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Molly's mom
6th January 2007, 03:52 PM
I am taking Molly to PetsDX in Pittsburgh (I found them through this board :) ) on Tuesday for an MRI to see if she has SM. With the exlusion of pre-op blood work which we are having done today at our Vets office, the total price for the MRI will be $1275. :yikes This is supposed to include everthing from when we walk in the door to the radiologist reading.

Does this sound about right/average for an MRI?

I have the quickcare gold plan thankfully (however wish I had gotten the double coverage now).

6th January 2007, 05:38 PM
I think that's a pretty good price!! That's definitely at the lower end of the range. That includes anesthesia and everything?? Not bad at all, I'd say. It's about 2,000 here at the vet school and I think about the same at private practices around california.

Molly's mom
6th January 2007, 08:05 PM
Here is what it includes:
 The cost of an MRI is $1275. This is the total price and includes your time with the doctor, a complete examination of your pet, care and monitoring of your pet before, during, and after the MRI, placement of an intravenous catheter (IV), all anesthetics used, and the actual MRI study. The radiologist’s reading fee is also included in this amount.

It's a two and 1/2 hour drive for us but my oldest daughter is going with me. My vet (who is also a friend) has been very receptive to the information I have given her regarding SM and has allowed me to go on my "gut instinct" as well as Molly's symptoms to pursue the MRI.

6th January 2007, 08:24 PM
You might consider calling LIVS, www.livs.org, which is considerably less than that but this is screening primarily and you may not get results right away. However they do some of the most successful surgeries to date for SM. They are in Long Island though. Also you'd need to talk to them about whether their low cost services would be appropriate if you are considering treatment for possible SM.

PetsDX was one of the other few places in the US offering lower cost MRIs.

I am told they are only $600 from Auburn University in Alabama where they have a neurologist familiar with SM; that is the lowest regular price service I know of. I think LIVS is around $500-$600 as well; may be less.