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How much does an MRI typically cost, in order to diagnose an Achilles tendon injury?

How much does an MRI typically cost, in order to diagnose an Achilles tendon injury?

Depends: There is a big variety and it is definitely worth calling around for different prices, make sure you ask for full payment cash discount. Hospitals are more expensive than smaller imaging centers. Around here, the lowest price is $250.

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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Can MRI or ultrasound detect improper healing of the Achilles tendon and surrounding paratenon?

Yes: Depending on the person doing ultrasound, his or her technical ability on utilizing ultrasound. I would prefer MRI and done by a experienced radiologist. It can take some time to heal and this area is poorly vascularized.

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Lump on Achilles tendon. Mri shows nothing but the lump is visable just looking at my foot. Drs r stumped! Very painful all the time. Any ideas?

Lump on Achilles tendon. Mri shows nothing but the lump is visable just looking at my foot. Drs r stumped! Very painful all the time. Any ideas?

It is odd: That nothing would show on the mri! was the MRI performed with and without contrast. Soft tissues are usually very well defined on an mri. Any type of mass or even swelling would normally show on the study.

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I had an MRI and xrays nothing showed but that I now have swelling of the Achilles tendon and an extra bone and muscle after 7 month ankle injury?

I had an MRI and xrays nothing showed but that I now have swelling of the Achilles tendon and an extra bone and muscle after 7 month ankle injury?

What exactly: Is your question? Achilles tendonitis and an extra bone. The injury did not cause the extra bone. It could of caused the tendonitis but you did not share what the injury was. Are you asking what to do now? Physical therapy is good for the tendon, sometimes docs advocate immobilization, others like eccentric excercises. Heel lifts may be helpful. Or immobilization in a cam walker type boot.

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At 1st glance, it luks like Achilles tendonitis (R) I have a lump on my Achilles tendon 4 (6 wks) the pain is worsening, walking, climbing stairs, and standing still. 2day fut doc said couldn't help my extreme pain, waiting 4 MRI, he says its a vein.

At 1st glance, it luks like Achilles tendonitis (R) I have a lump on my Achilles tendon 4 (6 wks) the pain is worsening, walking, climbing stairs, and standing still. 2day fut doc said couldn't help my extreme pain, waiting 4 MRI, he says its a vein.

Tendon tear.: The MRI will help with isolating the problem, but in the meantime, it might be prudent to avoid using the foot in the same manner you are accustomed to. A lump on the Achilles tendon for six weeks could spell trouble. Until proven otherwise try immobilizing the ankle to prevent further problems.

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Does MRI scan show any muscle damage or nerve or tendon related problems for issues such as back pain? Thanks

Does MRI scan show any muscle damage or nerve or tendon related problems for issues such as back pain? Thanks

Sometimes: Usually if there is overt tears or edema suggesting acute process you will see this on mri. Otherwise it is hard to see chronic issues as there typically is not much fluid/edema in these areas.

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Is there achilles, soleus, gastrocnemius, tendon injuries/degeneration that are hard to see on MRI? Hardness alongside Achilles but MRI is normal

Is there achilles, soleus, gastrocnemius, tendon injuries/degeneration that are hard to see on MRI? Hardness alongside Achilles but MRI is normal

Mri may not show it: MRi primarily identifies soft tissue problems, muscle, tendon, fascia, etc. Calcifications are more difficult to identify. Plain radiographs and CT show calcifications to better advantage. Your physician who referred you for these studies should explain your options if this calcification is symptomatic. Calcifications in achilles tendon are often related to spur.

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Prof. Athlete out for 18 months due to Achilles pain at tendon insertion probably caused by a levaquin (levofloxacin) rx. Recent MRI shows nothing. What's next step?

Prof. Athlete out for 18 months due to Achilles pain at tendon insertion probably caused by a levaquin (levofloxacin) rx. Recent MRI shows nothing. What's next step?

Physio and lift: Specific physical therapy modalities (ultrasound with iontophoresis) stretching and gradual eccentric strengthening with a heel lift can be helpful, also lots of cross-training.

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Debilitating heel/achilles pain at insertion point for 2 years. Popping felt at heel, cold feeling at times, MRI shows healthy tendon, No walk/stairs?

Debilitating heel/achilles pain at insertion point for 2 years. Popping felt at heel, cold feeling at times, MRI shows healthy tendon, No walk/stairs?

Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis can cause severe pain from the first step you take in AM and can ache all day. The only reliable long-term solution is weight loss to normal body weight. High-quality OTC or prescribed orthotics, night splints and NSAIDS can help, but may have minimal effect for someone who is obese. Pain relief is great motivation for weight loss. It's important to continue walking.

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Ankle MRI report - ant tib tendon bowing, tendonitis in ant tib, tenosynovitis in posterior tib, mild tendonitis in Achilles'. Best treatment?

Ankle MRI report - ant tib tendon bowing, tendonitis in ant tib, tenosynovitis in posterior tib, mild tendonitis in Achilles'. Best treatment?

Cold compresses help: I have found that tendinitis frequently responds to application of cold compresses, particularly gel devices kept in a freezer which when applied to tendinitis will cut the inflammation down and provide comfort without the potential side effects of listed medications (which help as well but can cause considerable side effects). Such gel devices can be found in drug stores (OTC).

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Can enthesopathy (on bone scan) at the achilles' tendon insertion; indicate both an old allusion injury and "new" rejury in the same spot.

Can enthesopathy (on bone scan) at the achilles' tendon insertion; indicate both an old allusion injury and "new" rejury in the same spot.

Yes and no: Bone scintigraphy is a very sensitive way to detect this type of enthesopathy. However, the lesion can be seen for several months and sometimes many years after the initial inflammation. It depends on several factors such as repeated trauma or overuse of the lower limbs. The intensity of radiotracer uptake may also vary. If it is mild, it is likely to be an "old" injury. Good luck.

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If I ruptured my Achilles tendon 3-5 years ago and did not seek medical treatment, would it still be detectable on MRI?

If I ruptured my Achilles tendon 3-5 years ago and did not seek medical treatment, would it still be detectable on MRI?

Yes: A complete rupture should be visible on an MRI. A partial rupture may be more difficult to see, but will likely also be visible on MRI.

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How can I heal hurt Achilles tendon?

How can I heal hurt Achilles tendon?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Use a heel lift in your shoes to take pressure off the achilles tendon. If persists see a podiatrist.

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What can cause my Achilles tendon to hurt?

What can cause my Achilles tendon to hurt?

Overuse: It could be over stretch from too much activity. Trauma would create pain.

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How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

Often clinical dx: The signs of this are often fairly typical and a physician is usually able to tell with a simple examination; both palpation of the tendon and a test call the thompson test are easy techniques. A surgeon may order an MRI for preoperative planning if needed.

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