shutterstock_1723848115_2jo0GfW..jpeg (shutterstock_1723848115.webp)Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has undoubtedly revolutionized the field of medical diagnostics. This non-invasive imaging technique uses powerful magnets and computer algorithms to create detailed images of the body's internal structures, offering invaluable insights into patient health. MRI scans provide unparalleled clarity, making them instrumental in diagnosing a wide range of medical conditions — from brain abnormalities to musculoskeletal injuries.

However, despite their vast benefits and widespread use, MRIs are often associated with a hefty price tag. Enter Smart Scan's flat-rate model: $650 for MRI scans without contrast (most scans), and $850 for more complicated scans with and without contrast; a game-changer seeking to make these comprehensive diagnostic tools more accessible to all.

How Much Does an MRI Cost?

The traditional cost model for MRI scans has long been a barrier to access, with patients often paying exorbitant amounts for their procedure. In the Eau Claire, Wausau, and Madison areas, an MRI scan can cost up to $6,400.

Out-of-pocket expenses for MRI scans can be an enormous financial burden for patients. Even with insurance, the high deductibles and copayments often result in significant out-of-pocket costs. To complicate things further, insurance companies can have contracted rates for MRIs at wildly different prices than the cash price. Some pricing information is now public on websites such as

Our rule of thumb is that if it is difficult to find the price, it's probably because they don’t want you to know! These prohibitive costs can deter patients from getting necessary scans, leading to delayed diagnoses and potentially more severe health complications down the line.

The fear of unmanageable medical bills can cause some individuals to live with discomfort or pain, rather than seeking the medical attention they need. This paints a grim picture of a healthcare system where diagnostic tools as vital as MRI scans are only accessible to those who can afford them or whose health insurance covers them.

Introduction to Smart Scan's Flat-Rate Model

In an effort to reduce how much an MRI costs our patients, Smart Scan has introduced a novel flat-rate model. A flat-rate model, as the name suggests, is a pricing model that charges patients a single, fixed rate for an MRI scan, whether it's through insurance or not. This model eliminates unexpected costs, providing patients with transparency and predictability in their healthcare costs.

Imagine a patient in need of a knee MRI. At other centers or hospitals, this patient may have to pay over $4,000 for the scan. But with Smart Scan's flat-rate model, that same patient would only have to pay a fixed fee of $650—a fraction of the standard cost.

The savings offered by Smart Scan are revolutionary and can provide much-needed relief to patients facing costly medical bills. The flat-rate pricing model helps even the playing field, taking away financial barriers and allowing patients to receive necessary care.

How Smart Scan is Revolutionizing Access to MRIs

At Smart Scan, we believe that quality healthcare should be accessible to everyone. Our flat-rate model is a step in the right direction. We're proud to revolutionize the cost of MRI scans and make this invaluable examavailable to more patients across Wisconsin.

By providing MRIs at lower prices, Smart Scan enables more patients to access the diagnostic tests and medical imaging they need to keep their health in check. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to providing quality services at a fraction of the cost—without sacrificing accuracy or safety.

In addition, Smart Scan further improves accessibility by utilizing state-of-the-art wide-bore MRI machines. Traditional MRI machines have often been a source of discomfort or anxiety, especially for patients who may feel claustrophobic in the narrow bore. By using wide-bore MRI machines, Smart Scan ensures added comfort during the imaging process.

A wide-bore MRI machine features a larger opening, providing a patient with more space and reducing feelings of confinement. This improvement in patient comfort ensures an all-inclusive approach, providing even more patients with access to this essential diagnostic imaging tool. The wide-bore MRI machines represent yet another way in which Smart Scan is revolutionizing access to MRI scans and embodying its commitment to patient-centric care.

Schedule Your Affordable MRI Today!

With our fixed and transparent fees, Smart Scan seeks to lift the financial burden off of patients. Our flat-rate model helps level the playing field in healthcare by getting rid of the financial hurdles that often discourage patients from getting the scans they need. Plus, the relief from financial stress allows patients to focus on what truly matters—their health and well-being.

We're committed to maintaining our innovative approach, constantly seeking ways to enhance our services and make healthcare more accessible. We envision a future where state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, such as MRI scans, are affordable and accessible to all, regardless of their economic status.

Experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing you're receiving a high-quality MRI scan, at an affordable rate, without sacrificing comfort or accuracy. Embrace the Smart Scan difference and schedule your affordable MRI today!

Reach out to Smart Scan Medical Imaging today to discover more about MRI scans, or conveniently schedule your first appointment online. We look forward to getting you the help you need!