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Pelvic MRI Cost


How Much Does a Pelvic MRI Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: $20-$100+ Copayhigh costWithout Health Insurance: $1,000-$5,000
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A pelvic MRI[1] is an imaging test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed pictures of the tissue between the hip bones. It may be used to diagnose or monitor many kinds of pelvic disease, or to clarify results from other tests, such as an X-ray or CT scan. A pelvis MRI, which can be performed on both men and women, is non invasive and does not use radiation.

Typical costs:

  • A pelvic MRI typically costs about $1,000-$5,000, depending on such factors as the complexity of the condition being investigated, whether the procedure is performed in a hospital or a physician's office, and a patient's geographical location. For example, in New Hampshire hospitals[2] a pelvic MRI typically costs about $2,835-$4,753, while in Maine hospitals[3] , the statewide average payment, barring discounts, is $1,528. At the Pacific Alliance Medical Center[4] in Los Angeles, it ranges from $2,758 to $3,109.
  • Payments typically include both a fee for the physician's work and a fee for facility overhead. For example, in Maine, the average professional charge is $258, while the average facility charge is $1,270.
  • A pelvic MRI, when deemed medically necessary, is typically covered by health insurance plans. Among patients with health insurance, if deductibles are met, typical out-of-pocket costs consist of a copay for the doctor's visit and possibly a copay for the MRI. For example, under a First CarolinaCare[5] copay plan, the visit copay would be $20 and the MRI copay $100.
Related articles: Pelvic Ultrasound, CT Scan, X-Ray, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • Prior to the scan, the patient will need to remove any jewelry or clothing containing metal. Then, the patient will be asked to lie on a moveable table that slides into a tunnel surrounded by a magnet, where radio waves are broadcast to create a three-dimensional image of the body.
  • According to the National Institutes of Health[6] small devices that help send and receive radio waves, may be placed around the hip area. If images of the prostate and rectum are needed, they will be placed into the rectum. The scan typically lasts 30-60 minutes, but may take longer. Because of the time and positioning required, patients should have the ability to lie flat for that time.
  • Patients can expect to hear loud noises from the machine, but many MRI departments offer earplugs to block the sounds.
  • The Mayo Clinic offers an overview[7] of a typical imaging procedure.
Additional costs:
  • About one in 20 patients feel claustrophobic or anxious inside a traditional MRI machine and require a mild sedative such as propofol (Diprivan)[8] , which costs about $125-$400.
  • It's estimated that 5%-10% of patients need a contrast solution, or special dye injected into the body, to further enhance the scan. The solution typically costs about $100-$300 extra.
Discounts:
  • Some diagnostic imaging centers offer discounted prices of about $380-$560, depending on geographic location. These typically apply to patients who pay cash or use credit cards and do not use health insurance. For example, the imaging center MRI Solutions[9] in Indianapolis offers an MRI of any one region of the body for a flat fee of $450.
Shopping for a pelvic mri:
  • The American College of Radiology has a search tool[10] on its website to help patients find accredited hospitals, clinics or health centers that perform MRIs in their area.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007355.htm
  2.  www.nhhealthcost.org/uninsuredWizardUserInput.aspx?procedure=22&procedureName=MRI+-+Pel...
  3.  www.healthweb.maine.gov/claims/healthcost/consolidated.aspx
  4.  www.healthweb.maine.gov/claims/healthcost/consolidated.aspx
  5.  www.firstcarolinacare.com/brokers/copay_deductible.htm
  6.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007355.htm
  7.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/mri/MY00227/DSECTION=what-you-can-expect
  8.  www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/propofol
  9.  www.indymri.com/
  10.  www.acr.org/Quality-Safety/Accreditation/Accredited-Facility-Search
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