MRI Cost and MRI Procedures Information

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive, usually painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed three dimensional pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

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MRI Cost Averages Around the Country

Atlanta, GA MRI Cost Average $2,100
Chicago, IL MRI Cost Average $2,175
Dallas, TX MRI Cost Average $2,000
Houston, TX MRI Cost Average $2,025
Los Angeles, CA MRI Cost Average $1,950
Miami, FL MRI Cost Average $2,175
New York, NY MRI Cost Average $2,475
Philadelphia, PA MRI Cost Average $2,250
Phoenix, AZ MRI Cost Average $2,000
Washington, DC MRI Cost Average $2,175

Specific MRI Procedures and National Cost Averages

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (General MRI) Cost Average $2,475
Brain MRI Cost Average $2,625
Neck MRI Cost Average $3,600
Chest MRI Cost Average $2,850
Breast MRI (One Breast) Cost Average $4,700
Breast MRI (Both Breasts) Cost Average $2,925
Abdominal MRI Cost Average $2,625
MRI Cervical Spine Cost Average $2,100
Pelvic MRI Cost Average $2,550
MRI Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, Hand (Upper Extremity) Cost Average $1,600
MRI Foot, Ankle, Leg, Hip (Lower Extremity) Cost Average $1,550
MRI of Head Cost Average $1,500
Cardiac MRI Cost Average $3,800
Bone MRI Cost Average $1,250
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Featured Facilities that Perform MRI

Name Location Average List Price
Alliance Imaging Benson , NC $1,850
Best Radiology Center Square , PA $2,250
Medical Diagnostic Imaging, PLLC Poughkeepsie , NY $2,175
Physicians' MRI Fayetteville , AR $1,700
Huntsville Imaging Center Huntsville , TX $1,800
Carolinas Medical Center - Lincoln Lincolnton , NC $3,100
Marion Regional Imaging Marion , OH $1,900
Abbeville Diagnosic Center Abbeville , LA $1,800
MRI Diagnostic and Imaging Center East Stroudsburg , PA $1,850
Templeton Imaging Medical Corporation Templeton , CA $2,100
Dyersburg Regional Medical Center Dyersburg , TN $5,600
Marshall Regional Medical Center Marshall , TX $3,900
Polk Medical Center Cedartown , GA $6,000
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Hilo , HI $2,250
Advanced Imaging West Seneca , NY $1,850
River Region Medical Center Vicksburg , MS $2,325
Schneck Medical Center Seymour , IN $4,300
Saint Vincent Jennings Hospital North Vernon , IN $6,000
Mason General Hospital Shelton , WA $6,500
Gleason Diagnostic Imaging Boone , IA $1,750
Saint Francis Breast Center MRI Tulsa , OK $1,700
Medical Imaging Associates Scottsbluff , NE $1,750
David R Gamez Community Health Center Saginaw , MI $1,900
Upson Regional Medical Center Thomaston , GA $3,900
Carolina Reginonal Radiology Angier , NC $1,850
Flagler Diagnostic Imaging Palm Coast , FL $1,950
Wilson Memorial Hospital Sidney , OH $3,200
Samaritan Hospital Ashland , OH $3,100
Memorial Healthcare Owosso , MI $3,800
Sanford Watertown Imaging Center Watertown , SD $1,750

More about MRI Procedures

MRI Procedure FAQ

MRI Facts

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners use a powerful magnetic field (magnetism), radio waves and a computer to produce detailed three dimensional pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. MRI scans do not require x-ray radiation and are noninvasive, usually painless medical tests.

MRI Side Effects

Patients with pacemakers, metal implants or metal chips/clips cannot be scanned. Patients may experience a feeling of claustrophobia when undergoing an MRI scan.

What to Expect Before Your MRI

Your physician or facility may have specific requirements regarding your eating and/or drinking before an MRI. Unless you are told otherwise, you may eat and drink normally before an MRI. Leave all metallic items at home, if possible.

Notify your technologist if you have metal or electronic medical devices in your body!

If a contrast material is required for your MRI, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) into a vein in your hand or arm. It is normal to experience a cool or flushing feeling.

What to Expect During Your MRI

During your MRI, you will likely be asked to lie on a bed that slides into the circular magnet. If you have claustrophobia (a fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you should notify your physician as a mild sedative may be prescribed or an open-sided MRI machine may be used.

Most MRI exams are painless. However, it is normal to feel warm in the area of your body that is being imaged. The entire imaging session should be able to be completed in under an hour.

What to Expect After Your MRI

Unless you have been sedated, an MRI requires no recovery period.

How does an MRI Machine Produce Images?

MRI scanners produce images by creating a strong magnetic field that causes protons inside of the body to move enough to be detected by the MRI’s scanner. This positional information is then interpreted by a computer.

When is an MRI used?

The ability of an MRI to produce images of softer bodies makes it capable of imaging organs and internal structures of the body when other testing has failed. For this reason, an MRI can be used to provide images of a brain, for example, suspected of suffering trauma that is causing swelling and/or bleeding.

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