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Anyone had an MRI done? Costs?
We're trying to get to the bottom of a hard-to-diagnose injury. An MRI has been suggested as one of the remaining options. Has anyone had one done? What was the cost? I'm trying to get an idea of what I'm up against and if anyone's had any success with them. Thanks!
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We do quite a few MRI's at the clinic I work at here in Lexington. It is a good way to get a confirmed diagnosis of a problem, sometimes seeing injuries which do not show up on Xray, ultrasound, or bone scan.
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A mare at my barn had one done on her fetlock...for whatever reason they could not do it standing and all together the cost was around $3,000. She did not have to stay over night. I think with the "nuke" scan (Nuclear scintigraphy) they have to stay over night due to the radioactive dye in their systems. The MRI was well worth it because now the mare's problem was accurately diagnosed and is being treated.
I don't know the cost, but if you are anywhere near Quebec, I understand there is a very good vet hospital there that does them for much, much less than you can get them done in the US for.
It may be less than in the US but it is still expensive. The clinic is in St Hyacinthe Quebec, just east of Montreal. If you are in upstate NY, Vermont or NH it is not a far trip but you will have to factor in the cost of transport and probably at least one night stay.
My gelding had a pretty extensive one done (I feel like they did his entire body - can they even do that?) and I seem to recall the bill being around $3,000. Worth every penny though, we were able to pin-point his very unusual injury and get very effective treatment.
Insurance excluded the leg we needed, but we went ahead with it and it was worth every penny, without the definitive answer we got from the MRI we would still be poking around and would have ended up spending that much anyways doing a whole lot of nothing to help him. The MRI was totally worth it.