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
Chicago, IL MRA Cost Average $950 - $2,475
Los Angeles, CA MRA Cost Average $800 - $2,100
Miami, FL MRA Cost Average $900 - $2,325
Phoenix, AZ MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,700
Atlanta, GA MRA Cost Average $975 - $2,550
Philadelphia, PA MRA Cost Average $1,100 - $2,850
New York, NY MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,625
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
Baptist Hospital of Cocke County Newport , TN $700 - $2,550
Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Saint Marys , OH $1,100 - $6,100
Carolinas Medical Center - Lincoln Lincolnton , NC $850 - $2,250
Baptist Memorial Hospital - North Mississippi Oxford , MS $875 - $2,700
Integrated Magnetic Imaging Montgomery , AL $550 - $1,900
Albany Diagnostic Center Albany , GA $575 - $2,000
Ferrell Hospital Eldorado , IL $1,200 - $7,500
Center for Diagnostic Imaging Sartell , MN $625 - $2,175
Mountainview Medical Imaging Seneca , SC $575 - $2,000
Sturgis Hospital Sturgis , MI $2,175 - $5,400
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Fayetteville , NC $1,100 - $6,200
Wide Open Imaging Hagerstown , MD $625 - $2,175
North Valley Dexa Scan Whitefish , MT $575 - $1,900
Open MRI of Brunswick Brunswick , GA $575 - $2,000
Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Sulphur Springs , TX $1,650 - $3,700
PET Medical Imaging Center Grand Rapids , MI $625 - $2,100
King's Daughters Medical Center Brookhaven , MS $1,650 - $3,600
Southern Maine Imaging Associates Biddeford , ME $650 - $2,250
Torrington Radiologists Torrington , CT $750 - $2,550
Androscoggin Valley Hospital Berlin , NH $1,650 - $5,900
Cookeville Regional Medical Center Cookeville , TN $850 - $4,300
Wide Open MRI Imaging Salisbury , MD $625 - $2,175
Oswego Medical Center Oswego , KS $1,300 - $4,500
Richmond Memorial Hospital Rockingham , NC $875 - $2,000
Red Cedar Medical Center Menomonie , WI $1,700 - $5,400
University Diagnostic Institute Tampa , FL $625 - $2,175
South Coast Radiology Coos Bay , OR $600 - $2,025
Sanford Clinic Brookings Brookings , SD $575 - $1,950
Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists MRI Center Branford , CT $750 - $2,550
Southwest Kansas Radiology Liberal , KS $575 - $1,950

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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