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MRI - How much does it cost?

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  • MRI - How much does it cost?

    I have a call in to Alamo Pintado to find out how much a MRI costs to determine what is going on within the hoof capsule. Has anyone had this done? How much was it? Alamo is going to call me back hopefully some time in the near future but I'd like to know if others have had this type of diagnostic imaging performed on their horse and how much was it?

    There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry

  • #2
    $2000 a limb was a rule I was given.


    • #3
      Originally posted by piggiponiis View Post
      $2000 a limb was a rule I was given.
      That's what I understand as well. I was having lameness issues with my guy, and called Morven Park (here in NOVA) to get an estimate and thats what they told me.


      • #4
        We were able to negotiate a standing MRI down to $1200 about 5 years ago, but then ended up not needing to do it. You might call around if you are in an area with several clinics that have MRIs. If you can become part of a study you can get a discount.


        • #5
          I paid 2k + subsequent treatment. They scaned the right front fetlock pastern foot then did the left to compare.


          • #6
            $1700 for both front feet. About 1.5 years ago at Dr. Martinelli's facility.

            $800 for prior scintigraphy (actually $700 for the front legs) to pinpoint the area.
            The Evil Chem Prof


            • #7
              Standing MRI for both front feet $1500


              • #8
                I had an MRI done a year ago on both front legs, looking at feet mostly but also at an old high suspensory injury (long as we were doing the MRI, might as well look at everything questionable). This was under general anesthesia -- MRI was $1,500, plus $300 for anesthesia, then additional charges for board and such.

                My other option at the time was Alamo Pintado and I thought that the cost of the standing MRI was significantly less -- enough that it would have made it worthwhile to ship the horse (I'm in WA state) and come out about the same total price. But insurance covered all the bill at the local place, and had I shipped, that shipping cost wouldn't have been covered. Or so I remember -- but my memory could be wrong!


                • #9
                  My girlie was sent to the nearest large animal hospital (Ste-Hyacinthe) for an MRI in 2008. She was chronically off on her left front, never anything major, only noticeable on a circle or in corners to the left.

                  X-rays showed nothing, ultrasound showed nothing, only the MRI finally revealed a very minor tear in her DDFT right above the navicular bone.

                  Entire hospital stay, including x-rays, ultrasound, flexion tests, etc, was $1400 for 2 days.


                  • #10
                    I do not know where you are located, but call Pioneer Equine for a quote as well, I cannot say enough how good they are.

                    Last summer Jaxon has MRI done on both front feet at Pioneer, he had DDFT issues. Cost of doing both feet, hospital stay (I think he was there for 3 days or so,) was a little under $3000.


                    • Original Poster

                      I'm in the Los Angeles area, San Fernando Valley.

                      There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


                      • #12
                        Had it done a few months ago at Leesburg and the bill for a standing MRI of a not huge area was a bit under $2,000
                        I would not pick a place based entirely on price (not implying that you are, just throwing this out there). How experienced they are with MRIs will affect how good of a picture they get as well as how good they are at reading them (which can be a bit of an art).
                        There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


                        • Original Poster

                          Well Dr. Rick at Alamo Pintado called me back. What a nice vet....

                          MRI's cost $2,600 so I won't be going that route. Like I said to him on the phone if Knowzy was 4 and not 24 I would be making the appointment.

                          There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by INoMrEd View Post
                            Well Dr. Rick at Alamo Pintado called me back. What a nice vet....

                            MRI's cost $2,600 so I won't be going that route. Like I said to him on the phone if Knowzy was 4 and not 24 I would be making the appointment.
                            Was that the price for one foot or two


                            • Original Poster

                              Originally posted by Mardi View Post
                              Was that the price for one foot or two

                              There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


                              • #16
                                It might be worth going to a more afordable standing MRI. Often you will still get the correct awncer.