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Old 03-26-2020, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default MRI question for Dr, Nurse or X-ray tech

My my wife has 2 areas of interest, neck and shoulder.

We are told this required 2 MRIís.

I have had a few MRIís and I thought the only limit was how far they scanned you into the tube.

Why canít they get the whole upper body in one scan?
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:46 PM   #2
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I had a middle of back and lower back mri. i had the same thing....2hours in the tube


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Old 03-26-2020, 08:47 PM   #3
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:47 PM   #4
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When I had both knees done I want to say it was two separate scans. All done at the same appointment but they took one, then the other.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:09 PM   #5
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Not sure I understand but this adds some validity.

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Old 03-26-2020, 09:13 PM   #6
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The two I had the table would only go into the machine far enough to get half, one they did the lower half then turned me around to do the top half.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:16 PM   #7
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Just had my neck done, and may need my shoulder done two Separate scans
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:44 PM   #8
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That’s going to take two separate scans for sure. Spoken from a I don’t really know how many of those I’ve had experience. Best of luck to your wife.
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:03 PM   #9
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I am a PA in orthopedic surgery (currently work exclusively with shoulders). These will have to be two separate studies. I don't know why specifically, but likely has more to do with scheduling time/appointment slots than anything else.
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They are considered 2 different studies by radiology who reads the MRI. You’re getting an MRI cervical spine and an MRI upper extremity joint. They can be done at the same time, but you will be billed for 2 procedures. If you have a really high deductible then you might be better off going to a free standing MRI center and paying cash. I’ve seen MRI’s priced around $500 per study and that included the reading by the radiologist.
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Wife had 3 after a car wreck. Neck,shoulder and arm.

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Old 03-26-2020, 10:45 PM   #12
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Is what it is

Can you
Yes
Each area is billed separately

In the feet, you have and ankle mri and then a foot mri. If the problem is in the mid foot sometimes we have to run both. It is a bunch of crap inagree
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:54 PM   #13
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Is what it is

Can you
Yes
Each area is billed separately

In the feet, you have and ankle mri and then a foot mri. If the problem is in the mid foot sometimes we have to run both. It is a bunch of crap inagree
lol yup.

Years ago shattered ankle and broke foot in 3 places. Pair of crutches, a walking boot and time healed everything.

Line item for bill was something something ankle $$$$$$. Foot $$$$$$

What a crock
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:26 PM   #14
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Because mri scans are performed by body parts specifically. Plus neck scans are interpreted by a neuroradiologist (neck doc) and the shoulder scan goes to a musculoskeletal radiologist (muscle/bone doc).....at most imaging centers.
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:46 AM   #15
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Now it makes sense. Itís all one MRI but two areas to read
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Old 03-27-2020, 10:17 AM   #16
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Now it makes sense. Itís all one MRI but two areas to read
Incorrect.

Two different body parts, two different scans. Not for billing or scheduling purposes.

Each scan is optimized to evaluate whatever body part is the area of concern. A cervical spine MRI and a shoulder MRI are completely different in regards to field of view, planes of imaging, and sequences (specific types of MRI images) used.
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The real reason is probably so they can then charge you for 2 scans
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Old 03-27-2020, 10:41 AM   #18
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I thought, but not sure, when I got MRIs done after a dirt bike accident, I am pretty sure both hospitals I went to did the same tests, X-rays, MRIs. they put me in that thing and scanned my whole body in one shot But they gave me some good drugs before they put me in that thing, I don't remember everything all that well. I told them, there was no way I could go in that thing and stay in there for more than bout 10 seconds or I would flip out, but by the time I was in there, the drugs had kicked in, mostly remember some humming or buzzing noise, not much else. I am pretty sure I got scanned head to toe in one pass. I think that's how they found I also had broken ribs, I knew my knee was a mess, that was obvious. I think I remember them asking me about metal in or on my body. I told them about the shotgun pellets, those did not seem to be a problem.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:00 AM   #19
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Two different body parts, two different scans. Not for billing or scheduling purposes.



Each scan is optimized to evaluate whatever body part is the area of concern. A cervical spine MRI and a shoulder MRI are completely different in regards to field of view, planes of imaging, and sequences (specific types of MRI images) used.


I have had knee, shoulder & sinus Mriís and the only set up difference seemed to be how much of my body went into the tube and which end went in first.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:40 AM   #20
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I had an mri that did my entire spine. It was pre surgery that was nearly as bad as the surgery. About 3.5 hrs in the tube. Hot, couldn't breathe, And came out beat up and shell shocked. I didn't need much for pain meds until i got out of the mri. Same day i did a ct, and a full body bone scan. Those are a piece of cake, total time in the ct isnt more than 5 mins. Bone scan was a little longer, and i had multiple hallucinations during the bone scan. One was lines of numbers that raced by that looked like computer code, and the other was something that moved like schools of fish, or flocks of birds that were moving in a syncronized manner. Weird. the tech said others have asked him about seeing things during the bone scans, but he didn't have an answer why. He also told me the only tumors on any bones in my body was the one we knew about on the T7 vertabrae. I didnt pursue it any further as I had other things going on that day since going directly from a neurosurgeons office to a room in neural icu.

I believe they want to do them separate when you are outpatient is to maximize billing. Separate radiologists may do separate reads, but their is no reason they couldnt do say, both knees while you are there.
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:16 PM   #21
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As some of the qualified people suggested, she actually did get two separate MRIís with different positioning set ups to focus on different areas.
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