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cost of lumbar MRI with contrast ??

gwennie17gwennie17 Posts: 2,912
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Does anyone know how much they were billed for the cost of a lumbar MRI with contrast (gadolinium)? I had not met my co-pay for the year when I recently had one, and was really stunned to see what I was charged. I must admit I haven't really paid attention in the past.

If anyone knows how much this procedure costs in your area, I would love to know.




  • The last one I had done, with contrast, was in November of 09' and was billed out at $897. They were paid $363 by a HMO insurance plan. Still to high in my book. They also tried to bill $117 to read the films which was not paid. That was a seperate line charge.

  • the gestament bill i jist got was 3200 for mri and 823 for the contrast :jawdrop:
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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    I asked a few years ago about the difference between a MRI w/ contrast and a stand up MRI w/contrast for work comp insurance because I thought I might have to pay the radiologist co. the difference. the cost was $800 vs. 1,200 for insurance co. at that time. 2005 I think?
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  • About 2 years ago I paid $300 cash. (no insurance)
    West L.A. near UCLA.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

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  • Gwennie,

    I had MRI w/ cont on 8/18/09 my insurance was billed $2350, they paid $951. Leaving me $237 oop. My oop wasn't met at the time either. My insurance year is June 1st - May 31st. I am hoping new PM doc will do all necessary testing ASAP since I have met my out of pocket expenses for the year.

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  • I am surprised at the range of cost for this procedure. Why does it cost 3 times as much in one area compared to another? I am in a pretty expensive area to live in so I would think the amount paid by insurance would be up there. Probably also has to do with the volume.

  • Clearly I need to make a couple phone calls tomorrow. The place where I had mine done was $5400. Once they took out the amount discounted for the insurance company, I was left with something around $2400. which still strikes me as high.
  • Geeeeeez Gwennie,

    That seems outrageously high. I would be calling as well.

  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    Highway robbery!......INSANE!!!
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Check out some Sports Medicine places if there are any in your area. I know several people who have used them quite frequently to get lumbar MRI's with and without contrast for as low as $150.

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