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There are two types of brain scans that are used. One is the CT scan. This test is very quick and show problems such as bleeding in the head, major stokes and others. In is usually not done unless the mri scan cannot be done due the inability to lay still ,obesity or other tolerance issues. The medicare approved cost is 300-400. You would need to pay 20% or$ 60-70 if you did not have secondary to pick up the difference also another $30-40 to the radiologist to read.
The Mri is the best test, but you must ly totally still for 10-15 minutes several times. It shows many thinks in the brain such as minstokes, tumor, dementia, bleeds. it is the best and most common overall test. It's medicare approve cost is 700-800 abd you would pay 120-140 as your copay. The radiologist fee would be the same.
I always tell my patients, before you have a test, how would the results of the test change any treatments
A example if a MRI of you head shows you are having ministokes and mild dementia. T The treatment would be control all other medical problems and a asperin a day. If you are already taking the asperin, how would the results of the MRI change any treatment?
There are two types of Brain scans CT Scan (x ray-looks at bone and blood) Mri scan looks at brain only not bone or blood.
You would not need a CT scan if you have the MRI.