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
Los Angeles, CA MRA Cost Average $800 - $2,100
Atlanta, GA MRA Cost Average $975 - $2,550
Miami, FL MRA Cost Average $900 - $2,325
Chicago, IL MRA Cost Average $950 - $2,475
Phoenix, AZ MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,700
New York, NY MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,625
Philadelphia, PA MRA Cost Average $1,100 - $2,850
Houston, TX MRA Cost Average $950 - $2,475
Washington, DC MRA Cost Average $975 - $2,550
Dallas, TX 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
John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Thomasville , GA $650 - $4,900
Open MRI of El Paso (Gateway West) El Paso , TX $575 - $2,000
Durham Diagnostic Imaging - Henderson Henderson , NC $600 - $2,025
Franciscan Skemp - La Crosse Campus La Crosse , WI $1,000 - $4,300
Grenada Lake Medical Center Grenada , MS $750 - $3,700
Newnan Health Imaging Newnan , GA $575 - $2,000
Arch Diagnostic Imaging Alliance , OH $625 - $2,100
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Huntingdon , PA $1,350 - $2,925
Ripon Medical Center Ripon , WI $1,700 - $5,400
Phelps County Regional Medical Center Rolla , MO $1,250 - $2,625
East Morgan County Hospital Brush , CO $2,000 - $6,400
Gulf Imaging Open MRI Panama City , FL $625 - $2,175
North Sunflower County Hospital Ruleville , MS $1,800 - $6,000
Adirondack Diagnostic Imaging of Queensbury , NY $600 - $2,025
Mercy Regional Medical Center Diagnostic Services Durango , CO $650 - $2,250
Hazleton Health and Wellness Center Hazleton , PA $600 - $2,100
Advanced Imaging Center Moline , IL $600 - $2,000
Saint Benedicts Family Medical Center Jerome , ID $1,250 - $4,400
MRI and CT Diagnostics Virginia Beach , VA $600 - $2,100
Cameron Memorial Community Hospital Angola , IN $1,800 - $8,100
Lincoln Trail Diagnostics Elizabethtown , KY $575 - $1,950
Enterprise Open MRI Enterprise , AL $550 - $1,900
Hobbs Open MRI Hobbs , NM $600 - $2,000
Van Wert County Hospital Van Wert , OH $1,100 - $5,500
Dunn Memorial Hospital Bedford , IN $1,800 - $8,100
Great River Medical Center West Burlington , IA $1,050 - $3,800
Advanced Diagnostics Shreveport , LA $575 - $1,950
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Hilo , HI $725 - $2,475
Warren General Hospital Warren , PA $1,750 - $4,400
Elk Regional Health Center Saint Marys , PA $825 - $4,200

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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