Shields Health Care Group Blog

Two MRIs. One BIG difference.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

You don't have to be a radiologist to see what's wrong in THIS picture. While the pictures above are a fun way of showing a price difference, its a very real scenario in Massachusetts. The fact is that the price of an MRI in Massachusetts can vary as much as 65% for the EXACT same scan – the same technology, the same body part, even the same time of day. The purpose of an MRI is to look deeper; perhaps it’s time for consumers to do the same – to their MRI bills.

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Tags: open-bore MRI, MRI, cost, open MRI, copays, health premiums, MRI centers, mri price, health care shopping, high-deductible health plan, HDHP

What patients want to know about MRI machines. 1.2T, 1.5T, 3T - whats the difference?

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Everyone is encouraging patients to “shop around” for their healthcare. But that can be confusing when you don’t know exactly what to look for with an MRI! What machine is best? What questions should I ask? What does a 1.5T even mean?

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Tags: 3T, 1.2T, open-bore MRI, MRI, claustrophobia, 1.5T, open MRI