X-Rays Versus MRI Scans in Sports and Exercise Injuries

X-Rays Versus MRI Scans in Sports and Exercise Injuries

Sports injuries are unfortunately common, and their treatment often begins with diagnostic imaging. But why do some doctors order an X-ray for your knee injury or your ankle sprain, while others order an MRI, and yet another might ask for both? All imaging modalities have their strengths and weaknesses. Doctors weigh these against potential benefits […]

Why You Wear Hearing Protection During an MRI Scan

Why You Wear Hearing Protection During an MRI Scan

When you schedule an MRI, there isn’t too much you need to do to prepare for it. When you arrive at the scan site, you’ll be given a gown to change into, then escorted into the MR system room; it’s simple. You’ll remove all metal objects, like jewelry, from your body. The MRI technician will […]

What’s the Difference Between a Breast MRI and a Mammogram?

What’s the Difference Between a Breast MRI and a Mammogram?

Mammograms are the most common breast cancer screening tests currently available, but they aren’t the only test used for detection and diagnosis. Breast MRI scans also play a role in locating and treating breast cancer (and so do breast ultrasounds, but that’s a subject for another blog post). It’s not that one imaging modality is […]

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 […]