We Choose Big Sky

You have a choice (and responsibility) when it comes to you and your family's healthcare. The options available for MRI services vary greatly. At Big Sky, we are distinguished and set apart in a number of ways. Below are just a few reasons why patients are telling their doctors "We choose Big Sky for our MRI services!"



When traveling from out-of-town for your medical appointment or just wanting some answers about your condition, don't wait weeks for an MRI appointment. At Big Sky, we can accommodate most patients for same-day appointments. Occasionally, some insurance companies require precertification (approval) before a scan can be performed, which can delay a scan by a few days. For patients not needing precertification, we will work hard to find an appointment to fit your schedule.


Cost Savings

Because we are a strictly outpatient (not hospital-based) MRI facility, our MRI rates are often much lower than hospital-based MRI scans.  We offer generous discounted prices for patients without insurance.  Patients who have commercial or federal insurance policies often pay less at our facility as well.  Insurance companies set contractual rates with facilities such as ours and you will find that our rates can be 30-50% lower than hospitals.  The best part is that our cheaper rate doesn’t equate to any sacrifice in quality—in fact our diagnostic image quality is better than most hospital MRI scans!



At Big Sky, we have been the regional leader in MRI image quality since 2005.  Other facilities have tried to match our quality, but continue to fall short.  The key to our great image quality is the combination of a 3 Tesla (3T) MRI system and highly experienced MRI technologists.  3T is the highest strength MRI available for clinical scanning in the USA, which means that the clearest and most accurate pictures can only be attained with a 3T MRI scanner.  “Open” MRI scanners range from (0.2T to 0.7T) and have significantly poorer image quality! Learn more about image quality here.



Patients are highly satisfied with our clinic, particularly related to the comfort of the facility and exceptional care of our staff. We have intentionally designed a facility that feels more like a home and less like a “hospital,” which helps patients relax. We understand that people don’t look forward to MRI scans and the results that may be delivered, so we respond to our patients with utmost empathy and compassion. Because we have decided to focus on high quality imaging, we don’t have an “open” style MRI. For patients worried about claustrophobia, we offer IV sedation (must be scheduled) to help patients sleep through the MRI examination.



We have direct connections with both Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare (as well as a number of other facilities) that allow us to electronically send your images to your healthcare provider immediately after finishing your examination.  A radiologist will look at your scan and send a report to your healthcare provider, often within the same day.  Patients scanned late in the afternoon or evening will have their MRI report sent to their provider the following day.

For more information about Big Sky and the services we offer, please continue to browse this site or call us at (406) 237-5525!

Study Information - If your doctor has ordered an MRI, learn more about it here. Or if you are simply interested in what studies we offer, this is your place.

Patient Forms - If you are scheduled for a scan, you can fill your forms out online and bring them with you, saving you the hassle of the paperwork when you arrive for your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) - These are the most common questions patients have.

Billing and Insurance - We participate with hundreds of insurance plans—chances are we are contracted with yours. Check out this list of providers here.