Chronic Pain

I have Chronic Pain...

How will an MRI Help in the Diagnostic Process?

Pain is typically grouped into two categories Acute (or temporary pain) and Chronic pain. Chronic pain is unresolved and doesn’t go away. Chronic pain may or may not be associated with any known injury or other physical condition. Your doctor may recommend an MRI examination of body parts affected by chronic pain. MRI exams are useful in determining if anomalies evident in the physical structures examined might indicate or diagnose a potential cause of pain. At Smart Choice MRI, we understand how important a high-value service and an accurate diagnosis are at this critical time.

If your doctor determines that an MRI would be helpful in evaluating your pain, a contrast media enhanced scan may be ordered. Your doctor and the radiologists will work together to decide if contrast media is safe and warranted. 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 over the age of 50.

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. Only a dedicated specialist in the area of your pain 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 six 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 eric@smartchoicemri.com or by phone at 414-431-0309. 

 

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Organizations

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
31 Center Drive, Room 5B-55
Bethesda, MD   20892
nidcrinfo@mail.nih.gov
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov
Tel: 301-496-4261

American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA   95677-0850
ACPA@pacbell.net
http://www.theacpa.org
Tel: 916-632-0922 800-533-3231
Fax: 916-652-8190

American Headache Society Committee for Headache Education (ACHE)
19 Mantua Road
Mt. Royal, NJ   08061
achehq@talley.com
http://www.achenet.org
Tel: 856-423-0043
Fax: 856-423-0082

National Headache Foundation
820 N. Orleans
Suite 217
Chicago, IL   60610-3132
info@headaches.org
http://www.headaches.org
Tel: 312-274-2650 888-NHF-5552 (643-5552)
Fax: 312-640-9049

National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain
P.O. Box 70045
Houston, TX   77270
NFTPain@cwo.com
http://www.paincare.org
Tel: 713-862-9332
Fax: 713-862-9346

Mayday Fund [For Pain Research]
c/o SPG
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY   10011
mayday@maydayfund.org
http://www.painandhealth.org
Tel: 212-366-6970
Fax: 212-366-6979

American Pain Foundation
201 North Charles Street
Suite 710
Baltimore, MD   21201-4111
info@painfoundation.org
http://www.painfoundation.org
Tel: 888-615-PAIN (7246)
Fax: 410-385-1832

Arthritis Foundation
P.O. Box 7669
Atlanta, GA   30357
help@arthritis.org
http://www.arthritis.org
Tel: 800-283-7800 404-872-7100 404-965-7888
Fax: 404-872-0457

Related NINDS Publications and Information

Publicaciones en Español

For more information, please visit http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic_pain/chronic_pain.htm

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