My Loved One may have Dementia...

How will a Brain MRI Help?

Dementia is not a disease but it describes a number of symptoms that can be caused by a variety of disorders. A brain MRI may be helpful in diagnosing many of those symptoms because it clearly demonstrates the soft tissue and structures of the brain. If your doctor determines that an MRI would be helpful to evaluate the symptoms of dementia, a contrast media enhanced scan may be ordered. Your doctor and 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. In the case of a brain 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 Further Information:


Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
National Institute on Aging
P.O. Box 8250
Silver Spring, MD   20907-8250
Tel: 301-495-3311 800-438-4380
Fax: 301-495-3334

Alzheimer's Association
225 North Michigan Avenue
Floor 17
Chicago, IL   60601-7633
Tel: 312-335-8700 1-800-272-3900 (24-hour helpline) TDD: 312-335-5886
Fax: 866.699.1246

Alzheimer's Foundation of America
322 Eighth Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY   10001
Tel: 866-AFA-8484 (232-8484)
Fax: 646-638-1546

John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation
11620 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 270
Los Angeles, CA   90025
Tel: 310-445-4650
Fax: 310-479-0516

Association for Frontotemporal Dementias (AFTD)
Radnor Station Building #2 Suite 200
290 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA   19087
Tel: 267-514-7221 866-507-7222

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
P.O. Box 1968
(55 Kenosia Avenue)
Danbury, CT   06813-1968
Tel: 203-744-0100 Voice Mail 800-999-NORD (6673)
Fax: 203-798-2291

Family Caregiver Alliance/ National Center on Caregiving
180 Montgomery Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA   94104
Tel: 415-434-3388 800-445-8106
Fax: 415-434-3508

C-Mac Informational Services/Caregiver News [For Alzheimer's-Type Dementia Caregivers]
120 Clinton Lane
Cookeville, TN   38501-8946

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
6001 Executive Blvd. Rm. 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD   20892-9663
Tel: 301-443-4513/866-415-8051 301-443-8431 (TTY)
Fax: 301-443-4279

National Family Caregivers Association
10400 Connecticut Avenue
Suite 500
Kensington, MD   20895-3944
Tel: 800-896-3650
Fax: 301-942-2302

Lewy Body Dementia Association
912 Killian Hill Road, S.W.
Lilburn, GA   30047
Tel: Telephone: 404-935-6444 Helpline: 800-539-9767
Fax: 480-422-5434

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (formerly, Institute for the Study of Aging)
1414 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 1502
New York, NY   10019
Tel: 212-935-2402
Fax: 212-935-2408

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 5312
Akron, OH   44334
Tel: 800-659-1991
Fax: 330-668-2474

CJD Aware!
2527 South Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA   70118-3013;
Tel: 504-861-4627

Well Spouse Association
63 West Main Street
Suite H
Freehold, NJ   07728
Tel: 800-838-0879 732-577-8899
Fax: 732-577-8644

National Respite Network and Resource Center
800 Eastowne Drive
Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC   27514
Tel: 919-490-5577 x222
Fax: 919-490-4905

American Health Assistance Foundation
22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD   20871
Tel: 301-948-3244 800-437-AHAF (2423)
Fax: 301-258-9454

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization /Natl. Hospice Foundation
1731 King Street
Alexandria, VA   22314
Tel: 703-837-1500 Helpline: 800-658-8898
Fax: 703-837-1233

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