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Pelvis MRI (no contrast)

Fair Price $640$512
$1,600+
Choosing Wisely®
Imaging tests for early prostate cancer: When you need them - and when you don't

If you have had a blood test called a PSA to check your prostate and the levels are high, you may need more tests. If additional tests show that you have cancer, you may need a Gleason test. A Gleason test uses tissue samples from the prostate to determine the stage of the cancer.

Tests such as a PET, CT or bone scan can show if the cancer has spread and reduce anxiety and worry. However, these tests may not be helpful for early stage prostate cancer. Sometimes results can show something that looks worrisome, but may not really be a problem. Having too many imaging tests exposes you to unnecessary radiation and increases your risk of cancer.

Source: Choosing Wisely

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Ways to Save

Prices for MRI and CT scans have some of the greatest price variances in healthcare. The most important factor impacting the cost of your care will be which facility you use. Some imaging centers charge three to five times more than other centers. Hospitals are usually the most expensive, and “free-standing” (non-hospital) centers are usually less expensive.

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