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
Miami, FL MRA Cost Average $925 - $2,400
Atlanta, GA MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,625
Houston, TX MRA Cost Average $1,000 - $2,550
New York, NY MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,775
Philadelphia, PA MRA Cost Average $1,150 - $2,925
Phoenix, AZ MRA Cost Average $1,100 - $2,775
Washington, DC MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,625
Chicago, IL MRA Cost Average $975 - $2,550
Dallas, TX MRA Cost Average $900 - $2,325
Los Angeles, CA MRA Cost Average $825 - $2,175

Specific MRA Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
MRA Brain Cost Average $875 - $2,325
MR Angiography Neck (MRA MRI Neck) Cost Average $925 - $2,400
Chest MRI (Angiography) Cost Average $1,000 - $2,550
MRA of Abdomen Cost Average $1,200 - $3,200
MRA of Pelvis Cost Average $1,100 - $2,850
MRI of Lower Extremity Cost Average $1,750 - $4,500
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Featured Facilities that Perform MRA

Name Location Price Range
Saint Peter's Hospital Helena , MT $1,450 - $5,600
Ascension Open MRI Gonzales , LA $600 - $2,100
Arango Imaging Center (South Mesa El Paso , TX $625 - $2,100
Advanced Imaging Associates Batavia , NY $625 - $2,175
Franklin Foundation Hospital Franklin , LA $1,850 - $6,200
Grossman Imaging - Solar Drive Oxnard , CA $525 - $1,800
Saint Mary's Jefferson Memorial Hospital Jefferson City , TN $1,050 - $3,800
Wide Open Imaging Salisbury , MD $675 - $2,325
Open MRI of Jackson Flowood , MS $600 - $2,000
Van Wert County Hospital Van Wert , OH $1,100 - $5,500
Tri-state Memorial Hospital Clarkston , WA $2,100 - $7,000
Imaging Center of South Louisiana Gray , LA $600 - $2,100
Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center Plattsburgh , NY $1,300 - $4,100
Mason City Imaging Partners Mason City , IA $600 - $2,025
Imaging Center of Salem Salem , IL $625 - $2,100
Bell Memorial Hospital Ishpeming , MI $1,750 - $7,900
Advanced Medical Imaging Silverdale , WA $675 - $2,250
NWA Med Imaging Fayetteville , AR $575 - $1,950
Tri-city Radiology Kennewick , WA $675 - $2,250
Richmond Radiologists Richmond , IN $625 - $2,100
Harbor Hospital Pasadena , MD $725 - $2,475
Baptist Memorial Hospital - North Mississippi Oxford , MS $875 - $2,700
Mark Reed Hospital Mccleary , WA $2,100 - $7,000
Coffee Regional Medical Center Douglas , GA $850 - $3,700
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Storm Lake , IA $1,350 - $4,800
Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana Shreveport , LA $600 - $2,100
Decatur Memorial Hospital Decatur , IL $1,300 - $3,700
Illini Open MRI Champaign , IL $625 - $2,100
Central Kentucky Radiology Nicholasville , KY $600 - $2,025
Hendry Diagnostic Imaging Center, Inc. Clewiston , FL $675 - $2,250

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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