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
Dallas, TX MRA Cost Average $900 - $2,325
Chicago, IL MRA Cost Average $975 - $2,550
New York, NY MRA Cost Average $1,050 - $2,775
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
Los Angeles, CA MRA Cost Average $825 - $2,175
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
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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
Skyridge Medical Center - Westside Campus Cleveland , TN $1,800 - $4,200
Shields MRI Brockton Brockton , MA $550 - $1,200
Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County , South County Imaging Freedom , CA $700 - $2,400
American Radiology Services Banyan Center Naples , FL $725 - $2,400
The Medical Center at Bowling Green Bowling Green , KY $1,250 - $7,600
Carolinas Medical Center - Lincoln Lincolnton , NC $850 - $2,250
Madison Open MRI Madison , AL $600 - $2,000
Southern Oregon Open MRI Central Point , OR $625 - $2,175
Clarus Imaging Center Beaumont , TX $625 - $2,100
Washington Regional Radiology Russellville , AR $575 - $1,950
Open and Wide MRI Goshen , IN $625 - $2,100
Mcdonough District Hospital Macomb , IL $1,900 - $4,200
Foote Health System Jackson , MI $1,150 - $6,800
Lanier Health Services Valley , AL $1,550 - $3,400
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Grass Valley , CA $1,350 - $6,300
Grand Island Imaging Center Grand Island , NE $600 - $2,025
Advanced Open Imaging Boise Meridian , ID $600 - $2,025
University of Virginia Imaging Charlottesville , VA $650 - $2,175
Frankfort MRI Associates Frankfort , KY $600 - $2,025
Gila Health Resources Morenci , AZ $675 - $2,325
Wilson Medical Center Wilson , NC $1,350 - $4,400
Advanced Radiology of Columbia Columbia , MO $575 - $1,950
Clovis Open MRI Clovis , NM $625 - $2,100
Sumter Regional Hospital Americus , GA $1,900 - $4,100
Salem Imaging Salem , OR $625 - $2,175
Truxtun Rad - Empire Drive (HF) Bakersfield , CA $460 - $1,600
Dynamic MRI and Diagnostic Imaging Houston , TX $700 - $2,400
Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital Kerrville , TX $2,000 - $5,500
Carolinas Medical Center - Northeast Concord , NC $1,050 - $4,200
Northern Radiology Imaging Watertown , NY $625 - $2,175

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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