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

Seeing is believing: Get the most quality and comfort from your MRI.

Posted by James Ivas

Most people will agree that the word “fun” doesn’t pop into their head when finding out they need to have an MRI scan. The majority of patients will be concerned with both their comfort during the scan and correctly diagnosing the injury. Some patients will think that the open style of a machine will leave them more at ease. However, the true source of a better experience is the core of the machine, the magnet. At Shields, we provide both with our 1.5T and 3T wide, open bore MRI machines.

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Tags: 1.5T MRI, true open MRI, open MRI, Shields MRI

MRI help for patients suffering from claustrophobia & anxiety of tight spaces.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Claustrophobia is a serious condition that may prevent patients from having a medically necessary MRI scan. Many people get nervous about the prospect of getting into an MRI scanner because of its reputation for being enclosed and narrow.

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Tags: MRI, claustrophobia, open MRI, claustrophobic, shields mri yelp, yelp, framingham mri, 1.5T open MRI

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