The Smart Choice MRI™ Partnership

Smart Choice MRI

Helping you make smart choices

When you’re injured or in pain, finding the right place to go for help can be overwhelming. At WEA Trust, we work to lighten this load by identifying the best-value providers for a variety of care needs.

If your doctor tells you that you need an MRI, consider going to Smart Choice MRI. You’ll receive top-notch care and earn a VISA Incentive Card.*

Please note: Many MRIs require preauthorization. See our preauthorization list. All MRIs must be considered medically necessary and appropriate to be a covered benefit.*VISA amount depends on your plan type.


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Get Top-Rated Care at Significantly Lower Costs


At the Trust, we rigorously analyze our network to identify high value providers. If you choose Smart Choice MRI for your medical needs, we guarantee you will receive high quality care at a fraction of the cost.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a helpful medical tool, when it’s medically necessary and appropriate. But the average cost of an MRI in Wisconsin is $2,500 and can be as high as $4,400. In contrast, SmartChoice MRIs are typically less than half the average cost. You can trust SmartChoice as a preferred provider with the lowest cost option and quality outcome.

In addition, your scans are produced and read by leaders in the industry. Smart Choice MRI is accredited by the American College of Radiology and has garnered an “A” rating from American Imaging Management (AIM). Scans are read and interpreted by radiologists at Cleveland Clinic, recently ranked among the country’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.


Access Preferred Lunchtime and Evening Appointments

We believe that value providers should be affordable, high quality, and truly accessible. Smart Choice MRI has six locations in southeast Wisconsin and the Fox Valley that offer you preferred appointment times to work with your schedule.

You can have early-morning, evening, weekend, and in some cases same-day appointments. Most appointments are only 45 minutes long, with a minimal wait, if there’s a wait at all. And if you’re driving, you’ll find plenty of convenient parking at all Smart Choice MRI clinics.


Earn a VISA Incentive Card

Smart Choice MRI Incentive CardWe believe in the value of Smart Choice MRI so much that we offer VISA Incentive Cards to members who choose to go there for their imaging needs.* Consider it extra gas money, babysitter fees, or a celebration dinner when you feel better. However you use it, we want to make sure that you have the resources you need to get better, faster.

After your Smart Choice MRI appointment, you can expect to receive your VISA Incentive Card in the mail within 12 weeks. State Health Plan and WEA-secondary members are currently not eligible for the WEA Trust incentive VISA gift card.


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*INCENTIVE ELIGIBILITY:  One incentive card allowed per eligible member for all MRI services performed on a single day. If MRIs are performed on different days, an incentive card will be allowed for each day an MRI was performed. Fulfillment of $100 or $200 gift card incentive depends on plan type and may take up to 12 weeks. Other restrictions may apply, based on plan type and/or specific provider networks. Please call WEA Trust customer service at 800.279.4000 to learn about your eligibility.


What to Expect Before Your Exam

Dress for your scan. Wear comfortable clothes without metal zippers, metal buttons, under-wire or metal of any kind. When possible, leave all jewelry and other valuables at home. Don’t forget your insurance card!

What to Expect During Your Exam

An MRI is the best way to non-invasively scan the human body. It does, however, require you to be still while it scans, and the machine can be noisy when running. But don’t worry you will be provided earplugs or a headset so you can listen to your favorite songs from Pandora® or Spotify®. All you have to do is lie still and relax.

During your exam, the MRI Technologists will be close by to make sure you’re comfortable and let you know exactly what’s going on.

What to Expect After Your Exam

Once your MRI scan is complete, you’ll receive a CD with a copy of the scan for your medical records.

Within 24 hours, your doctor will receive the scan results from a Cleveland Clinic radiologist along with a copy of the scan.

Don’t forget to grab a freshly baked cookie on your way out!

What type of MRI Machines are Available

All Facilities are equipped with closed MRI Machines. The closed MRI scanner is the most accurate MRI there is.


The difference between an open MRI vs a closed MRI

The difference between an open MRI vs a closed MRI is actually quite simple but first, let's talk about the closed MRI. A closed MRI is a machine that takes detailed images of your anatomy in a narrow cylindrical container normally spanning a bore diameter of 60 cm. Depending on the level of strength of the magnet used (also known as tesla) for your MRI study, the procedure can sometimes last up to 90 minutes or more. 

An open MRI was created to offer an alternative for obese patients, or for patients who either have symptoms of anxiety or suffer from claustrophobia due to the enclosed-nature and duration of study normally attributed to closed MRIs. While the open MRI excels at providing comfort, it does not provide the same level of detail as a closed MRI at this time. See an example of a closed MRI on the left and an open MRI on the right.

How does payment work with SmartChoice MRI?

Payment is required up front and then you will be reimbursed for the amount that WEA Trust pays (after your cost sharing is met).

What if I have an HRA and I use SmartChoice MRI?

WEA Trust will submit the cost-sharing amount from your deductible to the HRA vendor.

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