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Will Social Security Disability Pay for X-rays or an MRI?

In some cases Social Security will pay for x-rays if the disability examiner thinks they are necessary for himself, or necessary for a physician performing a consultative exam (commonly referred to as a social security medical exam, CEs are brief examinations given to determine the claimantís current medical condition) to make a decision on a claim.

However, Social Security pays for x-rays only when they are absolutely essential to decide a claim. MRIs and other screenings of this nature: i.e., CT scans, bone scans, etc., are not covered by Social Security due to the cost involved in obtaining this information.

Fortunately, many people who file for SSD based on ongoing medical conditions such as back pain, spinal stenosis, rheumatoid arthritis, seizure activity, etc., have already undergone treatment for these conditions with an independent physician. In such cases, the results of advanced medical imaging techniques needed to diagnose these types of disabilities may already be in the patientís medical file.

Ideally anyone who files for disability benefits will have received medical treatment in the past and established a medical history with a treating physician or physicians. If, due to financial constraints or other reasons this is not the case, Social Security will schedule the CE needed to close the case, which could include x-rays, but not any sort of advanced imaging techniques.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Will Social Security Disability Pay for X-rays or an MRI?
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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria