Springfield MRI Imaging
Sharlin Health & Neurology is proud to offer affordable MRI imaging services in Springfield, MO. Available now to the public!
Sharin Health & Neurology in Springfield offers affordable MRI scans because we understand that traditional imaging centers may not be accessible to those without health insurance or those with high deductibles or cost-share plans.
Sharlin Health Advanced Imaging uses a powerful, modern 1.5T MRI machine. For those who need more detailed brain imaging, we offer a full 3D volumetric analysis (Neuroreader® – MRI Software) for a small additional fee. This FDA-cleared technology can help detect early signs of neurodegenerative conditions.
The average cost for an MRI scan across the country is $1,325, with fees that go up to $2,850 or more. At Sharlin Health Advanced Imaging, we provide affordable MRI scans in the Springfield, MO, area. Scan any part of the body for only $550 without contrast and $799 with contrast.
If you require more than one scan, it’s easy to purchase the number of scans you need. The Neuroreader can be purchased as an add-on or a stand-alone program for $150.
After purchasing your MRI scans, you will receive a voucher, which you will bring to your appointment. Please note that you’ll need an order from a provider before the study, so you’ll have a health professional to review it with you.
For current patients of Dr. Sharlin, he will conduct your MRI review. If you aren’t a patient, we welcome you to self-refer to our neurology clinic, and we can provide an MRI referral before your scan. Patients who want an MRI with contrast must have normal kidney function, according to recent BUN and creatinine blood tests.
What is an MRI and how does it work?
Unlike other imaging methods like X-rays and CT scans, MRI uses magnetic fields instead of ionizing radiation to produce images. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) creates images based on how much water different tissue types hold and the overall density of those tissues. Water molecules are composed of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms and it is the hydrogen atoms that align to the magnetic fields. And because the human body contains over 65% water, these images can be very clear.
How safe are MRIs?
Many studies have concluded that MRI is one of the safest technologies for imaging the body.
There have been many studies that show MRI is one of the safest imaging methods for the human body. MRI scans are noninvasive, cause no pain or known tissue damage, and have no known side effects. When operated correctly, MRI can be used for people of all ages. Additionally, having multiple scans within a short period is perfectly acceptable.
Springfield How do MRIs work?
It is common for physicians to order MRI scans for their patients to support diagnoses of conditions involving the neck, back, head, shoulders, knees, hips, and even the internal organs. MRI scans are great diagnostic tools for a variety of ailments, including:
- Aneurysms of cerebral vessels
- Disorders of the eye and inner ear
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord disorders
- Brain injury from trauma
- Size and function of the heart’s chambers
- Thickness and movement of the walls of the heart
- The extent of damage caused by heart attacks or heart disease
- Structural problems in the aorta, such as aneurysms or dissections
- Inflammation or blockages in the blood vessels
- Liver and bile ducts
- Joint abnormalities caused by trauma or repetitive injuries, such as torn cartilage or ligaments
- Disk abnormalities in the spine
- Bone infections
- Tumors of the bones and soft tissues
For patients who have implanted devices, an MRI scan may not be advised. Talk to your doctor to make sure your device is certified “MRI-safe” before scheduling your scan. These include:
- Metallic joint prostheses
- Artificial heart valves
- An implantable heart defibrillator
- Implanted drug infusion pumps
- Implanted nerve stimulators, i.e., bladder stimulators
- A pacemaker
- Metal clips
- Metal pins, screws, plates, stents, or surgical staples
- Cochlear implants
- A bullet, shrapnel, or any other type of metal fragment
- Intrauterine device
Even if you do not have implanted devices, things like tattoos, hair extensions, or permanent makeup may affect your MRI. For example, some darker tattoo inks contain metal.
Although magnetic resonance imaging is a low-risk technique, it should be used judiciously and only for targeted clinical needs. Please tell your doctor if you may be pregnant before scheduling your MRI.
How to Prepare for your exam
Prior to your MRI scan, continue eating as usual and taking your medications as instructed by your doctor. You may be asked to remove certain things that could interfere with the magnetic imaging beforehand. Some of these may include:
- Jewelry or piercings
- Bobby pins or other hairpins
- All credit/debit cards
- Hearing aids
- Cosmetics that contain metal particles
- Medication patches
- Any clothing item with metal, including zippers, steel-toed boots, and underwire bra
Are you a physician or medical facility and want to refer a patient for an MRI scan in Springfield, MO? Please use our convenient digital form, or download and fax the form to us at 417-485-4424. We’ll take care of the scheduling on your behalf, and we’ll send you your patient’s exam results via the PACS portal or another delivery method of your preference.
CONCIERGE-LEVEL RADIOLOGY SERVICES
At Sharlin Health Advanced Imaging (SHAI), our goal is to provide the highest standard of service for you and your patients. We aim to develop long-term relationships that optimize diagnostic capability and improve patient care. Our concierge radiology services include the following:
We are here to be valued members of the healthcare community, and create beneficial partnerships with other providers who prioritize patient care. Our team has the resources to support accurate diagnostics for complex conditions and in situations where rapid turnaround is key. From a financial standpoint, SHAI is the best choice for patients who are uninsured or carry high-deductible insurance. We do not charge facility fees and offer the most competitive direct-pay prices for MRI scans in Springfield, MO.
SHAI follows The THREE “A” Principles:
Advanced, Affordable, and Accessible for both provider and patient.
Contact us for more information about our MRI imaging services here in Springfield. Our affordable MRI scans will keep money in your pocket but also get you the care you need!
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