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.

MRA Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Los Angeles, CA MRA Cost Average $825 - $2,175
Phoenix, AZ MRA Cost Average $1,100 - $2,775
Houston, TX MRA Cost Average $1,000 - $2,550
Atlanta, GA MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,625
Chicago, IL MRA Cost Average $975 - $2,550
Dallas, TX MRA Cost Average $900 - $2,325
Miami, FL MRA Cost Average $925 - $2,400
New York, NY MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,775
Philadelphia, PA MRA Cost Average $1,150 - $2,925
Washington, DC MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,625
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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
Upson Regional Medical Center Thomaston , GA $1,650 - $3,600
Advanced Imaging Center Moline , IL $625 - $2,100
Arnot Ogden Medical Center Elmira , NY $625 - $3,700
Cookeville Regional Medical Center Cookeville , TN $850 - $4,300
Singing River Hospital Pascagoula , MS $1,800 - $6,000
E.a. Conway Clinics Monroe , LA $600 - $2,100
Lake Havasu Imaging Center Lake Havasu City , AZ $675 - $2,325
Brownwood Regional Medical Center Brownwood , TX $2,325 - $5,000
Franciscan Skemp - La Crosse Campus La Crosse , WI $1,000 - $4,300
Meddings Mobile Radiographs Kevil , KY $600 - $2,025
Himg Professional Services Huntington , WV $600 - $2,000
Cassia Regional Medical Center Burley , ID $1,250 - $4,400
Van Wert County Hospital Van Wert , OH $1,100 - $5,500
Lakes Imaging Brainerd , MN $650 - $2,250
Assumption Community Hospital Napoleonville , LA $1,850 - $6,200
Smc Regional Medical Center Osceola , AR $1,500 - $5,300
Genesis Diagnostic Center Lansing , MI $650 - $2,175
Red Lake Phs Indian Hospital Redlake , MN $1,450 - $5,100
MRI Of San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo , CA $460 - $1,600
Albany Diagnostic Center Albany , GA $625 - $2,100
Gordon Hospital Calhoun , GA $1,400 - $3,000
Keweenaw Health Foundation Laurium , MI $1,750 - $7,900
Advanced Imaging San Marcos San Marcos , TX $625 - $2,100
Northern Radiology Imaging Watertown , NY $625 - $2,175
University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center Conneaut , OH $1,050 - $7,600
Decatur County Memorial Hospital Greensburg , IN $1,800 - $8,100
Saint Vincent Frankfort Hospital Frankfort , IN $1,800 - $8,100
Inland Imaging Spokane , WA $675 - $2,250
North Shore Magnetic Imaging Center Peabody , MA $750 - $2,550
Saint James Mercy Hospital Hornell , NY $2,850 - $6,100

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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