An MRI scan uses strong magnets and radio waves to create images of the parts of your body. Perhaps, the biggest advantage is that MRI scans do not expose patients to radiation. Specifically, a leg MRI looks at different parts of the upper Leg, Knee, Ankle and Foot. MRI scans differ from X-rays in terms of added detail. MRI scans also showcase cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even some blood vessels.
Insured Patient with a High Deductible: Outside facility price, $1200 – $2000. $3000 – $6000 Hospital clinic fee.
Insured patients with 25% Copay : $300 – $500 Clinic price: $1000 – $2000. Hospital Radiology department $1000 – $2000.
Cash Pay Patient: $250 – $500 at a free standing imaging center.
For a leg MRI, patients will enter the MRI scanner feet first. Often, only the lower body will be in the scanner. The Radiology technologist will be outside of the machine performing the scan from a computer. It is imperative to reamin extremely still during the scan. Any movement will negatively imaoct the image quality. The scan normally takes 20 – 45 minutes. Once the scan is complete, generally a CD with images will be available for the patient to take home. The radiology report will be sent to the referring doctor 24 – 72 hours after the scan.
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