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I tried the Ezra full-body MRI

A few months ago I saw an article in TechCrunch about Ezra, a startup offering a full-body MRI to detect cancer. The costs are out-of-pocket and the options include a whole-body scan for $1950, a torso scan for $1350, and a prostate scan for $675. I went for it.

I also chose to be tested because I have been having been suffering from upper back pain and haven’t felt particularly comforted by the amount of evidence requested by my primary care physicians-who believe that sitting at a computer for 12 hours a day isn’t particularly healthy for my spine. So I signed up… I picked the $1350 option and booked it for the next time I was flying through New York City.

After paperwork, the radiologists directed me to a booth to swap my clothing for a medical gown. I lay down in the MRI machine and stayed as still as possible. The scan was took about an hour. There were times where I was instructed to hold my breath in a pattern to get the clearest possible pictures of my lungs. I found the experience of being scanned relaxing and less draining than conversing with a human doctor.

After the scan there was no check-out process but I waited around afterwards to get a DVD copy of my MRI information. I wasn’t sure I would be able to download a copy from Ezra since it’s still early-days for their customer-facing website. The DVD-creation process took over an hour because they captured such a large number of images.

I also took a look at my own images and found the image quality to be pretty good. With the right training, I’m sure I could get a solid read on a number of medical conditions. I’m sure Ezra’s AI models are probably early-days now, but I look forward to their models eventually being able to pull information from these images that the human eye couldn’t detect.

  • I like having a reasonable greater of confidence that my nighttime back pain is not caused by kidney cancer
  • I like knowing that if I get diagnosed with cancer now, there wasn’t anything I should have done diagnostically differently
  • The fatty liver diagnosis is likely to prompt me to make some lifestyle changes
  • I like having a baseline scan so that a future scan can have an easier time determining if something is a new & problematic
  • Seeing pictures of my insides is pretty cool
  • I like having been an early adopter of a new, more evidence-based based system of medicine

Obviously paying $1350 out-of-pocket for medical imaging isn’t for everyone but I am glad Ezra exists and I wish this had been around to do early cancer detection on my grandfather.

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