Brain and Spinal Tumors

My Doctor thinks I may have a Brain Tumor...

Why do I need an MRI?

There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors; often an MRI is one of the diagnostic tools used to determine the size, position and nature of tumors. Not all tumors are malignant (or cancerous) in fact many are benign (not cancerous).

In many cases, when an MRI is performed to evaluate a tumor or growth, contrast media is used to enhance the diagnostic quality of the scan. Your doctor and the radiologists will work together to decide if contrast media is required. Special blood tests may be required before your exam, especially if you have a history of diabetes, kidney or liver disease, or if you are someone age 60 or more.

Our radiologists at the Cleveland Clinic, recently rated one of top hospitals in the country, are committed to providing you and your doctor with the most accurate diagnosis available. In the case of a brain or spinal MRI, that means only a dedicated Neuroradiologist (a radiologist that has undergone specialized training in the field of neurology and has passed a board examination in Neuroradiology) will interpret your exam. Comparison to any prior advanced imaging studies will be required to fully evaluate your condition. Click here to learn more about our radiology team.

Why Choose Smart Choice?

Smart Choice MRI opened its doors five years ago to provide patients in Southeastern Wisconsin with transparent and affordable imaging services. Many of us have seen our deductibles go up or have transitioned to high-deductible insurance plans. That’s why Smart Choice MRI charges just $600 for every MRI, including contrast exams. Click here to learn more about our transparent, low-cost pricing model.

Ready to Make an Appointment?

Ready to make an appointment or to learn more about Smart Choice MRI? To schedule an appointment or to send us a general inquiry, click here. We also welcome your questions via email at or by phone at 414-431-0309. 

For Futher Information:


National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
6116 Executive Boulevard, Ste. 3036A, MSC 8322
Bethesda, MD   20892-8322
Tel: 800-4-CANCER (422-6237) 800-332-8615 (TTY)

American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)
2720 River Road
Suite 146
Des Plaines, IL   60018-4117
Tel: 847-827-9910 800-886-2282
Fax: 847-827-9918

Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation
20312 Watkins Meadow Drive
Germantown, MD   20876
Tel: 877-217-4166 301-515-2900

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation
274 Madison Avenue
Suite 1004
New York, NY   10016
Tel: 212-448-9494 866-CBT-HOPE (228-4673)
Fax: 212-448-1022

National Brain Tumor Society
East Coast Office 124 Watertown Street
Suite 2D
Watertown, MA   02472
Tel: 617-924-9997 800-770-8287
Fax: 617-924-9998

Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information
1100 Peninsula Blvd.
Hewlett, NY   11557
Tel: 516-295-4740 888-295-4740
Fax: 516-295-2870

American Cancer Society
National Home Office
250 Williams Street, NW
Atlanta, GA   30303-1002
Tel: 800-ACS-2345 (227-2345)

International RadioSurgery Association
3002 N. Second Street
Harrisburg, PA   17110
Tel: 717-260-9808
Fax: 717-260-9809

Cushing's Support and Research Foundation
65 East India Row
Suite 22B
Boston, MA   02110-3389
Tel: 617-723-3674
Fax: same as phone

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
302 Ridgefield Court
Asheville, NC   28806
Tel: 828-665-6891 800-253-6530
Fax: 828-665-6894

Pituitary Network Association
P.O. Box 1958
Thousand Oaks, CA   91358
Tel: 805-499-9973
Fax: 805-480-0633

Preuss Foundation, Inc. [For Brain Tumor Research]
2223 Avenida de la Playa
Suite 220
La Jolla, CA   92037
Tel: 858-454-0200
Fax: 858-454-4449

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