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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 claimant’s 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 patient’s 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.








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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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