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How much does a full body MRI cost without insurance? I want one and we have great insurance just my doc is refusing to give me one unless we pay.

How much does a full body MRI cost without insurance? I want one and we have great insurance just my doc is refusing to give me one unless we pay.

Mri: Insurance won't pay for a MRI unless there is a reason. It's not a good idea to do one unless you know what you are looking for. A random MRI might find some "abnormalities" that didn't need to get investigated but now have to because you've found something incidental. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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How much would the average Chest/abdominal/pelvic MRI cost withOUT insurance?

How much would the average Chest/abdominal/pelvic MRI cost withOUT insurance?

Price Shop.: MRIs are approximately $1000 per body part or more. So chest, abdomen, and pelvis may cost over $3000! However you can price shop in your area using saveonmedical.com or healthcarebluebook.com. Call each imaging center and tell them you are looking for best price. You may be able to lower cost to $1500 total. Get a firm written quote for the MRIs BEFORE scheduling your appointment. ...Read more

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I don't have insurance & need an MRI of upper/lower spine, how much would this cost without insurance?

I don't have insurance & need an MRI of upper/lower spine, how much would this cost without insurance?

MRI costs vary: Mri costs vary based on region and even imaging center. It sounds like you need two separate MRI studies. The cost of each study ranges from $400 to $1500 based on where you go. Don't be afraid to call multiple centers and comparison shop. Also, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. ...Read more

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I need an MRI for my neck and back and I can't get insurance so how much will it cost for an MRI without insurance ?

I need an MRI for my neck and back and I can't get insurance so how much will it cost for an MRI without insurance
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Shop around: Shop around, tell them the situation, and tell the places that you are cash paying and want a break. I can't give you prices, they fluctuate in different areas, and different parts of country. Even locally, there is price variation, and negotiable. Use one place against another if you have to. ...Read more

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Will health insurance pay for a mri?

Will health insurance pay for a mri?

IF MRI was indicated: If your insurance program requires preauthorization, that must be done before the exam is performed in order for the MRI to be reimbursed. Otherwise, assuming the insurance company covers the particular MRI study you had and paperwork was submitted properly, the exam should be reimbursed. Fiinally, it is important that the clinical symptoms match the type of MRI being ordered. ...Read more

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How do I go about getting an MRI of my back if I have no medical insurance at the moment? Please help

How do I go about getting an MRI of my back if I have no medical insurance at the moment? Please help

Look into : You may be eligible for charity care at a hospital. If you are not there are medical credit cards that may work for you such as care credit... ...Read more

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Followup q. Cardio dr. Ordered cardio MRI but due 2 waitllist not till 4/29. Lose insurance 5/1. Seems pointless, almost don't wanna know. Agree?

Followup q.  Cardio dr. Ordered cardio MRI but due 2 waitllist not till 4/29.  Lose insurance 5/1. Seems pointless,  almost don't wanna know. Agree?

Don't worry: There is a long list of reasons why cardiac MRI might be ordered. But no matter what the issue at hand is, if you have normal left ventricular function (which may already have been assessed with echo), your prognosis should be good (although treatment of some particular problem may be required). If lv function is abnormal, there's a lot that can be done to help. ...Read more

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I need MRI scan & spinal tap but don't have insurance, what do I do?

Free Clinic: Many hospitals sponsor a free clinic. If testing is recommended from that clinic, it can often be provided by the sponsoring institution without a charge. Most free clinics will require financial paperwork to be completed to qualify for services. ...Read more

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If my pc dr's referral isn't enough, can a neurologist perform the necessary memory tests to satisfy the insurance company to approve an MRI?

If my pc  dr's referral isn't enough, can a neurologist perform the necessary memory tests to satisfy the insurance company to approve an MRI?

Wrong place to ask: You're wandering (and wondering) blindly. Your insurance carrier has policies for everything, probably including your situation. Check your insurer's website. If it's not there, call them and ask to be sent the relevant medical policy. It's likely that your doctor hasn't read it either. Your next move will be determined by the policy. Pay particular attention to "medical necessity" clauses. ...Read more

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I am a father of 4 and I am very much in pain. I need a shoulder MRI and don't have health insurance. How much would this be paying in cash?

I am a father of 4 and I am very much in pain. I need a shoulder MRI and don't have health insurance. How much would this be paying in cash?

Physical exam: Look for an orthopedic surgeon to do a detailed physical exam - that will help determine whether a rotator cuff tear or a labral injury is suspected. Those are the two most common causes of shoulder pain. Then inexpensive pain control can be targeted to one or both conditions. After that, look to buy an inexpensive health plan that will cover an MRI and or shoulder surgery after oct 1. ...Read more

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How much is an MRI without insurance sarasota, and I do have a job but no extra money to pay for one, we barley make ends meet and i serious back pain?

