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 […]

How to Quickly Schedule an MRI Without Overpaying

How to Quickly Schedule an MRI Without Overpaying

In March 2017, USA Today published a story that had health care spenders scratching their heads. “The median price difference for MRIs in hospitals versus freestanding imaging centers in the United States often varies by thousands of dollars, underscoring the need for consumers to shop around given high out of pocket health costs, data out […]

MRI of the Arm: A Guide for Patients

MRI of the Arm: A Guide for Patients

There many reasons your doctor might order an MRI scan of your arm. Maybe you recently had surgery on your elbow or wrist, and your doctor wants to see how you’re healing. Or maybe you’ve noticed an odd bump that you can’t explain. Redness, swelling, chronic pain; the list goes on and on. You know […]

Does Medicare Cover MRI Scans?

Does Medicare Cover MRI Scans?

If you’re one of the 55 million Americans who receive Medicare benefits, chances are you’ll be covered when your doctor orders an MRI scan. Unfortunately, health care is complicated, and there are exceptions. Even if your plan does cover the cost of an MRI, Medicare may not pay the whole bill. Depending on your unique […]

MRI Gadolinium Contrast Agent and the Brain: Full FDA Approval

MRI Gadolinium Contrast Agent and the Brain: Full FDA Approval

To improve the quality of diagnostic images, MRI technicians frequently use gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAss). Gadolinium is a paramagnetic material, so it can allow an MRI scanner to capture better images (we go into that process a little further in this blog). Recently, the FDA announced the results of a review of several gadolinium-based agents, […]

3 Reasons to Choose Open MRI Scans

3 Reasons to Choose Open MRI Scans

When should patients consider an open MRI scan? An open MRI machine features open areas on both sides, as opposed to the tube-like design used on a traditional MRI machine. It doesn’t fully surround the patient. Modern open MRIs are capable of capturing high-quality diagnostic images, and they usually don’t take any longer than a […]

Medical Imaging in Los Angeles: Open MRI Options

Medical Imaging in Los Angeles: Open MRI Options

In Los Angeles, open MRI scans can be hard to come by. Not every hospital or imaging facility can maintain more than one machine, and health care administrators tend to focus on the fact that closed-bore MRIs support stronger magnets. In fact, given recent advances in open MRI technology, this option is perfectly adequate for […]