck Medical Center Seymour , IN $7,600
Corvallis Radiology Corvallis , OR $2,925
HS Diag. Cntr Of LaJolla San Diego , CA $2,175
East Tennessee Diagnostic Center Knoxville , TN $2,850
South Coast Radiology Coos Bay , OR $2,925
Response Diagnostic Imaging Mechanicsville , VA $3,000
Eastlantic Diagnostic Institute Vineland , NJ $3,600
Grande Ronde Hospital La Grande , OR $6,800
Dunlap Memorial Hospital Orrville , OH $6,800
Sikeston Imaging Center Sikeston , MO $2,700
Open Air MRI of Acadiana Crowley , LA $2,775
Hays Medical Center Hays , KS $4,900
Whidbey General Hospital Coupeville , WA $7,700
Mercy Memorial Hospital Monroe , MI $5,200
Firelands Radiology Norwalk , OH $3,000
Valley Imaging Center Athens , AL $2,700
Wilkes Regional Medical Center North Wilkesboro , NC $3,800
Open MRI of Decatur Decatur , AL $2,700
Citrus Open MRI Inverness , FL $3,100
Firelands Regional Medical Center - Main Campus Sandusky , OH $4,300
Elmore Medical Center Mountain Home , ID $5,200
Brookings Open MRI Brookings , OR $2,925
St Lukes Center for Diagnostic Imaging Duluth , MN $3,100
Frankfort MRI Associates Frankfort , KY $2,775
Coastal Imaging Victoria , TX $2,850
Polaris Highfield Open MRI Columbus , OH $2,625
Old Trail Imaging Selinsgrove , PA $2,925
Theda Clark Medical Center Appleton , WI $2,925
TMC Advanced Imaging Phoenix , AZ $3,100
Cascade Medical Imaging Bend , OR $2,925

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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