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MRI of the Brachial Plexus $1,350

While most MRI exams of the Brachial Plexus do not require contrast, there are some indications where contrast would be beneficial. In these cases, an additional $300 will be charged.

The brachial plexus is the collection of nerves that run from the neck, across the upper chest and into the arms.  Damage to these nerves from trauma, tumors in this area that press on the nerves, inflammation or MS are all well seen on MRI. Several types of images in three different planes are acquired to insure complete coverage of all the nerves.

An MRI of the Brachial Plexus typically takes from 30 - 45 minutes. In most cases intravenous contrast is not necessary, however for some conditions, we may need to administer an injection of an MRI contrast agent (dye). We may require you to have a blood test before this procedure. The type of contrast agent we use has been validated to be one of the safest types available. If you receive the contrast agent, the entire MRI exam will then take approximately 1 hour.

Brachial Plexus

The nerves of the brachial plexus extending from the spinal cord to the arms (arrow).