MRI: Some MRI facilities understand this issue and are willing to offer a payment plan or a reasonably affordable discount, check with your physician to check the local MRI facilities. I think around $350 for anon contrast lumbar MRI self pay price sounds about right. ...Read more

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I have been having pain in my right shoulder blade (been about a yr). X rays negative. Not sure if my insurance covers mri. What to do??

I have been having pain in my right shoulder blade (been about a yr). X rays negative. Not sure if my insurance covers mri. What to do??

Be seen: I would be seen by an orthopedic surgeon. A detailed exam will tell the likely causes. And if an MRI is indicated he can assist in getting it approved for you. ...Read more

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Mri says "questionable tear posterior horn medial meniscus" but it's been hurting for 4month & i just lost insurance. What exercises can I do at home?

Mri says "questionable tear posterior horn medial meniscus" but it's been hurting for 4month & i just lost insurance. What exercises can I do at home?

I feel your pain.: This may be "pay now or pay more later" some of the things a person cannot get online are surgical care and pt. We can only guide a person to the right info/providers, and i will share your q with orthopedics and physiatry doctors. Mobility in the sense of being able to ambulate/walk well is required for so many things now, since you are young, and later in life. Ask for ways to get financial help. ...Read more

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Went to 2 ers for my severe neck pain they said they think its a pinched nerve, im in exstreme pain and i think i need a MRI how can I get one w/o insurance the pain is causing my BP to stay up around196/152 this pain is affecting my health and i can't ge

Went to 2 ers for my severe neck pain they said they think its a pinched nerve, im in exstreme pain and i think i need a MRI how can I get one w/o insurance the pain is causing my BP to stay up around196/152 this pain is affecting my health and i can't ge

County facility : I would recommend that you inquire at your local county medical clinic for assistance. The other option is to pay to see a private care physician who after an evaluation may refer you for a cervical MRI that you again will have to pay cash and/or work out a payment plan. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I was told in 2003 I have a tumor in my spine, inside my spinal cord, grafted to my nrainstem over the past 9 yrs the tumor has grown the entire length of my spine and has increased in size alot, i currently don't have any insurance and haven't had an mri

I was told in 2003 I have a tumor in my spine, inside my spinal cord, grafted to my nrainstem over the past 9 yrs the tumor has grown the entire length of my spine and has increased in size alot, i currently don't have any insurance and haven't had an mri

Honestly, : Honestly, the best way to get to a doctor is to have insurance. With a spinal cord tumor, the evaluation and treatment are very expensive. There are a lot of costs besides the physician fees and few facilities can "eat" such large costs these days. Without insurance, you are essentially untouchable. Paying out-of-pocket is unrealistic as it will be very costly. After 9 years, it is not an emergency, so a hospital er has no obligation to treat you. The health department might give you some direction, but they are typically back-logged. How do you get covered for something that's a pre-existing condition? That's a good question. You can apply for your state's medicaid. They will have some access to the subspecialists you need. Can your fiance(e?) put you on his/her insurance? Sometimes there is a waiting period before pre-existing conditions are covered, but you can get access to more physicians that way. It sounds like your symptoms are progressing to where you may be paralyzed and/or lose control of your bowel and bladder. Whatever route you decide to take, do it very soon! ...Read more

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Will an MRI show a costochondral separation? I really need a diagnostic test to confirm as insurance company do not believe my gp!

Will an MRI show a costochondral separation?  I really need a diagnostic test to confirm as insurance company do not believe my gp!

Sometimes: One article demonstrated mr as able to demonstrate costochondral injuries (mri evaluation of costal cartilage injuries.)i.N american journal of roentgenology in 2008. Sometimes insurance companies do not endorse expensive imaging studies when not a lot of evidence is present in the literature. Most radiologists know that certain sequences in mr imaging are very sensitive to cartilage abnormalities. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in right hip numb tingly feeling going down my right leg all the time. How serious? Xrays show nothing do I need mri..No insurance

Sharp pain in right hip numb tingly feeling going down my right leg all the time. How serious? Xrays show nothing do I need mri..No insurance

Well, That can be a: Tough one. Say MRI positive, what next? Back surgery? You could switch your citalopram to a better regimen for pain control, tramadol may b good choice, and look up gabapentin. No loss of bladder or bowel? It may be transient, back strain impinging a nerve, but pain can beget pain, then insomnia, then more spasm. Interrupting pain conduction can b important. Consider physical therapy, pm@r doc. ...Read more

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Fractured my vertebrae in mid back 9 years ago. Er doc said i might have broke vertebrae, but can not receive MRI because no insurance, help please!

Fractured my vertebrae in mid back 9 years ago. Er doc said i might have broke vertebrae, but can not receive MRI because no insurance, help please!

Cant refuse: In the us, you can not be refused emergent medical treatment in an emergency room. That being said, the er doctor might not have thought your condition necessitated an emergent mri. ...Read more

Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Insurance (Definition)

Health insurance is a type of coverage that pays for medical expenses. Health insurance can be provided by an employer, the state or federal government, or ...Read more