How Doctors Choose Between X-Rays and MRI Scans

How Doctors Choose Between X-Rays and MRI Scans

Most patients get why they’re visiting a diagnostic imaging center; their health care teams want a closer look at their insides — preferably without invasive surgery. But not everyone is clear on why their doctors choose the type of imaging they do. What’s the difference between an X-ray and an MRI scan? Which one is […]

4 X-Ray Safety Practices that Protect Patients

4 X-Ray Safety Practices that Protect Patients

X-ray safety can be an uncomfortable topic. It is true that X-ray scans subject the body to ionizing radiation; it is also true that accumulated doses of radiation are associated with slight increases in cancer risk. However, before you decide to skip a physician-approved exam, there are a few things you should know. First, doctors […]

How Much Does an MRI Cost in Los Angeles?

How Much Does an MRI Cost in Los Angeles?

How much does an MRI cost in Los Angeles, anyway? It’s a simple question, but the answer, unfortunately, is pretty complex. A string of health care journalists have looked into pricing tiers for MRIs, and they all find an incredible variation in cost. That’s certainly the case in California, where one reporter uncovered a startling […]

Comparison Shopping for a Low Cost MRI Scan

Comparison Shopping for a Low Cost MRI Scan

In the summer of 2014, a journalist named Kate Ashford went comparison shopping for a low cost MRI scan (or so she hoped). Later, she wrote about the experience in a piece for Forbes. “It’s harder than you might think to get a price on a medical procedure,” she concluded. She described service providers who […]

MRI Pricing: What Are My Options if I Can’t Afford an MRI?

MRI Pricing: What Are My Options if I Can’t Afford an MRI?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examinations are relatively common; according to one estimate, the United States has more MRI scanners per capita than any other country except for Japan, and physicians regularly recommend the exams as a key part of the diagnostic process. The examinations are medically quite useful, but at many facilities, MRI pricing is […]